„Why the heck would you ditch your static Jekyll blog and replace it with a slow, dynamically generated WordPress site?“ – that’s the question I’m hearing often since I announced my plans to migrate back to WordPress. And yes: I’m a developer myself, so I can totally understand your doubts because I used WordPress on my own to create a website (whyever I did this…) 🙂
Back in February this year when I decided to close my hosting company (Treudler), I had the intention to setup a personal blog and post about stuff that I didn’t know about back then. I just had setup my WordPress and noticed: it’s crap at all, I’m a developer and I don’t want to work with *click click*-software (Klickibunti, as we say in Germany). So I was looking for something that could generate static HTML content for me and I found Jekyll as a solution that can fit my little needs. Not only me started to setup Jekyll. My best friend Tobias also made the switch. You can checkout his blog at tobiassachs.de 😉
From that moment on, my biggest benefit was indeed that BunnyCDN could take care of the static files as I don’t have any dynamically generated content anymore. Means: I didn’t need to manage any server anymore, BunnyCDN does it all.
Now, months later, I have the intention to add more and more content to my website – even if nobody is using the tools or reading my posts anyway, it’s one of my personal reference projects. And as I’m still hosting cor-forum.de, I’m running a Vultr server anyway, so I’m not bound to the usage of pure static content anymore.
Posting something to Jekyll consists of many steps to publish something – at least for me. First, I need to generate the website a few dozend times to see the output of my markdown files (they contain the actual raw content that’s being used by Jekyll to generate the HTML files). Then, I need to push my changes and upload them to BunnyCDN. And I’m not gonna start to talk about how much effort it is to add images and stuff: if you’re a Webmaster, you’ll understand me – if you’re not a Webmaster, don’t worry, it’s not interesting to you. tl;dr: Jekyll takes too much of my time and effort. I just want an easy to use blog, nothing more.
Using WordPress is much easier and less complicated. I can use my mobile phone to create posts with ease, pre-save them, add images on the fly. Instead of just coding, I can use plugins and focus on creating content – because that’s what a blog is all about. You as the user, you don’t care about what’s running behind my blog as long as it’s smooth, fast and looking pretty good, right? 😉
I’m now gonna stick with WordPress for sure. I will post an update in two or three months and tell you how I’m doing since the switch. See you then!