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Because sometimes you have to shake it up

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Currently I am moving the site to a Jekyll based setup, so take a look around and let me know what you think. If you’re wondering why I’m moving away from Wordpress then keep reading, as it is about to get a little geeky.

Wordpress oh the woes

As any Wordpress dev knows, working with themes can be a bit trying at times, be it due to less than savoury additions made by the designer or the “whitepage of death” that can occur due to a theme / update issue. Then there are the plugs, yes let us not forget about the headaches that can be caused by a plugin that just quite does not work the way you want it to or, evenworse, it takes your site offline! *GASP*

Upgrades, well, what can I say about upgrades. Be it a plugin upgrade, a theme upgrade or a whole Wordpress upgrade; often it feels a bit like skydiving without checking your parachute beforehand, or at least what I would imagine that would feel like, since I just can not bring myself to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. I know that a lot of people spend a good amount of time testing and working with these things, and perhaps I have just the right combination of plugins that make it a nightmare at times, but for what ever the reason it almost never goes smoothly for me.

While these issues are seen everyday, I have simply had enough of them and decided to kick the press to the curb and move to a more static approach.

Enter Jekyll

Static pages were the first webpages on the internet and now, just like how big mobile phones are all the rage, they are coming back with a vengence. About a week ago, I stumbled across a great way to generate static pages with a great inclusion and linking system called Jekyll. In a few words, it allows you to craft a beautiful layout that can then be broken into many pieces and frees your content from that formatting. Did I mention that Jekyll is blog-aware? No, well it is! This means you can use something like Markdown formatting in a set of files to publish a beautiful blog–complete with slugs, categories and permalinks–all without the need of a database of server-side engine to generate the pages.

What does it all mean?

For my readers, it means the site will have a new updated layout and, since it is uncoupled from php/mysql, it will have a MUCH faster browsing experience. For people that want to get to certain pages their may be a few hiccups, but I’m doing everything I can to ensure that the links to posts and pages map over correctly.

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