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Walking in the clouds...

A New Website

Although it looks pretty much the same, this website is running on a completely different backend than what I had before. After having a website that pretty much did change for a year, I realised I wanted needed something different. These are the criteria that I came up with:

  • Simple Solution: I didn’t want a heavy handed solution like wordpress or drupal for a blog and website. The content is static enough that I didn’t feel like I needed a multi-layered stack.
  • Version Control Integration: I make spelling mistakes; I make typos. I wanted a system that allows me to run a command like git push origin and forget about any ssh-ing or other steps.
  • Easy migration of backends Sometimes a hosting site goes down or they raise their prices. I wanted a solution that allowed me to easily set my system up on a new host.
  • DRY I hate repeating myself. It’s all to easy to easy to do this in many frameworks.

I ended up finding that jekyll accomplished all the goals I was looking for. It already works with github pages. All I have to do is push my code to github and I’m done. Jekyll is written in Ruby and even though I don’t have experience with the language I had no problem gem installing the package.

Jekyll allows the user to write a blogging platform however they want. It allows you to define base layouts and extend those by rendering more HTML, textile or markdown. All of this is defined by the liquid templating engine which is not to different than jinja, coming from python land.

Hopefully the ability to easily write blog posts and update my website in the future. If you are curious about the implementation details, check out the repository on github.