New blog platform06 Jan 2018
Well, I finally gave in and moved the blog from Wordpress to Jekyll. I've been thinking about doing it for quite a while, for the following reasons:
Wordpress is kinda slow on the cheap shared hosting I'm using. This is not a complicated website with a lot of dynamic content so the power and flexibility of wordpress was wasted on this application.
Wordpress just isn't very secure. It's the most popular website building tool out there, so it is an extremely good target for hackers. In spite of automatically updating the blog to the most recent versions, I had my site hacked several times over the years by shady SEO hackers adding invisible content to the website. Luckily it has only been invisible links to content they were promoting. It could have been malicious virus-type hacks.
having comments on a website was easy to do with wordpress, but even with anti-spam tools in place I was regularly having to moderate spam content (95% of any comments were from spammers). Really low ROI on time spent for me.
Jekyll is a simple static website builder that allows me to still manage the content easily, but publish a static website that should be basically hack-proof (unless someone hacks my website hosting account). The site will load blindingly fast, and the new theme is mobile-friendly.
I was able to extract the posts from wordpress, and copy over images, etc, but I still wound up spending a lot of time reformatting some pretty badly-formated posts (due to using wordpress's wysiwyg online editor). It's actually really easy to create content with Jekyll; for this type of content there is almost zero advantage to using a wysiwyg edtior.
I have a copy of previous comments, and I might export them to disquss some day. But for now I'm just going to forego the use of comments at all. If you have questions about any of the posts you can contact me via email linked in the sidebar. I may not be able to reply to all contact requests.