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And back to WordPress

I read a lot last year about how amazing it is to build your website with a static-site-generator. Meaning you can have all your posts in Markdown and you just commit it with Git to a repository and a few commands to publish it online.

Tufte CSS is in my opinion the best layout there is for blogging, writing, …

The main reason is that I wanted to have a site that has the Tufte CSS implemented. And I was a bit too lazy to make something for WordPress (’cause there wasn’t).

So I started with Jekyll. Found a good Tufte theme and started implementing. But once you imported 1000+ posts from the old WordPress site, you start noticing how slow the building of the site becomes. So, after some searching I ended up with Hugo. Again, same procedure of finding a theme and learning how to set up everything. This time is was ay faster to build and I decided to run with it.

But…. eventually I realised it really didn’t fit my workflow. Since most of what I present here is photo-based material, it gets a bit difficult to publish wherever and whenever I want because I only have the hugo software on my work machine (Linux based). And all the photos (from all the iPhones and camera) are imported to the home machine where we have Lightroom installed. Sometimes I just want to edit in VSCO on the iPhone and publish. So somehow it has to get transferred to my work machine to get published. And that is just a too big of a bottleneck for me.

So I just went back to good old WordPress. I just put the time in to make a themebased on Tufte CSS. And now I just have to get all the old content back. Luckily there is a Lightroom plugin to export photos directly to WordPress…

New site with Hugo

This is a totally new site. No more WordPress!! Just plain old HTML and some CSS to make it look nice.

The reason was that WordPress was getting more and more complex to play around with. I wanted to change the theme for my site, but with all the latest upgrades, it wasn’t so easy anymore. Then I saw a lot of
talk about “good old static sites” that load super fast (because there is no database behind it). The other big advantage is that I write blog-posts in markdown now!!!! It makes life so much easier.

So first I tried Jekyll. Quick and easy installation. Even found a plugin that can transfer all your WordPress posts to Jekyll posts with all the tags and categories, … But, with over 1000 posts on the old wordpress, it took ages to reload and rebuilt the site with Jekyll as soon as you made a change somewhere.

Looking for a solution I stumbled across Hugo. Built on Go and super fast. So I found a Tufte theme for it and 5 minutes later I was working with a new site. Easy peasy….

But what will take some time now is importing all the old stuff. I still want it here, but with a better layout and some correct data about the photos taken. Slowly but surely.