After running my (rather crappy) blog on Wordpress I deciced to try something different.
Don’t get me wrong, Wordpress is a great piece of software but it felt clunky with too many features. Also I did not like the reliance on PHP and the MySQL database.

I decided to simplify and switch to a static website generator. I’m going to try a few but I will start with Hugo.

Hugo is a general-purpose website framework. Technically speaking, Hugo is a static site generator. Unlike systems that dynamically build a page with each visitor request, Hugo builds pages when you create or update your content. Since websites are viewed far more often than they are edited, Hugo is designed to provide an optimal viewing experience for your website’s end users and an ideal writing experience for website authors.

So this site is now running on Hugo.

To sum up my experience so far:

  • Hugo is easy to get up and running
  • The site feels very fast
  • Not much needed to run or develop
  • Increased transparancy, stuff seems easier to understand and to anticipate
  • Can just use cli tools to do edits and bulk updates
  • Develop local and sync to the webserver
  • More direct control the content through Markdown
  • But a bit of a learning curve from wysiwyg to Markdown

Quite an improvement for my use case.🙂