Wordpress is arguably the most prolific blogging platform. It’s actually more than that really. It’s a full-featured CMS and while it has its uses, I’ve fallen out of love with all the overhead of just keeping a simple blog going. This is the first post written on Hugo, a static site generator written in Go.
I’ve decided to leave a dynamic CMS in favor of a simpler solution that fits my workflow of a software engineer better.
I don’t need:
- Expensive hosting
- To deal with PHP
- To deal with security around MYSQL
- To manage a software stack for a simple blog
I do like:
- Fast websites
- Low cost
- Open source (Wordpress falls into here too)
- Using the same tools as my normal dev workflow
- Learning something new (in this case Go and Go templating)
Using Hugo requires a bit upfront work to get things deploying automatically, but once
that is setup, my blog is deployed with a simple
git push. I used Wercker as suggested on Hugo’s official site. It even supports
Docker out of the box! So this project alone has let me touch a bunch of new areas and
now I can focus on writing content.
My wife has a food blog, chocolateandcarrots.com, where she needs to deal with users, comments, nested taxonomies and a simple UI for managing her content, so she’ll stick with Wordpress for now.