We launched our new website in January 2022. It was in Wordpress. I used Elementor to quickly build a Wordpress theme. It was easy and we launched the beta website in a week.
As the next step, I was working on some optimizations to improve our search engine ranking. Speed is a very important factor (whether Google ranks based on speed or not). Users need the website to load instantly when they click on a link. Making them wait for a few seconds is guaranteed way to lose them.
So I decided to check our website’s score using Google Page Speed Insights. And the score was terrible. Our website scored 16/100 in mobile devices 😲.
I hired a freelance HTML developer to convert our Wordpress website into separate HTML pages. That was the first task and it was completed in 3 days!
I had two options in front of me. Gatsby & Next. But aren’t those an overkill for a simple landing page (with a blog). And that’s how I decided to try Jekyll.
Setting up Ruby and Gem in Mac took some time. But once I installed Jekyll, the next steps were straightforward. I simply separate the re-usable components like Header, Footer, Navigation etc and combined them using Jekyll templating engine.
I had few posts in our Wordpress website which I had to export to Markdown format inorder to use with Jekyll. I used this library wordpress-export-to-markdown and I was able to export all posts in Markdown format.
Wordpress always make me anxious. Several Wordpress websites were hacked in the past and that is a nightmare. With Jekyll generated static site, hosted in Netlify, I can sleep peacefully!
Obviously! Our website is now blazingly fast ⚡. I was running the wordpress in a $10/month AWS Lightsail instance. Now, our website is hosted free by Netlify.
Trust me, The elementor editor I used to edit the Wordpress website was killing my productivity. It used to slowdown my Mac (I don’t know why) and I hated editing new blog articles.
Now, It’s a piece of cake. Just write the blog in Markdown (❤️) and let Jekyll do the magic! I think now I can finish editing a blog atleast 70% faster than before.
If you’re building a simple landing page with a blog, you must checkout Jekyll and you’ll love it for sure! I’d never go back to Wordpress to build simple landing pages!