Why We Moved From Wordpress To Jekyll
Mar 15, 2023
Converting Wordpress to HTML
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!
Looking for Static Site Frameworks, Libraries
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.
First Experience with 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.
Exporting Wordpress Blog to Markdown
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.
Benefits of Moving from Wordpress to Jekyll
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.
Easy to Edit
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!
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