I moved my blog to GitHub pages!

A new year, a new decade, a new blogging platform for me!

I’ve been blogging for just shy of 10 years.

So far, I was hosting my blog on wordpress.com. I just moved to GitHub pages.

My blog is still here, hopefully the content is easier to read and my readers will enjoy the new platform!

Why moving away from Wordpress.com?

Ads

I was only paying for my own domain name, so I didn’t have any plan on the site.

You know what they say: if you don’t pay for a product then you are the product.

I was comfortable with the ads at first. Like many platforms they got more hungry with time.

The thing is that I didn’t notice the growth since %99 of the time, I would be looking at my site logged in as myself. Since I was the site’s owner, I didn’t see any ads.

One day I pasted an article in a Microsoft Teams’ meeting with a customer and when he opened it while sharing his screen, I was disgusted by the number of ads (sometimes more than one per scrolling page). Those ads were not even related to my content: typically, it was some health gimmick.

I considered upgrading to a plan, but it came with a hefty price tag, so I started shopping around.

Why choosing GitHub pages?

I saw a couple of sites being hosted on GitHub pages. It looked lean and efficient. The integration with GitHub was interesting to me.

The thing is I wasn’t using Wordpress.com platform very well. For the last year at least, I was writing in markdown using Visual Studio Code. Having something hooked up to GitHub would have made more sense.

I started to dive into the underlying platform: Jekyll. That lighted up another dormant interest: static sites.

And then came the challenge: how do you implement a blog (essentially a CMS) with a static site?

The details are for another day, but there was a bit of fun Azure development involved.

What is the same

My last ten years content is there, with the same URLs.

There is still an RSS Feed.

We can still leave comments.

We can still search.

And now that I’m done setting this up, I’ll start posting more often!

What changed

This blog isn’t linked to Wordpress.com so the login of users from Wordpress isn’t there.

The cross-referencing of posts isn’t there.

Notifications aren’t present anymore.

Bunch of behind the scene stuff that do not impact visitors.

What is coming

In the next couple of months, I would like to implement:

Also, I’ll be blogging about the Azure apparatus I’ve put around GitHub pages!


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