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I'm Finally Trying Out Jekyll!

I'm finally trying out Jekyll. It's super easy to install, I guess you can check it out for yourself.

I just finally got tired of Wordpress. My old blog will still be up, but will receive no more updates. Might make some more WP themes, but probably not soon.

Some of the things I'm looking forward to:

  1. Having a static site that doesn't rely on a DB
  2. Being able to write and publish content quickly
  3. Learning a new engine and how to modify it (styles, code, etc)
  4. Learning better .markdown
    • Will be switching to Ghost when it is released (my first kickstarter donation)
    • Will be trying to write plugins for Ghost as well, so this helps

Some of the things I won't miss:

  1. Modifying Apache because it was taking up too much memory
    • changed to a different worker module
    • changed how PHP interacted with Apache (introduced threading)
  2. Having to constantly tweak MySQL so I don't run into memory issues
    • There has been more than a few times that I used a good amount of swap because of this
  3. Setting up a different server (Nginx)
    • SOOOOO glad I did. So much faster than Apache, but a little different when it comes to rewrites (apache mod_rewrites)
    • Also had to set up PHP-FPM, which was also a better solution. My server and PHP are now decoupled

The only thing I liked about Wordpress was the fact that I had to learn new technologies in order to get it working better.

Here are a few of the hings I learned in my time with WP:

  1. LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)
  2. LEMP (Linux, Nginx, MySQL, PHP)
  3. PHP-FPM (pooling services and whatnaught)
  4. How to configure Apache workers to use threading and update PHP to use FastCGI accordingly
  5. How Wordpress is poorly written. Used to be a blogging tool, but now it's much more, which I hate
    • Why would you write hooks? I mean if your transitioning to a different use case, you should just rewrite it so it's done the right way and functions better.
    • I won't even go into anything else
  6. How to make Wordpress themes that have a high degree of functionality
  7. How to use AWS (Cloudfront and S3) to host my images so I don't have more strain on my server
  8. How to tune worker/server/service performance


I am a life-long learner, adventure seeker, and front-end developer for @ExactTarget