I've moved from Wordpress To Github Pages

Chip Oglesby bio photo By Chip Oglesby

Summary: I moved from Wordpress to Github pages for security, speed and ease of use.

I’ve been tinkering with website since 2000 when I helped my sister build her first webpage.

Originally I had an Angelfire site that I outgrew, then I moved my site to Blogger. After that I built my first real site using Wordpress back in 2008 and I fell in love.

For a long time Wordpress suited me very well. It was a simple Content Management System that let just about anyone build a website without knowing the ins and outs of coding, HTML and CSS and for a long time it worked great.

At some point though, things became more difficult to manage with Wordpress. At first it was site speed, so I used W3 Total Cache. Then spam comments became a problem. Then Wordpress sites started getting hacked. Then plugins started getting hacked and it all became too much.

Two years ago I started teaching myself how to use Git. As I became more comfortable with it, I learned more about Github and all of the things that came with it. Once I started seeing people with these github.io pages, I became really interested in what they were doing.

During that time I learned more about static generated sites, Jekyll and Github pages.

Although I’m far from being an expert, I’m starting to master this a little bit at a time.

I’m also excited that I can produce blog posts now in plain text editors as well as RStudio!