May 19, 2018 is the date that I moved from WordPress to Jekyll. And it’s been a good learning experience. There’s one more platform that I feel comfortable with and it’s a good replacement for simple websites that don’t need comments or lots of updates. Jekyll is flexible, so much function can be easily built into it. It’s fun to work with especially writing with Markdown and templating with Twig.

November 28, 2019 is the date that I seriously started stumbling through DigitalOcean and trying to install WordPress in a droplet. It wasn’t until the next day when I finally figured it out and briefly used VIM for the first time.

Jekyll on GitHub Pages has only 1GB storage. If you don’t post pictures or you compress them well, you can write lots of posts and still not exceed the limit. I’m starting with 25GB storage on DigitalOcean and I’m going to compress all my images as small as possible without losing quality. And WordPress by default compresses them by 80%.

There’s a few more steps involved with Jekyll to add a featured image to a post when using The built-in GUI on WordPress makes the process easier from wherever you write.




2 responses to “Conducive”

  1. Khürt Williams Avatar

    It was because of your exploration with Jekyll that I explored Hugo. It had the same benefits offered by any static website generator but it much faster at rebuilding sites than Jekyll.

    My WordPress blog is over 15 years old and after that many years of images I finally upgraded my hosting space to 50GB. I am currently at 20G of used space. I think you’ll see that 25GB of space is enough.

    I also started uploading smaller images, 960px wide. I think that’s large enough. My images are compressed using variable compression. I use the JPEGmini Pro plugin for Adobe Lightroom to analyse and compress my images.

    1. Daniel Brinneman Avatar

      Yes, I’m using 960px width for most of my photographs and using a plugin that works like JPEGmini Pro to minimize the file size without loosing the image quality. It runs automatically in the background when I upload a new image.

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