Vinod Kurup

Hospitalist/programmer in search of the meaning of life

Bye Bye Wordpress

This site has undergone another transformation. I’ve ditched Wordpress and am now using a tool called Jekyll. It’s a program that runs on my laptop and generates static files from a bunch of templates. I then upload the static files to my server. Wordpress, like any dynamic software, has security risks. Especially since it’s such a popular blog app, it’s always under attack. I don’t have the time or interest to keep up with updates, especially since my blogging is so low-profile. It’s just something I do for fun.

Static files have none of those security risks. There are a lot of static file generators out there, but I chose Jekyll because it seemed intuitive and it’s run by the GitHub folks. I’ve started using git and GitHub and am impressed by their power so far.

This takes me full circle to my post-geocities days when I was generating static pages using Userland Frontier. This still doesn’t feel as satisfying as that did, but maybe that’s only because it was such a new thing back then. I must admit that writing posts in emacs sure does feel nice.

Anyway, the design is completely ripped off from Mark Reid. My design skills suck, and his rock. Of course, I am a tweaker, so I’ll probably end up ruining his beauty at some point.