If either of you read my posts by actually visiting this site, rather than by using an RSS feed reader (such as feedly), then you may have noticed some changes in its appearance. That’s because I’ve moved this (non-)blog from WordPress to Jekyll.
What I’ve said so far is really from a reader’s perspective. What about from a writer’s perspective? Here, Jekyll is much less advanced than WordPress. With WordPress, a blog author can log in via a web page, do lots of pointing and clicking, add content using a nice editor that lets you do more pointing and clicking, and generally manage the content by pointing and clicking. Very friendly indeed.
In contrast, Jekyll is really designed with slightly geeky people in mind. (Having said that, it’s not inconceivable that there might be some non-geek-friendly sites or applications that are internally powered by Jekyll: leave a comment below if you know of any.) But the level of geekness required is not very high. You might struggle if you are using Windows (full stop!), but if you are using a Mac or Linux and if you are comfortable using the terminal, then it’s quite straightforward. Just follow the quick-start guide. And if you aspire one of these days to become even a semi-geek (go on, admit it!), then starting a Jekyll blog would be a great way to start. And it’s free!
I’m doing a lot more work “under the bonnet” now, but I’m actually finding it easier, and much more fun, than faffing about with WordPress plugins.
If you want to know more about migrating from WordPress to Jekyll, I made some notes about the transition on my software blog, which is also now powered by Jekyll.
And if you want to see how it works under the bonnet, have a look at this site’s repository on GitHub.