For the past 8 years, I was using Wordpress to power this blog. I recently migrated this blog to Github Pages.
While Wordpress is a great blogging platform, it needs some effort to keep it updated and secure. Then I ran into a blog post by Werner Vogels where he mentioned that he was using Jekyll and Amazon S3 to serve his blog. With Jekyll, you write the blog posts in Markdown that gets converted into static HTML. The only remaining challenge is comments, but that’s what Disqus is for.
I finally settled on Github Pages (instead of using S3) because it is Jekyll-based and well-integrated with Git.
Low maintenance and more secure. You don’t need to run a web server and a database server. My blog is very low traffic and the cost of running a server is not justified. I can host the website using S3 or Github Pages.
Better suited for my work styles. I can use a plain text editor to write the blog posts, just do a
git pushand the changes are live on my blog in seconds.
Version controlled. Can use branches and work between machines.
Steps for Migrating from Wordpress to Jekyll/Github Pages
This is what I had to do:
- Sign up for Disqus for comments.
- Install their nice Wordpress plugin that lets you import the existing blog comments into Disqus.
- Install the Wordpress-to-Jeklyll Exporter WordPress plugin that converts all posts, pages, taxonomies, metadata, and settings to Markdown.
- Optional: Install Jekyll on your desktop/laptop. This will allow you to preview the blog locally before pushing the posts to Github.
- Create a repository for Github pages.
- Add the markdown files into the Git repository.
- Tweak the configuration to use Disqus for commenting.
- Create a CNAME file. Example file.
- Commit, push to Github.
- Make changes to your website’s DNS such that your domain name is a CNAME pointing to Github page. The exact steps for this depends on your DNS provider.