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Choosing a Platform for this new site

I wanted to bring back from the dead my old website, which was running on an old version of WordPress. It probably got hacked, as one day I received a text from a friend, asking about the error message that showed up (instead of the stale content that hadn’t been updated for years)

I also wanted to move away from WordPress and was looking for alternatives. Via a blog post I read (yes, blogs still are a thing, it seems) I found Ghost which looked good. Instead of just diving straight into installing it, I decided to ask the collective wisdom of Twitter for suggestions.

Name Votes
Hugo 6
Ghost 2
Eleven_ty 1
Jekyll 1
Drupal 1
Pelican 1
Wagtail 1
Middleman 1
Perun 1

After a long amount of deliberation, I decided to try Hugo. Installation and setup was a breeze, writing in Markdown and storing things in Git are things I like. Originally I wanted to self host the resulting site, but after seening a lot of my colleagues recommending Netlify I decided to try that as well. Again, the setup was a breeze, including setting up and moving DNS to them.

The biggest time sink was selecting a template from themes.gohugo.io - I spent several hours downloading and trying templates. In the end I selected Casper-Two a port of Ghost template. I will probably have to make some changes to it, but for the moment it does what it needs to do.

Jens-Christian Fischer

Maker. Musician