Working With Jekyll

Jekyll > Wordpress? Do you agree? Ok maybe it was a slight longshot but really, if you haven’t checked out Jekyll already you should do.

This site is built on Jekyll, is it fast? Yes, I believe it is.

What is Jekyll?

Jekyll is a parsing engine bundled as a ruby gem used to build static websites from dynamic components such as templates, partials, liquid code, markdown, etc. Jekyll is known as "a simple, blog aware, static site generator".

Basically, I would sum it up as a static site compiler. Not a CMS, so shouldn’t be put into the same category as Wordpress.

Why should I use it?

SPEED! No seriously, the speed is awesome. For a content driven site, I don’t think you will find anything quicker.

Because there are no databases to query (remember static site compiler), everything loads super fast.

Github Pages, Free hosting, that is all.

How easy is it to work with?

It doesn’t take long to get up and running at all. There is a getting started guide which does exactly what it promised to do, get you started.

When you are up and running you realise that things just, well work. And you can focus on the bits that matter.

Is it a Wordpress replacement?

In short no, with it not being a CMS, you do require skills to update your websites. So you can’t palm it off to a client for them to manage.

it is however very good for sites which the developer will be managing, there are basically no configuration files so it’s really quick to clone down, make your changes and push back up.

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