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Moving to Jekyll


I initially did set up blog on this domain using Wordpress, as I have heard of its praise from many online blogs and websites.
It felt good because it has so many plugins, themes, and a really good CMS. You need to just log in and type in their editor. But after a week or so, I decided to ditch it and go for Jekyll.

Here are some of the good reasons that did move me to Jekyll

  • No good markdown support in Wordpress.
  • Wordpress is not git friendly. Though many tutorials and services do exist like this, this and much more but in the end, it just fell too much to do just for version controlling it.
  • It is mainly optimized for dynamic content and therefore slow.
  • It is resource heavy. I used t2.micro AWS EC2 instance to host it, and it was constantly crashing even with a meagre load of 50 clients per second on stress testing.

So I decided to give Jekyll a shot. To host it I used newly released Gitlab Pages as it allows multiple CNAME records with custom SSL certificates. Moreover, they also provide free shared runners which could be configured as per requirements by modifying .gitlab-ci.yml. These features aren’t available on Github Pages (yet).

Setting up Jekyll was easy (though a bit difficult than Wordpress which just needed to click buttons). There are numerous online guides available, I followed http://joshualande.com/jekyll-github-pages-poole/ with some of my own customizations like setting up tags, categories etc.
It took around 2-3 hours to set up a working blog. You can check the code here https://gitlab.com/anchitjain1234/anchitjain1234.gitlab.io.

To stress test the Jekyll, I hosted the blog on a 512 MB RAM Digital Ocean droplet and tested it with ab for 20000 requests at 1000 concurrency level and it worked flawlessly (didn’t crash ever) even on 512 MB RAM.

Finally, I am pretty happy with Jekyll and Gitlab. I also like this workflow very much, use Sublime Text or Atom to write the post or edit the site and just git push it to deploy.

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