Man, do static sites suck. by Vicki Boykis

I like clean stuff and I like tech blogs. So, I decided to give Jekyll, the most popular of the static sites, a try. At the same time, I’ve been revamping my main website to include some other WordPress blogs, so I decided to see how long it would take to install WordPress on Bluehost versus Jekyll on Gitpages.

Twice I’ve tried to setup a Jekyll website. I was successful once. The effort involved was much more than the QuickStart on the Jekyll website led me to expect.

So far I have Jekyll running on macOS but my process was.

  • Install HomeBrew — after realizing that I needed Git.
  • Install Git
  • Install Jekyll
  • Install a theme
  • Create a new page and modify front matter.
  • Launch Jekyll server

I already knew Markdown but I am unfamiliar with all the front matter stuff. If I have to learn Ruby or use a third-party web service to get anything done, I will abandon the project. Ruby sucks.