From WordPress to OctopressFrederic Cambus August 11, 2011 [News]
As some of you may already have noticed, this site is now powered by Octopress. I made the switch from WordPress two weeks ago now and as I tweeted at that time, I couldn't be happier of my choice. I still totally agree with this statement: it makes perfect sense for slow paced blogs like this one, and clearly, I'm not looking back. Now that I'm used to Markdown Syntax I realize how painful it was to write articles in TinyMCE, as no matter how hard I tried, it always added some garbage into the markup: something detail oriented people like myself can hardly cope with. By the way, as a matter of fact, the whole WYSIWYG bullshit is one of the biggest lies in computer history.
Also, thanks to Disqus, the comment spam problem inherent to WordPress totally disappeared: ever wondered why all huge WP sites like TechCrunch use an alternative comment system? Of course doing so alleviate database load and allows easier scaling, but moreover, it prevents comment spam to inflate tables and seriously damage query performance.
Here are the key points about Octopress:
- Generate static files: definitely lightweight and easy to host
- Built on top of Jekyll, so easily extendable and customizable
- Integrated Twitter and Google+ sharing buttons, Twitter feed integration
- Integrated code embedding plugins supporting syntax highlighting
- Beautiful and modern looking out of the box, mobile friendly layout (see below!)
- Responsive layout: no need to resize images before posting!
So once again, thanks to Brandon Mathis for Octopress, it's exactly what I was looking for!