Aymeric on Software

Because we needed another of these blogs...

Migrated to Octopress

This site came up in February 2009, and has been running the same version of Wordpress (unpatched obviously), with an old theme from Neoease. A slightly hacked up version of the theme is still powering Diskwave website.

To say that this blog needed to be refreshed, is an understatement. The blog looked so ugly and I was so ashamed of it, that I pretty much stopped writing for it.

My motivations for switching to Octopress are the following:

  • Responsive design. Most people read blogs on their phones or tablets. Having a website with a hardcoded sizes optimized for the desktop is no longer acceptable in 2013.

  • Static deployment. I never really understood why I needed to run dynamic code to serve a blog. I chose Wordpress back in 2009, because of its widespread use. I was not aware of the existence of Moveable Type at the time.

  • Use GIT and Markdown files, instead of some clunky online editor storing data in a complicated MySQL schema. Hopefully this will make my next blog migration much easier.

  • No comments. This was probably the only dynamic feature I used. It was hassle to maintain and keep spam free. Direct contact via twitter and optionally linking to your own blog post is a better way to provide feedback.

  • Migrate away from Dreamhost. I have been happy with them, but I need dedicated hosting for some private projects. I can also get much better performance for my photo gallery powered by Exposition.

Ok. There is one dynamic feature I had in Wordpress, and that I am now lacking: Search.

At the moment, the migration is not completely finished. Some pages are missing from the site and I use temporary DNS redirections. Things will probably change a lot in the next few weeks.