Ulrich Gero - UI-UX, Brand Identity Designer

Switching To Static Site Generator

Fri Oct 23, 2020 | 2 Mins Read

Switching from WordPress to static site generator

For more than a decade, making a website for myself, friends and clients were very fun. I’ve to peak one theme that fits the project, buy it from ThemeForest, edit it with a live editor that comes with it, buy shared hosting, and voilĂ ! We’re online.

Time passed, and WordPress that helps me and still for some projects becomes hard to maintain due to its ecosystem. I need to check for updates every day to not get malicious code inside the website. This consumes a lot of time, especially if I will update every single plugin inside the project, because as you might know, WordPress is CMS that needs other tools (plugins) to work at its full potential.

More plugins means less performance

Yes! I’m addicted to the CMS and to make it more user-friendly for example, I need to install at least one-page builder plugin and this will at it turns required some others and then the whole website started feeling heavy and it loading time increase. They are plenty of shared Hosting company that offers WordPress solution to my needs, but when I dig more, I realized I will be spending more money. When you choose an affordable hosting for WordPress, It just fits for your blog not making a good website because you will be adding images and other assets that lower again your site performance.

Welcome Static Site Generator

Being addicted to a single product, sometimes make you feel dumb until you discover new products that fit your need and request less effort or time and here start my story with static site generators. They’re Open Source, full of resources, and especially easy to run and deploy, even for non-developer users. Choosing the right one was not easy for me; First of all, I was looking for the one based on Python so I can quickly understand how it works as I’m learning that programming language and I’m also able to use the framework Django to build some personal projects.


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