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Feb 12, 2019 21:48:06

Migrating Off WordPress - Part 1

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Valentino Urbano

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Notice: I've migrated my blog off WordPress and into Jekyll a few years ago, but I never wrote much about it. Many of the choices I took would be different if I was going to do the same thing nowadays (mainly which frameworks I would choose).

This is going to be a series on how I migrated my personal website off Wordpress and what you need to do if you want to embark in the same journey.

I had been thinking about doing it for almost 5 years before actually going through with it. I had always been scared of totally breaking the website by migrating it off something well estabilished as WordPress and that I'd been using for years at that point to something less "mainstream". My process looked something like this: I would write each post in markdown in Byword (both on iOS and Mac OSX), convert it to HTML and paste it manually into the WordPress textbox. Doing all of this each time felt a bit too much friction. It wasn't broke, but it surely could have been improved.

Early on I decided that I would want to go for a static site. The content of the site would not change much and it surely wasn't dynamic. I could easily rebuild all the static pages when I published an article.

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    @valentino I found that gitbook is one step further in terms of ease of use. Just write markdown, push to GitHub then it's live:

    Tim Subiaco avatar Tim Subiaco | Feb 13, 2019 12:55:28
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      @valentino This was after messing around with a dozen static site generators.

      Tim Subiaco avatar Tim Subiaco | Feb 13, 2019 12:55:42
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      @timsubiaco I find it great for documentation, bit less for websites/blogs imo.

      Valentino Urbano avatar Valentino Urbano | Feb 13, 2019 14:11:59
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    @valentino I'm curious to hear more about the reason why you wanted to migrate from Wordpress to something less "mainstream" as you put it. For someone who just wants to write a blog without "getting under the hood" much, e.g., Medium, is Wordpress still the go-to option?

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 12, 2019 14:02:28
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      @valentino @brandonwilson Medium or Wordpress is ideal for people who don't want to touch code. I also recommend ghost for a more customised experience.

      Tim Subiaco avatar Tim Subiaco | Feb 13, 2019 12:56:39
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      @brandonwilson Without "getting under the hood" WordPress is surely the go-to option still. I would not recommend any static site generators for anyone that is not a programmer/doesn't want the hassle since every once in a while something will not work as expected and you need to figure it out. I don't like Medium since it's always an external platform that you don't own. With WordPress, even if you have a wordpress.com blog you can easily export it and get a wordpress.org self hosted site up and running quickly.

      Valentino Urbano avatar Valentino Urbano | Feb 13, 2019 14:11:14
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      @valentino Thanks for the info! I'm still waiting for the dream of the first true WYSWYG website designer that would require zero coding and allow me to move things around like the old Aldus Pagemaker.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 13, 2019 08:28:11
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