I have fully Switched from Blogger

Photo by Namroud Gorguis on Unsplash Photo by Namroud Gorguis on Unsplash

After much struggle I’ve managed to fully switch the blog platforms over to a more opensource one. This was easier said than done.

Why I didn’t go with Wix

I was suggested this over Facebook by a friend of mine from Highschool. If you’re reading this thank you for your kind suggestion. After looking at their options I decided not to join them.

For a one simple reason, their domain linking is charged at USD $4.50 per month (at the time of writing this article) link. For someone who’s completely new to internet back end stuff let me emphasize to you,

You’re being ripped off

I’ve linked this site and fully hosted for free, including custom domain which I’ve bought for USD $10 per year. The price I’ve paid? Gotta code a bit on your own. Lets say I hosted the blog without the linking, it would be fully free. Making a link to your page and domain doesn’t cost a penny, these guys are breaking few business ethics here (I emphasized this on my previous article).

So What’s the current setup

This blog runs on Ruby on Rails with Jekyll. Its a static site generator. The site is managed using Git its used for version control and Sourcetree is the software I use to monitor the changes. For writing the posts I use Atom Editor with Markdown Support its just Syntactic sugar to make it easy to write stuff.

I know its a lot to digest just reading that paragraph alone. But Its not that Hard to learn all this, if you’re interested in Frond End Development I suggest that you give it a try. You’ll learn a lot. Also added this paragraph to the about page, if you need to check these out its easy to find there.

What do I get with all this?

  1. Customizability

Its insane how detailed you can get with the formatting and the animations. But I kept it minimal as possible.

  1. Auditability

If anything goes wrong I can trace the changes using Git, and revert back to an older version.

  1. Learning

This is something most people ignore on their path to doing anything, if its easy you probably didn’t learn much.

  1. Transferrable

Its pretty easy to transfer to other hosting providers if I feel the need. So far I am happy with this set up. It doesn’t even involve lot of setting up since I’ve already done it. No need for complicated tools and software like in WordPress, just good’ol Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V.