Content Management Systems

Is Jekyll a Viable Alternative to WordPress

You can be sure that you are going to spend a lot of time deciding which platform to use for your site. Most websites and blogs use WordPress, mostly because it is recommended by everyone since it is the most popular, it’s also open source and has a very active community that loves to give out lots of freebies. Not to mention, web developers like its PHP Platform, since it’s fast to code and easy to make their customizations.

So, why should you look beyond WordPress?

Well, in the past, WordPress was a simple CMS for people with simple needs. Lately, it has become slightly complicated and there is a learning curve. It can be a bother for small scale sites and blogs that might be better off using a simpler CMS.

Micro CMS, Static Site Generators are all coming into the market trying to solve an age old problem of content management like Jekyll, Ghost, Typepad, etc.

If you’re looking for a WordPress alternative, and you are not averse to coding, then Switching to Jekyll is one option to consider in my opinion.  Have a look at the interface here.

Can Jekyll compete with WordPress?

It’s not about which is better Jekyll or WordPress because everyone’s needs are different. WordPress can do anything these days and if it’s everything you need then stick with it.

By comparison, Jekyll is a blogging platform. If you only want to run a blog, Jekyll has everything you need. You won’t miss WordPress. You won’t lack any features or functionalities, or be spending countless amounts of time choosing widgets for your site. Not to mention, the writing experience is one of the best.

Jekyll is not for the faint-hearted

It is a static site generator that takes the text files and stitches them together creating static HTML sites. Created by Tom Preston-Werner, the co-founder of GitHub.

You should consider Jekyll if you are a developer that likes working with pure code and are looking for a high-performance publishing solution.

Advantages of Jekyll over WordPress:

1. No need to run tons of PHP script
2. No database or backend logic needed
3. Easy for content publishing
4. Fast loading static HTML pages
5. No need to worry about fending off bot-attacks daily

You can have complete control over the look and feel of every single page on your site. One could argue that it’s possible with WordPress too. True, but with Jekyll, it’s easier and less time-consuming as long as you know what you’re doing.

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