Site Updates


11-01-2013


Filed under: update

This is a major update. I’ve finally decided to move away from Octopress and use the good old Jekyll instead. After using Octopress for exactly 2 years (since 2011/11/01), I feel the urge to go back to the basics. It’s much easier for me to directly poke into Jekyll without the extra layer of abstraction and somewhat, complication that Octopress provides. Many Octopress-powered sites inherit the default look, which gets old quickly. Even though Octopress provides decent customization, the basic layouts are not easy or intuitive to change. It’s easier for me to just customize plain liquid template.

The migration process isn’t hard. I did have to global replace codeblock to highlight and change some image plugin markups. I’ve also lost all the sidebar widgets such as flickr and twitter. But I don’t intend to bring them back. I don’t think they provide much value to the blog. It was fun to look at them for a while though.

I disliked the solarized theme of syntax highlight. I’m glad that is gone. I’ll introduce a lighter theme supported by pigments in the future.

The Disqus-based commenting is also gone. I may bring commenting back, in some form. Being a static site, Jekyll can only support:

I also don’t know if the old comments can be easily restored - it really depends on how Disqus stores comments in relationship to blog entries.