I haven’t posted any new content in a while, but after logging in to my hosting provider and finding some suspicious files I didn’t put there, I decided it was time to finally move away from WordPress to a static site generator. I also wanted to move away from my hosting provider. Therefore, I figured GitHub Pages and Jekyll were my best bet.
JekyllImport::Importers::WordpressDotCom and more or less
followed the first few steps on
From Wordpress to Jekyll.
This transferred a lot of metadata for each post that I didn’t need
for my blog, and some that just flat out broke Jekyll. So I wrote a
little Ruby script that cleaned that up,
After that, I applied the
Start Bootstrap Clean Blog
styling, although I should have used the
Start Bootstrap Clean Blog Jekyll
repo instead since I ended up doing most of the stuff it did manually
anyway. After that, I customized the styling a bit:
- Changed the header image to something more appropriate, a microarray image derived from a public domain image by Louis M. Staudt
- Dimmed the image so it was easier to read the text on top of it
- Reduced the size of the header
- Reduced the size of the fonts
You can see my customizations in the local.css.
The result is a faster, safer blog for everyone. Hopefully that means I’ll be blogging more.
Below are some tips from the dummy Jekyll post that might come in handy later, so I am keeping them around.
Jekyll also offers powerful support for code snippets:
Check out the Jekyll docs for more info on how to get the most out of Jekyll. File all bugs/feature requests at Jekyll’s GitHub repo. If you have questions, you can ask them on Jekyll’s dedicated Help repository.