Three and a half years later



I already told you that migrating from Jekyll to Hugo was a lot harder than I thought. But I had not expected that I would not look at Hugo for another 3.5 years.

What changed?

First of all CloudCannon started building Hugo websites, while Forestry stopt doing so. I am a big fan of CloudCannon, I have been asked to write blog posts for them and I am featured on their website, so I definitely wanted to take Hugo for a spin on their infrastructure. Secondly, I had a few websites that were becoming quite slow due to their increasing size. Jekyll has improved its speed drasticly in the last few years, but build times of 20+ seconds were still common for my bigger websites (3k+ pages). I started experimenting with GoJekyll and got enthusiastic about the 1.4 seconds build times. However, I immediately found some bugs in GoJekyll and some limitations in blackfriday (GoJekyll’s Markdown converter). I also noticed that both Netlify and CloudCannon were switching to a pricing model where you are paying for build minutes. I get that… but it gave Hugo an extra advantage over Jekyll as Hugo builds 20 times faster (thus cheaper). This made me look at Hugo again with new eyes. A massively popular and mature project with over 50k stars on Github.

While exploring everything that was new (and old) to Hugo, I found that creating multilingual websites had great support. I am building a lot of multilingual websites, so this is quite nice. Also, after building Jekyll websites for almost 6 years, I was less insecure about learning a new templating language and ready for a new challenge.

What now?

I will port more of the solutions I have built on Jekyll Codex to this website. I have already updated the codebase in a way that it no longer uses Bootstrap or jQuery. Soon you will see a lot of ‘Add-ons’ appear on this site, containing partials or shortcodes. I will start where I left off, by exploring the possibility to let Hugo resize images.

Joost van der Schee

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