22 Sep 2012 - Münster (by Dominik)

We've transformed our texts into a monster. Our blog is now powered by Jekyll

Our blog was due for an update for some time now. We finally got around to make it happen.

Martin came up with an all-new super clean design and instead of using a blogging platform it is now powered by Jekyll - a lightweight and simple site generator from Tom Preston-Werner, co-founder of GitHub.

  • Our blog posts are now static Markdown files.
  • Every blog post is in version control (we use git).
  • Our new flow to publish a post is now: Typing content into a new Markdown file, committing and pushing it.

We're using some custom plugins (e.g. for special handling of images and blockquotes), so unfortunately we can't use GitHub Pages at the moment to host the blog (because we didn't want to put the generated static files into the git repository and have use for features like scheduled posts and different environments for production & development/preview/copy-reading), so right now this blog is running on Heroku.

Are you using Jekyll, too and have any stellar hints for us to make it better? Let me (@DominikTo) know!

About Dominik

Dominik started fruux back in 2007. He's a lawyer that writes code and has Amazon subscriptions for stuff that normal people buy in the supermarket. Follow him on Twitter or contact him via e-mail.

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