Jekyll migration complete!

I have finished converting this site from Drupal 8 to Jekyll. Drupal is a very robust CMS with infinite customization and fine grained control over user permissions. It is an excellent tool I use extensively at my current job. Earlier this year I took some time to evaluate the tools I use against the core needs of my site. Drupal is more than I need.

There is a shortlist of requirements for this site:

  • Display media and text.
  • Create new content without hand coding HTML
  • Categorize blog posts and aggregate them as needed
  • Allow commenting system
  • Lightweight and performent

That’s it. Pretty simple. The first point is covered by HTML. The second and third forces a framework, but not necessarily a database. Commenting was a bit of a road block at first. I did not want something heavy and ad-full like Disqus and did not want something mining all of your data. I discovered Commento and thought, “Yes, this”. It is light weight and privacy focused.

With requirements in hand and minimal research I discovered Jekyll (thanks Github). It’s perfect. Lightweight, fast, and easy to update. The bonus is that all my content is version controlled since I use Github to house my code. Even better, I don’t need a database so security is a snap.

I am very happy with the transition and hope the speed gains of a statically generated site is a joy to you. Now I must enhance this site with artwork. My Wacom has arrived!

Recent Articles


Project Management is THE Skill to Have

There are few skills that translate across all disciplines like Project Management.

Motion Design

A brief look at linear interpolation

Let's lightly explore one of the first concepts in digital animation.


Design goals for 2020

You can't measure progress without goals. Here I sum up my plans for the year 2020.


What This is All About

I layout the purpose of this blog, AptlyU and how it may help you.


Usability Inspection Methods

When budgets are tight, are usability inspection methods a viable substitute for empirical user research?