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Test the Pelican Static Site Generator

Tags: pelican, publishing
- Carsten Fischbeck
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This is the first (test) post on my new website setup using pelican. You may ask, 'Carsten you had a Wordpress before, why did you switch?' and the answer is this: Wordpress is a typical 'LAMP-Stack' Software. This means you have to maintain Linux, Apatche, Mysql, PHP and WP ofcourse. Maintanance includes regulary checking for security updates, check for signs if your site is already compromised, ensure all software versions play nicely together and so on. And guess what? It broke in short time after a PHP update.

I have two options. Firstly I would be a brave web admin and fix it. My web hosting skills are only rudimentary, so I need much more time for every task. And I did not make that site for the sake of hosting a site, but to share content. This brings me to the second option. Switching to a static site. This kill some layers of the LAMP-stack and therefore reducing work. Yes I lose features, but I'm certain its a good deal.

Instead of writing the website in HTML by myself I decided to use a static site generator that uses Markdown. Firstly I looked at HUGO but then wished something written in a programming language I know. I'm good at C but C is not the best language for this task. The next best thing is python. And this is why I coose Pelican. So the SSG jurney starts here and I hope I don't pivot again.