Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
Figuring Out Which Blogging Platform To Switch To
I'd like to pay someone to port my blog to a new platform, and create one for Changeset Consulting as well. So now I need to decide on the platform and the vendor.
I've used NewsBruiser for this blog for nearly twenty years. Leonard wrote it for himself, and I switched to it from Kuro5hin in October 2001. I have posted 4645 entries.
I like many of NewsBruiser's features. I like that it emits flat files so that a page load requires no database lookup, for instance. And there are things I am sentimental about; I love that it's in Python, and that my spouse wrote it. And if I really need a specific change then I can get personal help.
But there are some things I want (for this personal blog plus for my consulting site) that NewsBruiser does not provide, and it makes more sense for me to switch to something else instead of asking Leonard to do a huge load of updates and feature work that he doesn't personally need. And -- as Troy Hunt and Courtney Milan and Steve Klabnik and a zillion other programmer-bloggers eventually decided -- at some point, if my websites are important to me on a business level, then I should switch to using a platform that gives me stuff I need, even if it's less pleasingly homemade.
I assume that doing this will involve contracting with someone else to do the web design, customization, and import, because my personal site ought to be easier to read, because I'll probably be creating a Changeset Consulting blog separate from Cogito, Ergo Sumana, and because I am not particularly strong at web design and I should outsource this. And I assume that a lot of design and CSS stuff I'll work out with that vendor -- header and footer and navbar, responsive design for mobile, etc.
So, what do I need or want? I figured I'd finally write down this list that I've been accreting in my head over the past few years. (I will probably come back to this list to add things as I interact with other blogs and remember stuff.)
Nice to have
As I understand it, WordPress bestrides this market like a behemoth. The contenders I have seen people use recently: Ghost, WordPress, Jekyll, Hugo, Pelican, Write.as, Django, Flask, Drupal. I see Alternative To mentions some others. I wrote this entry mostly for myself, to think about what I need and want, rather than to seek advice. But I do welcome advice on platforms/tools. And I know multiple WordPress consultants, so I'd like recommendations for consultants and other vendors whom I could pay to help me switch to something that is not WordPress, maybe even paying them to implement upstream features in that alternative.
Update 5 Jan 2021: I found a contractor via MeFi Jobs and should have a revamped site up in a few months!
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