Bye-Bye Tumblr, Hello Octopress

This is my first post published using Octopress after several years of using either Drupal and/or tumblr and I’d like to share the reasons why I chose to move from a blogging platform and switch to a statically generated site.

Yes, because what you are reading is pure static old-school HTML, generated by Octopress on my MacBook Pro. Also to note is that everything here is being served by GitHub through the Pages feature, completely free.

  • Octopress sports a clean responsive theme written in semantic HTML5, focused on readability and friendliness toward mobile devices.
  • Code blogging is easy and beautiful. Embed code (with Solarized styling) in your posts from gists, jsFiddle or from your filesystem.
  • Third party integration is simple with built-in support for Twitter, Pinboard, Delicious, GitHub Repositories, Disqus Comments and Google Analytics.
  • It’s easy to use. A collection of rake tasks simplifies development and makes deploying a cinch.
  • Ships with great plug-ins some original and others from the Jekyll community — tested and improved.

Ease of Use

Octopress is a framework built upon Jekyll, the Ruby static site generator that powers GitHub Pages.

Jekyll takes a content directory, parses all the articles and pages through a Markdown converter and generates a static website that can be served with almost anything.

Octopress leverages all the power of Jekyll adding a great HTML5 template, mobile ready, and a lot of features like archives, an xml sitemap, code highlighting, external services integration (Twitter, Github, Google+, Facebook), and much much more.

This solution makes your website really fast because there’s no dynamic code that runs on the server and no databases.

3rd Party Plugins

Octopress has a wealth of 3rd Party Plugins that will allow you to do most anything you want to do.

Themes

Octopress also has quite a few 3rd Party Themes for you to use and to customize.

Open Source

Best of all is that Octopress is Open Source and licensed under The MIT License.