Static site deployment options

I know that for a lot of people their blog is something that should just work. So they go for WordPress and focus on writing, especially when a blog happens to be a major source of income. Well, mine has zero commercial value and I also enjoy being a web developer, so I keep using the blog as a guinea pig for new ideas.

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Building a blog with Hugo, GitHub, Travis-CI and DigitalOcean - Part 1

With great power comes great responsibility, they say. In case of being a programmer, this sometimes means that achieving simple things may get complicated. I understand that WordPress essentially won as the blogging platform and you can setup your hosted blog in almost no time… but then where is all the fun? On the other hand, putting on a pragmatic programmer’s hat, I don’t really have time or desire to write my own blog engine either. So I was looking for some kind of a middle ground.

To me the sweet spot seems to be in the static site generators: with this approach you usually get a high performance of a simple static site together with the beauty of Markdown, while still maintaining a freedom to choose how to store the sources and deploy the end result.

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