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Eleventy reasons to move from WordPress

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WordPress pays my wages. It enables me (and many others) to create flexible and extensible websites for clients. It’s fair to say, after years of working with it, that I know it inside out.

But there’s more out there. When I decided to rebuild my own website, I wanted something different. Something that would stretch me, help me learn more JavaScript, write in Markdown, and which would be output in static HTML. And be more fun. Enter Eleventy.

Eleventy is a static site generator written in JS. There are a few starter packages available - I forked from eleventy-base-blog. This gave me a head start with a few blogging bits, such as a RSS feed.

What have I learnt or added so far?

What’s left to do?

Many many things.

“You could have saved yourself a lot of bother and just stuck with WordPress”. Well yes, but the point is to learn and expand my horizons. Everything I’ve learnt so far is visible and available to others on Github at https://github.com/mattradford/mattrad-uk. Others have done the same.

I can now write this post in IA Writer on my phone, push to my website’s git repo (using Working Copy), which Netlify will then build and deploy. It’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea but I’m loving it. Forward!