January 9, 2019

Moving Back to WordPress

It's been some time since this blog ran on WordPress. I can't remember when exactly, but some time ago I moved this blog to Medium for the convenience of not having to manage a site and the free exposure offered by Medium's network. However, these days hosting your own content is in vogue again and I don't blame people when you look at the state of Medium now.

Early last year I moved away from Medium to a self-built, flat-file CMS called Circulate. Sadly I've not had the time or motivation to build out Circulate and this blog has been pretty stale since. However, over the holiday period I decided it was time to get this thing back on WordPress.

Why WordPress?

There are two reasons why I decided to move this blog back to WordPress.

The first is that we've just opened up SpinupWP for beta over at Delicious Brains (still in beta). SpinupWP is a modern server control panel that allows you to spin up a secure server tuned for WordPress in minutes. I've been working on SpinupWP since early last year and I figured running my own site on SpinupWP would be a great way to dogfood the product. As a side note, when I say "tuned for WordPress" I mean "blazing fast"! Here is the Lighthouse audit results for this site:

The second reason is that it's actually quite an exciting time for WordPress right now. Despite the, sometimes justified, "backlash against something new" reaction from the WordPress community, the release of WordPress 5.0 with the Gutenberg editor is a pretty major culture shift in the WordPress world and something which I hope will be a good thing in the long run. WordPress has a long history of backwards-compatibility and technical debt and, in my opinion, has needed a big culture shift to come from the top for some time. I understand the reluctance many developers have to embrace such a fundamental change but I'm hoping this will turn out to be the start of a bright new future for WordPress as it catches up with the rest of the web community in 2019.

So here I am, back on WordPress. Hopefully this will mean I'll actually write some more blog posts in 2019. We'll see.

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