Migrating my website from Hugo to Gatsby
Published: 01 July 2019
Since starting with this website in 2013, I have used various blogging platforms. I initially started with WordPress, then moved to Statamic, and then later to Hugo. There is no real rational reason for these changes, other than the fact that I have always considered my personal website to be a bit of a playground to experiment with things.
I have decided to make a change again and switch my website from Hugo to Gatsby. As of the writing of this particular blog post on 1 July 2019, my website is still running on Hugo, so consider this the start of the journey. I’ll be blogging about my experience as I go along.
The decision to go with Gatsby
I want to quickly discuss my reasons for going with Gatsby over any of the other potential options out there.
1. It is a chance to learn React
I have never made use of React, but I have been interested in learning it for a long time. Gatsby is based on React, so, even though I guess I am strictly not learning React itself, I will be learning about many of the concepts which make up a React application. These are skills that I can use later, should the opportunity arrive to use React in a proper project.
2. I will have more control
With Hugo, I would run into issues every so often in that I cannot do things that fall outside of the structure of the underlying framework. One such example was when I was trying to create the sidebar for the Airport Explorer book. I had to deal with Hugo’s proprietary syntax and ran into several limitations, and even though I managed to produce something acceptable in the end, it was not a pleasant experience.
3. The Gatsby ecosystem is extensive
So, the plan of action is first to create a website that has parity with the current one. I have also been itching to use Tailwind for a while, so I’ll be using that for the styling and theming of the website.
Once that is in place, I plan to add some more features to the website, such as blog series, more books, integration with Algolia etc.
I hope you’ll learn with me along the way. Stay tuned!
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