Learning a blogging platform outside the WordPress domain has been on my mind for a while. I’ve been working with WordPress sites as an author, editor or general maintenance man, for ten years now and I felt it was time to expand my horizons. So, I researched static site generators and settled on Hugo as a new platform to learn. Aside from learning a new technology, another reason for moving the blog to a static site generator is that my WordPress sites just seem so slow these days, despite optimising and aggressively caching where I can.
This post was originally titled Optimising this self-hosted WordPress site. However, optimising is too grand a word for what I’ve done. After nearly a year of neglect, I’ve cleaned up this site behind the scenes. There are no visible changes to the design but, hopefully, the content now loads faster. Below is a list of improvements to serve as my own memory aid so I can repeat the steps on other self-hosted installations.
[Updated 28 August 2014: John Mueller of Google Webmaster Tools announced that Google will stop showing authorship results in Google Search.] I’ve read up on Google authorship markup this week, particularly in the context of adding it to self-hosted WordPress sites. For Google, the idea is to surface popular authors’ web content in search results. For writers or anyone publishing online, you can assert ownership of your content and enhance your personal brand online.