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. 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.
9 February 2013: The instructions in this post to implement the blockquote markup using the Post Snippets plugin for WordPress are accurate. However, the markup itself has been updated. See the updated blockquote post snippet for the improved markup.