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.

My last post was on how to update your Google Docs settings to track published documents in Google Analytics. Currently, you can only documents track documents in your Analytics reports – not views of published spreadsheets or presentations. I’d like Google to add support for tracking published spreadsheets, in particular. At work, I advocate making statistics available online in multiple open formats and not, for example, solely providing statistics in an Excel file hosted on the corporate site for users to download.

I’m working on a project for a UK public sector site that involves analysing lots of legacy web content. The work also involves restructuring the site with a new, straightforward, navigation. Findability and interesting, relevant content are key. In parallel, I need to improve the site’s performance in search engine results.