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.