I recently moved my blog from Wordpress to Hexo. Also, I moved hosting platform from Siteground to S3 (AWS). This blog post details the rationale behind the decisions. It also describes how I learnt to build a Hexo theme using VMware Clarity environment. So overall this captures the following topics:
If you are interested in the above topics, then read on.
My site was built on Wordpress and hosted on Siteground. Siteground provides very good services. I never had issues with Siteground. Also, Wordpress is a very good platform, well tested. Very easy to use and widely supported. So why did I decide to move away from both the platforms? The main reasons are given below:
Let me explain the reasons one by one.
I noticed that instead of my best efforts (making my site minimal and applying a ton of optimizations) it was still not fast enough. The response time was sometimes in > 10 seconds range. At best, I got around 5 seconds response time in Pingdom test. Got similar results in GTmetrix and Pagespeed test.
In Wordpress, I was forced to use the themes developed by others. I wanted to use a minimal theme with no extra options. But was always limited by the themes. Also, I could not apply or use best practices for SEO optimizations all the time.
My contract renewal with Siteground was coming up. Their renewal charge was USD 239.40 for a year. This was a substantial amount for me.
Choosing the platform
The first decision was to choose a platform which will be faster and will provide me absolute control over every aspect.
Since my site is pretty static in nature (once I write a blog, I do not change it) I decided to go for static websites. Static websites are amazingly fast as they do not need to build and deliver at runtime.
So, I decided to go for static website. Next question was to select a static website generator. You can check this site for available options for static site generators staticgen.com. The following were the main contenders.
I chose Hexo because of the following reasons:
Hosting the Website
So, platform and generator was selected. Next big question was to decide where to host the website. Since Siteground was charging a premium, I was not ready to shell out that amount.