I’ve had this blog migrated so many times in the past. I had it running in Jekyll and GitHub pages when I first started blogging. Then I switched to self hosting with Ghost blog engine. I switched out of Ghost in favour of Gatsby while I was doing more ReactJS development. Hosted the blog on Netlify with its free tier. I then switched back to Ghost and self hosting it on Kubernetes.

I even considered using the Hey World blogging platform for a while. But, that was way too simple for me. It has got potentials and I will wait and see if it grows into something more that meets my needs in the future.

And now, I am back to how it all began, running the site using Jekyll and hosting it back on GitHub pages.

Taking a break from Ghost

I was not using the full set of features offered by Ghost. I didn’t need mostly all of them. I don’t have subscriber, I don’t need to send out emails to anyone. And I don’t plan to use the blog as a revenue stream.

I enjoyed the default theme, I loved its integration with cloudflare for image uploads. I am planning to continue using Cloudflare to serve the images for my blog after migrating to Jekyll.

Running a kubernetes cluster for my blog and couple of side projects is turned out to be expensive. I would like to have the oppertunity to turn the Kubernetes Cluster off without bringing down my blog.

Why Jekyll?

I think the main reason for migrating to Jekyll blog engine is because of its simplicity. I already have tools needed for running jekyll on my workstation. I am becoming more familiar with the ecosystem nowadays. I like the concept of simply serving HTML. That’s all I need from a Blog. There is no need for server rendering, no need for lots of JavaScript to be executing in my reader’s Browser.

I like the freedom of writing in Markdown, saving it to GIT and having a bit more control over the customizations. I will have to make the site look more appealing, some UI improvements, including taking care of my mobile readers. I am losing some nice functionalities with this migration. There is not alot that comes with the minima theme. So, will be taking some time to polish the look and feel of the site.


In order to migrate the posts from ghost, I used the jekyll_ghost_importer gem pointing to the .json file that I exported from Ghost admin UI.


The gem however, did not migrate over the urls correctly for me. I ended up with jekyll’s default post format yyyy-mm-dd-title urls. Therefore, I had to manually set the permalink front matter attribute. This wasn’t so bad as I only had around 34 blog posts.

Also, posts with links to other posts ended up with __GHOST_URL__ prefix. e.g. [Part 2 - Setting up Kibana Service](__GHOST_URL__/setting-up-elasticsearch-cluster-on-kubernetes-part-2-kibana/). Therefore, make sure to find and replace these ones manually to use post_url liquid tags. e.g. [Part 2 - Setting up Kibana Service]({% post_url 2018-02-13-setting-up-elasticsearch-cluster-on-kubernetes-part-2-kibana %}).

Code blocks

I also had to also add the correct highlight language tag for my code blocks in existing posts.

{% highlight csharp %}
public int Add(int a, int b) => a + b;
{% endhighlight %}

I later found out that jekyll can also make use of GitHub Fenced Code Blocks syntax as well.

``` javascript
const add = (a, b) => a + b;


jekyll_ghost_importer also imports the images as html tags, and with fixed width and height which looks streched out in Jekyll with minima theme. I had to convert each one to the markdown format of ![alt](url) "title" format.


Who knows, I might decide to move away from Jekyll in some time in the future. But for now, I enjoy the simplicity of just writing and pushing the content to the world.

I have blogged quite a lot already on migrating from one platform to another. I have to stop migrating the blog and stick to a platform for a substantial amount of time. And I am hopefull that this might be it.