Reasons for using static site generation (docpad) for Fluid

Jonathan Hung jhung at ocadu.ca
Mon Nov 24 11:11:12 EST 2014


Hi Steve,

I'm forking this from the other thread because this topic can potentially
generate a good discussion. :)

Security is probably the main reason we are switching certain sites to
static pages instead of a CMS. For sites that are mostly text content and
have low interaction, a static site made sense.

Also, moving to a static site allows us to use github to version control
all the content, and have a peer review process for modifications.

Finally, static sites don't break with updates the way a Wordpress site
would (for example). This is very appealing.

The big downside is that editing content and the publishing workflow is
significantly less friendly than using a nice GUI on a CMS. There are some
github-docpad editors available, but we have yet to investigate those
fully.

As for choosing Docpad specifically - it is widely supported, has a large
repository of plugins, and allowed for easy plugin authoring if we needed
it.

We're still getting the hang of using docpad, but so far it's been good.

Others feel free to chime in.

- Jon.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Steve Lee <steve at opendirective.com>
Date: Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 3:55 PM
Subject: Re: New Fluid Project site
To: "Gill, Avtar" <agill at ocadu.ca>
Cc: Fluid Work <fluid-work at fluidproject.org>


This is rather off topic but I'd be interested in the rational for using
docpad. I've been recently thinking again about static sites for security,
speed etc.

Steve

Autocomplete may have messed with my text
On 19 Nov 2014 21:10, "Gill, Avtar" <agill at ocadu.ca> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> The new http://fluidproject.org site is live. Its content is managed
> using Docpad, a static site generator. More information can be found here:
> https://github.com/fluid-project/fluidproject.org
>
> The Fluid blog will be getting migrated to the Docpad site over the next
> few days. An update will be provided on this list when available.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Avtar
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