Reasons for using static site generation (docpad) for Fluid

Steve Lee steve at opendirective.com
Mon Nov 24 11:21:13 EST 2014


On 24 November 2014 at 16:11, Jonathan Hung <jhung at ocadu.ca> wrote:
> Hi Steve,
>
> I'm forking this from the other thread because this topic can potentially
> generate a good discussion. :)

Thanks

> 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.

Can't argue there

> 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.

Good point. You can put DBs under VC but you have to imnport/export as SQL.

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

That's a good point!

> 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 you are editing source can;t yoi just use your fave editor and if a
dev editor add the buil. Perhasp even use and IDE?
Should also be more accessible too, though javascript WYSIWYGs are
getting better

> 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.

OK. Is new to me but I did see all the plugins and quality rendering options

> 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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