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Switching My Site to Metalsmith

It's all about the JavaScript

December 28, 2016

New year, new site...

After almost two years using Hugo, I've decided to switch my static site generator to Metalsmith. If you are reading this post, you are already looking at the Metalsmith-generated site.

I have only good things to say about Hugo, so my decision has nothing to do with it. The reason I decided to switch is that I want to learn more about JavaScript, and I figured that using a JavaScript-based site generator like Metalsmith will help me move closer to my goal.

To do the switch, I started with a barebones Metalsmith setup that I then tweaked until it resembled my old Hugo site. That involved modifying the templates, incorporating the style sheets, and moving over graphic assets and posts.

Along the whole process, I relied heavily on this helpful tutorial, which does a great job of explaining each and every step to get a basic Metalsmith blog up and running quickly and reliably.

As I experiment with adding new features and plug-ins to my initial setup, I look forward to learning many new and interesting things about JavaScript.

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