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I'm Ketan ‐ A Melbourne web designer, developer and illustrator with 20 years industry experience.

Switching my website to Jekyll was easy peasy

8 April 2021 static website jekyll cms github

I’ve been thinking about replacing my Contentful + PHP managed website with a Jekyll one for some time, and this month I’ve finally gone and done it. 

Contentful CMS

If you’ve never used Contentful, it’s a headless CMS that allows you to manage all types of content by allowing you to create content models.

It’s excellent and worth considering if you are looking for a content management system and utilising your own front end code. 

Why switch?

Contentful is a great CMS, but there were a few reasons why I decided to switch:

  1. Reducing hosting and deployment costs, and my carbon footprint associated with all of these.
  2. Improving website speed and performance.
  3. Reducing the reliance on third-party hosted services.
  4. Wanting more control and ownership over my content.
  5. Less development time, so I can quickly add new features to my website.

Every year I review all the services I use and their related subscription costs. After some analysis, I found I was spending approximately A$300 per year on Google Cloud Platform (GCP), ServerPilot, GitHub and DeployHQ just for hosting this website.

I was still on the free Contentful plan, which was sufficient for my requirements. 

GitHub Pages

I have a GitHub Pro account which allows me to host a static website within my US$4 monthly subscription. So savings are made there, considering I use Github a lot for coding and project management.

Switching to Jekyll made perfect sense with it being compatible with GitHub Pages, and I wanted to go down the static root. 

I could have continued to use GCP to host my site, but GitHub made perfect sense to me with everything in one place; my repo, deployment, issues, projects etc. 

It’s too easy…

I thought it would take me some time to convert my existing site to a Jekyll one as I hadn’t used it before. Still, I had it up and running within a weekend and was pleasantly surprised at how easy and enjoyable the whole process was.

There wasn’t much for me to install on my mac; it all just worked so I could go straight into building my website.

Lighthouse tests

With my new static website live, I just had to run a lighthouse test against my old site. As expected, there were some serious performance improvements.

My website using PHP and Contentful

The old site was quite fast, with a performance score of 83, but I could have made some improvements.

My website using Contentful + PHP

My website built with Jekyll

In comparison, this new static website scored a whopping 97 in performance!

My website built with Jekyll


I’m thrilled with the result, and this is my first post written using Jekyll. So far, it’s been brilliant - no more messing about with logging into admins, deployments and just general server crap.

Going static is definitely the way to go. As always, Eric Meyer was right!

Happy days! :)