Why I Ditched WordPress and Switched to Hugo

Kicking a football with the WordPress logo on it. Among my other ventures, I run a couple of blogs (Motorcycle Mastery and Scoot Safely). These blogs have been up and running since about 2014. Like most people, I used the software that has become the de-facto standard for blog production: WordPress.

I have, however, spent the last couple of months converting those blogs to an alternate system. Here, I’m going to outline the reasons behind that change, and will discuss some of the pros and cons for such a decision.

But first, let’s have a quick look at how blogs are produced:

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The Development Process

Diagram of the development process We understand that, for many of our customers, this may be the first time that they have been involved in a web development project. Our goal is to make the process as easy for you as possible, and for you to be as involved as you would like.

Sometimes we find that the client wishes to be as “hands off” as possible, and leave many of the decisions to us, and that is fine after we have gained enough information to work with. Equally, some clients prefer to be much more “hands on”, and be actively involved with every step. That is also welcome. It is your project, and the most important part is that you are happy with the end result.

No matter which type of solution we are creating for you; whether it be a static web site consisting of just a few pages, or an enterprise-level comprehensive database-driven web application, the steps we go through remain essentially the same, and we’d like to outline them here.

Over the eighteen years we have been in the business, the one thing that stands out as being crucial to the successful outcome of a project is communication. This is a two-way street. Clearly, you need to know that we are available to you, and that we will promptly respond to your questions and requests. Equally, the project will go much smoother if the client is available for timely requests for information—particularly during the period before actual development begins.

To give you an idea of how the process works, and the different phases involved, we will here outline the different phases of the development process:

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Pros and Cons of a WordPress Site

Wordpress logo Recent years have seen a huge increase in the use of CMS (Content Management Systems), such as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal for web site creation. The most common of these is WordPress. Here at Savannah Software we are often asked what exactly these systems are, and how they may help in your business’s online presence, so we have created this mini guide to help you understand what they are; the pros and cons of using them, and whether they would be suitable for your own web site needs. For the sake of simplicity, we will talk mainly about WordPress here, but keep in mind that the other platforms provide quite similar functions.

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