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NOTE: Under Construction - I'm in the middle of upgrading my site and lots of stuff is kinda broken. Please forgive the mess.

Secure Hugo a tech talk

The past couple years have been rough 1. Among other things, I haven't posted much. There were two reasons. First, I didn't feel up to it. Second, and more importantly, my site setup has been getting in the way.

I've built this site several ways over the years. Going all the way back, I hand coded it in HTML and then ASP followed by PHP. Moving on to Blogger and Wordpress before finally moving to Jekyll 2 (where it's been since 2012).

Jekyll has been pretty great. It was my first move back to a "static site" since the original hand coding days of the '90s. Unfortunately, it's slow to use, taking 20-30 seconds to rebuild the site every time I make a change. There have been some optimizations that have made that faster, but it's never been speedy.

Enter Hugo 3. It's another static site engine, but it's designed from the ground up for speed. The runs are super fast. An initial build of my 900+ pages takes less than two seconds.

November 2019
TODO: pre

Even better, when I make changes, it rebuilds in less than half a second and automatically refreshes the preview page in my browser. It's really, really nice. That means I can make pages faster. That means I'll post more. That little bit less friction turns out to make a huge difference. (Of course, so does coming out of depression...)

While moving to Hugo, I made another change. This site is now secured via "HTTPS". That means you'll see the little lock icon in the address bar. I don't have any type of login or sensitive information on my site. In one way, that means it's not a big deal that my site wasn't served securely. However, we should all secure our web sites 4. So, now I've done mine.

I'm super excited about these changes. I expect it'll get me posting more. Time will tell...

(P.S. There's going to be some broken formatting and missing images. Some of those have been busted since 2012 when I moved to Jekyll. Some will be new. Time will also tell if I go back to clean those up.)

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