Well, I guess it’s quite obvious that I really enjoy working with Jekyll — with good reasons — so let me just briefly suggest some of the benefits of using a static site generator in favor of a heavy dynamic, database driven content management system.
- Speed: Static HTML pages are small, lightweight and perform blazingly fast. You’ll notice the difference.
- Versioning: Contents and files remain on your computer. Perform backups or keep track of changes via GIT — it’s quite easy without a database.
- Flexibility: Ruby and Liquid — Jekyll’s foundation — empower you to easily extend its functionality. Or just use one of many plugins created by a striving community.
- Security: Anything you’ll ever put on your server are static files — chances are good that you’ll never need to worry about security concerns anymore.
Lastly, I believe the best part is being able to have complete control over my data. I don’t have to lose any work if a service goes down; my post are right there in beautiful Markdown!
Check out the Jekyll docs for more info on how to get the most out of Jekyll.