I started to blog 11 years ago. The first blog system i used, was Dotclear, I moved to Wordpress few years after because of the large plugin and theme ressources available. Wordpress is a really good blog platform, but it updates itslef too often for me.
Few months ago, the blog moved to Ghost, a really minimalist blog system, based on nodejs. A KISS aproach to the blog, I falled in love. The only issue i had with Ghost was about the hosting dependencies, no hard to manage, but since i don’t master nodeJs, i spent too much hours to hack into.
I discovered HUGO. Hugo is a static blog generator, written with a language (GOLANG), i use everyday.
So, i moved from GHOST to HUGO hosted on Google App engine.
Ghost migration to Hugo
Ghost and Hugo share the same markdown notation for posts content. The fist thing to do : extract posts from Ghost db (sqlite) to individual .md files and move them to HUGO/content/post/ folder.
The code I used to achieve this is here : GHOST_TO_HUGO.php
Next step, move GHOST/content directory to HUGO/static directory. This way all references like images keep working.
Migration completed !
The default theme on ghost was perfect for my blog, but unavailable on HUGO… So i ported the casper theme from GHOST to HUGO, you can find it here : hugo-theme-casper
Google App Engine
I put my GAE configuration file app.yaml into the HUGO/static directory, to see it pushed when hugo generate the static site.
To publish it online, i run the deploy.sh script to
- stage/commit/push contents changes to my git repo
- deploy the public directory to Google App Engine
This Blog is now Proudly published with HUGO, with a Casper theme and hosted on Google App Engine.
You can publish your site to github.io, see documentation here : Hosting on GitHub Pages
All source code from for this blog, app.yaml, deploy.sh, content and theme are on github : github.com/vjeantet/vjeantet.fr