A new year, A new blog post, and Hello Ghost!

It has been a while since I've made a post on here!

One of the things I realized last year was that I wasn't very happy with my hosting service and my blogging site's overall look.

The main reason I was using my previous hosting service was because they did ASP.NET and I wanted a way to develop test sites and test them under live conditions.

With having an MSDN license and Azure credits for the last couple years, this is totally unnecessary now. I can develop a test site and push it to Azure any way I see fit.

Questions I was asking myself?

  • What types of posts do I want to make?
  • What features do I want or need to accomplish this?
  • How easy is it to make posts?
  • What types of markups does it handle?
  • Do I want it as a development platform or stictly for blogging?
  • Do I need something with a lot of baked in plugins like WordPress?
  • Do I need something with barely any features and it is close to he medal?
  • Is there something in between?
  • Does it support SSL? Is it free?
  • What monitoring does it need?
  • Do I transfer over my domain to another registrar?

Narrowing it down

After answering all these questions, it came down to these choices.

  • WordPress or Ghost for blogging framework
  • Change registrar or keep existing

And here we are

I chose Ghost for the blogging framework because of these reasons:

  • It is super easy to create posts
  • It has an easy markup to learn, plus you can also use regular HTML if necessary
  • It has SSL free as standard
  • It has all the features that I need

I also chose to change registrars to Namecheap mainly because I just wanted to remove myself from the hosting service provider. The only benefit to stay with them was that if I hosted my site with them, the domain was free.

My newly refreshed personal commitment to the blog

The other thing that gets on my mind for this site is that I hardly ever update it. It is always some excuse, but mainly it's just time constraints! The tech world keeps on a changing! The only thing my old blog seemed to have on it in its prior form was slides from the talks I've done and having them available for you to download.

So my goal is to have at least one post per month.

I will be trying to move some of the slides and other information in the coming weeks.

So here is to a new year, a new blog post, and new beginnings.