Devils’ Workshop goes hugo & geekish!

Update (30 May 2016) – My affair with Hugo ended and I moved this site back to WordPress. Hugo is great. So does WordPress. I wanted to use single tool across my personal and professional life, that means WordPress FTW!


It has been more than a year since I published my last post on this blog.

No, I am not planning to get back to full-time blogging or reboot this blog (network).

So what we did and why?

Yesterday, we moved Devils’ Workshop from our beloved WordPress platform to Hugo – a static site generator, I fell in love with!

By moving to Hugo, or a static site generator for that matter, we don’t need to maintain WordPress and a server for this site anymore.

Well managing an extra site at rtCamp may not sound like a big deal, afterall rtCamp is a WordPress company which is behind the incredible EasyEngine.

But at rtCamp we are trying to sharpen our focus and managing a blog network is not on the list!

So by moving to static site generator, we can keep entire blog, content + theme in a github repo and host it on a CDN or plain simple HTML hosting. We are hosting DW content on Amazon AWS and CDN77 as of now.

There are more beneifts like:

  1. No spam/security issues
  2. Offline editing – this wil help me write more often. So you may see some posts on this blog in future again!
  3. Writing in markdown – most of my techie notes stored on localhost are in markdown format only.
  4. Any future “guest posts” will need to come via Github pull request (I hope spammners are not good at sending pull requests)
  5. As complete site is static and on CDN, load-time is very less. Google might love us for this but we are not really caring anymore! 😛

Why Choose Hugo?

If you are aware of world of static site generators, you are aware that there are many!

Jekyll is most famous so we tried Jekyll first. But Jekyll and other static site generators simply failed to built this huge blog (approx 5000 posts + pages) or took forever!

Only hugo can build this giant blog in less than 10 seconds.

devilsworkshop hugo build time

Even after theme customizations and adding features like adsense-revenue sharing! Yep. We still have adsense-revenue sharing and all old post authors will see their ads on their old posts.

With hugo’s datafiles feature we managed to maintain not only adsense info but also other profile details for each author. If you were an author on DW, you can update your profile from by editing a plain-text toml file here!

Hugo is so good that I am planning to move many sites, including one which we update continuously. We are just waiting this Hugo issue to get resolved.

Guest Blogging on DW

We will keep open the blog but as I explained above, all posts need to be submitted via Github pull requests.

I hope this submission itself will limit content to technical posts for which this blog orignally started.

While I can not say anything about my own frequency of writing here, I will certainly respond to any pull request in less than 24 hours (unless I am totally offline which is rare!)

About rahul286.com?

Some people though with rahul286.com, I might share all my future stuff there only.

Well, that blog is personal and non-technical. I will prefer to share all techie stuff here only. At the moment, outside rtCamp, I am only exploring Android world. I have some notes on localhost which I plan to publish here!

Thank You!

I really wonder if anyone reads this blog anymore. But if you are reading this, I just want to thank you for following Devil.

I am doing really well in my life but it all started with this blog. So this blog and all its old readers will always have a special place in my heart!

Thank you everyone! 🙂

8 Replies to “Devils’ Workshop goes hugo & geekish!”

  1. I miss the old Devil’s Workshop, I mean like seriously.
    Those were the days, when you guys used to publish new Orkut hack, Facebook, Mac-Windows tips. Now? We see nothing. You were the people who inspired me to blog, you and Gaurav Dua of Orkut Plus and now both of you are busy in your respective lives. I wish you come back.

    Good luck.

    1. I am glad to read your comment. It made me feel nostalgic. 🙂

      I also miss simpler life I had back then. But what’s gone is gone.

      As a blogger, I always wrote things that I was exploring and it was never about trend. I still write at https://rtcamp.com/tutorials/ but choose to disable comments and use static pages instead of blog post as format.

      I am exploring Android from a year. I have many notes cluttering my local disk and evernote account. Hope to convert them to blog post soon.

      Best wishes to you as well. 🙂

  2. Found you at all tech buzz’s top fifty tech bloggers in India. Devils Workshop is going to be in my permanent reading list.. 🙂

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