Finally I moved from Wordpress to Hugo! An Open Source static site generator.
Not photo related, but still open sources. I don’t think there is anything wrong with Wordpress. It’s good and has many, many advantage. Just think the large number of plugins - and the resources!
Hugo, other than the MySQL based Wordpress CMS, has no database, the site is totally static. This brings a few advantage, but they are major advantage:
- No database means that pages do not have to be created by the server. You do not need to have high end servers to make your pages load fast.
- No database also means that your website has no function. Like functions where a hacker can get in, create a mail relays and SPAM till you notice it (or till your host disables your website). Generally a static site is much safer.
- Pages are much leaner. You can really control what goes into the page. I don’t mean what you see, I mean what you don’t see, like what’s inside the < head > of your page. Wordpress sometimes writes 10+ css links, or 100s of css classes that you don’t really need.
On the way I learned also Tailwind, makes css writing fun (it wasn’t before for me).
I am still learning more and more about Hugo and they more you know the more fun it is to code it.
If you have a photo website, with many images, gallery view etc, consider Hugo, it makes your image heave pages load much faster. And you have easily have features like LazyLoad and automatic *.webp alternatives.