Hello Jekyll (from 5erver.in)

Note: This post was moved from 5erver.in (spelled server.in)

Intro about 5erver.in

I want to write posts about resources and configurations I find when configuring websites to desktop software.

If you do rate habits, my best one is configuring stuff.

What does this site do ?

I plan to use this site to explain details of configurations and sites, and why I choose that way.

Why not use Tumblr like my other blogs ?

I am finally over my habit of using a rich text editor to write blogs.

What did you choose to blog ?

I chose Jekyll. Jekyll is a parsing engine bundled as a ruby gem used to build static websites from dynamic components such as templates, partials, liquid code, markdown, etc. Jekyll is known as “a simple, blog aware, static site generator”.

You can as well use Ruhoh if you want to set it up faster than I did.

Why Jekyll ?

Its simple static site hosted on github. Github since anyone can just clone this repo

One could use Amazon AWS services (S3 or any CDN ) if they want to conceal the source of the software or if any customisations were made.

Why should I care ?

Since it could be too late when finding answers later than now. This is a reason dropbox always generates extra load to test their production servers .

The world has loads of free software, thanks to the Open Source Software movement. The most important thing is to do it configure it. There are many aspects in the server and the client and everything between that can be configured.

I like giving analogies, here’s one

Would you use the first gear in the car when going at 50 mph ? (Ofcourse I am talking about a car with a manual gear system. In software world, you cannot assume anything since the dependencies are more than you think)

The same way, when you configure a system, you should not deploy software to production till you load test it and know the ins and outs of systems. Although it takes time, its worth the experience.

Can’t I use chef or puppet ?

Yes, if you want to use the base software or already configured software or if you want the vanilla configuration on tens of your servers, thats the way to go.

Can you help configure my server and explain everything step by step ?

Yes, Contact me at sairam at kunala dot com

Can I contribute ?

Yes, send a github pull request or email me an markdown file with your details for reference.