website options

Christian Pietsch chr.pietsch+web4lib at GOOGLEMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 29 03:30:37 EDT 2015

Hi Shannon,

dynamically generated websites have turned out to be terribly brittle,
slow, and insecure. Current HTML5 is so powerful that for most use
cases, you don't really need them. Not even for blogs.

I would always first try to use a static website generator such as
Jekyll <>, which is free and open source.
It allows you to author blog posts in Markdown which is essentially
plain text with very unobtrusive markup like people use in e-mails.


On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 11:53:38PM +0000, Shannon E. Fox wrote:
> A year later we still have not solved our dilemma of what to do for the next iteration of our academic library website. If we migrate to the college website WordPress-based CMS, we lose functionality that we prefer to keep. Hosting solutions are too expensive for our tight budget. We prefer not to rent Dreamweaver from Adobe Cloud. I began looking at open source solutions besides Drupal and similar ones that require technology our IT department is unwilling to support (PHP,, etc.) on the webserver they host for us (java is okay on it  but not in the WordPress CMS). I see that there are numerous open source and low-cost alternatives and the selection is overwhelming. Has anyone on this list employed a low cost html editor or responsive design software package to create/maintain an academic library website? I have an old version of Dreamweaver that is becoming "glitchy" and I prefer to redesign our website with modern coding and responsive design.

  Christian Pietsch ·
  LibTec · Library Technology and Knowledge Management
  Bielefeld University Library, Bielefeld, Germany


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