One of the huge down-sides of having a static site is the in-ability to do search. It's not impossible, but the solutions out there are no where near as good as their dynamic CMS competitors. Searching a static site is hard. GoStatic now supports the ability to search your entire project without having to do any extra configuration on your end.
I've had the same dull blog layout for years. Even in my transition from Blogger to Wordpress and finally Jekyll I've still kept the look similar. While I'm the first to admit that my design skills aren't great, I still thought it would be a fun idea to spent the day making the layout more content focused and less cluttered.
Not only does Jekyll power this blog but it has been one of the main tools I use on a daily basis for almost 2 months now.
After convincing myself all year that I will finally Go Static and get rid of my custom CMS for this blog, I decided to finally launch it on the very last day of the year; Talk about leaving things until the last minute! This isn't a complete coincidence though, as I've been working long hours on a new project which is related to Jekyll development. I'll blog about this separately further into the year. This post is going to cover why I chose Jekyll, and why it's going to be so powerful moving into 2014.