The Site

My intentions for the site are to use it as a public domain commonplace book - posting links, comments, discoveries, questions and answers about the things that interest me. These things include the Christian faith; God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit; Bible software; photography; coffee (roasting, preparing and drinking; fountain pens (and inks, nibs, paper and legible writing); bullet journalling and disc-bound notebooks; and computers.

My thoughts are to run it as a simple blog-style site with the most recent content at the top and some sort of archive or search facility and category or tag function.1

Content Management

After pondering a few different content management systems (CMS) I decided I wanted a flat file CMS. The main rationale is that content is stored, managed and accessed in folders and files rather than a database. I like the simplicity and clarity of that! In theory it should be quicker to serve pages and also means I can create and edit content with a simple text editor rather than requiring some database and admin/access panel.

I had a look at Grav, Jekyll and Hugo. There are some differences between them:

  • Grav saves posts in markdown format and compiles and serves them (if those are the correct terms) when the page is accessed on the domain.
  • Jekyll and Hugo both prepare and save the final pages (in html format) so they are theoretically quicker than Grav to display the same page.
  • Grav runs on the server/domain whereas Jekyll and Grav can be kept offline and only the completed pages copied to the server.
  • Hugo is multi-platform whereas Jekyll is Linux, Unix and macOS-based. I realise the difference is "Windows", but I have access to two Windows-based machines in addition to Linux-based so having an application that can operate on Windows is a plus.
  • Hugo is a single, self-contained application whereas Jekyll has dependencies.
  • The Hugo site and documentation is much clearer than Jekyll's.

I've opted for Hugo Grav at this stage. A copy of the site is stored in Dropbox Nextcloud and can be copied to my domain using rsync over ssh or FTP. I was using Hugo for quite a while but it meant I coul only publish new content from home. By switching to Grav I can create posts through the admin panel with any internet connection.

The Name

The word egeiro is a Greek word that means to raise up, to arise, to revive, to lift. I first came across the word around 15 years ago and it has always held some appeal to me since.

The Owner/Author

Male. Australian. Christian. Husband. Father. Son. Sibling. Employee. Home owner. Car owner. Fountain pen wielder. Coffee roaster/brewer/drinker. Reader.

  1. when I figure out the difference