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Using Octopress

Today I started using Octopress. The description of Octopress as found on the homepage is

Octopress is a framework designed by Brandon Mathis for Jekyll, the blog aware static site generator powering Github Pages. To start blogging with Jekyll, you have to write your own HTML templates, CSS, Javascripts and set up your configuration. But with Octopress All of that is already taken care of. Simply clone or fork Octopress, install dependencies and the theme, and you’re set.

Right of the bat you have a fully customizable generated blog when you follow the getting started guide. I used the GitHub pages deployment option and it worked like a charm.

But a word of warning is necessary. The Octopress’ subtitle A blogging framework for hackers is in place. You should be comfortable working your way around the commandline before using Octopress.

As uncle Ben has taught us “With great power comes great responsibility”, the enourmous flexibillity of Octopress comes at a price. Although the defaults of Octopress are fine, you should invest the time to finetune your own blog.

So you can expect the blog to changes it’s appearance while I settle on some design choices.