The Start Of A Wondrous Migration

I’m starting the process of migrating this blog from WordPress to Jekyll. 🦋

After 4 lovely years using WordPress, I am officially starting the process of moving from WordPress to Jekyll. 🦋

Now, I just want to reassure Automattic that I’ve been loving my experience. Seriously. I don’t worry about maintaining server security or plugins or anything back-end related. I just pick out a cool theme I like and publish all my content. Everything is streamlined and easy to manage.

However, there are a few key issues that have made me want to finally make the big move and they’re as follows

  • Price
    • Theming: During my 4 years using, I’ve tried out tons of free themes but have always ended up using a Premium one. Those cost money of course but so far, I’ve only bought 2 They were “Venture” ($125) and “tdEditor” ($75), both themes by the same awesome developer Tasko. But yeah, that’s $200… 💸
    • Domain: Even though I’m on the free plan for, I still pay $18/year for domain registration. So that means I’ve spent $54 so far for the past 3 years. I’m set to be renewed for July 20th, 2017 which is when I hope to have the migration completed and my domain transferred to a service like Namecheap instead where it’ll probably be much cheaper than $18 a year! 😅
    • Overall, $254 for 3 years doesn’t seem that bad. But when you think about it, that’s like $84 a year and I’d end up paying $1000 long-term if I decide to stick around for another 7 years. Pass… I want to keep my money… 🤑
  • Control
    • I want to be able to embed all these awesome things (for example, Behance projects) and I totally could if I self-hosted my WordPress website but that would involve so much EXTRA. Just EXTRA, you know? Extra money, extra effort, extra learning I’m not interested in (PHP?? Pass…). 😑
    • Commenting is not really well implemented in I prefer social logins for commenting platforms. This will be possible to implement using Disqus as my comment provider for my new blog. 👥
    • As a developer, I have the capability to develop my own damn website without paying or relying on someone else to code/design it for me. Plus, I would like to use my own damn design! 🃏
  • Scalability
    • I do a ton of shit besides school and work (conferences, hackathons, travels, programs, etc). And generally, I like to blog about it or just share it on my blog to be able to reflect on those adventures later. ✈
    • Unfortunately, the way WordPress is structured and the way I like to write, it’s tedious to create a methodology that will allow me to share as much as I want as fast as possible. I want to be able to share my projects and adventures the instant I finish creating the post and it’s hard to do that with WordPress. 📉
    • I already write all my content using Markdown, Sublime Text 3 and Marked 2. With Jekyll, that content can be shared instantly instead of exported to WordPress and then fine-tuned. 📝

So this will probably be one of my last posts on this blog as I transition all the content over. 😶

Feel free to view the progress of my new blog at but I don’t expect it to be fully fleshed out until July of this year.🌻

In the meantime, I am still actively publishing content to the following services so feel free to check them out! 😊

Overall, I’m super excited about this process and have been actively working on my new website the entirety of this past week. Here’s to new beginnings! 🎉

The header image is in reference to that awesome migration Monarch butterflies have every year. 🦋

By Frances Coronel

Frances Coronel is a software engineer specializing in UI development on the Customer Acquisition Team at Slack where her mission is to make your working life simpler, more pleasant, and more productive.

She has been working professionally as a developer since 2015 and holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from Hampton University and a Masters in Computer Science from Cornell Tech.

Outside of Slack, Frances is an Executive Director of Techqueria, a 501c3 nonprofit that serves the largest community of Latinx in Tech in the US.

She also supports Code Nation as a member of their Bay Area Leadership Council and the Latino Community Foundation as a member of their Latinos in Tech Giving Circle.