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I needed a "quick", free and server-less blog with domain forwarding. I liked the Jekyll static site generator, though there were too many caveats. The open source projet HubPress seemed solid, fork a repo, change a config.json file and then good to go, right? Not so fast.

I ran into several problems, but mostly were my legacy problems. I had previously setup two blogs using GitHub Pages. One of those projects had a _config.yml file that redirected to an old, unused and completely different domain. It also didn’t help that I had several CNAME redirects setup in AWS Route 53. After deleting both old repos, removing A and CNAME records within AWS, we’re good to go.

I might open a pull request with the guys at HubPress to format the config.json with pretty print.

Not bad for the first post :)