My goal is to document the issues I'm facing. E.g. I upgrade ruby to 2.7 and something breaks. I document the symptoms, the cause, the solution, add the relevant tags. So that later I could come back and deal with the issue more quickly. And possibly link to it.

I don't consider starting a blog, since I believe that takes more time. I need something more sketchy. Primarily for myself, but it can be public.


  • an easy way to add articles
  • a list of articles ordered by date (in a blog-like manner)
  • some sort of markdown to write the articles
  • tags and probably categories
  • full text-search within a category (or constrained by tags)

Minimalistic (lightweight) interface would be a plus. In terms of page load, amount of javascript needed to render a page.

An online solution is probably preferable, but a self-hosted one would probably also do. Unless I need to run some resource-intensive software like, supposedly, Elasticsearch or some Java software.

Probably something like https://gist.github.com/ but with tags and search capabilities.

  • jekyllrb.com is a static site generator thhat has built-in blogging capabilities and should be able to do everything (except maybe the full text search). its compatible with github pages if easy hosting is a priority Jan 24, 2021 at 15:08
  • I regret mentioning "knowledge base." In my defense I can only say I didn't know what to expect. That is probably the reason I gave a broader phrasing, to avoid being left with no suggestions. But my priorities are generally, "blog is preferred over wiki, online service over self-hosted solution." I could probably change the question, but that would most likely make the answers less relevant.
    – x-yuri
    Jan 24, 2021 at 16:12
  • if youre looking for an online service blog solution, i'd still say jekyll is a lot closer to "online service" (if you host on github pages) than something "self-hosted" if youre familiar with github. you pretty much put your jekyll site in a github repository and turn on github pages and it hets automatically hosted for you. Theres also a few blogging platforms out there like wordpress that can help provide the "online service + blog" functionality for free as well Jan 24, 2021 at 16:17
  • Well, I suspected you can do that with Jekyll. Another alternative would probably be Vercel. At least it let's one turn their repository into a site. The wiki solutions and Wordpress... they might be good. But for some reason I feel like avoiding them. Let's call it a personal bias. For now I'm experimenting with GitHub Gist. More on it in my other comment.
    – x-yuri
    Jan 24, 2021 at 16:33

2 Answers 2


You can try Read the Docs is the more appropriate I've seen for this.

Here you can see their own documentation: https://docs.readthedocs.io/en/latest/


Seems like a good opportunity for a wiki. It's been a while since I looked into wikis, but when I did, I particularly liked DokuWiki as it was easy to implement and seemed well suited to documentation. It supports blogs via plugins such as blog or blogtng. WikiMatrix is a nice site for comparing wiki options and you may find a better option there.

  • Do you think it makes sense to run a full-fledged wiki? It appears there's more to search capabilities of GitHub Gist than I thought. And there's also Lapton.
    – x-yuri
    Jan 20, 2021 at 11:58
  • I can’t answer that, but many wikis are quite light weight and easy to use.
    – Eric S
    Jan 20, 2021 at 13:53

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.