Good morning tech pundits! The main HealthCare.gov landing page and the thousands of subpages that educate the public on Affordable Care Act insurance are powered by Jekyll. This portion of the website has experienced 100% uptime and has functioned perfectly since we launched it in June. The site and our approach is all part of how we build CMS free websites.
Jekyll is an awesome open source project started at GitHub five years ago that generates static websites. We also built Prose.io, a web-based content editor specifically designed to make it simple for content creators to publish to Jekyll on GitHub (where we store all of our code). Together Prose.io and Jekyll enable building simple, flexible, and reliable sites without the overhead of dynamic CMSs, and the approach has worked great so far on HealthCare.gov and many other sites.
Journalists jumping into the HealthCare.gov tech conversation need to try harder when looking into the technology behind it. Here's some recommended background reading by journalists who have gotten it right:
- The Atlantic: Healthcare.gov: Code Developed by the People and for the People, Released Back to the People by Alex Howard (@digiphile)
- The Washington Post: HealthCare.Gov was originally built in a garage by Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff)
- Yesterday, Live on CNN: What Really Went Wrong with HealthCare.gov brought to you by Clay Johnson (@cjoh) - ask him how he feels about CMSs.