Second Round of Website Updates
Date: Wednesday, March 11th 2015
I am pleased to introduce the latest updates to the website. First, there is the new contact page, which is self explanatory so I won't bore you with details. More interesting (hopefully) is the new gallery which can be found on the Current Work page. We've designed the gallery to function as a sort of do-it-yourself scarf builder, showing the raw materials and how the can be combined.
With these updates, the new website is now functionally complete, but the work does not end there. There are already many new photographs incorporated into the gallery, but there are many more in the pipeline. We are also working on a complete overhaul of the about pages. Stay tuned.
And now, in case anyone is interested, I thought I'd offer a rundown of how the new website is put together.
The old site was based on the Joomla content management system. While it served its purpose, it got to be too much trouble to maintain such a huge system for such a small site.
The new backend is based on an Open Source CMS called Grav. It uses flat-file storage (rather than a database) and the content is written in Markdown. It is very simple, easy to maintain, and easy to customize.
The whole thing is hosted on DigitalOcean. This doesn't add anything in particular to the user experience, but they are an excellent company, and I wanted to give them a plug.