If you’ve ever looked at this site before, it might not look like much has changed. The colors are different, the typography is different, there’s a shiny new logo up there in the left corner, I added a blog section (which you’re reading now).
But on my end, this is a ground-up rebuild. See, back in 1998, I learned basic Web design and HTML programming. In the subsequent years, I learned a little about CSS and the UNIX shell. Then, some time later, I started using WordPress to run sites and blogs. But for my own site, it always seemed like overkill, and I’m a fan of just opening a text editor, writing, saving a file, maybe entering a text command or something, and going to make another cup of coffee. I want it to just work, without having to open up a CMS interface in a browser. And I have a tinkerer’s restlessness and more-than-passing-I-suppose familiarity with the IT world, so I figured a solution had to be out there.
But although I know lots of programmers and true IT experts, I’m not one myself. I think the most sophisticated shell script I’ve ever written was like three lines long, with one variable, and even then I forgot how I did it. I can cut and paste code snippets and sort of figure out how things work, though, if it’s really simple.
But on Monday morning, I blocked off some time for it. And by Monday evening, I had a new site, which looks very much like the old one from the outside but is built on a new skeleton. It’ll be way easier to maintain this way, and I can use Amazon S3 hosting, which is limited to static sites but is practically free if you have relatively light site traffic, like I do. (As someone who provides a specific B-2-B service offering, I cater to a particular segment of the Web-browsing public, and I don’t need millions of page views.)
Anyway. Like the site? Have a suggestion? Hit the contact link up there in the navigation bar, and drop me a line!