When I started my own personal site, I faced a dilemma: I’m a software developer, why should I use a content management system (CMS) on my personal website when I’m supposed to be an expert at making websites? Every CMS I’ve used has angered me in one way or another. The end result was always me hacking together my personal site with PHP (the one thing the language was originally designed for) or playing around with other custom backend solutions for it.
A static website with a dynamic backend though seemed wasteful to me. Every time somebody visits the page, the web server must regenerate the content for the page. The engineer inside of my head was screaming “surely there’s a better way to do this!” (more…)
I know a lot of people who hate word processors. For us web developers, we know how to optimally structure a web page and how to effectively apply cascading styles, so why can’t we ditch the word processor and simply use HTML?
With the power of HTML, CSS3, and some export libraries, we can do word processing by hand in a format much more convenient and familiar to us. We no longer have to sit there at the mercy of our word processing application, hoping that it interprets what we meant correctly and then fiddling with it until it does. (more…)
To help visualize the difference (and similarity) of layouts, regions, composites, collections, and item views, I’ve created helpful diagrams to visually demonstrate how the pieces of the puzzle fit together. (more…)