In drafting this post, I spent a little time paging through the archives of waybackmachine.com to remember how many iterations of this website I've created. Waybackmachine.com isn't the easiest site to navigate for an accurate archive, but from what I can tell, it seems to be in the range of 10 redesigns. This newest iteration being the 11th.
I started learning HTML and CSS back in the early 2000s for the sole reason of creating a portfolio website to showcase my artwork. Little did I know, web design and development would turn into my full time job. Because of this, I don't intend on speaking a lot about web design on this platform. Instead I will be dedicating this space to my passions, namely Art Making and Yoga, with potential to add new facets in the future (Illustration, Graphic Novels, Baking, Travel, ???). However, I will touch on some of the motivations behind the creation of this website in this post.
In recreating this space, I wanted to make sure I had a site that I could update and grow with very low friction. I knew I wanted to set up a Content Managment System. Having built several sites on the WordPress platform in the past, another requirement was to broaden my horizons and experiment with some new technologies. To accomodate these items I built this website using the Grav flat file CMS, and started with the Bones Vanilla theme. This website makes use of the following plugins: Search, Archive, Admin, Breadcrumbs and Forms.
So far, I'm pleased with the choices I've made. I really like file structuring of Grav, how customizable each theme and plugin can be, and the use of Markdown and YAML files for configuration. The learning curve for picking up this platform was very reasonable for the amount of features offered. I also love not depending on a database to hold content, timestamps and taxonomies.
I look forward to building out this site in the future. If there are things you'd like to see or any feeback you have, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.