A New Web Order
Out of many messes, one big mess
published May 6th, 2020
For several years I've allowed my website to stagnate. In early January I started to make changes. I moved my site to AWS LightSail. I describe that in this post.
LightSail is wonderful, fast, inexpensive, but it's not free. I've been reading that all the cool kids were switching to static websites. There are several reasons, one reason is free hosting. Another reason is that static sites are fast. Finally and importantly, new tools have made multiple page static sites easier to manage than in the past.
When sites have more than a few pages they become difficult to manage. If a change needs to be made to every page, making those changes becomes tedious and time consuming.
I learned to use PHP include statements. By creating each page with PHP include statements, files with pieces of HTML can be inserted into every page. PHP enables the alteration of one file to be duplicated in many files.
I'm also using GitHub. I've experimented with Git and GitHub in the past. Git is version control software. I've always thought good backups where all I needed. I've learned that GitHub is an excellent replacement for FTP programs. I can change multiple files on my local computer and GitHub will track those changes until I'm ready to upload them to my server.
GitHub is a free host for static sites. Free is good, and it means I can archive sites with GitHub pages. They may remain after I am remains. I will not receive a bill in the afterlife.
This site is hosted on Netlify and deploys from a private GitHub repository. Netlify has a free plan for static sites.
Those are behind the scene changes. A visitor will be unaware of them. If someone told you "blog" was an onomatopoeia, what would the word describe? I'm guessing something disgusting. For now I'm calling my post, commentaries. It sounds nicer. There a few older post that will be broken by the changes in this home page. I intend to work on that next.
I have tried to improve my image gallery. It now takes fewer clicks to crank up a slideshow with Lightbox. In the past I've used thumbnails. I liked the look, but they seemed without any function. The thumbnails are gone. I have many photos I could add to my gallery. I have so many choices, no direction, and it all takes time.