I know, I haven’t been active for the past week because of major server issues. Well, not quite issues, but more of server upgrades that caused some problems and that I believe that we should take care of it immediately. Anyway, I’m back in action.
I am currently working on reviving my current host’s site again. I know it’s been on hiatus for a little over a year, but I did vow to myself as one of my 2016 goals to have this site up and running, complete with everything else. The site’s owner/founder is currently having some troubles with her net connection and other things, which is why I took it upon myself to do a major re-haul of the site. This will also include its customer support hub and a status blog. Regarding the latter, this would be a bit of a major challenge.
It would make no sense to install your server status blog on the same server as the company site and your hostees’ sites, especially when the server goes down and the hostees/users won’t have a “one stop” place to keep up with the server’s status updates if the status blog is also down. Of course, the only solution to that is to host the status blog at another web host completely separate of the web hosting company’s servers. Because it is only a blog and nothing much else, we need a simple host, preferably free, that would also allow subdomain DNS redirection.
My first suggestion was to use the free GitHub pages. That would mean that I will definitely be using Jekyll. And then on the way, I discovered two more static site generator blogging platforms similar to Jekyll: Hyde1 and Hugo. The problem is, those who will be writing in the status blog would also need to have a GitHub account, and of course, knowing the basics of GitHub and how to upload/update files already on the GitHub page/site. That would be another extra time for others who aren’t familiar with GitHub to learn it, so I thought of just scratching that idea.
Now that I mentioned those static site generator platforms, I thought about expanding my technical skills again and not just stick to WordPress, just to make myself a lot more reliable, and of course, to make my upcoming portfolio2 look really good. I still (sorta) remember my basic skills in Blogger and Movable Type. ((When it used to be FREE… now you’ll have to shell out $1K just for a new user license. That doesn’t even include the technical support.)) Even though I haven’t really utilized it, Tumblr. Why not add Hugo and Hyde too?
I found very few Jekyll and GitHub pages classes at Udemy on sale and decided to purchase that. Then from there, I also found a class for web development using Hugo as well. I still have yet to find a Hyde class, and I decided to purchase the Ghost class some other time.
So, here I am again adding yet another goal for 2016 in terms of being a full-pledged (full-stack?) web developer. I also aim to learn how to use Materialize CSS after Foundation.3
Now I really need to work. Right now.