New Gatsby website

February 01, 2020

Major overhaul of the website, and lots of fun stuff in the pipeline.

The blog portion of the site has been running on a Wordpress droplet on DigitalOcean for a while now. I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to do, but since by lease needed to be renewed, and the .io domains ain’t cheap, new and shiny is the way to go.

I don’t love react, but figured this would be the best opportunity to dig on a project without any external deadlines. I have used it professionally, but find frameworks in general kind of annoying.

Since I write mostly in markdown, gatsbyjs is a great option. It kind of pushed the react adoption.

The previous process of logging in and editing posts was annoying. Now I just commit updates to a Bitbucket repository, and a webhook kicks of a build stage on Netlify. I tried using the Netlify CMS extension to gatsby, but it didn’t add any utility for me. Hopefully the ease of doing this way will encourage me to write more.

Supposedly it’s something I’m good at, but the results have been lackluster recently. I have been adding old content to the page. These are not 100% error free, and I’m still correcting some of the LaTeX, but maybe they can be useful to others.

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