2023 Homepage Relaunch
Over the quiet days at the end of last year, I relaunched my website.
And since relaunches of people with some visibility in the tech scene are always eyed with particular attention to the tech they used (and what they thought), here’s my thinking.
My design has always been minimalistic, so there is no massive change here. It is much easier to do browser testing without a fancy design in mind.
For the colors, I first experimented with brighter colors in mind. But in the end, I took inspiration from the themes of my favorite editor, VS Code. If someone knows which colors work well together, or are suitable for the eye, then probably an editor of programmers who use them all day.
The primary font for the articles has serifs because of readability. I leveraged the system font stack to have no additional burden on another font because the contrasting font I use for headlines is already an external one - the only luxury I allow myself here.
As part of the minimalism initiative, I have also abandoned comments and replaced them with two other mechanisms.
I’d rather have the actual comment functionality on social media. I’ll get more visibility there than if the comments only take place on my blog. So under each (newer) article is a link to LinkedIn.
The whole repository is open source. Send me a pull request if you find typos in my articles. You will find a small link now to the repository after each article.
Switch from WordPress to Hugo ¶
Overall, the overhead of WordPress was always more often in the way, as he would have brought me something.
- I prefer to embed my SVG as I see fit
- The wrong social thumbnail was often delivered, and it took a lot of work around this.
I was not 100% satisfied even with Hugo for the social thumbnail situation, but here, it was easier to write the whole thing myself.
The WordPress articles were converted to markdown using an open-source script. It was not perfect, but a solid 80% solution that saved me hours.
Hosting and Redirects ¶
For hosting, I am with Cloudflare Pages. Nothing is so fast everywhere in the world.
I used the rewrite to switch from v01.io to a solid www.v01.io domain. I think everybody preferred apex domains ten years ago, but nowadays, the technical advantages overweight the style factor)
Now I am looking forward to your feedback.