Ari Bader-Natal

Homebrew Website - 2015 Edition

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I accidentally made a New Year's resolution for 2015. Or possibly it was for 2014, since I resolved to finish it by Jan 1, 2015. A few weeks ago, I stopped in at the #IndieWeb Homebrew Website Club meetup in SF. Tantek Çelik asked for personal site ship commitments, and I thought this was as good a time as any to get my personal site at aribadernatal.com up-to-date. It's been about 15 years since I put the framework in place, so it's due for a refresh... Fast-forward two weeks, and while I don't feel done yet, I'm happy to say that I did ship it.

A few highlights:

  • I put together project pages for each of a dozen different software projects that I've worked on over the past 15 years. (Some are still stubs, but I'll fill them out over time.)
  • The site now contains all of my blog posts (from 4 different blogs!) in one place.
  • The site now includes a searchable index of all my Tweets from 2010-2014
  • It's 2015, so it is (still) a static website. now written in Markdown, generated with Jekyll, and served by Amazon's CloudFront CDN.
  • It's 2015, so I finally removed all the embarrassing <table>-based formatting, and replaced it with a mobile-friendly responsive design, thanks to a lovely Jekyll theme called Brume.
  • Finally, the site is now https everywhere! (One great tip that I got from Brett Slatkin is that StartSSL offers free SSL certs for non-commercial use.)

Over time, I plan to migrate more of my work to the site. Thanks again to Tantek and the Homebrew Website Club meetup for the push!


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Ari wrote on January 1, 2015
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