Up and running

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If you are reading this, you probably already figured it out: my blog is up and running. My website has already been up for a few months now, but I wasn’t happy about the design. Furthermore, my wish to not have my website run on WordPress, made the editing experience for my blog not as slick as I wanted, so that kinda died off.

So, here we are, a few months later with a revamped design and an actual blogpost. How did that happen?

The design of the website has been updated to be more in line with the design I chose for the business card, which I was very happy with. I went with a modern style, while still adding my personal touch. There are a few things I am still not happy with. I haven’t had the chance to make my projects pages work out as well as I wanted, so I kept the old structure there, with some slight improvements that were easy te make. The frontpage is something I am not completely happy with as well, as it has all the elements I want there, but feels way too crowded and chaotic. It is thus inevitable that I will be coming back to parts of the website to improve them, but I am very happy with how it turned out overall, so that is why I decided to already put this out there and start blogging.

The blog itself is a completely Frankenstein of systems. After some good experiences with how writing posts and managing media works in WordPress, I just felt that this was the easiest way of managing my blog. This didn’t change my attitude on the WordPress framework itself however, and as my website already ran on Laravel, I decided to put Laravel’s Eloquent system to the test. It turned out that with some neat tricks, creating a wrapper for WordPress was not that hard and here we are, running a Laravel front-end on a WordPress back-end. All in all it is a bit weird, but hopefully one day I will have the time to build my custom CMS to take over from WordPress.

This wraps up the information on my website and blog so far. I am still trying to figure out in what direction I want to go with my blog, but I enjoy writing about some of the things related to programming, game development, or even web development. Sadly, there is not way to comment on my posts yet, but if you have any feedback or comments, feel free to drop me an e-mail at tom@tomrijnbeek.nl.

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