Website

7 minute read

Search functionality in a small website like mine is usually arguably useless. I, for once, never even care to check whether a specific website offers it. I find a post that interests me via a search engine or aggregator, navigate to the page, read the post and then leave. However, I am not against local, serverless indexing and searching, even though most search engines provide site-specific searches. That is why I moved the search function of this website to a local, JavaScript-based implementation. How to do it? Read on.

CSS prefers-color-scheme to implement a dark theme

How to implement a dark theme for your website, plus a small discussion on the recent redesign that aims at simplifying the experience

5 minute read

If you are like me and you like your user interfaces to be as dark as possible, you have the dark mode preference of your browser enabled. You may have noted that this site has now a dark mode which is activated by default. This is done by querying the prefers-color-scheme setting in the browser. This post describes how this is done, and it discusses a few tweaks I have implemented design-wise to simplify things and remove useless visual elements.

New simpler design

New less bloated website design

1 minute read

I’ve once again changed the design of the site to make it cleaner, more simple and above all, less bloated. I’ve removed a bunch of javascript code (for instance, MathJax is no longer loaded by the main template but by the actual pages that really need it). Also, I’ve simplified the color palette settling on a black on white scheme with green for links and titles. Old (left) and new (right) design side-by-side.

Moving to Hugo

Bye bye paid web hosting + Drupal, hello GitLab + Hugo

3 minute read

Hugo SSG

The idea of ditching both my web hosting provider and Drupal has been at the back of my mind for a few months.

Bear with me. Since about 2011 I have been maintaining this website using the cheapest hosting tier my hosting offers – At least it was the cheapest at the time I got it. They call it The Essential and it costs over 300 bucks for 2 years. It is not a lot, but it is definitely too much for my purposes of hosting a small blog where I provide occasional updates on my projects, my portfolio and my CV.

Also, loading times are horribly long and the complexity of managing the Drupal installation (upgrades/updates) and also the database takes way too much of my time. Only the thought of updating to Drupal 8 sends shivers down my spine and ultimately got me searching for better options.

New web design

We have updated the design of the site

1 minute read

As you may have noted, I updated the look and feel of the website to a more sober, greenish and polished design. The moon in the header has been replaced by a jumping monkey, which is always likeable. Regarding performance, this new site has less and smaller CSS files and less images and therefore it loads faster. Additionally, it uses HTML5, which is good. I also took the opportunity to update to the latest version of drupal and make use of the newer ZEN base theme.

We have a mobile version!

New mobile version of the site up and running

1 minute read

03/2019 - This post is long outdated, as the design I’ve been using for years is responsive and there’s no need anymore for mobile-specific verisons

Finally the mobile version of this site is up and ready to go. It features most of the characteristics of the full site and also most of the functionality. Hope you find it useful when browsing from your handheld devices. Controls to switch forth and back between versions are provided. If you want, give it a try:

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