Building This Site [Legacy]
This is no longer relevant.
I have no idea how to make a website. I considered reading into best practices and learning whatever web people do, but making things up as I go along is a lot more interesting. The only webserver experience I have is the occasional IT exam question, and most of that is the equivalent of hitting a switch. So, everything here is subject to change any time.
Most things I’m interested in sharing are pretty reasonable by hand - I don’t need any fancy databases or dynamic pages, and I also don’t want to re-learn some tool every time I haven’t touched things in awhile. This wasn’t a big deal until the idea of maintaining a blog came up. I write most pages on my personal laptop and use a small Ansible playbook to synchronize the two. Currently this is pretty basic:
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Few things omitted. Not sure if the command module or script is the best choice - I’ve seen examples floating around using both. I’ll figure this out later.
Blog pages are based off a pretty basic template. Most parts are static. This page is a big table which allows a hacky sort of sidebar. This works pretty well for me. I wanted to have the latest posts listed in ascending order. This is currently done using a bash script that spits the directory into sed.
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This inserts references to blog pages into the sidebar. I symlink index.html and the most recent post.
We’ll see where I go from here.