In early 2021, I started to feel the need to redesign this website for multiple reasons. I wanted to write more, and experiment with different forms of writing like tweetstorms -- and publish them on my own domain. I wanted to change the site stylistically, and go towards a typography-first, minimalist layout that would render well on all devices. And lastly, I wanted to design and build this from scratch in a way that would be maintainable over the next few years. As a plus, I wanted the ability to extend features and try out experiments around the future of publishing on the internet - specially in the context of decentralization.
The first question was - what platform and technology stack should I use?
Over the years, this website has been hosted on multiple services and platforms. Geocities, Tripodl; Drupal and most recently, Wordpress on NearlyFreeSpeech.net. But one of the challenges of using a pre-built content management system is that you have to work within the confines of what they allow you to do. For this reason, a very simple customization of a wordpress theme can take hours unless you know that system inside-out. And are a PHP guru to boot.
I used Figma to design the layout. More than a few iterations and lots of inspirations -- hats off to siteinspire.com!
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