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Exploring Hexo, the new (for me) CMS system for creating static sites, which I’m using for this very site, I started setting up another site too. That new site has more posts than this one, and a probability of adding more posts more regularly than on this site. I quickly found a problem with how the files/posts are being generated in Hexo though: all posts get added to one folder. One large, and ever growing, pile. That can be fine if you only have a small amount of posts, but as I like to plan for the future I can foresee that this will turn into a problem rather quickly. It will quite simply be very difficult to visually find what you are looking for and, in short, will be very messy.

What I would like is a static-file-generator that works pretty much like my favourite CMS Kirby, where the file/folder structure is the site structure.
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2015-04-28c Gadget trade-offs in the kitchen -- index card #tech-and-home #technodomesticity #tradeoffs #gadgets #kitchen #cooking #decision

Photo by Sacha Chua on Flickr

As I was trying to fix a broken web site the other night I came to the conclusion when working with web sites there are always trade-offs and dependencies. I’ve known this for a long time of course, but it sort of hit home fully right then.

The Wordpress site I was trying fix had stopped showing text, which is quite bad for a site that is intended to inform, primarily via text. The reason for this quickly became apparent: the site was using a custom (purchased) theme. That theme was using functionality that was completely custom-made. That can be good/cool etc, however in this particular case time had not treated it well, and the developer had probably lost interest in that theme, judging by his support forum.
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So, as always when we are closing in to a new year, I feel an urge to do a major overhaul of at least one of my domains. Find a new system and a new way of working, in my attempts to find the optimal system and to be able to create a web site that “almost updates itself”. So far I have failed in those major goals, but I have learnt a lot about various systems out there.

2 years ago I went back to Wordpress. I made a Wordpress network where I basically had 19 of my domains/sites within the same Wordpress installation. It was good for keeping control over updates etc, but it was still a pain to maintain, and it brought quite a few other limitations, like difficulty to separate other functionality, such as plug-ins, from one site to the other. Great if you really have a network of similar sites, not so great if all your sites are completely different.
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Mathias Hellquist

Innovation Coach by day. Photographer by night. Architect Of The Apocalypse, Father, Geek, Guitarist, Headbanger,iOS musician all hours.

Innovation Coach / Stakeholder Manager