Simone Seagle

Simone Seagle

Independent Web and Educational Software Developer

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A New CMS for Tangerine Dev

A New CMS for Tangerine Dev

September 1, 2016 Simone Seagle

It has been a very busy summer for me. I completed my degree just this past July and defended my Master's Thesis, Sim Pueblo. Now I will be working full time as a freelancer rather than trying to find a full time job. An important part of this journey is to make over my website so it is something I am delighted by. The previous incarnation of my website was produced in Drupal. I have experience with that CMS from using it to build the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science website and I rather enjoyed it. I knew that Drupal was massive overkill for a simple portfolio site like mine, but I wanted to remind myself how it worked in the hopes of being able to use that knowledge later. However, because I'm not really a designer, I thought that what I had fell short of how I wanted it to look.

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Furthermore, I wanted a way to both experiment with Javascript and PHP and showcase the work that I've done in the past. For security reasons, Drupal doesn't want you to do all kinds of scary things like custom PHP unless you jump through their hoops. That made me decide that I wanted something much simpler and more lightweight. I started researching options and found Pico CMS. It's lovely, doesn't get in my way, and lets me do everything I want to do. It's nice because it's flat file, so there is no MySQL database for it! All of the pages are markdown files, which makes me happy because then I don't have to worry about some WYSIWYG editor getting in my way. So far, I'm delighted with it.

It was sad before that I just didn't want to work on my website, but hopefully with this change, I'll get back to writing posts and playing around.