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Redesign: CraftCMS Upgrade and Initial Design

I recently upgraded to CraftCMS v5.

I host on my own server and upgrading meant upgrading PHP to a supported version. Luckily, this didn't seem to pose a problem with the few other sites I host and maintain. But it was the most difficult part of the overall upgrade. CraftCMS's upgrade process could not have made it any easier.

The upgrade also meant a switch from the Redactor plugin I was using to write my posts to the CKEditor plugin which seems to have replaced it. This too was an easy switch. Overall, I've remained impressed by CraftCMS.

Site Design

I felt I was taking too long figuring out a site layout and design, so I just got to a point where I felt happy enough to continue on with other stuff, like adding pagination for my posts since I'll need that soon anyway.

Most pre-existing templates assume you want to have a lot of photos. I may upload a few at some point but it's primarily text-only. Doesn't give me a lot of options to choose from since I'm a programmer, not really a designer. I'll come back to it, but I don't want to get stuck on it for it.

The existing site leverages some css-grid and flex CSS to make the site responsive. The header/nav area are a bit clunky right now, but it'll do until I want to dive into it more.

Next up, I'll get into some CraftCMS coding to maybe show the most recent five posts on my home page and allow you to click a link to go back in time from there.