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CMS Architecture: Before you begin

It’s important to plan any large-scale software development. Fail to plan, plan to fail as the old saying goes. So before a single line of code is written, before even any architecture or technology decisions have been made, I’m going to define what I want my CMS to be. Firstly, and most importantly, the CMS…

CMS architecture: Part 1

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the architecture of content management systems (CMS) recently. Little wonder, that’s my full-time focus at the moment. By “architecture” I mean pretty much everything to do with the planning and development of a CMS. This blog post is the first in a series that explores some of…

Blog highlights

I enjoyed myself with this trip through my blogging history, but I guess something you’d like to see is some highlights of what I’ve written about. Here’s the greatest hits of stillbreathing.co.uk (in my opinion, of course). My very first (geek) post Back in 2004 I wrote an intranet system that supported themes! My first…

Protecting your bits

My car is poorly. Yesterday there was a “big metallic bang”, according to my wife, and then it started “clanking”. Gotta love these technical people! The guys at Kwik Fit soon diagnosed the problem: the front passenger side coil spring had snapped. Great, more expense. And all due to the state of the roads. Thanks,…

From social media

May 30, 2019, 7:38 pm

It's been a while since I last redesigned (or should I say, realigned) this site. Six years, in fact. My regular visitor, if they are still regular, will have noticed that this site has been somewhat broked for a week or so.

I'm not sure what I did, but I clearly mangled something. Anyway, it's an excuse to realign.

This time I have some simple requirements for myself:

  1. Mobile first. The reality is that most browsing is done on a mobile device of some kind, so I want to primarily cater to those constraints. That means mobile-first CSS, Service Workers, small images only where necessary etc etc.
  2. Performance second. Closely related to the mobile thing, good performance is a must. I'm aiming for sub-second render times. I also want to use no JavaScript. This is a content site, why would I need it?
  3. More emphasis on the IndieWeb. I've started doing this, by pulling in my tweets. But I want to go much further down that road.

And I'm doing all this in the open, live on the site. I may fail completely, in which case it will be a public humiliation. But maybe it will force me to get on with it!