Addie's place on the web...

Just some stuff I want to share with you

Fun with Jekyll plugins

Sunday 28 June 2020
Jekyll

Earlier this year, I started to rebuild my website and decided to rebuild it with a static site generator: Jekyll. While building the site, I had some design principles in mind:

  • The HTML pages should contain as little clutter as possible.
  • The site should look good on smartphones, tablets and computers.
  • Try to limit the amount of processing that needs to be done by the browser.

This requires processing of the photos and GPS tracks while generating the static HTML files. To do that, there are lots of plugins out there that can help. I found quite some plugins that can-do parts of the trick, but in the end, I still ended up with issues. But hey, I am an IT-guy; I can build a plugin myself, right?

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Photo cleanup

Sunday 31 May 2020
Jekyll

Over time, I used different methods to add GPS information to my photos. After the release of my static website, I noticed that lots of photos showed wrong or incomplete data. Time to investigate.

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Rebuilding my website

Thursday 30 April 2020
WordPressGallery 2NextGEN GalleryJekyll

I started this website back in 2009 and based on WordPress. By using WordPress, I hoped that I could focus on the content and didn’t have to spend a lot of time on the technology. Boy, was I wrong…. Time for a major overhaul.

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Time to revive my website...

Tuesday 16 June 2015
WordPress

I must admin; I have neglected my website for many years now and it is starting to fall apart. So it is time to revive it. Replace the maps plugin in order to show the GPS tracks again and if time permits: replace the old photo gallery with something new.

Moving my website (again)...

Tuesday 6 December 2011
WordPress

Earlier this year I moved my website to another hosting provider. Over the last few months I’ve noticed that the site displayed more and more error messages. It took some time to discover what was going on, but a few weeks back I found the cause: the websites that I run use more memory than allowed :-(

So, how to solve this? Well, the provider had a nice option: upgrade to a Virtual Private Server… Nice… but that’s far more expensive. After some feedback from a friend (thanks Simon!), I found another provider that delivers a good VPS option that even I can afford.

So, here we are. Up and running again on another server; moved from the US to Germany. I hope this runs fine for a while, since I don’t want to make moving websites around my next hobby ;-)

Enjoy reading!