Building websites as a hobby since 2005, it was only a matter of time before I made one for myself. It has served as an ongoing experiment ever since. This post details its evolution, in reverse chronological order.
The third iteration saw a major rewrite from Wordpress to toto. I wanted to see how far I could take minimalism: this iteration runs on toto, a tiny Ruby-based blog engine.
Gone was the bloated MySQL database-PHP combination; replaced with a subtle
blend of plain-text files,
git and Heroku. Everything is based on open source
software, even the site itself.
The design compliments the backend minimalism. Aiming to be as readable as possible, it uses a warm colour pallette and focuses purely on the content.
From humble beginnings of handwritten HTML, I next dived into Wordpress; the PHP-powered blogging engine, using the fantastic Journalist theme by Lucian E. Marin. The purpose of my site changed from less of a programming experiment, more of a blogging experiment.
tlvince.com was born circa January, 2007. Initiated from a school interest,
this baby was a
notepad masterpiece (or so I thought at the time). I was
learning CSS, evident by the curious
div background colours. I’m not sure it
ever worked in the new browser on the block: Firefox 2, but why would anyone
click on anything but the “blue e”?