Since running my own sites, I've been using several techniques to keep the site running.
Using Wordpress for a blog/simple site felt better than using something like Drupal. Wordpress was good at not getting (too much) in the way when writing content and setting up your site.
On the other hand: Every time I had to change something on the site(this happened mostly during one of the frequent security-updates) it felt like things could and should be easier…
I've been looking at a lot of different CMS'es, but most of them had the same problems and needed frequent database backups to prevent losing my blogging history. Then some No-DB CMS-es got my attention.
I started looking at Jekyll and then stumbled upon Octopress. I converted my Wordpress posts to markdown with the ExitWP script and pulled them into Octopress. I styled the site, created and modified several plugins and all was ready to put live… But I didn't.
It had a lot of stuff I liked:
Some other things held me back in eventually using it and pushing the system live:
I started thinking on what I'd like to see in a system to use it:
While still thinking about picking this up sometime, I saw the release of Statamic in my timeline on the 20th of june. When looking at their site, I thought: "This could very well be what I was looking for!".
Within 10 minutes I bought a personal license( Hey, what's $19,- for quality software!) for this blog and started tweaking the system to work how I want it to work.
Creating pages and pages with listings of items/posts is easy and the system works with you instead of against you. That's quite a nice experience after using more complex systems (like Wordpress and Drupal) for websites comparable with the complexity of this blog!
Theming and styling the system is even more fun !
Start building off of the "Wild-London" theme that's included, of just start with a framework like Zurb Foundation 3 or InuitCSS add your layouts, style your content with some templates and mix-in some partials and voila!
The building of the system is great, but the included admin interface that can be enabled eases creating and modifying your content in a way that you don't get frustrated in writing or updating a post on your site.
Because the system is just released, I ported and modified some of my plugins that I used for Octopress and added them to github for everyone to use.
I like to be able to see bigger images in a lightbox on other sites and that's exactly what I use on mine too. I'm using the nice FancyBox2; read the licensing when considering commercial use.
You can find the Fancybox addon for Statamic here.
I tend to place a lot of pictures on Flickr and like a way to display 9 random images in the sidebar. That's exactly what this addon does. Just client-side with JS, so no cache is needed.
You can find the Random Flickr Badge addon for Statamic here.
Because most of the posts are technical and contain somesort of code or commands, I feel obliged to my readers to display the code in the best way: Color Coded. Highlight.js does a great job with that client-side, so I've added that in an addon.
You can find the Highlight.js Code Highlighting addon for Statamic here.
I like to show the last tweets on my pages too. I rewrote some of the octopress stuff earlier and liked that better than the included twitter addon from Statamic, so I ported mine to Statamic.
You can find the Tweets addon for Statamic here.
I like it a bit more dynamic though; It needs to fetch all non-hidden pages and add a changefreq and priority to it that is a bit more flexible:
Because of my health, it's a work in progress right now. I'll add an extra post once it's ready.
When it's ready, You can find the Dynamic Sitemap addon for Statamic here.