latest posts

  • How to Deploy a Static Website with Cloud Foundry

    When it comes to hosting a static website there are many options available ranging from the free (and somewhat limiting) Github Pagesto deploying directly to an Amazon S3 bucket to self-hosting NGINX on Digital Ocean. For those looking for more flexibility than what Github and S3 can provide, but want to avoid the hassle of maintaining a full virtual machine on Digital Ocean, a managed Cloud Foundry can be a good option. This post will cover how to use the Cloud Foundry Staticfile buildpack to deploy to a public Cloud Foundry PaaS and wire it up with a custom domain name and Cloudflare SSL.

  • Migrating from Jekyll to Hugo to Ghost to Jekyll

    In a world where new static site generators and blogging platforms crop up everyday it can be tempting to scrap everything and start anew. This is the story of me doing just that -- moving from Jekyll to Hugo to Ghost and winding right back up at Jekyll. A rambling tale of what I discovered and why I didn't end up migrating in the end.

  • How to Add Custom Language Files to CKEditor 4

    Although CKEditor 4 ships with support for over 60 different language variants, you may find yourself needing to add a 61st. Or maybe while localizing your application you've found that you need to tweak the phrasing for an existing locale. Here's how to add support for new languages to CKEditor and modify existing translations without needing to generate a custom build.

  • Batch Uploading Photos to Amazon S3 with Mitty

    I've had my Jekyll-powered static photo blog for a little over a year now and I really appreciate the control it gives me over my photographs. What I didn't enjoy so much, however, was resizing them and uploading them to one of my AWS S3 buckets for hosting to display them on the blog. That's where mitty comes in.

  • Web Accessibility Testing for Everyone

    Accessibility is a topic that many developers seldom have to think about. Sure most of us are aware that having an accessible website is a good thing to have, but when it comes time to code it is often not in the forefront of our minds. We're generally more focused on adding new features or tweaking visual designs. But just how valuable can these improvements truly be if a percentage of our users cannot even interact with them?