At the end of what has been a very difficult year, I’ve been reviewing a few web development and work things …
I’ve been exploring many website different systems this year because, well, lots of people have been promoting their personal websites which use, for example, static site generators and the JAMStack. That’s a good thing. The more we promote things that work well for us, the better. Yet, for me, many of these systems seem to be adding a lot more. More components. More moving parts. More platforms to rely on.
This isn’t the simple approach I’m looking for.
So, I’m taking a step back. Simple is best. For me at least.
Here are a few things I will be implementing in 2021.
- Reducing my usage of Google Analytics.
- Removing the requirement for cookie bars/pop-ups on my personal sites.
- Building and working on sites with systems that have a minimal install and update process. And that need less maintenance.
I’ll write about these in more detail in another post. But for now, I wish you a happy successful 2021.
29 Dec 2020 12:03:55How « reducing my usage of GA » is on the way to simplify things ? Do you spend too much time looking at analytics ? Or do you find GA’s UI over engineered ?
29 Dec 2020 12:12:00GA has too much data for my requirements. I don't use 90% of it. I need a simple analytics tracking tool [where all the data is on a single page].
29 Dec 2020 12:15:00Like this ?
29 Dec 2020 12:20:05Yes, that looks good. I have similar with Plausible.io
29 Dec 2020 12:58:14Sounds like you need Perch?
29 Dec 2020 13:03:04Ha! Yes, that is still my preferred CMS. However, it's unclear where that is going. Without any news from @grabaperch team, regrettably, I think I need to look at alternatives.
29 Dec 2020 13:06:24I think it will only become an issue when there are compatibility problems with PHP. As I do my own hosting I can choose which PHP version I use. At this point I don’t have a problem with it.
29 Dec 2020 13:09:34And of course the old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
29 Dec 2020 13:10:00That's true. PHP 8 may be a problem and that's my main concern. I do have control of most of my sites hosting but not all. At the moment, I'm sticking with Perch but looking ahead as well just so that I have an alternative that I can pick up quickly if needed.
29 Dec 2020 13:13:00Another consideration for me is that budget isn't always there for custom designed sites and, whilst I could use an HTML template, and Perchify it, a system with themes (but not WP) gives me another option