New Site, New Me.

If you happen to take a look over at Archive.org, you can see that my website has been pretty much unchanged since 2014. While it’s mostly served as a hosted resume, I have blogged a little over the past 6 or 7 years, and it’s given me a place to brag about my personal projects. Unfortunately my personal projects have also grown a bit stagnent the past few years, in part because things that aren’t kept up-to-date get harder and harder to pick up and work on.

That all changed this month when I decided to consolidate my various projects and servers from AWS EC2, Digital Ocean, and Rackspace to dockerized instances on a single beefy dedicated server over at Joe’s Data Center. This meant facing a few demons:

  • Old Django apps that were difficult to get up and running because of old dependencies.
  • Old projects and sites that weren’t really relevant anymore, but which I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to.
  • Old servers that I wasn’t sure if I had everything off of them.
  • Everything spread out over different hosting providers.
  • Generally being overwhelmed.

So, the first step was to fire up a new server and migrate some of my simpler projects over there. I ended up just moving everything from all of my different servers to a single S3 bucket, and then selectively restoring only the projects I really wanted to the new host.

Finally, a new website and template for my personal site. I’ve been using Django CMS for years, and while I like it a lot, I don’t really build CMS’s anymore, so I’m moving to WordPress for now.

I’m going to try to blog more, but we’ll see if I can keep up the momentum.

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