Creating this website

image credits to Anzimus


I want to explain how I got around to making this website and the source of inspiration for making it. Since my Portfolio v1 version, I have been looking for alternatives to making a portfolio which could also serve as a blog, and this is the result I’ve come to.

Thus, I was inspired to proceed with this stack due to similar websites (for example) which I was able to channel with keywords like static page generator, markdown, personal blog, some of which also explained how to make a similar stack yourself. So, don’t worry, I will not go too much into details so that we can appreciate some key points and keep it short.


First off, I wasn’t able to envision the whole thing right off the bat. It was a process. I had to take advantage of tools which were readily available to me, specially considering the fact when I started I was looking for work (and still am, lol ), with my only revenue coming from whatever freelance opportunities I found. Such as:

  1. Github Student Developer Pack []: over 100 mostly free tools available for students, started using this because it was free and duh

    • .tech Domains []: free domain used to host this site
  2. Figuring out what static page generator I wanted to use, from my own research I found a few, i.e Gatsby, Jekyll, Ghost/Wordpress to Static Generator like Eleventy, and plenty more (heck, if you find one as interesting as Hugo and need a hand I might just be able to help out)

    • I decided to choose Hugo. Well,, and I haven’t been disappointed. It uses golang, which I already had some experience with and may it surprise you even though it looks like a dynamically typed language, it is not. It is a static page generator with a statically typed language.
  3. Well, actually, I had already decided to use Hugo by step two. I kinda decided to use the template first, by figuring out from a list of potential templates which one I liked the most, and hugo-coder definitely won the prize.

Regarding preparation, that’s about it. I had no clue what I wanted to include in the website, besides using it as a portfolio and passively, as a blog too, maybe? That has been getting sorted out as I’ve been developing it, as you might’ve noticed.


So, one of the things which called my attention the most as I analyzed the repository, looked at its code, and generally familiarized myself with it, that most called my attention, was the fact that: > This theme is ready to import into Stackbit.

It actually wasn’t, because there was an issue preventing it to work, which I fixed adding a PR, so that I could use Stackbit. So basically, Stackbit allows all-in-one management of your site, regarding CMS, domain and deployment, for which I chose Netlify, Github Pages and Forestry.

I’ll try to enumerate some of the custom things I have done so far: - integration to work on content outside of Forestry, with freedom to change the template as I wish. - Makefile (yes. we are using a makefile to deploy this beautiful web package) configuration to enable staging within gitpod, or, wherever, really. - Changes to add dark/light mode manual switching in the top menu, with help from another active developer. - We also worked to enable locale/translations work on pages that were linked to other languages, insted of it being globallized and switching the whole site path at a given visit.


Well, I can’t say I am disappointed with what I have learned and been rewarded with as a result of diving into this whole blog/portfolio making 😁. There’s still a couple things I’d like to polish and do, which I will update as I work on them.

TODO’s: - Embelishment of SCSS (yes, the template uses SCSS which hugo compiles to CSS, which in turn is presented to the visitor) - Maybe add a type of changelog instead of making this post so big. Instead just use adding some images to explain the process with less text - Different presentations to this article, a TL;DR version or a slideshow explaining how to DYI - Improve the home page to explain my skills and write a small self bio - Add affiliate programs to make some revenue while having fun 😉😅 - Make emojis look better and impl. shortcode like (maybe even use custom emoji spritesheet of my own?)

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to leave me a message, I will be glad to respond or help out within the means available to me.

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