Up and running

So I finally caved in and decided to start blogging using Twenty Fifteen theme while I carry on working on my blog/personal site.

For the past couple of months I’ve been accumulating blog post ideas as well as having lots of experiences that are worthy of a post, so it made sense to at least start blogging while the full site is in development.

Originally I planned on building the site using Jekyll and submitting new posts via Git commits, with absolutely no CMS. This wasn’t as a result of any negative attitude toward WordPress, rather a desire to do something different given that I spend 90% of my working week using or developing for WordPress.

Whilst static Jekyll site development is still something I’m really interested in, I’m currently building the prototype site using the WP REST API and ReactJS because:

  1. I have a feeling that hands on experience with both of these is going to be invaluable in the coming months and years
  2. Until now I have had zero exposure to both the WP REST API and ReactJS, even though I’ve been hearing a lot about them on the grapevine.
  3. They are both relatively new and shiny.

I hope to share my experiences with both of these technologies in the coming weeks once I’ve got my head around everything!

Development of this new site is also going to serve as a proof of concept that will help the team at Make Do, giving us a better understanding of how exactly we can leverage this new and exciting way of creating websites/themes/apps with WordPress when coming up with solutions for our clients.

The blog posts will probably come thick and fast for the next couple of weeks, then I’ll hopefully be settling down to 2-3 posts per week. I hope my ramblings will be interesting and occasionally helpful!