Transforming the SensTech Website
For some time I’ve been searching for a suitable website format to present the work I’ve done over the years on issues affecting the well-being and health of Deep Creek Lake, MD. I’m not a web designer, so I’ve been looking at simple ways, like a blog format, to update the website with new and old articles. So I’ve been looking for a nice-looking, simple blog template.
Wordpress has a lot of templates, both free and at moderate costs. But that means I have to learn Wordpress and the intricate variables that one needs to use to tweak a template. Most templates are designed for people that make websites on a regular basis, which I don’t. I looked at hundreds of templates, but none that I thought would do the job without a lot of work.
Then I came across Jekyll, back in 2015, a way to make fast loading static websites..
I liked that approach because it’s ‘hands-on.’ Unfortunately, the available templates are generally of poor quality, at least to me, and did not do what I wanted to do which is basically a simple ordering of my articles and associated keywords by date and from which I could generate a list of articles by keyword, and with a nice look-and-feel.
I commended the author of this template, Jacob Tomlinson, for an excellent product. It was easily seen from the code that there was a lot of attention put in to the details. One can find Carte Noir here.
I made a few changes to the template to suit my particular desires and needs. I made the text a bit smaller, took out the social media stuff, at least for now, made an “About” page and added a bunch of posts. The post “Weather Forecasts” demonstrates most of the features I wanted to use.
So here we go, as of today (12/22/2017), my senstech.com website is transformed into the new format. Checkout the blog post (“Weather Forecasts”) of November 20, 2017, to see a demonstration of the wide range of capabilities.
I hope you like it. An email with comments is always appreciated.
First Published: 12/22/2017
Script Collection: NONE
FILE: 2017-12-28-Transforming the SensTech Website.md
Adapted for this website: 1/3/2018