Jeremy Davis
Jeremy Davis
Sitecore, C# and web development
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Tools used for this site

How did all this get built?

I started off on Blogger back in 2014, but rapidly got annoyed by how difficult it was to format source code to my satisfaction with that tool. I used Wordpress until 2021, but some of the changes made to that platform and the thought that I should really "own my content" made me move to a solution I built myself. And as a C#/.Net developer, I wasn't too keen on the proliferation of static site generators built using JavaScript or other languages...

So currently the tools used to build this blog are:

  • Statiq

    Statiq is the .Net-based static site generator used to transform markdown into web pages. The theme for this site is a heavily customised version of the "CleanBlog" theme.
  • EnlighterJS

    Enlighter is the syntax highlighting tool used for code snippets. It's wrapped up in a custom Statiq extension to integrate it into the process of rendering pages instead of Statiq's default code highlighter.
  • MermaidJS

    This allows me to draw pretty diagrams from markdown-like syntax embedded into the text of the posts. The integration is no more complex than adding the right JavaScript files to the site theme.
  • TailWind CSS

    The site is styled using a heavily pruned copy of TailWind, plus a small amount of custom CSS.
  • Alpine.js

    Alpine provides the small bits of JavaScript used in the pages.
  • GitHub

    The source for the site lives on a private git repo, along with my publishing and editing setup. But the resulting pages are hosted using GitHub Pages.
  • Cloudflare

    DNS is managed via Cloudflare. I did have it doing caching and other tasks too, but found this seemed to conflict with being indexed by Bing, so I've turned off those features.