Moved my Apps by MW website to Jekyll

April 19, 2020
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Why

Last week, I decided that the source of my blog posts should be my own blog and not Dev.to. This is not because Dev.to is doing anything wrong. I think it’s time for me to have a central location for all my posts for people to read. I was somewhat doing this using the Dev.to and Stackbit integration, but I didn’t have the raw post itself this way, unless I stored it somewhere else. Since, I was using GitHub to host my working posts, I decided it was time for me to host my own blog using Jekyll and Netlify.

I chose Netlify to host my website/blog instead of GitHub pages so that I can use a private repo and still utilize the free account on GitHub. I’m not doing anything shady, but Patrons and Buy Me a Coffee subscribers get early access to my blog, so by having a private repo, I’m able to have control of who can see the blog post.

Migration Process

I’m doing everything manually. It’s a slow process of porting my posts from blog.appsbymw.com to appsbymw.com, but this will allow me to make sure it looks exactly right. Mainly, this means that I’ll need to change any clode blocks from being raw Markdown to using a Gist. This allows for formatting and styling to be a bit better.

Next steps

The next step I want to take is implementing comments on a post. I currently can’t do that in my setup, but I’m sure there is a way. If you’d like to make me aware of an issue, please email me at appsbymw@gmail.com!

The URL for the new website is AppsByMW.com!


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