My Big Summer Project
No, I'm not planning to become the principal ballerina for the Australian Ballet. I don't even plan to tower over this project with commanding power and grace. But I do hope to learn a bit about 3 platforms that are new to me:
There's love & hate for Joomla all over the web, just like WordPress or Drupal. The love version goes something like
Most of the power of Drupal, with most of the ease of WordPress
I've never tried Drupal, but just getting started with Joomla I can quickly see that it breaks things down a lot! Way more options. And way more complex / confusing. Will I get used to it? Time will tell!
Is one of many Static or Flat web platforms.
Curious thing, all (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal) of the major PHP-based CMS don't have native markdown support. But it seems like all of the static platforms do. These guys love markdown!
Jekyll is fast, clean, simple, and secure.
I guess the ID reference is promising if you do want to do things like blogs. But in my 1st 5 minutes, it seems like Illustrator for the Web. Very promising for creative layouts and art projects.
CSS & MySQL
When I put my first page up with the Jekyll default them I was in awe of its simplicity and elegance.
Then I put this 1st Joomla page up with this Responsive Joomla Portfolio Template and it looked even better. Possibly getting almost too spare, but so clean, reader friendly, and especially on my tablet, glorious.
What I'm admiring is pretty much CSS. It's fairly simple type design. I just happen to like one styling better than another, and wow I've seen so many bad stylings on WordPress, Ghost or any other platform.
It's a reminder that I really don't know CSS at all, and I really should. I've also been aware that I really don't know MySQL at all, and I should know that too.
I could add them to this summer list, but that might be too many items, and summer goes by fast. Perhaps they are more important than this summer list. I really should have learned them summers ago. But I'm eager to think about Joomla (WordPress alternatives), Jekyll (static / flat websites) & Muse (more creative, graphic, and flexible web design). So I guess I'll stick to this list. And learn CSS & MySQL somewhere down the road.
Wish me luck!
So there's the summer '17 project: Joomla, Jekyll & Muse. I hope I create some cool things by August. Wish me luck!