My New Blog!

Ok so take 2, I worked on my own site/blog using Ruby Rails back in September… it was never finished but was heading in the direction i wanted it to go. I set myself out a few requirements/tasks to accomplish as part of the rollout of EdEmanTech.com.

  1. Register DNS name – I used Namecheap as well the name suggest, it was cheap and i didn’t need a lot of the additional features I would get from other providers.
  2. Language – I opted for Ruby On Rails, it’s a great framework I’ve been using for some time now to get fully functional websites up and running in very little time.  I just couldn’t commit to implementing anything in .net MVC as I didn’t want the hassle if I’m honest, not to say it isn’t easy to have a blog site set up using MVC, but for me, it just isn’t AS easy as I have found to get there with Rails/Ruby.
  3. Host – By deciding on using Rails to create my blog engine – there was a host of freeware I could have used for site hosting, but as I am a AWS guy, I opted to host the site on the AWS free tier.
  4. Design – I opted for using Twitter Bootstrap UI as I wanted a clean simplistic look, and didn’t want to do any extra work for UI on different platforms – I have felt the pain of previously writing my own css that works on different browsers/devices and well its not worth the hassle to hear what I have to say.
  5. Things to help me – so RailsInstaller, AWS SDK for Ruby, a quick and dirty script to automate my initial setup on my CentOS Instance, a quick read on Rails Blog Engines and a useful bootstrap gem and my blog was up and running.
  6. What was next which never happened was integrating the commenting section using Disqus

And the results where er.. great…

MySite

I will go back to my original site when I can… unfinished business and all that. But for now… welcome to my blog 🙂

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