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I'll agree with you on all counts. I (mostly) enjoy my static site at the moment, plus it helps that the whole workflow is free (which is super important to me).
Static sites too can get unwieldy, just like any CMS to be honest, but the level of abstraction is far, far less compared to something like WordPress or Ghost. The control I have is nice today, but what happens when I no longer have the time or inclination to maintain a big puddle of APIs and a bunch of moving parts?
I particularly like Ghost and recently recommended it to a friend. It costs ₹/month to run but my headache is pretty much reduced to backups and upgrades, and the odd unusual feature request which I'd have to write manually. I don't mind.
Another friend is moving to Ghost (to be fair, from something like Medium) as well even though they are technically competent. They'd like to focus on content, not babysitting the setup. And I completely get it!
Yesterday, I faced an issue sending a PDF file through my NextCloud provider. I don't like to self-host something so critical because it has my contacts, calendar, and files. Unfortunately, my cloud host provider runs version 18 whereas it appears to be fixed in version 19.
Previously, I had used Firefox Send for this but it had been shut down temporarily due to concerns around malware being sent using the service. I asked the Fosstodon community for an alternative as I was unhappy not being able to password-protect or set an expiration date on WeTransfer or Dropbox.
Very quickly, I discovered Lufi. I like the user-experience as tried on a public instance, and will self host it for sure. Even more so now that Firefox Send has been officially shut down, as many in the privacy community predicted would happen.
I had always desired a contribution to the MDN documentation. It is a fantastic resource that has helped me immensely through the years.
The idea that something I contribute can benefit hundreds or thousands of developers in making better informed decisions gives me so much joy.
This finally came true today with a small implementation note around how Firefox for Android currently doesn't handle a
datalist due to a regression introduced in v79.
My experience was very pleasant and rather quick. I would love to do this again! 😊
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