Ed | Nov. 19, 2020, 9:38 p.m.

Rebuilding my website from scratch was the most ambitious project I had undertaken to date.

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My website began life as a simple blog, built using an off-the-shelf package.

Eventually I became frustrated with the look and feel of the blogging site - I felt it looked outdated, and I needed something 'fresher'. In addition, I was beginning to develop apps but struggled to integrate them into the blog site platform.

Earlier this year, I decided it was time to bite the bullet - re-build and re-design my site from scratch, and migrate all my content.

It felt like an ambitious project, since I wanted to retain the functionality of the existing blogging platform, whilst bringing about improvements.

Since a major aspect of the site is the blog articles and static pages, I needed a decent CMS in which I could create my content. The Wagtail CMS, which at its heart is a Django app, provided an ideal solution.

Whilst it felt a bit daunting to re-build my site it was well worth the effort, as the end result is much sleeker and more professional looking than the blogging platform offered. I hope to eventually provide consultancy services, therefore it is essential my site looks the part.

Since the site was developed as a Wagtail-Django project, additional web applications can be integrated easily and cleanly. I will explore the individual apps which make up the site in future posts.

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