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Category: Frontend Friday

Demystifying Hugo Conditionals

When we published our comparison of Jekyll and Hugo, we got a lot of flak from Hugo die-hards for suggesting that Jekyll had a more intuitive templating syntax. While the intuitiveness of a particular language is somewhat subjective, criticism of Hugo’s template syntax frequently comes up in discussion with other developers. Hugo is a great choice for a static site generator: it’s compiled into a static binary, so it’s easy to install on any system, and it’s fast.

Using JSON Configuration With VuePress

Here at Forestry, we think VuePress is pretty cool. When it came time to set our sights on supporting SSGs beyond Hugo and Jekyll, we selected VuePress as our guinea pig. Our adoption of VuePress has helped to highlight the differences among the variety of Static Site Generators, and move us in a direction that will enable users of SSGs beyond Hugo and Jekyll to take advantage of Forestry’s content manager.

Creating Lambda@Edge and Route 53 Resources with CloudFormation

Previously, I showed you how to automatically provision AWS resources with CloudFormation. CloudFormation provides a concise, declarative syntax for configuring a “stack” of AWS resources. Given the sizable catalog of services provided by AWS, and the need to connect services together for most use cases, being able to declare a stack of connected services all together in a single configuration file will help you keep track of your project’s infrastructure and reduce the likelihood of misconfiguration.

Automate Your Static Hosting Environment With AWS CloudFormation

I love automation. If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know I’ve written a few times about using continuous integration to automate the deployment of your software. Why stop at deployment? Can we use automation to improve our infrastructure? The answer, unsurprisingly, is yes (this would be a pretty short article otherwise.) There are many different tools out there that can be used to automate the provisioning of hosting infrastructure.

Create In-App Documentation For Content Editors

Say you’re writing some code and you hit a road block: what was the name of that method again? Which parameters do I need to send in this API request? What does this error message mean? At times like this, developers reach for the documentation. Ideally, this documentation is close at hand in order to minimize the interruption to your coding flow. Forestry’s content editor plays an interesting role in the creation of static sites.

In Search of the Best Continuous Deployment Service

We’ve written before about the advantages of automated deployment, particularly for static sites. Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment are a ubiquitous strategy for managing the release of software. There are several options out there for running your CI/CD pipelines, with their own strengths and weaknesses. Which one should you use? In this article, we will look at 5 different services that you can use to build, test, and deploy your code.

Keeping Content DRY: Data Relationships In Hugo

Don’t Repeat Yourself is the perennial mantra of the software developer. It doesn’t mean you should never do the same thing twice, but instead refers to having a single, authoritative source of truth for every piece of information used in your software. Don’t Repeat Yourself is frequently applied to code, where knowledge is susceptible to duplication through the copying and pasting of code blocks where an abstraction should be used instead.

VuePress Brings Your Documentation to Life

VuePress is a static site generator based on Vue JavaScript framework. With the first release appearing back in April and the current version being 0.14.1, VuePress is a young project that shows a lot of promise. VuePress has the flexibility to build any static site, but it particularly excels at working with documentation. In this article, I’ll show you how to adapt your docs to VuePress for documentation that survives on Github, but thrives on its own.

Creating a Multilingual Blog With Jekyll

Reaching an international audience means having international content. Having your content available in multiple languages is great for maximizing your potential audience. On top of that, ensuring your multilingual site’s content is easy to edit is especially important, to enable translators without development experience to work effectively and reduce the incidence of translation errors. In this post, I will explore how to set up a Jekyll site to support multiple languages, and use Forestry to provide an interface for creating translations.

Why We Created a Git-Backed Content Manager

Software developers have long used Version Control Systems for tracking changes to code. Any code project will benefit greatly from using version control, and any developer worth her salt should be wary of a codebase that does not use version control. Version control makes it easy to monitor changes to code, track down bugs, and manage releases. Forestry’s content manager is supported by Git, one of the most popular version control systems available today.