I thought I should take a minute to describe the web stack I’m using for this site, so here it goes.
The pages are being served by nginx on a free (for one year) EC2 instance running Debian Wheezy. My older sites were all hosted through Linode, but a free Debian EC2 instance beats $20/month. Sorry, Linode.
During development, grunt watches files for changes and does JS syntax checking, JS minification, Less compiling & minification, and relaunches the dev server. Jekyll handles templating, the blog posts, and building the tag & archive pages. When I’m ready to deploy, a simple
grunt deploy launches a task to rsync my built site to uniontownlabs.org and squiggle.city/~todd. There may be newer, fancier tools, but jekyll & grunt fit my needs.
I’m using SVG as much as I can for graphics, and shrinking their file size using svgo. If you can’t view SVG files, or if something looks weird, upgrade your browser. It’s time we move to vector graphics for everything except for pictures.
If you would like to look how I have things set up, check out the GitHub repo for this site.