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Using Flatpress to replace an HTML website

Post by virtualsky » Wed Nov 30, 2022 11:20 pm

For a couple of years now, I've been running a website dedicated to the preservation of software and content published for the Franklin eBookMan e-book reader and PDA. It's just a hobby site for me, but I've been enjoying my efforts at keeping the memory of this groundbreaking e-book reader alive.

Anyway, up until this point, I've been publishing the website in simple HTML. It's been doing just fine, but I wondered if it were possible to utilize Flatpress in some way to help make updates to the webpage a little more convenient. I know there are many other web publishing platforms out there that can do the job, but I enjoy using Flatpress and appreciate it's "lower overhead" on the server side. So, I thought, why not try?

After a bit of fiddling around, I think the results are turning out to be pretty good. What do you think? The "official" website is here: https://www.ebookmanlives.in.nf (in it's current HTML format). Here is my Flatpress testing ground for the site: https://www.chorusgrove.site/ebookmanfp

When I get the final few wrinkles ironed out, I think I actually will be moving the test site over to the official domain space and move ahead with Flatpress as the site's platform.
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Re: Using Flatpress to replace an HTML website

Post by virtualsky » Thu Dec 01, 2022 11:52 pm

I decided to update the "official" page with my Flatpress version. I like it and it should work out well moving forward. If anyone is curious to see what the static HTML version looked like, I still have a copy of it here: https://ebookmanlives.chorusgrove.site
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Re: Using Flatpress to replace an HTML website

Post by fraenkiman » Fri Dec 02, 2022 6:44 pm

Hello virtualsky,

the website looks good. However, you would have to clean up the HTML code. There are still a lot of obsolete HTML 4.01 elements in there; and an HTML element on line 198 that shouldn't be there at this point. I would banish the table style to the css file.

The W3C validator helps you to find errors in the HTML code.

Great work; keep it up.
With best regards
Frank
My Flatpress-Blog [German]: https://frank-web.dedyn.io

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Re: Using Flatpress to replace an HTML website

Post by virtualsky » Sat Dec 03, 2022 8:16 pm

Thanks, Frank!
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Re: Using Flatpress to replace an HTML website

Post by Arvid » Sat Dec 17, 2022 7:30 pm

Hi,

you did a pretty good job of transferring the look of the old website to the new one.
Also, I find it nice to see that FlatPress also works for sites that are more static than blog.

Keep it up!
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Re: Using Flatpress to replace an HTML website

Post by virtualsky » Sat Dec 24, 2022 5:52 pm

Arvid wrote: Sat Dec 17, 2022 7:30 pm you did a pretty good job of transferring the look of the old website to the new one.
Also, I find it nice to see that FlatPress also works for sites that are more static than blog.

Keep it up!
Thanks, Arvid! Flatpress provides a very flexible and adaptable framework/platform. With the help of the plugins, like Lightbox and Gallery Captions, a simple static site has that little extra level of sophistication, without a lot of extra work. I think it's working out well.

And yes, CSS is much "cleaner" than using tables, but I've been using HTML tables for so long, it's just what I'm used to. ;)
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