October, 12 2019
I am thrilled to write my first post here and I will start by going through the development process of building this blog and how it became a Laravel project.
I started building the first version of this blog with Jigsaw. Jigsaw is a static site generator for Laravel developers. I used the Jigsaw blog template which helped me to get started.
Building my site on Jigsaw means that I will need an API that returns all my post. I like the idea of static sites because of their fast load time and ease of deployment especially on netlify. But I don't like the idea of my blog using APIs coupled with Jigsaw NPM errors that have been slowing down my progress. I decided to go monolithic which means that everything (frontend & backend) was going to be a single project.
I have been a Laravel developer for a while, so I choose to build on Laravel. To migrate to Laravel, I created a Laravel 6 project and copied all the frontend assets I have been using on Jigsaw to Laravel. Jigsaw made use of php, Laravel blades and Laravel mix. It was pretty easy since Jigsaw was built for Laravel developers.
Using NPM, I installed tailwindcss, highlightjs & fusejs which are all part of Jigsaw blog template. Laravel ships with vuejs so there is no need to install that again. Finally I have to recompile (
npm run dev) the assets again and everything was working fine.
I used wink as my post editor. Wink is just like Medium post editor. If you have been writing on Medium you already know what I mean. So I just plugged in the wink Laravel package to my Laravel application and boom I have a publishing platform where I can draft and publish posts. Awesome!
When I started building my blog, my boss was the first person to place an order for the same thing I was building. So when I was through with mine, I knew that I will have to duplicate everything on the project.
I don't like the idea of duplicating codes so I decided to make my blog a reusable Laravel project so that anybody can use it. The project is Lite Blog - a Laravel full (frontend & backend) blog generator.
After the pre-release version (0.4) of Lite Blog, I decided to delete my blog and rebuild it with Lite Blog. I can say that it was a seamless experience. If you are a Laravel developer, Lite Blog is worth giving a try.
You can also contribute to the project on github, one pull request at a time :)
Let's continue the discussion on twitter.
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