Website

In this post I want to show with which services and tools it is possible to run a completely free website. An own website not only offers the possibility to create your own professional web presence, it can also make you independent from silos like Facebook, Twitter or Medium. It is always better to publish content on your own page with your own domain. If a service changes the terms of use or ceases operation, it is so much easier to move to another service.

Yesterday, I wrote it’s time to stop using Facebook, and I wrote about how I’m still using Instagram and WhatsApp. To be able to delete my Instagram account soon, I’m now building an Instagram archive on my website with photos I originally published on Instagram. For the gallery I took inspiration from hugo-easy-gallery and the gallery on justabloginthepark.com (source) and used PhotoSwipe. It’s a really nice JavaScript library without dependencies.
I used Pagekit for quite some time with my personal homepage. Pagekit gave me a nice Admin UI and there were also nice themes and plugins, which I could use. But Pagekit is PHP and the setup isn’t that optimal. So I switched back to a static site setup with Hugo. Some years ago I used Jekyll to build a lot of websites. Jekyll was really easy to use and you could host your sites on GitHub for free, I didn’t rent a server yet back then.
Jan-Lukas Else
20 years old student who writes about everything he cares about.