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So, the story of this site.
I used to write something like so in this spot:
This site is created by a Danish-American family living in sunny Copenhagen, Denmark
That is still true.
I bought the domain name in June of 2001, and have been running sites under that name on and off ever since. I used all kinds of cheapo, lousy hosting until I — via Textpattern — arrived at TextDrive, being a VC200 and all. That ended, as we all know. After more mishaps with substandard hosts, I took the plunge into VPS and have not looked back.
Then, I wanted to jump on the Jamstack bandwagon, and build the site in (mostly) Next.js with various data sources. However, in the long run, it was overkill, so I moved on to a 100% static solution, built with Hugo.
But that did not work as well as I had imagined. The great joy of using “blogging software” is of course that you can use any browser anywhere to fiddle with your content. Now I had to build on a physical machine and then upload.
Always having wondered about Django, I explored this a bit and found the exciting Wagtail CMS. Very nice, and I would definitely use it if I were to build a site professionally. That not being the case, the overhead seemed to be too much (after all: I want to write and design, not necessarily write Python code). And deployment could be an issue and a challenge.
Where to then? Unexpectedly, the answer turned out to be: Textpattern. Huh? A 17+ years old system with a lot of history? But, after all, I was part of that history and this feels somehow like coming home. As you learn to accept the limitations as well as embrace the possibilities, I cannot think of another piece of software that suitable for a project like mine. True: it is not as turnkey as WordPress can be. But not as infuriatingly obtuse, either.