Global Warning: a WordPress blog with a tiny footprint

In a previous post, I explained how I created a site about global warming a couple of years ago that loaded in as little as 7 kb per page.

I decided that I wanted to make more of the idea of a slim website and its minimal impact on the environment.

Global warming is an urgent matter, but there seems to be no sense of urgency. Our climate is changing and we do not even fully realise that we have to do something right now. There is a lot said about it in the news, but we are still looking for a way to put the changes in practice and to change our life styles and thinking.

Above all, the impact of the internet and related technologies on climate change is not generally known. The internet has a footprint as large as the aviation industry and it is growing rapidly. It consumes a lot of energy that mostly does not originate from renewable sources. Most people are surprised when I tell them about this. We all are using social media, visiting websites and so on, always and everywhere, without realising what the consequences are for our environment.

So I came up with the idea to start a blog about the impact of the internet on our environment, called Global Warning (globalwarning.blog). Ironic? You can read more about why and how I made the blog in the first place. Here, I will explain how I built it using WordPress, in some more technical detail.

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A site with a tiny footprint about global warming

A couple of years ago, I participated in a contest called 10k apart. The purpose was to build a site that is useable, accessible, compatible with older browsers and can load in less than 10 kb.

In this post I tell you the story of the site I created.

Screenshot of global-warning-littlebigthings.be
Screenshot of the original Global Warning site
(https://global-warning.littlebigthings.be/)
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Building a presentation in the WordPress Customizer

In my talk at WordCamp Antwerp 2018, I tried to summarize the benefits of the Customizer for users as well as for designers and developers. For this, I built a presentation in the Customizer.

In this post I am showing you how you can create a presentation using the presentation theme (WordPresent) I created.

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Speaking at WordCamp Antwerp 2018

I found WordPress in 2013. I have created my profile page on February 4, just about 5 years ago. I was new to web design and very happy to be able to use open source WordPress and start creating websites.

I was very much into web design and development, and I still am. The excitement of learning something new was great. Greater than the thought of never being able to really master it. Nowadays, I am more aware of my preferences, but also my shortcomings. I can learn more focused. But I know that I am lacking time go as fast as I would want to. But that’s the reason that…

I am very proud, happy and honoured to be speaking at WordCamp Antwerp on March 3, 2018.

My talk is about the WordPress Customizer and how users and designers/developers can benefit from it. I will try to show the possibilities for creating a customizable website. It’s a lightning talk, so it will be short and focused. Well, it should be, so I better go and practice. 🙂

Hope to see you there!

Update:  Now you can watch my presentation and download the slides. 🙂

The WordPress admin: WP’s strength and weakness

I love the WordPress admin. It is WordPress’ backend, the place where you can take a glance and tweak your site’s content:

  • The dashboard is clearly designed and allows you to see the most important recent changes, the amounts of posts, comments and so on.
  • The list tables containing your blog posts, pages and whatever custom content (portfolio, products, testimonials, …) you have is fairly uncluttered.
  • The admin allows us to manage users and plugins in a relatively easy way.
  • It makes possible to manage navigation menus, widgets and global site data, although I prefer to do a lot of this in the Customizer.

The admin is WordPress’ strength when compared to other well-known content managements systems. But the admin is WordPress’ weakness when compared to modern website creation tools.

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Balancing family life and kids with work

WP Tavern has published a great post about balancing family life, and especially kids, with work and improving your professional skills.

It sounds very familiar! 🙂 I have started to be involved in web development when we were expecting our second child, Noah. 4 years and another little girl (Kato) later, we have 3 children and I am freelancing as a web developer next to a full-time job. We have also just bought a house that needs some serious renovating… Let’s say that time management is essential, I try to use every minute of my day productively. I might write a longer post about this period of my life later… when I’ll have the time! 😉