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The underlying CMS engine, which should be invisible to most users, is the Flux content management system. (It’s based on Popoon, a PHP-based clone of Apache’s Cocoon.) I mention it because already it’s starting to pay for the fairly small time investment to learn it: the XSLT/XML processing pipeline on the back end has proven its usefulness in adapting some XSLT stylesheets I had lying around for my work. To my surprise, the localisation that I had built into the stylesheets worked in the CMS with no extra effort. That’s the sort of project I like: a fairly small bit of glue that multiplies the benefits with everything around it….Still, I’m learning the system and trying to make it do the right thing for me. I latched onto the CMS fairly quickly after discovering it, even though I had spent a while looking at the usual suspects. I’m sure I could have made do with WordPress or TextPattern, but WordPress still seems to require some low-level customisation to give it a CMS-like front page, and TextPattern feels a little stagnant and strange to work with. So I found a project that might be a little rough on the surface, but has very powerful internals and is something to which I could make quick contributions. (I hacked on the flickr/gallery support to make it fetch images from the current flickr API, but am still suffering problems with the built-in dynamic image resize script.) As a result, expect some strangeness and brief outages in the early days at this URL. I’m trying to plan for the future, but can’t anticipate everything.

I latched onto the URL even more quickly, after a brief brainstorm. I’m lucky to have a partner who appreciates a good domain name (I wish I had something to show you at romyfitz-dot-com, but she prefers to stay a bit more low-key). I had registered and intended at least two other domains to be my permanent web homes, but nothing really happened with them, perhaps as much a sign as any that they weren’t quite right. Now, having had a lifetime hosting account with TextDrive for about a year, I feel like now is the time to make my move and address the world.