After nine years on a self-hosted WordPress platform, I’m now running this site on Hugo, an open-source static site generator. I’ve migrated the blog posts and static pages, removed obsolete material along the way, and updated the post categories. I dropped featured images from blog posts, mainly to save time in the content migration, so the site does look, well, minimal. Colour and imagery may return in the future but I’m happy with the stark feel for now.
I’ve been lax in maintaining this blog during the last two years; an update is long overdue. So, what have I been up to? Work In May 2015, the University of Warwick (my employer) launched its new brand designed by Frank, Bright & Abel. I’ve spent most of my time working with web editors, web developers, academics and marketing staff to update departmental websites to reflect the new brand.
This site was hacked in early January. The first I knew of the hack was seeing the words “This site may be compromised” in Google’s search results and my page titles filled with spam. More than two weeks later, some of my pages (particularly tag archives) in Google’s index are still affected: It’s a sickening feeling knowing your public words, a good chunk of your online heritage, have been wrecked. It’s more frustrating to know that the hack was unlikely deliberate or personal.