When I decided to move my homepage last fall, I knew first and foremost that I wanted to build the new site from the ground up and take into mind efficiency and simplicity. I had been working in Drupal site building for about a year, and also exploring minimalism* as a design ideal and lifestyle. On some level, combining the two seemed daunting. Drupal is often described as a beast with a learning curve more akin to scaling an ice cliff. And recently it has been dubbed a content management framework rather than a content management system due to its incredible flexibility and how large it can grow. However, being a framework, it also means it can be stripped bare to the frame, and built up again from there.
I used this opportunity to start learning the Zen theme, making only the design tweaks that I wanted such as font and image alignment styles. It's still a work in progress, but I found after trying to add several widgets and a logo that going back to a barebones menu + content style was actually very pleasing.
As you may notice in this blog section, my menu + content style continues. I disabled the comments module in Drupal core today at the inspiration of Leo Babauta's post "Minimal Web" over on mnmlist.com. Most discussion I partake in with articles is on Facebook, where it becomes more meaningful by virtue of being with people I know. We can dive deeper into content, deeper into dialogue, and as a result disect an article that much more than in a comments section. If I continue to write more I may enable the module again. That's the beauty of starting with an efficient and expanisve frame, that as you grow you can adapt and make changes to reflect that growth.
In the meantime, I welcome you to join me on social media, linked below, or via email with my contact form.
*New to minimalism? I like Becoming Minimalist's introduction.