This Blog's Technology

  • The Ghost platform, using my own custom theme which I based on the default Casper theme.
  • Swiftype for search
  • Cloudflare for DNS serviing & CDN
  • Filament Flare for Sharing buttons
  • Mailchimp for post distribution via email
  • Zappier & IFTTT for auto-posting of new blog posts to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn
  • InMotion Hosting - my hosting provider
  • Klout
  • MeetingBurner for webinars

  • The changes I made to Casper include the following:
    • added a favicon
    • added a slew of social buttons to the front cover page
    • Added Mailchimp's pop-up sign up form
    • Edited the items in the right slide-out menu
    • Backports of new Casper features (such as next/prev post links) to my version of Casper
    • Increase the number of words in post excerpts
    • Do a gradient-style darkening of the blog's cover photo so that white text shows up better
    • Changes to the footer copyright and added a link to a privacy policy
    • Changes to the placement of footer text, so that the Swiftype search button doesn't block it
    • Changed the styles of the swiftype search CSS, so that it shows on the bottom left (instead of right, which resulted in it not being displayed at all)
    • Changed the Subscribe button in the menu to go to a page with both a Mailchimp subscription form and RSS feeds.
    • Changed the "author" page to actually be an archive-style listing of the titles of all the bosts on the blog.
    • Added forms stylesheet, so that mailchimp forms look better
    • Add FontAwesome 4.3

Other things I added without making changes to the theme itself:

  • Google Analytics
  • Filament Flare sharing buttons