## [Kunal Marwaha](http://kunalmarwaha.com/) evolving philosophy on website-building ### on frameworks I've tried some newer frameworks, including [React and friends, Angular, JSX, ...](https://hackernoon.com/how-it-feels-to-learn-javascript-in-2016-d3a717dd577f){target="_blank"} I find these frameworks useful for: 1. Really good-looking, quickly-built sites 2. Larger, more complicated projects with a significant web interface 3. Tools for general public audience, many many users, many types of devices, and/or specialized users (e.g. some frameworks need no extra work to be accessible to screen-readers for blind persons). ### go minimal When I have the choice, I tend towards minimalism in both tooling and "look and feel". For my latest work project (in Django), I'm using raw HTML templates and CSS styling from [Bootstrap](https://getbootstrap.com/docs/3.3/css/){target="_blank"}. No additional JS frameworks or styling frameworks (Less, Sass, ...) Bootstrap is simple, familiar to the team, and popular. ### curated website You could call [my personal website](http://kunalmarwaha.com/){target="_blank"} a "curated" website. Everything you see is raw HTML and CSS. Many low-level design decisions were carefully chosen to make the site look good. Until recently, I wrote pure HTML. Now I write in Markdown (quicker to get my thoughts out) and use [`pandoc`](https://pandoc.org/) to compile to HTML. Add `.text` to the URL to [see the raw Markdown file](http://kunalmarwaha.com/websites.text){target="_blank"}. ([Inspired by the Markdown creator.](https://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/){target="_blank"}) I like many things about this site: 1. I think (and trust varied research) that sans-serif is easier to read. 2. I chose the colors carefully to be accessible, clear, and gentle. 4. I found standard link styling (ocean blue and underlined) to be too aggressive for the site, so I muted the colors and adjusted the underlines to my liking. 5. I use slight indents to organize information clearly; I later added emojis for fun. 6. I like new-page links, so you still have the website open. ### Always learning These decisions are often inspired from blogs and websites I like. The dotted underline is inspired by a blog on online readability, and the colors from [Derek Sivers](https://sivers.org/d1u){target="_blank"}. But I'm not confident about everything: 1. I used some online app to make my favicon. The design was mine, but I'm not sure how it looks on all devices. 2. It's readable on my phone, but in general not great for mobile viewing. 3. Emojis may not load on older browsers. I also think the development process for this website is rapid and fun. 1. I have a git repository on a DigitalOcean server that hosts my website. 2. I have a `git clone` of the repository on my laptop. 3. I write in the `.text` files and loop the [`./pandocify.sh`](http://kunalmarwaha.com/pandocify.sh){target="_blank"} script. (`while :; do ./pandocify.sh; sleep 1; done`) 4. I look at my updates locally on Google Chrome. 5. I `git commit` and `git push`, like in other projects, but when I push, my website is updated! ### No true way I don't think there is any "true way" to build a site. There are many great-looking and useful sites on the Internet. --- What do you think? [Send me your thoughts over mail.](http://kunalmarwaha.com/mail){target="_blank"}