The main reason for the update was that I wanted to modernise the blog home page to show a timeline of posts rather than the latest post. This has SEO benefits and presumably most people don't go to the home page but instead come to a specific post either from a search engine or from an email or social share. If they do go to the home page they get an overview of all recent posts now.
For the timeline styling I found an excellent solution, Build a Vertical Timeline Archives Page Using Bootstrap, that was simple to implement.
I modified it slightly by removing the colours from the timeline CSS and instead adding the Bootstrap "bg-" classes to apply colour. That way if I change the Bootstrap colour scheme I don't also have to change the timeline CSS.
As part of the upgrade I have also improved the site navigation and made it easier to browse related posts for something of interest rather than having to read through complete posts one by one.
I love the way that Bootstrap gives me, a programmer with little design ability, the ability to focus on back end development and have an attractive and professional looking front end up and running with little to no effort. I know that it then looks like every other Bootstrap site but a blog is (hopefully) more about content so as long as the front end works and doesn't look unattractive then no problem, right?
by John Avis | May 6, 2020
If you are having intermittent problems sending email in .NET using System.Net.Mail consider switching libraries.
by John Avis | November 4, 2019
As support ends for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 I have recently gone through migrating some websites to a new server running Windows Server 2016 and IIS 10 but some of the websites did not work.
by John Avis | October 15, 2019
For a website project I needed a way to enter multiple tags. I just wanted something simple that I could easily modify to suit my own needs, so I wrote my own.