Frederick’s October 2017 meetup for Homebrew Website Club met at the Urbana Regional Library on October 4th. Below are notes from the “broadcast” portion of the meetup.

The main topic of this month’s Homebrew Website Club was domain names. We talked about different places you can register domain names, the ones we’ve used in the past and some of the pros and cons (cost, hosted DNS, and if they attempt to trick you into extra costs).

eddiehinkle.com (Eddie) - Eddie explained that he recently added the ability to podcast on his website (by using Marty’s podcast micropub app and his RSS example from his own Jekyll site). Eddie is beginning a new microcast following his NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) 2017 experience called Author’s Note.

Ricky - Ricky doesn’t have his own website yet, but he is using his github (https://github.com/rickymccallum87) as he continues to learn programming. He’s been continuing to use the Oden project and has been learning a bunch of languages: ruby, python, javascript. He also started experimenting with advent of code to help his adventure in learning to program.

Scott - Scott doesn’t have a personal homepage currently, but is working on building a Lorem Ipsum generator called Kachina Epsom which will provide Italian food words, this is a lightweight way of investigating and learning Wordpress. He is interested in learning javascript but finds it a bit overwhelming. That said, Code School has had some excellent videos that has helped him.

blythe.com(Robert) - Robert has owned his domain since 1996. It’s just been a simple text-based resume for all of these years, but it has received great Google rankings and helped him get jobs over the years. He is currently investigating moving to Jekyll and Bootstrap for his website so that he can provide a bit more context to his resume.

Other Thins: - We also discussed the differences between Wordpress and Jekyll. We’re going to actually dive more into this topic next month as we talk about different CMS/Website options.

We hope that you’ll join us for another HWC Frederick, which will next meet on November 1st at the Urbana Regional Library!