I want a grand (big picture) architecture that I can begin working toward, and I am hoping for some pointers/structure I can hang new ideas/learnings onto.
I want to build a web presence that contains pictures and mathematics like one by Arvind Rao. Notably, Arvind’s blog can be scaled up or down in a browser (ctrl scroll-wheel), and everything changes proportionally (no chucky bits). Arvind uses Jekyll and MathJax as posted on Quorum. I want this primarily for my own reference, but I’d be happy if others find it useful. I am pretty sure the site won’t ever see much traffic.
I want to divorce personal email from Google by using something like Tutanoa.
I also want the capability to add downloadable content (data tables, shell scripts, …) if needed.
Finally, I want to work with stable providers and be independent of any particular provider. I want to structure it all so it is a) moveable and b) easily understood by a reasonably skilled Linux professional. Item b ensures I have a hope of doing routine maintenance myself and get professional help as needed.
KISS (keep it simple stupid) vs. high speed, slick or flashy. I need interfaces that don’t change and services that don’t break, and I want as few dependencies between parts so things are easily patched (because of new web attacks, …).
Idea so far:
Use a virtual private server to host the presence.
Administer the virtual server from my home linux system using a secure outbound only connection.
Make a static web page (Jekyll+MathJax).
I have no idea how fit Tutanoa into the scheme.
I’ve never dealt with any of these, so comments and suggestions are appreciated. In particular, anything resembling an ordered list of things to do. Please feel free to constructively criticise. My background has many holes in it, so please err on the side of using full names so I can search using them.