This site is hosted by Reclaim Hosting. Its primary and associated domains are also registered through Reclaim Hosting. It is built with WordPress and uses the (free) Simple Responsive Blogily theme, based on Responsive Blogily, by Superb Themes/ThemeEverest.
I maintain a separate installation of WordPress at the subdomain reading.trmarvin.org, which I use as a digital garden for storing reading notes, including extracted annotations and Twitter threads. The digital garden uses the (free version) Minimal Grid theme by Thememattic. It is fully integrated with my main site, which I accomplished by entering menu items manually as custom links rather than using relative page links.
I use three plugins to add content areas to the site:
- Encyclopedia Pro to create a reference wiki of concepts, people, and places that I mention often in my writing. The entries pop up when moused over on desktop and are clickable on all platforms. (There is also a limited lite version available.)
- Easy Footnotes to annotate my blog entries with the type of notes that are standard in academic humanities writing. (They are formatted according to the current Chicago Manual of Style and outputted using Zotero, an open-source reference manager, on which, see below.)
- Simple Microblogging to maintain a reverse chronological account of my course of study (#yeshivalife microblog).
I use the following plugins to enhance site functionality:
- Tag Groups allows for grouping tags and creating hierarchy within tag groups. A practical application of this is my blog index page. I use the basic, free version of Tag Groups.
imple Social Buttons creates buttons for easily sharing content posted on my site’s blog. I use the basic, free version.I am now using Jetpack (see below) for this functionality.
- The IndieWeb suite of plugins/extensions implements the type of content ownership promoted by the #IndieWeb movement.
I use the following plugins to enhance my WordPress working interface:
- Analytify and Analytify Dashboard Widget to display/analyze site stats.
- Jetpack has multiple uses, including backup, security, performance enhancements, social sharing, and block customization in the WordPress editor.
- Yoast SEO for optimizing posts. Not very useful for specialized writing (I use this plugin extensively on my other blog project) but still useful for previewing search results, etc. I don’t subscribe to premium on either site.
- Post Type Switcher allows for easily converting posts to pages and vice versa.
- I write blog posts in WordPress on Firefox, baked up using Jetpack (see above).
- I write short-form and some long-form pieces using MS Word (saved locally and to a cloud drive, archived to an external SS HD).
- I write certain long-form pieces using Scrivener (saved locally and to a cloud drive, archived to an external SS HD).
- I use Zotero as my reference manager. The references themselves are cloud synced via Zotero’s own servers. My article PDFs are stored in a cloud drive with relative links in Zotero. I use the Zotfile extension synced to a separate cloud drive to shuttle articles to my tablet and back for annotation.
- I use Notion to organize project notes and links.
Reading Notes (Digital Garden)
My reading notes digital garden is also run using WordPress; it’s a separate installation on a subdomain, which I configured through my web host (see above). It uses the Minimalist Grid theme (free version) by Thememattic, which displays like a digital garden but has tagging, search, and other database functionality. I purposely keep the categories narrow (article, book, book section, sefer) and the tags wide-ranging. I used htmle sidebar links so that they would refer back to my main site.