Most young professionals come to the point in their career where they need an online professional portfolio to advance their career. They search online, find a hosting provider, and construct the portfolio using the provided tools. How many people actually view the resulting website (other than their mothers) is not clear to me, but it’s a check box to be ticked off the career advancement checklist, I suppose.
For me? Careers are great and all, but computers are even better. Collecting computers that I don’t need is one of my personal vices (up to six now), and I was looking for an excuse to buy another Raspberry Pi. Ex post facto I convinced myself that I bought it to run a secure web server, because that’s an aspect of computing I’m woefully inexperienced in. This is my web server, sandwiched between a Roku 2 and a Starbucks membership card provided for reference:
However, I needed content to serve, since most people aren’t impressed by the ability to serve content. My mom liked the first version of this site, a HTML document created in vim saying “Hi mom!”, but my friends were less impressed. Let alone Joe Googler. So I decided to make a professional portfolio, since everyone else is doing it, and I should also tick off that check box.
The website uses WordPress because I’m familiar with administering WordPress websites from the ELSI project, but I may switch to Django one day just for kicks. Or make another web server running Django. It’s been a while since I bought a new Raspberry Pi.