New Website

I am happy to announce the release of our brand new Sedacrivity company website.

Sedacrivity Home
Sedacrivity Home

The site is completely revamped to use the concept of Jamstack which results in a server-less, super fast rendered site that adheres to the Google Core Web Vitals standard for website page ranking.

This site uses the following concepts & technologies:

  • Jamstack
  • HUGO
  • Markdown
  • Bulma
  • GIT

The previous version was built with the .NET based Umbraco content management system using server based rendering (using ASP.NET and C# ), CSS Bootstrap based templates and an MSSQL database for the actual content storage. A fine working concept but in essence total overkill for the kind of site we are running. Furthermore each page request requires server based rendering involving interactions with templates, code and the DB. In order to have that running ‘smoothly’ there was a lot of caching on IIS. Which worked fine until that server got reset. So this whole setup requires a heavy website hosting platform and lots of complicated development steps and fine tuning.

Luckily the internet web technologies keep evolving and there is a new kid on the block.

Jamstack on the other hand is none of the above and uses a final, static defined version of all the pages of a website to serve a super fast website. This does not mean however that the actual content management is ‘static’ or implies fidling around in a huge nightmare of static HTML files. On the contrary. We use HUGO (written in GO ) to generate the whole website in milliseconds whenever a change occurs in the underlying GIT repository.

The actual content is managed via simple markdown files - these can be edited via a plain text editor or with an head-less content management system front-end like Forestry.io, Netlify CMS or others ( see for an overview at the Jamstack site ).

For styling we use Bulma as a super light CSS Flex based framework in our HUGO templates.

This all results is a superlean website that uses the latest standards to deliver a superfast site.

Lighthouse Analysis
Lighthouse Analysis

Static HTML files is how it all started on the internet and how my first website ever was defined … and now we are back.

I am glad I made the switch and learned a ton of new stuff about nowadays new web technologies while doing so … what more can one expect ?

New web site 'Art of Sedas'

I am glad to annouce the release of a new web site for my personal artistic journey - ‘The Art of Sedas’.

Art of Sedas Portfolio View
Art of Sedas Portfolio View

After a decade of ‘faithfull’ service, the ‘old’ ‘HTML only’ site had become completely ‘outdated’ - both in terms of ‘design’ as in underlying ‘technology’.

Furthermore it required quite some efforts to add new ‘content’ and to ‘maintain’ any existing one.

Therefore it was time to replace the old site with a content managed driven site using the great CMS system ‘Umbraco’.

Umbraco is not only a great ‘CMS’ system for ‘developers’ but it also contains a great community which deliver outstanding ‘packages’ that contain ‘functionality out of the box’. One such great package is the ‘Umazel Starter Kit’ by ‘DotSee’ which provides a great ‘starting place’ to set up a web site like this one.

The new web site can be seen at ‘http://www.sedas.be’.

New Website for 'Lathyrus'

I am proud to announce the launch of the new responsive website of Lathyrus Garden Architecture - the business of my wife Geke.

Lathyrus Website
Lathyrus Website

The aim was to actualise the existing, older, desktop-oriented site and make it tablet and mobile friendly and more slick in terms of feeling & design while trying to maintain the same ‘feeling’.

The site has been designed and programmed by us using the excellent content management system Umbraco.

Umbraco is a Microsoft .NET opensource CMS which gives you complete freedom in the front-end development inlcuding templating, document types management, scripting, etc … and it includes a powerfull backend management tool for the actual content creation & management by end-users.