Álvaro Medina Ballester

New blog and new site

March 31, 2017

To be honest, I’ve never been an active blogger. However, I really enjoy to install, change and redo my website from time to time. I have never been a web developer, so for me it’s a challenge to take a peek into how these things are done and how the web development evolves.

New hosting: Surge.sh

I moved the hosting from my Dreamhost account to a new service called surge.sh, which is fantastic. It’s a service to publish static webpages and its super easy to configure and deploy. You just need to install the surge CLI from npm:

$ npm i -g surge

And then hit surge in the directory you want to publish. Configuring a custom domain is also really easy. I’m really into the philosophy of static webpages so Surge was definitely a way to go. My blog is much much faster now and I won’t get more spam from people trying to get into my old blog admin.


I also moved from Dropplets to Gatsby, which is a static site generator built with React.js. It’s still in beta but its working really well and they have what they call starters, some pre-defined examples of sites built with Gatsby. You can type this to tell Gatsby to create a new product based on their blog starter:

$ gatsby new blog https://github.com/gatsbyjs/gatsby-starter-blog

After this, running gatsby build generates the static site into the public/ directory, which you can then upload it to surge.sh. As a React Native developer since the day 0, I’ve been working for a few years with the React component model, so I’m looking forward to invest some time to start adding things into the site.

Thanks for reading, take care! 🤗

Hi 👋! I’m Álvaro, a software engineer living in Palma, Spain. My current focus is on the intersection of mobile, front-end engineering, design and product development.

I have worked for startups and big companies, helping them envision their mobile strategy. Currently, I serve as a Mobile Tech Lead at APSL.net. Learn more about me.

The header image is a simulation of material orbiting close to a Black Hole. Original. Credits: ESO/Gravity Consortium/L. Calçada.