I am excited to announce that I am making several changes to the DevLexicon and Donald Louch Productions brands
I am excited to announce that I am making several changes to the DevLexicon and Donald Louch Productions brands.
With this, I am discontinuing the brand of DevLexicon and dropping the Production(s) title in the Donald Louch Productions brand; and now going by the one brand of Donald Louch.
I decided to make this change as I found when creating content with the DevLexicon brand, it wasn’t me making it, it wasn’t something I could call my own, or say that it was made by me. Furthermore, I felt the content was getting redundant as I shared the content from both the DevLexicon and Donald Louch Production accounts. With this change, all content will be delivered under one brand, one account.
What's Changing With Websites?
With this change, I will begin to shift my websites and web content around. With this, devlexicon.ca has reached archive status and will not be returning. The domain name will remain active for the time being but will redirect to donaldlouch.ca. Additionally, DevLexicon Branding will be reaching archived status over the coming weeks and will not be returning.
DevLexicon Links for now will remain up but will be a legacy/portfolio project. All content from DevLexicon Links will be redirected to donaldlouch.ca. OpusVid over the coming weeks to months will transition over to opusvid.donaldlouch.ca. As well, Themes By DevLexicon will transition to Themes By Donald Louch and will be transferred to themes.donaldlouch.ca. DevLexicon Status hosted through InstaStatus has transitioned to Donald Louch Status hosted through. InstaStatus and will be active at the link: donaldlouch.instatus.com.
As for DevLexicon’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube pages, over the coming weeks to months, I will be archiving the content and discontinuing those accounts. All devlexicon.ca email accounts will be reaming active for the time being but will not be replied from and won’t be checked as often and at a point in the next few months will be discontinued. The DevLexicon GitHub account has been transitioned over to DonaldLouch and all previous repositories are now at github.com/donaldlouch.
With this, I will be renaming the Donald Louch Productions Facebook page to Donald Louch while keeping the link the same facebook.com/donaldlouchproductions. I will further be changing my contact email and email accounts on donaldlouch.ca to only use firstname.lastname@example.org*. With this, all other donaldlouch.ca email accounts will be reaming active for the time being but will not be replied from and won’t be checked as often and at a point in the next few months will be discontinued.
What About Freelancing?
Up to this point, I was accepting requests for freelancing jobs via the DevLexicon Portal, this is now discontinued. I, however, am still accepting requests for freelance jobs through my website’s contact form and request form, as well as, by contacting me through email, phone, and social media communications.
What's Changing on DonaldLouch.ca?
With this all, it’s time I also modernize my website and portfolio. Making it run smoother, keeping up with modern technologies, and now transitioning the website to handle all my content.
This change has allowed me to have a faster, smoother, more optimized website and portfolio, better templating, and so much more!
What's The New Tech Stack?
My full “Tech Stack” for the website is:
- NextJS: Website Framework
- Vercel: Hosting Platform
- Chakra UI: CSS Framework
- Font Awesome / Font Awesome 6: Icons
- NextAuthJS: Auth Provider
- Prisma: Database ORM
- PlanetScale: MySQL Provider
- Cloudinary: Image Storage
- MDX: Markdown Blog Posts
- Formik: Form Provider
- yup: Form Validation
- Fontsource: Font Provider
- SplitBee: Public Analytics
Furthermore, with this update, I have made several design changes that merge the two former brands of DevLexicon and Donald Louch Productions into one brand. On the website, I have also made the website more mobile-friendly and responsive, and introduced a nice dark mode. I have also redesigned the blog feed, blog categories, and blog tag pages.
With this change, I have also streamlined my biography page (About Me), Links, and Contact pages and have merged them into one page. You may, however, still visit the website with links.donaldlouch.ca or donaldlouch.ca/links or donaldlouch.ca/contact and you will automatically be redirected to the About Me page.
I have decided to further remove the Internal Comment section on blog posts. With this, the portal area is no longer accessible for public use and is only accessible to me.
A note about this upgrade is that the website is still in a beta, construction phase. With this, all features will not be fully created and optimized and will be in a more functional state at a later time.
In saying that, I have constructed the website enough to where you'll be able to visit the website and get updates on myself and view my content.
If you would like you may proceed to the beta version of the website by continuing to navigate on this website or you may go to the alpha version where features are not as developed at https://beta.donaldlouch.ca or by visiting my Vercel link at https://donaldlouch.vercel.app. Or if you would like you may visit the legacy version at https://legacy.donaldlouch.ca.
This website and portfolio is an open-source project and all the source files can be seen, forked, and you can help develop by heading over to my GitHub account: https://github.com/donaldlouch/website.