Every time I start a website project I start first with flat-file pages. HTML and CSS, nothing else. Only after I’m happy with the structure and basics will I merge it into a CMS theme, mostly WordPress.
SASS has become unmissable for me. Although I still do go back to CSS when learning new things like Flexbox or CSSGrid, SASS is my go to when coding. It’s just faster.
I’m not a fan of using tools and frameworks for everyting without a good reason. I like to know what I’m doing, being able to understand all the code, because I coded it and to keep the code simple. But Gulp has become my favorite tool because it helps streamline my coding process and saves time. To think I only got into Gulp to use autoprefixer because SASS mixins wasn’t working.
Now I just keep a good gulpfile to be able to start a new project easily.
Installing Gulp is pretty straight forward. Just follow step 1 to 4 explained in Getting Started with Gulp.
Run npm init in your new project folder. Fill out your project details. Add your packages and gulpfile.js and get coding.
I use the following packages in my basic Gulp workflow:
Like finding out how to integrate DPLOY into my gulpfile, if it is even possible. Or how about adding Twig templating? Markdown to HTML? Actually, I just want a flat-file CMS that runs on one gulpfile.js Crazy?