Hi, I am Manu a software developer from Augsburg, Germany and this is the story of my next attempt to blog regularly.
Why in english?
Yes, english is not my mother tongue. I want to write my posts in english to improve my english skills.
Another reason is the so much bigger audience. Especially in the tech community. (more info)
Why should this work now?
I always wanted to write my own blog website with its own backend. But these had never a good user experience and were lacking many features. All these features are in WordPress but as a Laravel developer I don’t like the WordPress eco system and how to build stuff with it. Another reason was that I needed this whole page as my own side project. And I don’t want to work only with WordPress in my spare time.
After a bit of research I found this article on Laravel-News. Eric L. Barnes writes about how to import posts from the WordPress Rest Api into Laravel (in a nutshell).
This gave me a toss in the right direction and I started to build a WordPress Importer. The article is a bit outdated, but at all, it’s no rocket science. A few hours later I had a working prototype.
And here we are. I have a very nice writing experience with the Gutenberg Editor and have the freedom of Laravel to display my blog.
The WordPress Importer needs some tests and hopefully it will be available as a package soon.