Site update: Let's go Publii!

Welcome to my updated website. I gave up Joomla and converted to Publii.

Publii is just sick. 

  • FOSS
  • Static CMS
  • Super fast (no online database)
  • More secure ( " )
  • I can keep my files in my cloud
  • No code required
  • Accepts text in markdown, WYSIWYG, block
  • Decent SEO
  • Very simple and pleasant to use


  • No non-Google internal search option (AFAIK)
  • I'm more limited on what I can do visually, more dependent on the template (might not be a problem for you, but I don't code). The template options are detailed and can be personalized, but not to the point I was able to in a Joomla website, specially when using Gantry framework.

I've been following these guys' work since GavickPro, a provider of Joomla templates and extensions which were quite something, at the time. I was a happy customer and started a few projects thanks to their products (which were not expensive). So they really know what they are doing. Publii, as a product, is even better.

Regarding my website, it started in 2017 and, as predicted, it didn't go much further. Joomla maintenance, as any other CMS, requires quite some attention, now and then. And with Joomla 4 (eventually...) coming, I wasn't feeling like it would be worth a potential upgrade headache (upgrades =/= updates). I still love Joomla and what allows me to achieve. But it's not worth it, for this specific purpose. A blog should be very simple to maintain and adding a new post should be something very easy and fluid. This is often achieved through platforms like blogger or medium. But my main point in creating this website was taking back control. Joomla allowed me that. But Publii seems to get me the best of both worlds. 

I maintain that we should aim to take back control and stop depending on private platforms to keep and save (and monetize) the content we produce, being it: long texts, small thoughts, silly memes, photos, art or whatever. Sure, much of that content is not really worth saving, but some of it is (even if just for you). At least with blogs such content used to be much more retrieavable and wouldn't just simply die in our ever sinking timelines.

So it hit me: this isn't a Digital Rights blog, after all. This is MY corner, my online space, my archive. It may look like a digital rights blog when I write a lot about it, of course, but I won't pursue "a digital rights blog" as an objective for this. I wouldn't have time for that, anyway. And it could as much end up looking like a indie games blog, as well.

As an archive, its main purpose is to collect stuff I write and do elsewhere. As my personal space, it might work also as a blog, if I feel like it. About anything, really. I already started importing content I have spreaded around, and I'm planning to add stuff I like, even if it's just some twitter shower thougths, silly memes, memories or personal photos that only I care about (then again, this isn't about anyone else). Some of that content predates the site's foundation, some of it is being retroactively added now, but it existed already elsewhere. Yes, I can and will retroactively add content. This is not a diary. Or a blockchain.

Maybe if I manage to grow the habit of posting more content in here instead of posting it in the social media, I might hope to be able to regain some of the lost art of blogging.

Eduardo Santos

<p>Lawyer based in Lisbon, Portugal • Interested in Digital Rights: Copyright, Freedom of Expression, Privacy, Net Neutrality, etc. • Knowledge Rights 21 Coordinator in Portugal • doing stuff @ D3 • awarded meme creator • EN/PT</p>

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