For one of my projects I have a few different site developers and content authors. I really wanted to simplify the process of adding a new member to the team and get them up to speed quickly. Fortunately, the Static Site Generator “Hugo” uses compiled binaries and does not require anything setup on the system to run. Having said that, setting up a couple of external tools (NPM and Python) can make running and updating Hugo on any OS a breeze for anyone on the team.
Backstory I posted recently about building online fundraising pages for a Color Run event hosted by my daughter’s Elementary School PTA. Originally I was using a CSV file as the data source for the student’s donation pages. I found a way to keep the data in Google Sheets and pull from it directly on site build in Netlify, so that they can easily be updated by admin staff in the PTA without going to text files or messing with the Git repository for each change.
How it begins I’ve been volunteering time to help the PTA at my youngest daughter’s Elementary School implement a new website and bring some web technologies to their operations. This post focuses on one aspect of this effort, fundraising. The annual Color Run is coming soon and the PTA uses this event as one of the many small fundraisers for the organization. The question to me was, “Can we accept online donations for the students, where each student has their own unique donation page/url?