It's been quite a ride since starting Freak.Marketing back in 2021. Back then I had retired a personal blog I had on stevelongoria.net and decided to rebrand as Freak.Marketing. Coming from the static site generator world (Hugo to be exact), I wanted to go in a different route since I no longer did much coding/programming. I barely used the terminal anymore and hadn't touched a line of code in a couple years. Unless you count installing basic scripts onto websites.
I wanted something that was truly plug and play, I didn't want to have to maintain a server or update node packages via the terminal. So I went with Ghost.org and just focused on writing content. I really enjoy Ghost's editor, it's very clean and minimalist but that's about where my appreciation ends with Ghost.
Which brings us to...
I guess that list was shorter than I expected, but that about covers it! In the future, I may experiment with converting my Webflow site to 11ty to gain even better performance on my website. With the Udesly tool, it's not fairly easy to manage your site in Webflow and simply export to publish as an 11ty jamstack site.
As I mentioned above, I plan on creating and selling courses through Freak.Marketing and while that is technically possible using Webflow Memberships, it's not ideal in my opinion. First of all, you'd have to build out the backend yourself which can be a little daunting. Also, Webflow Memberships is still in beta so the checkout process for digital products you want to offer in the members area leaves a little to be desired.
For this reason, I decided to just go with Podia to host my courses and other products. Podia is more plug and play when it comes to offering courses and other digital products. The checkout experience is better than Webflow's Memberships as well. The only downside is that Podia doesn't let you customize the login page or the checkout page. I also can't add the same web font that I have on my Webflow site. These are all minor issues however and I was able to get my Podia site to match the design of my main website enough for it to make sense as a solution. It was better than Teachable, which forces you to have image heavy designs, no thanks.
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