Formingo: Easy, free HTML form processing for static websites

One thing I ran across when building my website with Jekyll, a static website generator, was that it restricted my ability to have dynamic content, such an HTML form and blog comments.

Disqus, a popular service that manages comments, alleviated the latter pain, however, the inability to have a simple contact form was huge. There are a couple third-party services that allow you to build forms, but many of them (such as Google Forms) are unnecessarily complex. They often embedded in iFrames or take you to their own domain to submit the form, meaning that they present visitors with a form that doesn’t match the rest of the website stylistically, or are taken away from your website altogether.

To fix this, I built Formingo. Formingo is a new service that allows you to easily create HTML forms that get sent directly to your email address. It’s completely free to use for up to 500 submissions a month, and there are a ton of new features coming. In fact, just today, I launched pre-verified email addresses and domains.

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Introducing Jekyll Themes

The past week I’ve been busy with a small project of mine that I’ve been planning on getting off the ground since March of last year– Jekyll Themes. Jekyll Themes is a repository for authors to list themes and pre-built templates for the Jekyll static site generator.

While I’ve previously written about how to create a Jekyll website from scratch, a lot of developers or bloggers don’t necessarily want to spend the time designing or creating a website from a blank canvas. Thankfully, there are a lot of great themes out there, but many of theme are spread throughout individual GitHub pages and projects. Hopefully, with Jekyll Themes, the themes scattered across the internet can be consolidated into a single listing where they are tagged by their color scheme, responsive-ness, or other attributes.

Multiple Gradients in CSS

Recently, a Redditor asked whether it was possible to create a background that looked like this UI mockup by Mike from Creative Mints.

In fact, it’s quite easy to do so using multiple background images in CSS. The following solution requires no images, though it does require a browser to support multiple background images and radial CSS gradients.

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