I built the first version of Use Pandas in one evening. It's a collection of easy to use Python pandas recipes for Data Scientists, Data Analysts, and Machine Learning engineers.
Leveraging existing tools, I was able to quickly spin up and deploy a new site. I shared it with my LinkedIn and quickly got some decent traffic. The site went live October 22nd.
- 2622 Unique Visitors
- 5055 pageviews
- A principal research from Microsoft (contributed)[https://github.com/kennethcassel/usepandas/pull/20] to the project!
- Tons of new LinkedIn and Twitter followers
So let's get on to how I actually made the site!
My site is for code recipes so I had to find a gatsby theme that would take care of the bulk of this.
I was looking for a theme that had code blocks, syntax highlighting, dynamic page routes, and was mobile responsive.
I ended up finding this theme which met all my criteria.
I was heavily inspired by Gabe Raglands site for react hooks called usehooks, so I chose a similar name. I purchased the domain usepandas.com from NameCheap.
I used the Namecheap Logo Maker to easily create a logo. I'm not a graphic designer but I understand the importance of something looking nice. The NameCheap logo creator is pretty awesome and it's FREE!
The gatsby + netlify integration is so easy to use. On merge's to the master branch of my repo, the site is updated. I never used it before this project and it was pretty easy to learn.
When I launched Use Pandas, I only had a few basic recipes on the site. I still got overwhelming positive feedback which gave me the motivation to add more.
I'm adding more recipes all the time!
If you'd like to here more from me, I build in public @KennethCassel