Currently I'm not doing things the best way as my Git knowledge isn't up to scratch. I followed the instructions on the Laravel beta docs page. I also installed Composer system-wide by putting the phar file in
/usr/local/bin. Thus all I need to do is go into my Laravel directory and run
composer update and all the components are updated to the latest version; including any extra packages I've added to the
composer.json file myself.
I find this incredibly exciting. It's simply a case of going to http://packagist.com/ and going I like the sound of that, all I have to do is add one line to one file and I can use it. For example, I'm using Markdown in my posts, so I use this package by dflydev. Admittedly it's not as simple as just adding a line to the
composer.json file. Due to how packages are loaded, anywhere I want to use the file I need to add the line
Though I am sure there are better ways of doing this. I believe this can be done by editing the providers and aliases arrays in
app/config/app.php, but I'm yet to look into this properly.
I'm also doing a basic redesign of the site, focusing slightly on the layout, but mainly the colour-scheme, incorporating the Solarized colour palette. Maybe even a little SASS/LESS magic to switch between dark/light schemes.