Sunday, 10 August 2014

It's time to rebuild our website....  old site

Having made the obligatory amendments to the PBC, It was time to sit back and relax while the book goes off to the printers.

It would have been a nice plan, but life is never that easy.

All it took was a visit to our website  to realise that there is so much work still left to do.

In short, our website sucks!! It's disengaging, uninteresting and doesn't do us justice. It is one of those flat-pack almost-free-websites that you can get with a range of templates that somehow look all seem to look the same.  Drag something here, drop something there and ' hey presto' a website.

It's true that we don't have a massive back catalogue, but one day who knows.  (I am expecting the next 12 months to be very exciting with several other projects coming into fruition.)

Recently I concentrated  all my efforts towards the website and have messed about here and there with basic flash animations; before coming to the conclusion that if we are going to have a good website - I may as well build it myself.  I mean, if there already almost 1 billion websites, - how hard can it be?

With this in mind, I have decided to abandon updating our current website in favour of a brand spanking new one.

Thankfully I do have access to all the tools to make it one of those all singing, all dancing websites - what I don't have is the technical knowledge or the faintest idea where to start.

I dabbled initially with Flash, then with Fireworks and then Edge Animate, before having a look at Dreamweaver as a canvas to display to the world.... then I got a little bit down.

It's going to take ages to get my head around just one of these programs, let alone all of them - it's not just the software, it's the on-line tutorials and forums that use an almost alien vocabulary.

Seeing as I don't know any language I may as well try and slowly develop a knowledge of HTML5.  From what I can gather it's the one to know.

I have about 4 weeks to make it happen.


  1. I know this is a very old post but please do not waste your time with flash. It's history as it can't be indexed and mobile phones and tablets do not natively support it. It might be worth your while taking a look at a few php tutorials as it is not difficult and in conjunction with WordPress and extensions can give you the ability to create a site to rival the big boys

  2. Thanks for the advice Chris and really sorry for the late reply, as it happens I never really took to Flash in the end, I have looked at lots of tutorials online but they all seem to go over my head, For some reason, nothing seems to stick when it comes to coding so I have elected to go for Muse to rebuild our website and animate it with Edge Animate which, although quite basic for a lot of people, I find it manageable.

    Our site has been idle for almost a year as I shied away from it and returned to gardening, however my project for the autumn is to have up and running . It's not gone live yet but when it does please feel free to have a look and give me some feedback. Best Wishes Leighroy

  3. Hi Chris have a look at this and tell me what you think..