Monday, 1 March 2010

Free Stuff

I have now added a 'Free Stuff' page to my web site.  This page contains exactly what it says, free stuff.  so far there is a link to free personas you can use to customise your browser toolbar if you use Firefox 3.6 but I hope to come up with more free stuff to fill this page.  Check it out and remember to check back regularly to see what else I come up with.

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Thursday, 4 February 2010

The writing is on the wall

Blogger have announced that they are going to pull the plug blogs sites like this. All Blogger blogs will in future have to be hosted by Blogger and so will have to have a blogger url and not a domain name url like this one. So, what that means is that if I want to continue to have a blog site as an integrated part of my web site then I have got to look else where for one. If I don't find one before Blogger pulld the plug then this will simply cease to exist. Heyho!

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Friday, 29 January 2010

New Galleries

All the galleries are now fully functional on my sister site at this site is about general photography rather than Pet Portraits. You will find galleries for various subjects from still life to portraiture. If you are interested in commissioning me for any photographic work you will find contact details on the web site.

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Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Launch Date

OK, I think I'm just about there. The new web site is ready so I shall upload it on Christmas Day...barring any last minute hitches. I figure that Christmas Day is likely to be the least busiest day for people visiting my web site so no one, or at least very few people, will be put out by not being able to access it during the upload. All being well, and with fingers and toes crossed, it should be open for business again on Boxing Day if not before. Of course, the downside is, if it does all go wrong then I probably won't have much time to fix it as I'll be cooking in the morning and probably a bit too merry in the afternoon. Hey, ho!


Wednesday, 9 December 2009

That's it. I mean it this time! I've finished the last video course.

This was a course on Web Accessibility. I thought I should make my site more accessible to people with disabilities and come up-to-date. My, what a can of worms. Just when I thought I had my site planned this comes in as a low baller. What I'm struggling with is the drop down menus I have planned. Screen readers can't navigate them very well nor can people who are not able to use a mouse. I might have to come to some sort of compromise on this.

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Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Still wading through tutorials

I've finally completed the last of the Dreamweaver cs4 video courses that I'm going to do but I have now spied a SEO course on that I shall also take advantage of while I have access.  I only have a few days left on my pass so I might as well make the most of it.  Having said that, I have made a start on my wed sites new look.  My home page is almost complete.  The mock-up below shows roughly how it will look.

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Saturday, 21 November 2009

Out with the Old

For any of you who have been following this blog, you might be wondering when my promised web site changes are going to happen.  Well, one thing I have learned from the training videos is that a web site has to work on paper long before anything is done on the computer.  I'm still at the ideas stage, plus there are a few more tutorials I want to get through.  One thing I have decided is that my logo, seen here, has to go.  These fritilarias are a left over from when I was a garden designer as well as photographer.  I never got around to creating a second logo for the photography side of things which was a big mistake.  I'm not sure yet what I shall use instead but I have some rough ideas floating around in my head.  A good logo is priceless but changing a logo, even if it's a bad one, is not a good idea as it is a major part of a companies branding.  If I'm to change it I will have to make sure it is worth while by coming up with something really good...Ideas on a postcard please" :-))

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Saturday, 14 November 2009

First Course Completed

As I mentioned, I've been taking a video course in learning how to build my web site the right way. Well, I'm pleased to say I've survived the first course and probably have enough knowledge now to get on an re-plan my site. There are loads more courses available which will go deeper into various aspects such as cascading style sheets and Spry widgets so while I have access to the tutorials I think I'll fill my boots.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Serious Website Rebuild

When I built my web site initially I found out how to do it by learning
as I went along. The result is it works but I have no idea why and the
coding is very messy. I have now embarked on a series of training video
that tell me how it should have been built. Ooops! Now I'm realising
that the site is a total mess and needs a complete re-build. Don't
worry, it wont be taken down. I'll rebuild the pages on my PC and only
upload them once I have the site finished although I might just tinker
with the current version to make some temporary changes in the mean
time. The up-side of all this is that it allows me to incorporate some
new features if wished. So, if there is anything you think that would
improve my site just let me know. No rush, this will take quite a time
to complete but your input in this as a viewer and user of my site is
important to me. So please, do add a comment below if you have any

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Tuesday, 10 November 2009

All Change

I've been making lots of changes to my web site and this will probably be an on-going project. If you have any suggestions about improvements I could or should make to the web site please add a comment below. After all, it no good me creating this site just to fit my ideas when it's you, my site visitors, that I need to build it for.

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Sunday, 8 November 2009

Success...I think

My blog has now been integrated into my web site. Hopefully anyone reading my blogs will be able to add comments to the posts here even if they don't have an account with blogger. To add a comment or reply to any post just click on the comment link below the post. It's always nicer when you leave a name though.


Friday, 6 November 2009

Nows the Tricky Bit

All I have to do now it to work out how to integrate this into my web site :-)


New Blog Site

I've created this site in the hope that it will be an easy place for my customers to add their comments about the portraits I have created for them. Not only that, but I will also be inviting comments, questions and requests from any of my web site visitors and potential customers. All submissions will be moderated but that is only to prevent people misusing it.