Site content map

This page is an experiment: to lay out links to the majority of the content added to the site since it took this format and to do so on one page. Content has been grouped, styled and highlighted in pursuit of improved readability.

The surprise of doing an audit such as this is that it encourages one to adopt something of a curator’s perspective — tweaking the display to reveal patterns and themes. (Did I mention anything about icebergs?)

Main content pages

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pages of this site (as distinct from other types of content) are listed here; about the same quantity again was culled in a radical pruning around 2013. Hard sell pages seem — over time — to be decreasingly convincing. (Culled pages have their titles listed here but aren’t accessible.)

January 20, 2013
September 14, 2017
December 28, 2017
April 17, 2018
January 20, 2013
A CMS, a 'brochure' website or a blog?
January 20, 2013
Affordable tailor-made websites
January 20, 2013
Designing for the search engines
January 20, 2013
How easy is it to edit your own website?
January 20, 2013
Mentions légales
January 22, 2013
No templates
June 15, 2008
Other issues to consider about websites
January 20, 2013
Responsive (mobile-friendly) websites
January 24, 2013
The advantages of using a CMS
January 20, 2013
Why use Drupal for a CMS website?
January 20, 2013

Website projects

Various projects have come off this list over time. Businesses have moved on, new owners have come in with their existing web team, proprietors have taken employment or properties have been successfully sold because their website did its job as intended. This is just as it should be.

Premier French Rentals - outstanding French holiday property
Happy Momes - English language schools in France
Karrageen - a caravan and camping park
Galeriejohn - a virtual art gallery in Drupal
Erintours - group golfing tours, a CMS
630 Kings Highway East - a property sale
Les Pignons - an Aquitaine property sale
Louisa Jones - gardens in Provence
Experience-English - a CMS - learning English in France
Kingdom Végétal - for palms, specimen plants and olive trees
Plantes et Paysages - a Drupal CMS
Freewheelin' campers - classic VW campervan hire
Peter Hibbard - sculptures
Alison Dove, Landscape and Garden Design
MENATA - promoting travel to North Africa and the Middle East
Séjours linguistiques - learn English in the Gers
Oxygen - public relations
The Keeping Place - a quality holiday rental
9 Shepperton Road - a property sale
Les Bioles - a property sale
DotRational Software - selling Windows consumer software

Blog posts

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blog posts are available here. These are on a broad range of topics – mostly about web design and development — but off-topic posts are scattered about.

July 12, 2018
February 7, 2018
August 24, 2017
April 20, 2017
January 2, 2017
June 24, 2016
June 7, 2016
July 15, 2015
March 25, 2015
August 16, 2014
April 26, 2014
March 14, 2012
November 20, 2011
November 19, 2011
November 17, 2011
March 30, 2011
February 15, 2010
May 24, 2009
March 26, 2009
June 16, 2008
June 9, 2008

Website development and design reading list

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volumes do indeed sit on my shelves and I have read them all — bar the odd chapter here or there. They have helped me to stay out of the classroom and have nourished me immeasurably. I’ve not used a star system to set one above another, but my comments alongside each may help perform that function. Some of these books I find — and still find — to be quite simply invaluable.

July 27, 2018
January 21, 2018
January 2, 2018
November 18, 2017
January 18, 2017
September 26, 2016
June 7, 2016
October 30, 2015
December 12, 2014
August 14, 2014
January 20, 2013
January 20, 2013
January 20, 2013
January 20, 2013
January 20, 2013
January 20, 2013
January 20, 2013

Places

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places show up here. Each has left a mark sufficient to prompt a post. Some of them originate from our teaching website in France (with its less complicated language) and these are listed after a grey horizontal line. My hope is to be able to do justice to more places with a degree of penmanship truly worthy of each.

July 17, 2018
July 4, 2018
June 27, 2018
June 23, 2018
June 20, 2018
May 28, 2018
May 22, 2018
April 25, 2018
November 14, 2017
December 1, 2016
July 26, 2016
June 22, 2016
June 22, 2016
June 16, 2016
August 22, 2014
November 24, 2013
September 25, 2013
July 11, 2013
November 22, 2012
November 21, 2012
November 15, 2012
September 27, 2012
August 4, 2012
August 4, 2012

Software development archive

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software projects cling on tenaciously here. Prior to designing and building websites, I was a freelance software developer writing systems for clients for distribution on CD-ROM. This was when I learned to listen to clients and design systems that responded to the detailed requirements of their projects.

The following applications are software projects (not website projects) that demonstrate some of these qualities. Written in either VB.NET or ToolBook Asymetrix/Click2Learn ToolBook Developer (the first Windows-based multimedia software authoring system) they are — with one exception — front-ends to databases. The majority of them are eLearning or course-management applications.

Welcome to the pre-internet museum!

French archive posts

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posts about living and teaching in rural France gather a little bit of virtual dust here. From 2010 onwards, until we returned to England in 2016, we enjoyed working with French adults and youngsters who came to stay with us at our house in the Gers to work on their English. With both of us being qualified teachers, we like to think that we made something of an impact.

This experience was immensely rewarding for Jane and I, not least because it gave us insight into the value various French people placed upon learning English. We also made many friends, some of whom we continue to see even though we now no longer live in France.

We advertised the business through our own website, sejour-anglais.com, now no longer live. We also developed a collection of blog posts which we hoped would allow potential clients to get a feel for what it might be like staying with us.

In my capacity as a website designer, this part of the business had its own appeal as I could see how powerful an informal blog can be when attached to the more formal pages of a business website. Sometimes these English language blog pages would rank on page one of Google France search results, an unintended consequence of using HTML without tricks or paid-for advertising.

For sentimental reasons, a selection of these French-based blog posts has found a final resting place in this section of the site.

Good reading

A short selection of books that have left their mark. (If I keep to my target, this list will keep expanding.)