Chris Philpot TV Production & Digital Marketing

About My Website

The website you are looking at now was launched in 2015, almost fifteen years after my first foray into online publishing. If you'd like to know the tools used to build it, and the history of where it comes from, you're in the right place. (And even if you don't, read on far enough and I'll treat you to a few embarrassing screenshots and webcam captures from my sites of old.)


Software and Services

Much of this latest iteration of my website was coded by hand using HTML, PHP, CSS, Javascript and jQuery. Development was made quicker, easier, and a damn sight less stressful thanks to the following tools and services. I am pleased to personally recommend each of the following:

…and finally, Webdesigners Toolkit. Their classic browser templates for Photoshop were invaluable when creating the timeline below!


My (Embarrassing) History on the Web

2000

The Chris Chronicles
http://www.philpot.clara.net/chris1.html
Archived version

A mock-up of my first website ‘The Chris Chronicles’ as it might have looked in Netscape Navigator.

I started building websites before many people had even visited one. My first site was launched in the year 2000 while I was still in primary school. The Chris Chronicles was a rather grandiose title for a website with a dancing Pikachu as its star attraction. This said, there was one reasonably innovative feature. CP-TV was a webcam which broadcast live pictures of me at my desk whenever my computer was switched on. I can't be certain, but I think this predated the first episode of Big Brother. (If anyone at Endemol is reading this, a cheque will be fine.)

2002

The Eclipse Trilogy
http://crispy.horstedkeynes.com/
Archived version

A mock-up of my second website ‘The Eclipse Trilogy’ as it might have looked in Internet Explorer 6.

The BBC Two series Robot Wars was a staple of my childhood TV viewing. I contacted fellow fans on the unofficial website of series 2 champion Panic Attack, and took part in the forum's “Fantasy Robot Wars” fan-fic tournaments. This website documented my fictional fighting machines – not to mention my pre-teen verbosity and early efforts at digital graphics (Microsoft Paint with a dash of Paint Shop Pro). Panic Attack webmaster Jamie McGarry is now an acclaimed poet with his own independent publishing company, Valley Press.

2004

Crispy's Crib
http://www.chrisphilpot.co.uk/
Archived version

A mock-up of my third website ‘Crispy's Crib’ as it might have looked in Safari.

In 2004, I bought the domain name currently in the address bar of your browser. This coincided with the desire to relaunch my website as a personal homepage, as well as my appearance on the game show Countdown. These factors collided with the creation of Crispy's Crib, a name inspired by the MTV series that toured celebrities' homes. It was actually quite popular, not least because it wasn't blocked on my secondary school's computer network and hosted a plethora of Flash games (credit: Paul Neave).

2007

The Philpot Spot
http://www.chrisphilpot.co.uk/
Archived version

A mock-up of my fourth website ‘The Philpot Spot’ as it might have looked in Internet Explorer 7.

At sixth form college, I decided to pour my teenage angst into a blog. The result was every bit as cringeworthy as you'd imagine and maybe hope. Started as an AS-Level Media Studies project, The Philpot Spot became my daily journal – just without the padlock. At one point, I built a streak of 169 consecutive days where I wrote at least one entry. Posts included jokes, poems, recommended YouTube videos (this predated Twitter), and details of some of my earliest ventures into working in TV. In-between unsubtle allusions to teenage crushes, naturally.

2011 & 2013

How the 2011 version of my website looked in Google Chrome.
How the 2013 version of my website looked in Google Chrome.

More recently, my website has presented a more relaxed version of the information you'd otherwise find on my CV. Upon graduation, I promoted myself via an innovative one-page website that scrolled between different topics. It had video clips, audio showreels, and details of my work on TV and radio projects. In 2013, I relaunched my website with a responsive design, lots more textual information, and a blog with my thoughts on trending topics in television and technology. These two sites established the foundations of the one you're reading today!