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
- Pulse CMS has the tagline “Manage Content, Simply.” and with very good reason. I can login, add and edit webpages via a thoughtfully designed interface without needing to use FTP. While there are hundreds of content management systems available, Pulse is my choice because it does not use a database. This gives more control and less complexity for small websites like mine.
- Komodo Edit is a free source code editor with rich formatting for markup. Unlike most such software, which only let you edit local files, Komodo includes a built-in FTP module. This means I can edit website files while they're live on the web, even ones outside the scope of Pulse (such as scripts, style sheets, config files, and so on). This workflow is fantastic.
- Notepad++ is great when you don't need FTP. Like Komodo Edit, it offers rich syntax highlighting to make code easier to follow. One of its biggest strengths is the extent to which you can customise the interface. Change icons, colours and skins to your heart's content.
- FileZilla is great when you do need FTP. This is an intuitive open source file transfer client. FileZilla is just as capable when you need to quickly reconnect to your webspace to upload a single file, as when you need directory mirroring between your hard drive and server for hours on end. A staple of any web designer or developer's tool kit.
…and finally, Webdesigners Toolkit. Their classic browser templates for Photoshop were invaluable when creating the timeline below!
My (Embarrassing) History on the Web
2011 & 2013
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!