Chapman Hill Web Site
From time-to-time I'd been helping my neighbours, Ross
and Sarah Thomson solve some of their computer problems. One
Saturday in August 2005 whilst at their place the
conversation turned to marketing of their Chapman Hill Extra
Virgin Olive Oil and web sites.
I started to tell them just how easy and cheap it was to
setup and build the sort of web site they required, and
there and then we signed up for a domain name and web
That night and the next day I quickly adapted the
framework I'd been building for the Infopeople web site to
suite the requirements of
As always, I wanted a clean and simple look that was
easy to use and fast to load. And I wanted to continue to
refine the navigation and page layout style I'd been
The following software tools were used to build the
Infopeople web site:
- Etomite CMS
(running on a Linux platform using Apache, MySQL, PHP
- Microsoft Internet Explorer v6.0
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional
- Adobe PhotoShop CS
- Adobe ImageReady CS
- Adobe Illustrator CS
- WS_FTP for Windows
- HTML Tidy
- NoteTab Pro
- TopStyle Pro
The Chapman Hill web site runs using the Etomite Content
Management Systems, an open source solution released under
the GNU license scheme. Etomite is a CMS solution built using the
language with MySQL
for the database.
Several Etomite Snippets were created to generate various
elements of the web pages, e.g. the page crumbs, various menus,
page specific meta tags etc. Snippets were also used to generate
pages from the documents database, e.g. site map, news listing etc.
The DHTML Menu used for the main top menu is licensed from
The web site is hosted by JaguarPC on servers running the Linux
operating system, using the Apache web server.
The Chapman Hill web site respects W3C standards. The web site is currently
validated to XHTML 1.0 Transitional with
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).
I simply built a set of key graphic elements using Adobe
PhotoShop CS. Then it was time to install the Etomite CMS,
and start to adapt the Infopeople template and style sheets
Then it was time to research and write the content, and
build the required web pages.
The Chapman Hill web site
looks best on 1024 x 768 or better resolution displays.
Best of all, I think the navigation system I devised
Chapman Hill web site went live in August 2005.
Tuesday, 30 October 2007