Pragmatic Training Web Site
In May 2006, I started to build a new web site for
Pragmatic Training, a specialised scuba diving company based in
The design of the Pragmatic Training web
site was based on elements of the
Mollio template by Pete Ottery, plus some other
ideas I had seen and been mulling over. The result is a new CSS based table-less template,
meeting the requirements. Considerable efforts were also
made to build in improved support for accessibility
The following software tools were used to build the
Pragmatic Training web site:
- Etomite CMS
(running on a Linux platform using Apache, MySQL, PHP
- Microsoft Internet Explorer v6.0
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional
- Adobe PhotoShop CS2
- Adobe ImageReady CS2
- Adobe Illustrator CS2
- WS_FTP for Windows
- HTML Tidy
- NoteTab Pro
- TopStyle Pro
The Pragmatic Training 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 or adapted to generate
various elements of the web pages, e.g. the page crumbs, various menus,
page specific meta tags etc. Snippets are also used to
generate pages from the documents database, e.g. site map,
web links, testimonials, promotions etc.
the data for which is generated by an Etomite snippet. The secondary
navigation menu is a simple list, generated by an Etomite snippet
and styles with CSS.
The phpBB bulletin board package is used for the forums.
A number of Etomite snippets pick up content from the phpBB
forums to create pages and/or page elements for the main web
site pages. The Articles, Frequently Asked Questions,
Downloads and Recent Announcements pages are all created this way.
The Pragmatic Training web site is hosted by JaguarPC on servers running the Linux
operating system, using the Apache web server.
The Pragmatic Training web site respects W3C standards. The web site is currently
validated to XHTML 1.0 Transitional with
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). The web site also conforms to a
number of accessibility standards.
Various page elements were built and/or adapted to the
colour scheme chosen using Adobe PhotoShop CS2.
Then it was time to write the content, and build the
required web pages.
The Pragmatic Training web site
looks best on 800 x 600 or better resolution displays.
The Pragmatic Training web site went live in early August 2006.
Tuesday, 30 October 2007