The Trust Web Site
In November 2005, I was asked by the team at
The Trust bar, restaurant and cafe to build them a new web site.
Venue and food shots are by Brett Sleeth of Pitch
I wanted a clean, simple but friendly and inviting look
for The Trust web site. Plus I wanted to continue using
CSS for layout instead of tables.
The previous version of The Trust web site was built
by a designer as a pure Macromedia
Flash based web site. It looked great. But the information was
hard to access and absolutely nothing was seen by a search engine.
Also the staff at The Trust couldn't maintain the web site.
The starting point for the design of the new version of The Trust web site
was a template by Andre Czausov. This CSS based table less
template was ported to Etomite and modified to meet my
The following software tools were used to build The
Trust 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 Trust web site runs using the Etomite Content
Management System, 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, news listing etc.
The DHTML Menu used for the main top menu is licensed from
The menu data is generated from the Etomite document database.
The web site is hosted by JaguarPC on servers running the Linux
operating system, using the Apache web server.
The Trust web site respects W3C standards. The web site is currently
validated to XHTML 1.0 Transitional with
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).
Various page elements were built and/or adapted to The
Trust colour scheme using Adobe
Then it was time to port across the existing content,
research and write new content, and build the required web pages.
The Trust web site
looks best on 1024 x 768 or better resolution displays.
The Trust web site went live in mid December 2005.
Tuesday, 30 October 2007