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Sponge Project closing to new business

10th October, 2011

As the title suggests, Sponge Project will be closing its doors after a relatively modest run of 3 years. Simple fact of the matter is that I cannot dedicate the time to running this side business and juggle a family and full time job. Existing customers will still be serviced for hosting and website maintenance contracts, but any new customers will be pointed to Fantastic Machine.


New client site: Life Planning Online

19th August, 2011

An extension of an existing client relationship via Exam Angel, Life Planning Online is now live! Run by the fantabulous Jon Dunckley, this new company is dedicated to providing people with life planning and coaching support to help them achieve their goals. Built using WordPress as the back end and using some CSS3 and HTML5 for some cutting edge goodness.

Life Planning Online - Helping you to bring about the lasting and positive changes you want to make

New client site goes live: Stanley Villas

17th August, 2011

Yey! Blowing the dust off this blog is good, especially when it’s good news a bout a new project going live. Stanley Villas is a Bed & Breakfast here in Tewkesbury who wanted a simple, yet elegant site to attract customers. The site is powered by WordPress and links into Eviivo’s online booking and accommodation management system. I did the design, build and offer the web and email hosting facilities – all at a very reasonable price I may add 🙂


Haute Cuisine template updated

5th April, 2011

One of my free templates, Haute Cuisine, has been updated with some extra shiny HTML5 goodness:

  • Improved semantic styling, including addition of hgroup, figure and figcaption.
  • Addition of microformats onto the contact page for address and phone number.
  • Tidied up some other code.
  • Retains it’s minuscule footprint of just under 62kb unzipped.

It’s available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. What are you waiting for? Download Haute Cuisine now!

Side project changes – Jobatronic now something else

30th December, 2010

As with some things in life, what you envisage to begin with isn’t what something ends up being. Such is the case on my part with Jobatronic, a side project launched at the start of this year.

What started out as “I can do that better than the other guys” turned into “I’ve proved I can do it, now can I make it commercially successful?”. In short the answer was no, primarily due to a lack of time and focus on my part, but also a swift realisation that the market was saturated. Still I learned how to develop on the Jobberbase platform, something which I hitherto had not been able to do.

So this brings me back to the change in the side project. The eagle eyed follower of mine (there may be more than one…) will have noticed how the Jobatronic website has changed style and focus. It is now a showcase for my Jobberbase skillz, allowing me to offer free to download or purchasable templates. Over time (read: once the new Year hits) I’ll start developing my screencasting skills and running some tutorials on how to edit Jobberbase templates and setting up an associated blog. One step at a time.

Jobatronic ~ Jobberbase themes and templates

IE9 ain’t very good

18th October, 2010


Now you know why Internet Explorer’s E is blue: it represents how IE suffocates and strangles Web innovation.

From CSS Wizardry.

No new clients, but still busy

11th October, 2010

It’s been a while since the last post, so thought I’d give an update on where things are. Given I’m working full-time it’s hard to fit in work in the evenings and weekends and not end up neglecting my family. What has been happening however is a few bits and bobs for existing clients and some outsourced activity.

Existing clients

For those not in the know I run the Exam Angel website which needs ongoing maintenance and care. Specifically it’s been enhanced with some nifty discount coupons and will have a new set of question styles added. All built in PHP.

Exam Angel

As for other existing clients, I’ve been tweaking the previously designed White Rose Scuba Diving website with a new corporate visual identity.

White Rose Scuba Diving

Original design

White Rose Scuba Diving

Tweaked design

Outsourced activity

As with most things someone you can always find someone else willing to offload some work onto someone else in exchange for cash. Well I’ve been doing the receiving of work in exchange for cash and so far so good. Have done two PSD to HTML conversions and all bar the initial learning curve I seem to have settled into a groove with turning them around. The sticky point comes where the designs get complex and you have to cut it all up and re-assemble in HTML. But that said nothing insurmountable…yet.

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