About this web site
Originally these web pages were all laboriously hand crafted using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and HTML (Hyper Text Mark Up Language) but I have now converted this website over to Joomla which is just one of the many open source web site Content Management Systems (CMS) that comes free with the Vidahost web site hosting package. This makes it much easier to set up, change and manage individual pages or the whole web site, build menus, etc. If you prefer to use a different CMS application to build your website then all of the most popular software is also included e.g. WordPress (Click here to see my test WordPress web site), Drupal, Concrete5, etc, and is available for you to choose from from your own web site control panel (cPanel). Should you want to set up your own on-line shop then the TSOHOST (formerly Vidahost) Cloud Hosting service also includes free eCommerce/webshop software as well.
Joomla utilises PHP and a MySQL database, all provided as part of the Vidahost hosting package (and all set up automatically for you when you choose to add Joomla from the administration menu) to control and manage the website dynamically so hopefully the site should develop a more professional and consistent look. Publishing and changing pages is much easier and faster now and the wysiwyg article editor in Joomla has removed the need to edit HTML by hand while still producing good code and utilising CSS (the whole look of the web site and every page within it can be changed in seconds by simply changing the template the site is based on).
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