This site is currently implemented with WordPress 3, being used as a Content Management System. The current theme is a child theme of the Woothemes Canvas framework. The site should be ‘responsive’ to different devices, particularly desktop and mobile devices, and accessible to users with disabilities.
I kissed a lot of CMS frogs over the years and got little but headaches and slime on my lips. Massive beasts like Joomla, Drupal, Typo3 and others have a steep learning curve and generate slow websites because even the simplest page view requires a number of SQL queries to be run. See the fine article by Mike Schinkel on why WordPress is a better CMS than Drupal. These heffalumps also abstract you from the code, which is always frustrating when you want to find out what’s going on.
WordPress hasn’t turned into a princess as yet but she’s showing promise, particularly with the advent of v3, and there comes a time in a web developer’s life when s/he has to stop gadding about and settle down. It’s is a ‘right-sized’ system in which to implement small to medium websites, which are what I mostly manage and develop, plus it’s imbued with a nice sense of humour and has a large and helpful user community.
The site home page cum portal is implemented with CSS2 and XHTML, and uses the following images:
- orkney_shore1.jpg – background photo, resized version of a photo of mine taken in Orkney in Summer 2010. See the original image on Flickr.
- right_arrow.png – derived from “Architetto – pulsante 3” from openclipart.org