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About Our Website

We were fairly early in establishing our first website: 2005. In those days, most people had no idea what "HTML" or "CSS" meant. They were just discovering the world wide web, and trying to decide if was okay to actually type a credit card number into their desktop browser.

This was a full two years before Steve Jobs announced the first iPhone, and no one even considered the outrageous idea of accessing the web via a phone.

Our choices were very limited, and we elected to use a Microsoft software called FrontPage. It was one of the early "WYSIWYG" (what you see is what you get--pronounced "wizzi-wig") web creation software, and Frontpage worked, mostly. But it created very verbose, clunky code, and requires special server extensions. It was an old fashioned solution, and the world changed.

We have known that our site needed to be upgraded for several years, but it's a big job, because the old code has to be extensively cleaned and massaged, with near-infinite find-and-replace passes, and a lot of tedious typing. That's after you create the new site, of course.

McKenzie's Thrush Image

We finally got it all done in the spring of 2017, and you are reading this on version 2.0 of our website. The new site is HTML5 and CSS3, and was constructed with a recognition that a lot of our customers have limited bandwidth, so it's light weight.

The site is also optimized for cell phones, using the mobile responsive @media command in the CSS, along with meta viewport in the header of the HTML .

We used Editpad Pro as a "smart" text editor to code the new site. Even if Editpad didn't allow the use of WordStar commands, we'd still love it. Editpad is highly configurable, lightweight, has both a free and a paid edition (we bought Pro, after using the Lite version for years: we wish that we'd upgraded much sooner) and the menus are just geeky enough to please.

The only javascript on this site is the Google search engine. All of the animation was done solely with CSS3.

P.S. The photo credit for the home page's lovely background image--our Thrush bearing down on the viewer--goes to McKenzie Grace. Great eye! Thanks.