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Table Concepts website
This big site shows what a visually attractive website you can make if the owners supply such lovely images. Updated extensively in 2015, it has a revolving image gallery on the home page plus viewer controlled galleries on seven other pages.


Sport MR website
This site has bold page layouts, with large images and bulk text sliding down from More/Less links. Radically redesigned after a soft launch, it took around 15 hours to complete this version.




Solutions in mind website
This site was created in March 2017 and took 10 hours plus amendments. All the photos are the owner's.


Jacqueline Huber's website
This site shows off a large collection of lovely paintings. It was completely redesigned in 2015, with much larger thumbnails on the gallery pages. Note the unique banner for each page.




SLACCS website
This site, published in late 2014, took me just 8 hours to final draft stage. The drawings and paintings are all by my grandchildren.Updated in 2017.


Wendy Winfield's website
An elegant, simple site with lovely paintings and drawings that speak for themselves. The site was totally revamped, with lots of new works too, in late 2015.




LJA website
I did the photo shoot for this site, first published in July 2016. The website took me under 7 hours. The music files are provided in mp3 and ogg form to cater for all the browsers.


Busselton Marina BnB website
This attractive little site, live in 2014, took me just 11 hours to complete. I've never met the owners - they met the owners of my other Busselton BnB site (see below) who recommended me. The domain is registered in Australia but the site is hosted in the UK (much cheaper).




Angel's website
This site, adapted from an older one, took me just 6 hours to complete. The testimonials page is a completely different format from the rest.


Wendy Edmonds' website
A rather gorgeous site with classy images. It took me around 10 hours to final draft stage and the owner was then delighted to be able to adjust things until it was exactly how she wanted it. Went live in 2013.




antique lamps website
This regularly updated site has excellent navigation (eg with arrow keys on a PC or Mac) and stylesheet (css) layouts. I took and processed nearly all the photos - quite difficult without a proper studio setup.


Busselton pet boarding
This site, first published in 2015, has 3 different layouts for its 4 pages, all css controlled. It is very image rich and works very well on phones and tablets. It took me around 10 hours (incl. logo).




TOA website
This charity in Twickenham were stuck with an out of date one page website so I did a nice new one for them, with a photo gallery and a news page with new items at the top, blog style. I update it regularly.


Sunshine Booksellers
We met the owners of this bookstore site when staying with friends in Florida. So we have met but all the site design and development has been done at long distance. The author events page is updated frequently.




Jane Meredew's website
An almost edible site - did you ever see such yummy looking food? It's quite a big site, but only took ten hours to final draft stage. The learn and lunch gallery on the lessons page gives a good idea of how much fun it was. The site was extensively updated in late 2014.


Baudins of Busselton website
We stayed at this superb b and b whilst touring Western Australia. The new owners told us that all their guests said the place was much better than they expected from looking at the old website. So they commissioned me to do their new site when I got back to the UK - just 13 hours to go live stage. Now they've been rated no 2 bnb in all Australia.




Cherry Baker's creative writing
Here's a nice little site I created in 2013 for my wife's creative writing. The layout's all controlled from the stylesheet and it's designed to be nicely readable on phones and tablets. It took me under 6 hours.


Judith Shaw's home page
An interesting site - block panels of colour, with content starting as high as possible. A therapy site using the owner's own paintings.




AndyElectrical website
Angel did a great job on our kitchen lighting. This is his older site - see his new one higher up the page.


Field Services website
This site was a replacement for an out of date one that had been done in Flash. The new one will work on anything (eg iPhones) and has a nice little Event Archive gallery.




I started building, as opposed to designing, websites relatively recently (early 2008). I find it a very enjoyable blend of giving people what they want plus a lot of design and technical elements.

My basic philosophy is to make sites that look good, have clear navigation, present the content effectively and are above all sustainable. They're not the flashiest sites around but they are easy to amend so as to keep them up to date. If I were to disappear to an island in the Pacific anyone with reasonable web skills could pick up any of my sites and carry on developing it.

I do use use quite fancy image galleries now (driven by javascript/css) but my websites mostly consist purely of a css style sheet file plus html web pages plus images (jpg, gif or png as appropriate). I avoid website generators that tie you in, especially Dreamweaver. And I'm not involved with any database dependent sites, eg ones with shopping baskets. In late 2012 I switched from using tables for page formatting to css layouts. It's hard to see the difference in a live website but the underlying code is a lot less cluttered and should be easier to maintain.

So my sites will run anywhere on the web at minimum cost. Some cost under twenty five pounds a year for the domain name plus hosting.

I make sure all my images are from legitimate sources, eg my own or from Wikimedia, so there's no danger from those 'spiders' looking for copyrighted images. All the software I use to build, extend and upload sites is free other than Photoshop Elements and occasionally DrawPlus (both of which are cheap).

The one thing that may stop a site I've done working on just about any device (eg PC, laptop, Mac, netbook, iPad, smartphone) is that where there is any video it might be in Flash (flv) format, eg older ones hosted by flickr. iPads and iPhones can't do Flash, but PCs, netbooks, Macs and most smartphones can. Flickr seem to be storing videos in a format iPads can read nowadays.

Above are links to my main creations (all the ones currently active), shown running in different browsers.


I always test in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera, listed in order of which I like best and also test on an Android phone and tablet and iPad, also Macs when I come across them.

I'm told I should include some testimonials. The sites I've done speak for themselves but here are a few:

"Many thanks for the swift and elegant work, as well as all the personal attention and support."

"I am so excited about our new website. I LOVE IT!"

"De website is echt heel mooi geworden!! Goed werk!"

"I am delighted with the website. I can't thank you enough for your help, responsiveness and positive and straightforward responses. It was hugely helpful that you scanned the slides! ... It helps me a great deal that your prices are so reasonable"

"Eric is the man. You ask incoherently for something rather like......... And the next minute there it is on the screen looking smart and impressive. And it works on all the browsers - which most don't."

"Great - what did we do without you!"

"On to the website - I am really happy with what you have done, it's so what I wanted but wasn't really sure how it was going to look - thankyou so much for interpreting my 'muddled thoughts/brain' into something just so perfect (almost)"

"Wendy, it's fabulous! Works really well (navigation round the site), stunning pics, minimal text (no mistakes, honest it's perfect!) and simply, clearly arranged. Shows off your work beautifully. Very professional."

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"Many thanks for your support and the excellent website. I have no doubt, that without the new website, we would not have impressed the pharmacy chain enough to trust us with the shop."

"The web site looks great. Thank you very much for doing it so fast and making such a good job of it."

Eric I love it and I thank you big time.. I have wanted this for years..what a find you are...xxxxxx AND the good news is that the main reason for getting the web site was to impress and it has and we have been offered the job we really wanted...So more than big thanks.

With two of them I never even met the owner of the site - it was all done over the phone and via email. And everybody's surprised how little it costs to get a nice site up and running (and then keep it up to date). As it's sort of a hobby business I only charge 20ph and I'm very fast.