When I started this web site, back in 2004 – yes 2004! – things were different. The technology was simpler in a lot of ways. The main thing to worry about was whether you were using Microsoft or Mozilla browsers.
Now the technology is more complex and you could be looking at this on a phone, a tablet, a computer or a 60 inch television!
Over the years bits got added to the site, each using later systems and technology. By last year it was apparent the site was badly in need of an overhaul and some parts needed to be re-done from scratch.
By November I’d sketched out a plan of what the new site would need and how to get to it. I reckoned with a bit of hard work it could be done in two months. Various things cropped up so we didn’t get the design finalised until January.
Since then we (the family) have been working really hard on transferring things across and updating and fixing errors on most of the pages as we go. Quite a few new pages went on at the same time.
6 Months – 1,244 Pages
The new site taken us 6 months but we’ve got, excluding the Allotment Shop, 1,244 pages of articles and recipes along with 58 videos and 1,189 diary entries. Which is why it’s ended up taking nearer 6 months than 2.
Everything that was on the old site is still here, along with about 100 new pages, but more logically ordered. All the growing help and advice articles are together and all the food articles are now with the recipes section for example.
If you go onto a page like the Garden Hints and Tips you’ll find 18 pages listed or go to Potatoes and find over 20 pages listed about potatoes. Even so, finding things may be difficult so we’ve put in an uprated search system
Since the search facility relates to the section you’re in, hopefully the results you’ll get will be relevant. One of the problems with the old site was a search often gave more results that were not relevant than relevant.
It’s not perfect by any means, but I think it’s a lot better and the system sort of learns as it goes along so it will improve over time.
You might not realise it at first look but I’ve tried to make the site cleaner and less cluttered. I think people couldn’t ‘find the wood for the trees’ as they say.
I Need Your Help
Now we’ve done the best we can but there are always bugs with new software – if you come across a problem or a link that doesn’t work please let me know – you can stick a comment on this post or contact me as you prefer.
It will only take you a minute but it really helps us. I’d also love to hear what you think generally about the site – anything missing you’d like or something you don’t like, just say.