Welcome to the new Fotocraft Images website, and to our blog.
Our original website was launched in 1994. I coded it by hand in HTML. Over time it has developed and grown. However, managing the site has become increasingly cumbersome - changing a single menu option, for example, became a major task, as each page where the item appeared had to be changed by hand. I also felt that the layout of the site was becoming very dated. The final straw for the old site was the difficulty of complying in a non intrusive way with the EU cookie law.
We have no craft shows in the first couple of months of each year, and it is therefore an ideal time to undertake projects such as developing a new site. I looked at many different options - develpong a more elegant site myself, using a template site and engaging a web development company to create a site for me. After a great deal of research and thought I decided to use Zenfolio, an extensively customisable template system as the basis for the new Fotocraft images site.
Zenfolio has allowed me to introduce new features such as slide shows of photographs and this blog. The website is a work in progress. I would welcome comments - both positive and suggestions for improvement - to help me to make it more interesting and relevant for you, the visitors to the site.
I have also taken the opporunity to thin out the number of photographs on the site. As a photographer I am always trying to improve the quality of my work. There were a number of pictures on the old site which seemed fine when I originally posted them. However, looking at them now, with more experience, I don't respond to them in the same way. Starting with a smaller online portfolio will give me the incentive and opportunity to add more images which I am truly happy with to the site over the coming months and years.