It seems a long time ago now, when I first meet my partner Amanda, yet I remember it clearly, it was 2003 and at the time she was the owner of Eden Flowers a florist in the picturesque Cotswold village of Burford. The shop had been trading for a number of years, but didn’t have a website, and I suggested that it would probably be a good idea to invest in one.
One of the problems of being a small business, as anybody who’s in that situation would know, is that cash flow can sometimes be tight. And preliminary enquiries suggested that having a professional website built wasn’t going to be affordable, so dutifully I declared that I would create one for her!!
So where does one start, I had no programming skills at all, and the language of HTML and CSS seemed very foreign to me indeed back then. So, I headed down to the local book store, to see if there was anything I could find. Hours later after perusing the shelves I came away with “SAMS Teach yourself HTML in 21 days”. Now I can hear you shouting from here, “you can’t learn a programming language in 21 days” and you would be absolutely right. However, what it did do was lay some real solid foundations in the principals of web design.