cobblers.org.uk

A look at the old Cobblers web site

Picture to show Entropy

The website for the cobblers.org.uk domain first appeared about 13 years ago. I'd just retired from a really interesting job involving ANPR cameras. I wanted to teach myself the basics of web design, hosting and PHP coding. After a few initial experiments I'd decided that Microsoft's ASP technology was not the right way for me. You had to buy Microsoft server software for a start, which was not cheap. The hosting for ASP servers was more expensive than any of the other options, and Apache / PHP was used by about 85% of websites, according to the Internet.

So much has happened since the Cobblers website first appeared. We don't use Flash anymore for graphics. CSS has changed almost beyond recognition. Mobile phones were unknown to most people. HTML4 was still the current technology. You designed a web site to be a certain shape and size and it stayed that way - no adaptive technology. We now have free tools such as BootStrap which make laying out an adaptive/responsive website very straightforward.

The theme behind the website was Entropy and it was "explained" in simple terms by noting that everything is turning to rat shit. It gave me an excuse to show pictures of rusty old cars.

It does not seem worth the effort bringing the old website up-to-date. There are different problems to solve now. 7th July 2021