Site History

Faith Computer Technologies

after suffering a severe back injury in 2010, i had to rethink my working life, and on the advice of a friend decided that web development would be something i mught try my hand at. and so, with the help of an online friend in Sweden (and many anonymous ones all over the internet), i started studying...

my first official website, using purely HTML and CSS, was built in 2010, for my buddy Ross of Faith Computer Technologies, otherwise known as FaithCT.

the rather garish colour scheme and the choice of typeface for the site logo were his (something i tried talking him out of, to no avail; to my mind it just wasn't modern enough), but the basic layout of the site was mine as well as the idea for the rather too complex column on the left - something i'd no idea how to do at the time, but was determined to try. it was a massive undertaking with my limited knowledge, but i discovered what a boon the internet really was for people like me - no matter who you are, there is help for you on the internet.

it was an early example of what a 'responsive' website was at the time (the concept of fluid layouts was prevalent at the time), although true responsiveness was still some way off in 2010, believe it or not. the idea of responsiveness still a rather avant-garde notion as most users were still tied to desktop monitors and the majority of designers were building for those screens, and not the plethora of screen sizes we have available to us today.

looking back, it wasn't a bad job, considering that a year before i didn't even know what HTML stood for. but there is a lot that could have been done better. maybe one day i'll rebuild it - who knows.

screenshot of Ross van den Heever's website

it took a while (a couple of months) to get it all to work properly, and it's a bit dated now, but i'm proud to say that it's still standing after all these years, which proves that what i'd learned back then was solid knowledge aquired from my good online friend Martijn, who basically mentored me (although where he got the patience from god-alone-knows). his insistence on doing things properly, which meant they had to be semantically correct, and the coding had to comply with the very latest coding and accessibility best practices was the best grounding anyone could hope to receive when starting out on a venture like this. thanks mate, you done well.

read more about the details of the build here

want to know more about what HTML does? click here

want to know more about what CSS is and how it works? click here

for those who are starting out and are not sure where to go to get good information on learning about web development (especially the importance of keeping HTML, CSS, separate when building websites), i have provided a list of sites and resources here.

The Black Countess of Wellington

actually, come to think of it, my first attempt at building a website was earlier that same year (2010), a Google Blog, which led to a full-blown Google website, The Black Countess of Wellington, a documentary film project of my then partner Maggie Follett (who is also the mother of our extraordinary son Leo). it probably doesn't count as a an actual build, because it was a pre-built template site, but it certainly was an interesting adventure...

Martha Solomons, The Black Countess of Bain Street
Few stories sum up the complex and often uncomfortable history of South Africa as a rainbow nation with more impact and emotional resonance than that of the world's only "Black Countess" Lady Martha Grey (neé Solomons). Daughter of an ambitious freed slave, this humble Cape Coloured woman became, by default through her marriage to British nobleman Harry Grey (a former Anglican parson, alcoholic drifter and colonial remittance man), the 8th Countess of Stamford, and 9th Baroness of Groby. In the UK, their union was regarded as one of the greatest scandals of its day - especially as tradition demanded that Queen Victoria place a customary kiss on the cheek of the wives of Peers of the Realm when presented to her!

Maggie is a writer, editor, thinker, poet who spent many years in television producing inserts for such shows as Free Spirit on SABC3 and Tabloid on e-tv, who, while living in Wellington re-discovered the fascinating tale of Martha, the Black Countess...

when this blog was first made, Google Blogger software was completely unaware of the changes that were about to sweep across the world - the personal, hand-held device otherwise known as the smartphone was still a far off dream - little did we all realise that within a matter of years, screen technology was to radically alter the way websites were rendered in browser viewports... and that the way we built websites was to undergo a radical change as well.

Site History
Site History