Colophon

Website Colophon

Behind the scenes of what makes this website work.

Web Host: GoDaddy

I moved over to GoDaddy a couple of years ago and am very happy with the service, stability, availability and pricing.

Domain Registration: GoDaddy

GoDaddy again for domain registration as it makes it easy for me to handle accounting and managing multiple domains.

Content Management System: WordPress

This website runs on a self-hosted, up-to-date version of WordPress in its various incarnations since 2010. WordPress has remained a reliable and experiment-friendly platform, easy to modify and change, with a large number of themes and a huge plugin ecosystem.

Much of the content is generated dynamically in the background from a MySQL database using a PHP interface. The front end uses Javascript, HTML and CSS to display the content. WordPress, PHP and MySQL are open source and are available free of charge under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Site Design

The website has come a long way starting from an initial Initially I made my own WordPress themes, but I found this to be a tedious and joyless task. Instead I am now using a theme called Expression by Pexeto which does close to everything that I was planning to incorporate in my own theme.

Essential WordPress Plugins

  • Contact Form 7
  • Gallery Metabox
  • Google Analytics by Yoast
  • Manual Image Crop
  • Progress Bar
  • W3 Total Cache
  • WP Google Fonts
  • Yoast SEO

Web Analytics

  • Google Analytics – For more detailed data mining of my stats.

Fonts

Fonts used: PTSans-Regular

Colors

  • Highlights, Menu Items, Links – DE3917:
  • Site Text – 555555 (Davy’s Grey):

Logo

The logo is a Nautilus shell which represents proportional perfection.  Its also a naturally occurring representation of the golden ratio.

Design Software

The logo vector was designed using ACORN by Flying Meat for Mac. Raw photographs were imported into Adobe Lightroom catalogs and exported for web use. Changes to CSS or customization of code done in Open source Notepad++ .