...technical information about this site
Site originally created by CoolPage 2.7 software, published by 3Dize Inc. The basic version was free, but I used the 'Webmaster' version. This was a 'wysiwyg' program that allowed you to drag and drop text blocks and images around the screen.
However, CoolPage is no longer supported and has not been updated since 2002. The code it produces is frequently not relevant to the internet today. For instance, each page has a separate NN4 version, specially tailored for the old Netscape Navigator 4 browser which I doubt anyone at all still uses!
I therefore changed over to Web Builder software version8, functionally similar to CoolPage, but fully supported and kept up-to-date. Although their current program is Web Builder 17, I have remained on version Web Builder 10 which seems to provide all the functionality I require.
Coloured headings and buttons were first generated from XaraOnLine. Now usually produced using Photoshop CS2.
Pages are designed to be viewed on a minimum screen width of 1024 pixels without sideways scrolling.
I check pages using the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox browsers, under Windows 10.
Different text size settings in the viewing browser can be a problem. Some browsers upscale perfectly, others cause text and image overlaps.
I do not attempt to optimise for mobile phone viewing.
Photos are usually my own. Any others I always try to have the source acknowledged.
Early photos were taken with a Fuji MX-1700 1.5mega-pixel digital camera. Then a Minolta Dimage Z1. Curently I am using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30.
Other images were scanned using an elderly Agfa 1212u flatbed scanner, now upgraded to an Epson 3490. Many leaves, twigs and even quite large fruits give excellent results on a scanner.
I used to make great efforts to speed the downloading of pages by compressing all images and reducing them in size. With today's faster internet connections, I post better quality images. However, I still can't quite decide whether to use tiny thumbnails pointing to a separate image page, or to use reasonable sized pictures directly.
Microscope images and the one video file were taken with an Intelplay QX3 toy microscope.
page revised 29th Nov 2011
This website started life around the year 1999 using the personal webspace provided by Freeserve, a popular UK ISP.
The site was then known as www.saalfelds.freeserve.co.uk/HobbyCitrusGrowers.htm. Access was generally by dial-up modem using the telephone line.
A visit to archive.org will show that their first capture of the site was in August, 2000.
The domain name 'homecitrusgrowers.co.uk' was registered in October 2001 through UK2NET.
Freeserve, soon became Wanadoo and then Orange. When this ISP became too expensive I changed over to 186K based in Leeds, but found their service often had problems and the company collapsed in 2016. The site was subsequently hosted by UK2NET.
Since October 2019 the site has been hosted by Hostinger.