Earth & Environment


In 2009 I began to feel that people kept asking me the same questions about websites and web development. People were seeking my advise, which I was happy to give. But I was less happy about having to write it all down again and again. At the same time, I thought it would be cool to teach others about web development. Ofcourse you can learn about HTML, PHP and all those other languages in many places on the web, but how do others actually develop a website and maintain it? What tools are used? which skills are needed? Where to start? I didn't really know how others made websites, and so I didn't know how to compare myself with pros. What were pros doing?

The internet and what was possible was quite different at that time. When I first made, I decided I should program it all myself. So I devised my on CMS. I had developed a nifty technique by then, which could be called a CMS and which helped to easily create new pages and automatically generate menus. It was all php and javascript, no JQuery yet at that time!

Later, when I became more proficient at using Concrete 5, I decided it was better to convert the site to that CMS. After all, the web is no longer about developing everything yourself, but more about applying what others have developed to create the best site you can, for the least of resources. What I love about Concrete 5 is that you can easily convert an existing site to a theme for the CMS. 

I never had the time to develop ZoWebDev to its full potential, but it still contains some nice proza on web development, as well as some pages which I regularly use to look up coding tricks. The idea is still to also create an English site called This, as in Rural Web a lot of interest was raised for Web Development. The site was orriginally intended to be in Dutch, as there are far fewer sites in Dutch about Web Development and I wanted to inspire youngsters to pick up coding. Web development namely teaches you a whole many more skills than just writing PHP. It teaches you to think as a programmer, and programming skills are ever growing more vital for our workforce of the future.