Simon Dyer Web Design - Announcement.
Cirenwebdesign is currently inactive.
I have now been caring for my terminally ill mother for 6 years. During this time I have been unable to take on new clients for my web design business, and my existing clients, for the most part, have drifted away. I don't blame them at all, because however well I got on with them personally, this was a simple business decision to take. I was unable to fully commit my time and resources due to my role as a 24/7 carer. Looking after someone with both Vascular Dementia and Alzheimers is, I assure you, all consuming. I thank you for using me to create and maintain your websites. It was a blast. I will continue to maintain my existing clients' sites.
I can remember a time when if you typed "web design" into Google or any of the other major search engines, Simon Dyer Web Design used to come out on top, or very near the top! I picked up a lot of clients in London that way. That is no longer the case, as competition for the first page in Google has become so intense that much bigger firms than mine, with links to multiple clients' sites, will always come out on top. In any case, as I have not been able to take on new clients, I have deliberately let cirenwebdesign slip down the rankings. Also Google is not quite the provider of even handed search results that it once was.
When I resume work I will probably be concentrating on graphics using Photoshop and Illustrator, but I am also giving serious thought to another completely unrelated business.
I started doing websites in 1996. In the beginning I used to manually tap out the code in Simpletext. It was a huge privilege to be involved right at the beginning, when we were making the rules up as we went along, in a way that would simply not be possible now. Also it was the people who were writing the code for websites who fought off Microsoft's attempt to co-opt html and make everyone use Internet Explorer. By keeping the code compatible with all browsers, and it was a total pain doing it, competition was preserved. If that "Embrace and Extend" strategy had worked, we'd probably still all be using IE6. Shudder.
Finally, I'm sure you're dying to know who the biggest pains were that I've dealt with during my time doing websites. That's easy. Apart from the people who never paid me, easily the biggest pains were the print designers. At the end of the 90's droves of print designers suddenly announced they were web designers with no idea what the differences between the two mediums were. They were simply doing pretty looking graphics, while people like me were desperately trying to get everyone to see the possibilities interactivity offered. Also, you couldn't design websites if you were unaware of the technical limitations applicable at the time, including fonts. Their ignorance perpetuated the perception among clients that websites were just print ads on a different delivery system. That used to drive me up the wall.
I have left my wallpaper photos up for those wishing to use them. Link above left.
The cirenwebdesign domain name is not for sale.
If you wish to contact me please use firstname.lastname@example.org