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I consider anything Active Discovery Designs mine and have an agreement about that, but I am no more associated with ActiveDiscovery, Inc., so I am looking under which name I will continue my services.

Please note I am not associated in any way anymore with ActiveDiscovery, Inc. and vice versa, but (of course) I will continue serving existing and new clients, for now as a freelance (full stack) web developer.

Contact details are still the same, so you can just go the contact page if you want to contact me.

Guus Ellenkamp


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I, being more the technical person and a bit less the 'customer satisfaction person' am often amazed that many of our customers want to be able to change (the content of) their website themselves, even when it is not expected the content would change a lot over time.

Knowing a lot about websites (html/css, search engine optimization, etc.) I/we often put a lot of time and effort in the non-visible things in a website. I/we also try to create as simple html/css code as possible, just to make a website look good by using similar styles for similar elements.

Next to keeping html/css code as simple as possible, we also put a lot of effort in making pages as user friendly as possible, by putting links to other pages and by making links 'user dependent'. With the last I mean that in some of our sites a user can be logged in and when he is logged in we know a lot about him or her, e.g. we won't display any links to 'register' or 'login' as he or she is already logged in.

The last, making content dependent on what we know from the user, is virtually impossible with a Content Management type of site as these things need to be programmed. Of course you could make different pages for the different situations, but that might be a lot of double work (and double maintenance if you want to change the text).

Anyhow, I'm still wondering if I myself would want to be able to make changes to something in a layman's way if there are expert people who can do the same thing in a fraction of the time and in a much more proper way than I could do it myself. Or is it just that people only see the 'looks' of a website and don't realize the things behind?

Am very interested in your opinion. Please send an email to with your comments. Or maybe I should make the forum page of our framework (with which this site is built) available for this kind of discussion?


Created on: 2010-08-13 08:07:14 (UTC) by: Guus Ellenkamp

Last edited: 2010-08-13 08:21:28 (UTC)

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