OakenPage - website design showcase: OpticalSoftware site - OpticalSoftware.net: WinLens lens design software videos
OakenPage - website design showcase: Shouldercentric site - ShoulderCentric: solutions for shoulder pain, frozen shoulder and rotator cuff injury
OakenPage - website design showcase: WSHCareHomes site - West Sussex Housing Society: residential care homes in Worthing & Southwick
OakenPage - website design showcase: Violinbabies site - Violinbabies - teaching the violin to under 6's
OakenPage - website design showcase: n:vision site - n:vision - christian youth worship events
OakenPage - website design showcase: iTutorMusic site - iTutorMusic - piano teacher, music tutor in Lewes
OakenPage - website design showcase: Exeter Young Strings site - Exeter Young Strings - teaching violin, viola, cello & bass
OakenPage - website design showcase: Messengers Choir site - Messengers Choir
OakenPage - website design showcase: Magnom site - Magnom - the industrial magnetic filter
OakenPage - website design showcase: Adur Osteopaths site - Adur Osteopaths
OakenPage - website design showcase: Cello Courses site - Cellocourses - courses for cellists
OakenPage - website design showcase: Sussex Piano Trio site - Sussex Piano Trio - county based trio
OakenPage - website design showcase: Cellobabies site - Cellobabies - fun for under 6's
OakenPage - website design showcase: Akira Yabe site - Akira Yabe - world class lens design
OakenPage - website design showcase: Big Bounce site - Big Bounce - festival site
OakenPage - website design showcase: Portfolio site - Website design showcase

The Health Ministry: for osteopaths - osteopathic products/book reviews, CPD courses, forums

This site provides a much needed resource for all interested in the practise and application of the major manual therapies, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy & Chiropractic. both professional and lay. The site is run and moderated by a Registered Osteopath with over 20 years of experience. On the site there are:
  • Products reviews by 'The Health Minister' - site users can rate & review the products
  • Book reviews by 'The Health Minister' - site users can rate & review the books
  • Lists and links to relevant UK university degrees
  • Forums to discuss the manual therapies
  • Lists of upcoming CPD [continuing professional development] courses
  • Lists of upcoming meetings [national and local]
  • Blog covering matters of related interest.
osteopaths and manual therapists - products

Website: www.thehealthministry.com

Andrew Bellamy

Technical notes

This is a fixed width, center aligned, standards compliant & accessible website. The multi column layouts are accomplished purely with 'floats' - tables are only used for displaying information on books and similar data that should be presented in tabular form.

As always, this site is managed by the ExpressionEngine CMS

OpticalSoftware.net: WinLens lens design software videos

WinLens and related programs from LINOS Photonics - has been used by lens designers and optical engineers since the early 1990’s.  This website is dedicated to help new and existing users understand how to get the most out of these programs.  A growing library of short video clips [screencasts] provide general overviews of the programs and also detailed discussions of particular aspects.  The key pages for the programs are as follows:

Other resources of interest to optical designers can be found on this site.

opticalsoftware.net: WinLens and lens design

Website: www.opticalsoftware.net

OpticalSoftware Company

Technical notes

This is a fixed width, center aligned, standards compliant & accessible website. The multi column layouts are accomplished purely with 'floats' - tables are only used for displaying information on books and similar data that should be presented in tabular form.

The main technical feature of this site is the use of large video clips for didactic purposes

The whole site is managed by the ExpressionEngine CMS, which provides automatic display of time sensitive materials etc

ShoulderCentric: solutions for shoulder pain, frozen shoulder and rotator cuff injury

This website is dedicated to marketing The Rotater - an innovative product designed to:

  • improve shoulder flexibility after accidents [rotator cuff injury, frozen shoulder & shoulder dislocation]
  • for warm up exercises before arm related sports [golf, cricket, tennis, climbing, canoeing, baseball, softball, weight lifting etc]

The site is owned a registered osteopath, who came across the device after a severe cycling accident. So impressed was he by its effects that he became the UK distributor.

Website: http://www.shouldercentric.co.uk/

Owner: Andrew Bellamy

Customer's comments

Thanks once again for delivering the goods at what was unreasonably short notice on my part. Content just as requested but with your own subtle embellishments.

Many thanks again for your expert help

Technical notes

The site is a simple static website, center aligned of fixed width. As always it is standards compliant and designed to be accessible. The site displays a number of video clips to show how to use the Rotater.

West Sussex Housing Society: residential care homes in Worthing & Southwick

West Sussex Housing Society runs two highly regarded residential care homes West Sussex; Rosemary Mount in Worthing and Romans in Southwick. The society was formed in 1956 by local members of the Rotarians, and has been providing care since then.

The Society required an attractive and informative site that reflected their local links, providing full details on their facilities to potential residents and their families, showing career opportunities to prospective staff members, and was easy to update by the office.

West Sussex Housing Society: Care Homes

Website: www.wshcarehomes.co.uk

West Sussex Housing Society

Technical notes

This is a fixed width, center aligned, standards compliant & accessible website. The multi column layout on the home page and elsewhere is accomplished purely with 'floats'

The header photo is of Chanctonbury Ring, a local landmark.

The whole site is run by ExpressionEngine CMS, so that the housing socity can update the website at their leisure. A photogallery provides an up to date record of life in the houses..

Violinbabies - teaching the violin to under 6's

Kay is a great cello teacher, widely recognised for her especial skills with under 6's. She has developed a widely acclaimed way of teaching stringed instruments [violin, viola & cello] to young ones, so that they not only play well, but naturally learn to read musical notation at the same time - all while having lots of fun! [very different from when I was at school]

Kay needed a site to announce the violin side of her work, to display upcoming events, to list the growing number of approved teachers and to sell teaching materials to other teachers and to parents.

violinbabies home page

Website: www.violinbabies.com

Owner: Kay Tucker

Technical notes

This is a fixed width, left aligned, standards compliant & accessible website. The multi column layout on the home page is accomplished purely with 'floats' - tables are only used for displaying prices on the materials page.

The header photo is actually of one of the young violinbabies in action - the colour scheme was chosen to go with that picture.

The whole site is run by ExpressionEngine CMS, so that Kay can update the events calender and the teacher directory at her leisure. A PayPal shopping cart was used to allow for the on-line purchase of teaching materials.

n:vision - christian youth worship events

n:vision is a Christian organisation that aims to encourage and enable youth and youth workers in churches in the south of England. I designed and built this website to replace an older frame based site. The aim is to provide timely information [including posters] and on-line ticket sales for upcoming events, information about speakers & bands [including videos], photos of past events and background information about n:vision itself.

Website: www.nvision.uk.net

Director: Mave Whitchurch

Customer's comments

Thanks very much for the great new website. It looks really professional & is easy to navigate & keep up to date.

Your speedy response to the alterations that we wanted made the process hassle free & we have ended up with a website that has all we hoped for & more!

Technical notes

The site is driven by the ExpressionEngine CMS - besides handling automatically all the time sensitive matters and the cross links between events and performers, it allows the n:vision team to update the site content themselves - a key requirement. Ticketing is via PayPal, and several different types of ticket can be offered for each event.

I decided to use a centered fixed width design for this site, taking colouring and the background from the existing logo. As with all my website, nvision.uk.net is standards compliant and accessible. Stylesheets maintain the graphic design elements over the pages, making it much easier to update. Tables are only used for tabular data, e.g. the tickets on the event pages.

iTutorMusic - piano teacher, music tutor in Lewes

This is a site I designed and built for Caroline Evans, piano teacher and music tutor. She is based In Lewes, Sussex, living in a wonderful house with views over the South Downs.

Besides teaching the piano, Caroline tutors in aural skills, sight-reading, sight-singing and composition and is the author of a significant number of books relating to music teaching. One series of her books has recently been awarded the prestigious 'Retailers’ Award for Distinction in Music Publishing'

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Website: www.iTutorMusic.com

Owner: Caroline Evans

Customer's comments

Geoff Adams has set up my first website quickly, efficiently and with a minimum of fuss.

He keeps in regular contact so that the client is kept up to date with progress. He is particularly adept at creating links and suggesting ideas to improve the site. He answers all queries promptly and in a friendly and straightforward manner.

His step by step user guides and user manuals are extremely clear and easy to follow.

I would not hesitate to recommend Geoff as a website designer.

Technical notes

Caroline wanted a website that reflected her approach to music teaching, direct and straightforward. She also wanted to be able to update the site herself.

I therefore used the Expression Engine CMS to manage the site, offering both static pages and a blog.

The site is fixed width, and is simple to use; relying upon good positioning and typography

Exeter Young Strings - teaching violin, viola, cello & bass

Exeter Young Strings is composed of a number of talented teachers of stringed instruments [currently violin, viola and cello] in the Exeter area.  Besides offering individual lessons, they also lead chamber groups.  E.Y.S starts with children of 6 or younger and goes right through to grade 8.

The emphasis of E.Y.S is upon musicality; the individual lessons are essential for getting the basics right, while the players really enjoy the fun and responsibility of the chamber groups - where each member has much more significance than in a full orchestra.

Naturally, E.Y.S puts on a number of concerts and other events each year, where the groups and soloists can showcase their talents.

Exeter Young Strings website

Website: www.exeteryoungstrings.org

Director: Kirsty Hugill

Customer's comments

As director for Exeter Young Strings I would like to say how extremely happy we all are with the new site Geoff has provided. I have had only positive feedback from our members.

In addition I have also been very impressed by the time and effort he put into understanding our requirements and how our organisation runs. Our site is eminently suitable to our needs.

Thank you Geoff.

Technical notes

The website has an elastic layout - the content will expand to shrink to fit the browser window within certain constraints. 

As always the site design is determined by style sheets, while the content is managed by the ExpressionEngine CMS.

There are quite a few different site sections on widely differing matters such as public events, teachers, instruments, members page notices, blog etc.  The CMS makes it very easy to setup fields that are appropriate for the section, rather then having to shoe-horn every thing into predefined fields [as is typical in many other CMS’s]

Messengers Choir

This is the website for a new gospel choir for teenagers in the Worthing, Shoreham & Brighton part of Sussex.

The site, obviously, gives key information [who, where, when] about the choir itself. Once the choir has a performance or two under its belt, we will show YouTube videos of them in full swing - for the moment we have videos of famous gospel choirs, to provide a taste of gospel music.

Website: www.messengerschoir.org

Director: Julia Daintree

Customer's comments

If I was given a tenner form everybody who has said our website is amazing and passed it onto you, you would be a rich man. Thanks, thanks again.

Julia xx

Technical notes

This site has a fixed width, left aligned design. The navigation is a simple list, and the site, being small, is written in static HTML/CSS.

The design was based upon a poster designed for Messengers by Karen Wells - a talented local graphic designer.

The poster gave the logo, graphic elements and the colour scheme, which were then adapted to suite the requirements of on-line display.

Magnom - the industrial magnetic filter

This site is for a leading manufacturer of magnetic filters for industrial fluids. The highly effective filter removes micron scale particles without disrupting the fluid flow.

The filter system is used in a wide range of industries and in many different fluids [water, fuel, oils, hydraulic, cutting and coolants] so we not only have datasheet pages on each product, but pages for each industry and application. There are numerous case studies, technical notes, plus contact details for their distributers, news letters etc etc.

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Website: www.magnom.com

M.D: Bob Spender

Customer's comments

It is now six months since we went live with our new web site. We have been complemented on numerous occasions from our users on the design, ease of use and professional look of the site. Having viewed the site one customer said “we had transitioned from a company with a technology idea to a technology company???.

One of the main critia for the web site was that we needed to inform users of the breadth and depth of the Magnom Technology, which we thought was quite a difficult task considering the number of industrial applications and references we had to include across different markets.

I guess the structure and architecture you employed for this aspect has proved very successful as even I can find my way around with ease!

Finally to have a project completed to time and budget is an added bonus, thanks again Geoff

Technical notes

The site uses an elastic design, with the main content section have one or two columns. A single main stylesheet manages the site layout - with one or two others pulled in for specific pages.

The site relies upon the Expression Engine CMS, in particular the ability to define custom fields for different types of entry. Thus the product page section contains many fields for the datasheet, while a distributor page will have fewer and completely different fields, i.e. you can define the fields for the purpose and are not artifically constrained to a limited set.

The CMS makes it possible to have complex relationships between pages without requiring much effort in the way of maintainance. Thus on a product page, you will also see links to relevent industries and applications, plus case studies involving that product. Similarly on a industry page or an application page, you will see links to appropriate products and case studies. Managing all these linkages by hand would be a nightmare indeed!

Adur Osteopaths

This is a Shoreham based Osteopathic Clinic which offers a whole range of alternative therapies. The site gives lots of background info, as well as times/charges etc.

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Website: www.adurosteopaths.co.uk

Owner: Andrew Bellamy [Registered Osteopath]

Customer's comments

We have found Geoff Adams of Oakenpage extremely helpful, astute and he has put a lot of thought into setting up our web site. Most impressive is the way that he continues to come up with ideas without us having to prompt him. We are very happy to recommend this service!

Technical notes

This site has a 'fluid' structure, with one or two columns of text on each page. The navigation is a simple list, and the site is written in static HTML/CSS

We utilised copy and graphics from existing paper handouts and brochures belonging to the clinic. These provide a lot of information about the various therapies available.

Andrew wanted a simple clean design, so we kept colours and font variations to a minimum. The background graphic was taken from an x-ray of the spine and then processed, so as not to overwhelm the text.

Cellocourses - courses for cellists

Catherine Black, a wonderfull cello teacher, runs a variety of cello orientated courses and workshops in Lewes. Some are diagnostic in idea [looking how to improve a specific area] and others are for pure enjoyment. The latter includes 1 and 6 day ensemble courses purely playing lovely renaissance and baroque in company with like minded people. One nice thing is that all skill levels can work together.

Website: www.cellocourses.com

Owner: Catherine Black

Customer's comments

Geoff really knows what he is doing. He is amazingly fast to respond when I need updates, good-humoured and does extra research to help you develop your site. I have been extremely happy with everything he has done for my site.

Geoff has done behind the scenes research for me to help raise the profile of my site. Because he knows what he is doing and I know little but have ideas, together things can really come together.

Technical notes

This was a replacement site for Catherine. She had some evocative photographs - which were re-used as backgrounds plus some nice smaller artwork which are thematically linked to specific pages.

The design is elastic, with a central content area which contains one or two columns of content. I took the colour scheme from the the main background photograph. At present the site is purely static HTML/CSS.

By the way - try googling for 'cello course' or 'cello courses' - Catherine has been ranked 1 for months!

Sussex Piano Trio - county based trio

The trio is composed of Rosemary Hensor [piano], Rachel Ellis [violin] & Kay Tucker [cello]. The trio is based in central Sussex and plays a classical repertoire but with strong county connections - thus using compositions from Sussex composers where possible.

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Website: www.sussexpianotrio.co.uk

Owners: Rosemary, Rachel & Kay

Technical notes

This is a seven page brochure site

The design is for a fixed width, centered about the middle of the screen. Navigation is a simple horizontal list.

The header graphic - from which part of the colour scheme was taken - is a modified graphic of the 'Seven Sisters'. For those interested, all beaches round about the Sisters are quite stony!

Cellobabies - fun for under 6's

Kay is one of the UK's leader cello teachers - specialising in under 6's! Kay has had remarkable results with a teaching method she devised after years of experience with younger cellists.

Because the claims seem so fantastic [who could imagine 3 year olds playing], we have displayed a large number of comments and testimonies from parents and past/present 'cellobabies'.

Besides giving information about Cellobabies, the site also details Kays activities as a festival adjudicator.

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Website: www.cellobabies.co.uk

Owner: Kay Tucker

Customer's comments

'Geoff has not only produced a much admired website for me but continues to give invaluable help in updating and improving the site, keeping up with the changing trends and being a font of fabulous ideas for the wider business. He's much more than a web site designer, so I have no hesitation in putting him at the top of my recommended list'

Technical notes

This is a fixed width design, one column wide, with the navigation in a side bar. We wanted a nice bright colour scheme, as befitted the young age of the cellists. The cello girl logo proved really helpful here, providing a good strong orange - picked up in the header gradients. The music theme was echoed in the little graphics used for list items and for h2 headers.

The site was originaly purely static HTML [though always standards compliant], bu has recently had a blog [WordPress] added. I created a theme to match the existing site, so it appears seamless.

Akira Yabe - world class lens design

Akira Yabe is one of the worlds leading lens designers - evidenced by his consistant high [or top] placings in the International Lens Design Conference.

The site showcases some of his highly innovative design methods, illustrated with examples of his work, along with links to his technical papers.

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Website: www.yabeopt.de

Owner: Akira Yabe

Technical notes

This is an elastic design with one or two columns. The design uses a simple colour scheme with some subtle gradients in the headers [h2 and h3]. Typography is simple - two fonts only.

Akira maintains the site himself - something that is easy to do, because of the separation of content and style [into style sheets - CSS]

For those interested - the background graphic at top left of each page is a cross section through a 14 element lens, showing some rays being traced through to the film plane.

Big Bounce - festival site

Jolly website about a fun weekend in Shoreham - organised for the community. Lots of free stuff.

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Website: www.bigbounce.co.uk

Owner: Shoreham Baptist Church

Technical notes

Logo [bouncing man] and balloons by Karen Wells - excellent graphic designer.

Simple fluid design, picking up bold colours in Karen's Logo. Not really much else to say about this one.

Website design showcase

The OakenPage site

Of course, this site itself is part of the portfolio. The site is standards based and is designed with accessibility in mind.

Since there are a number of different skins available, we can't say much about the layout [fixed, fluid or elastic; one, two or three column; position & style of navigation etc] as that differs radically from layout to layout.

This site is dynamic, i.e. database driven. We use the ExpressionEngine CMS to manage the site - and would recomend that system to anyone!

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Alternate styles

There are a number of different layouts or 'skins' for this site: company, rainbow, child, calm, stormy, austere, high contrast and more...


This site is powered by the brilliant ExpressionEngine CMS.