Jamie Balfour BSc

Welcome to my personal website!

Technology enthusiast

I am very interested in technology, particularly relating to computer science. I am most interested in web design and development.

My main hobby is programming. One of my most well known products from this is ZPE. I also am the sole creator of BalfBlog, BalfBar and BalfSlider.

A little bit about me

In 1997, when I was six years of age, I got my very first computer. I was always very interested in the ins and outs of it and dismantled it to see how it worked.

Years later, in 2016 I received my BSc (with honours) in Computer Science, obtaining a First class degree.

I'd like to welcome you to my website and hope you enjoy using it as much as I have enjoyed building it!

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Jamie Balfour BSc
Full stack developer

The sad fate of the web as we know it

09 Jan 2015 at 18:01
It is sad how the web has become this place where no individuals will create a custom website tailored to their own personality and requirements. The web consists of so many prebuilt sites that individuality is disappearing altogether.

The sad fate of the web

Websites like my own that are custom built are now harder to find than ever. More and more people are using pre-built content management systems like WordPress or Joomla to 'create' a website. These people are missing out on what the web is really all about - tailoring a website to it's full capabilities and having only the things you need.

WordPress is my favourite one to pick on, because I have personally used it, and it's one of my favourite pre-built content management systems out there. More people are using WordPress than ever and that's not about to go the opposite way. According to W3Techs:

WordPress is used by 60.8% of all the websites whose content management system we know. This is 23.3% of all websites.

Whilst I understand the simplicity and easy setup of such systems, in my opinion, it is one of the sad reasons that the web and web developers will decline on a general market. Businesses and app development will still need the skills given only by a web developer as building a business site with only WordPress is inadequate and that's where WordPress developers come in (and these people are pretty awesome since they turn a WordPress site into a unique one..

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WordPress is an example of this

WordPress however, is one of those content management systems that enables a huge amount of customisation. Being this flexible, it is possible to tailor a WordPress site to your own style, but this adds work compared with writing the whole thing from start to finish and it's a steep learning curve (I attempted this when I was not a web developer and could not manage to integrate it properly into my website, hence my new blog).

WordPress is also a heavy content management system which means you need more storage than for a lightweight HTML based system tailored to the website.

These days there are many different content management systems that one can use, but if that is the way that the web is set to become, then the web will become dull and full of the same old sites and there will be nothing to distinguish them from each other. Sad indeed.

So what do we need? We need people who are ready to either develop a website from scratch or we need people who can make a WordPress website unique.

Message to take from this article: Avoid jumping to the pre-built content management systems like WordPress or Joomla and going for a standard look, take a look into a tailor made website or ask a designer to help.

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