About Walking Barefoot
History of the site, the creator and thank you’s.
The long and winding road
Here we’ll explain a little about the history of this site and the crazy geek that created it…
The initial idea to create an Ash themed site originated in the summer of 2000. with a chance encounter with some web design software. Struck by the complex looking code and funny little characters and brackets a keen young man decided this was a path he must follow. Information on Ash was scarce at the time so it was decided the site would focus around the Irish rock band. With a 500 paged book on the ‘basics’ of web-design loaned from the local library, enough knowledge was slowly gained to have a go at mocking up a proper site.
After some crude early attempts things slowly began to take shape. The site was originally planned for launch in April 2001 to coincide with the release of Ash’s ‘Free All Angels’ album, however this mad perfectionist deemed that more info, lyrics, tour dates and history on the band was needed. The site finally launched on 23rd August 2001.
Walking Barefoot has had several incarnations and domain names over the years and in March 2003 it finally got its own home with the domain name walking-barefoot.com.
What strange soul created this site
Walking Barefoot was created by Steven Woodhead, a music obsessed, code geek born in England in 1984. He graduated with a degree in Marketing and Business Studies, and currently works in web design and online marketing. He likes reading, music, photography, and web design. In his spare time he likes walking, watching films and spending time relaxing with his family and friends. He is currently involved in various other web design projects and in his spare time works tirelessly to maintain this site. He has been a fan of Ash since ‘1997’ when an old school mate lent him a copy of ‘1977’ after hearing ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Girl From Mars’ his life was changed forever.
Many thanks and much love…
Walking Barefoot would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you that frequently visits and contributes to this site and makes it what it is. Many thanks also go out to family and friends for their continual love and support.
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This site is designed on Apple computers, running the latest version of Leopard. All images and graphics are done using Adobe Photoshop CS3 while all the XHTML and CSS coding is done in either Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 or Coda.
This site is hosted by Media Temple (gs) Grid-Service.
We believe strongly in web standards. This site is coded in XHTML 1.0, with layout and presentation done exclusively in CSS. This provides a great deal of increased accessibility and compatibility, as compared to traditional HTML table-based designs. While we do aim for this site to be valid XHTML, their are times when it may not due to the quirks of the CMS.
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