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A few years back I ran a gardening business called Jodarose Garden Design & Maintenance. The name 'Jodarose' was an amalgamation of my then families initials. My business gave me the opportunity to design, create and look after many gardens. After many years I had the confidence and desire to become a Gardening Tutor and began teaching in September 1997. After a couple of years or so, in order to help my students I thought it would be a good idea to put together an educational package online - the seed was sown, you might say!

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Around the turn of the century I began to paint again and to my surprise people were wanting to buy one or two of my paintings! With the idea of an online gardening site still at the back of my mind and the ever increasing pictures laying around I had painted, I thought “What about combining an online gardening website with a gallery!” Whilst I found it fairly easy to get my head around the computer, the internet always seemed a daunting place to me, so that idea I had, that seed I had sown, nestled at the back of my mind amongst the ‘things to do’ pile!

Through teaching my own gardening courses and the many, (ten) City & Guilds Gardening courses I have covered, I had put together a large amount of teaching aids and handouts. So the obvious choice was to use some of this teaching material to form a website. “A Website!” I thought, “I can’t put together a website!”

To me at the time, this internet thing was still ‘another world’! Anyway, to avoid being accused of a lack of drive I got going on tending to that seed - after being sown five years previously!

As most of my gardening experience was as a result of my business I named the website after it. The site was started in 2005 and unleashed onto the World Wide Web during August of that year. For it's logo I used a rose I had created using a computer programme.

The Foyer of Jodarose.com in 2005

Being the first time I had attempted putting together a website it was certainly a learning curve. I found it difficult to settle on the sites design, all I knew was that I wanted it to be a bit different! After having the ‘normal home page’ type of site for a while I decided in the end to design the site like virtual rooms. Opposite is an image of what was the so-called Foyer - the welcome page if you like. There was a doorway to a gallery, studio and even a virtual garden!

There was an 'Elevator' to upstairs, where there where more rooms! The idea I had of the doorways being links into the different sections of the site was, I thought brilliant! The design stayed in this virtual style for a few months. However, judging by the feedback I was receiving it would appear that only I thought it was such a good idea! Some of the visitors were finding the site confusing and hard to navigate. So it was perhaps time to make Jodarose.com more user friendly!

 

 

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The Gallery as it was in 2005

The Gallery

Being the first time I had attempted putting together a website it was certainly a learning curve. I found it difficult to settle on the sites design, all I knew was that I wanted it to be a bit different! After having the ‘normal home page’ type of site for a while I decided in the end to design the site like virtual rooms. Opposite is an image of what was the so-called Foyer - the welcome page if you like. There was a doorway to a gallery, studio and even a virtual garden!

There was an 'Elevator' to upstairs, where there where more rooms! The idea I had of the doorways being links into the different sections of the site was, I thought brilliant! The design stayed in this virtual style for a few months. However, judging by the feedback I was receiving it would appear that only I thought it was such a good idea! Some of the visitors were finding the site confusing and hard to navigate. So it was perhaps time to make Jodarose.com more user friendly!

Original Homepage Original Window to the Garden Homepage

The homepage style of website I had to begin with, the two pages above, were still on file and with a bit of tweaking, a template with a series of easy to define links were to become the painting and gardening section for Version2.

Jodarose.com becoming more conventional!

The Window to the Garden Home Page
Version Three Painting section Version Three WttG

Version3 of the site was published in early 2007. There was much more connection to East Anglia, with a link to my paintings covering the area. My aim for the site was to be linked to the area in which I live, with a magazine 'feel' to it, or Magasite as I called it! The site had 39 pages and 52 links to a variety of great websites!

That’s a brief synopsis on the early trials and tribulations with creating a favourable environment for the seed that was Jodarose.com; during July and August 2010, Jodarospa has become Version5! The addition of my latest sons initial, (better late than never - he's now grown up), making it's name!

Whilst still connected, the gardening section is a website in it's own right - A Window to the Garden, as is the painting section - HowlettArtwork.com.

Jodarospa celebrates my love of the area in which I live and plays host for my locality, whilst HowlettArtwork now plays host for my interests!

 

 

 

 

With my experience gained from creating my websites there is now another section included, enabling me to help others with their sites and put into practice another of my interests...Website Design!