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A collection of stories about my years of overland travel, holidays and short breaks, around the world.

 

This is the entrance to my new Travelogue

It covers a huge scope from 1m above sea level in the photo of Holiday Island beach, Maldives to 5681m at Gillman's Point (aka Gilman's), Kilimanjaro. Both are close to the equator, but totally different environments. There are more extremes inside. In fact, the range is greater than that as there is some underwater photography included, and a few aerial shots. There are even some photos from space, but I did not take those personally. Enjoy the adventure, navigating around the site.

 Maldives beach walk 500k

 The previous travelogue website was self built using code in either; Microsoft Expression and Microsoft Visual Studio both of which had the benefit of Silverlight and Deep Zoom. Layout is completely controlled by the code and has to be checked against various browsers and sizes. This version of the travelogue is built in a Content Management System, Joomla. Which frees up time to write rather than code. Joomla and the browser control the layout, based on a template. You, the reader chose what you want to read, or which pictures to look at, hopefully in an immersive and responsive way.

The old travelogue site can still be found by clicking here.

 

 Below is the latest addition to the travel family, to be read in conjuction with this website. Veiw in new window at ArcGIS Storymaps.

 

 

 

 

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News Flash

Change of host Sept 2023

 

Change of host Sept 2023

 

In the begining of August 2023 I transfered my ivanhurst.me.uk sites, including this one from 123-reg to IONOS. It was meant to be a simple task. However, that was to to be the case. The reason for the move was primarily the hugh increase in price that 123-reg was applying regarding email boxes. Previously, the upto 500 of the boxes were included in the various hosting packages I had. Now they were going to charge for each mailbox based on size, and as far as I could make out, this was going to cost me nearly £2,000. This was not acceptable, and I did not get satisfactory answers from support. So I turned of all the auto renews and stated to move sites and domains accross to IONOS.

Travel data problems

 

Travel data problems

This is where it starts to get a little technical.

The site is built on a content management system, CMS, using Joomla. Joomla is moving forward and version 3.10.?? is being discontinued. Future developments are for version 4.??

Similarly, PHP 7 is being replaced with PHP 8.

Part of the migration is relatively simple, I have already changed to a new template which works on the new platforms.

However, some of the helper applications, which work within Joomla are not yet ready.

Fabrik is one of those applications, if fact a significant 'Joomla Custom Website Application Builder'.

Refresh 2021

 

Site refresh Easter 2021

I decided to give the site a bit of a refresh over Easter 2021 and install a new template and some additional functions. One of the things I didn't like about the old site was the delay in text appearing which probably meant some people left before the content appeared. This has been corrected now.