About Us

 In the olden days long before the Internet, most towns or villages had a blacksmith.  These folks would work with raw iron and other metals and make things, horse shoes, nails, hinges, brackets and such. Taking raw materials or recycling older items in the melting pot they would put different pieces together to make a useful new item or repair one that was damaged or worn out.  The old english form of the name was blacksmythe - and we had specialized artists in other fields - coppersmythes and such also.   

 Today, here on the Internet, a few people work with the idea that the websites should not just be one size fits all - or like a jukebox where you push a button and a site appears.  While these "canned" sites are often fine for most needs, they do not usually allow much variation or growth.  A business or creative website that can't adjust, grow and change with your growth and needs is not as likely to help you to its full potential.  Today we see a real need for someone like a SiteSmythe who can really put a unique and effective site together for folks with certain needs and a dislike of ME-TOO websites.

  At the risk of sounding old-fashioned we here at SiteSmythe like to find a compromise between building a site entirely by hand and the canned one size fits all.  We most often use a very powerful (but free!) template from a joomla template firm named SHAPE5.com   It has over 90 places to put things on each page - if need be, and is very responsive to the browser used to view it - changing to fit smart phones, tablets and all sizes of computer screens better than most.

  We generally use the content management system called JOOMLA as its very well supported, and has a huge group of developers working with it. It is what is called open source software - and is also free.  The features of Joomla, the many thousands of modules and components that are available for it, when coupled with the proper layout template give us a virtually unlimited number of ways to lay out a site that can easily grow and adapt while being view-able on more devices.

  We have posted some examples of the shape5 vertex templates features here for you to see - and have links to all things joomla and other template ideas.  If you want a low cost but unique site that can grow with your needs and better fit your ideas, please give us a shout.   

  If you prefer something less powerful to start with - we can recommend some solutions there as well - and will help you pick those which might make it easier for you to graduate up to a SiteSmythe site when ready with a minimum of effort and cost.  Our sister group "CommonSenseSites" often works with us to help with those types of simple webpages, or less complex static sites.

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