www.jkp-ads.com Anniversary and Website Update

Hi everyone,

Already 5 years have passed since I founded my company. And I must say those years passed in the blink of an eye.

I’ve never enjoyed my work as much as in these past years. Even if at times things were hectic and I worked crazy hours. I’ll never start working for a boss again (if I can help it)!

My conclusion after my first half-a-decade: If you think you’re good at something (even if it is outside of your current field of work), strongly consider becoming self-employed. It’ll take you a year or two to get up and running, but if you’re an independent kind of person you’ll love the “being in control” feeling it will give you. Very rewarding.

I felt a 5 year anniversary needed more than just posting about it here. My website hadn’t been redone in the same amount of time (except maybe for some bells ‘n whistles) and I had already thought I might give this new-fangled Microsoft Expression Web (EW) a whirl.

So I downloaded and installed the thing and imported my current Frontpage web into EW. Sheesh, what a huge difference in UI. EW seems much more aimed at the web developer than at the casual let-me-build-me-a-site-for-my-club kind of user.

Luckily I bumped into a course which seemed tailored at what I was about to do:
Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web
I subscribed, followed the course and here is the result:

www.jkp-ads.com

Kudos to Tina Clarke and Patricia Geary (both Frontpage MVP’s) who were the course writers and -instructors. Excellent job.

So, have a look at my new site and let me know what you think.

Regards,

Jan Karel Pieterse
JKP Application Development Services

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21 thoughts on “www.jkp-ads.com Anniversary and Website Update

  1. Nice job! I like the new menus.

    And I didn’t even have to update my bookmark to your downloads page – it still works.

  2. Congratulations, Jan Karel! I’ve certainly appreciated your utilities and your input on questions I’ve had.

  3. Yeah, I’ve just never said anything before. :)

    Anyway, congrats on the anniversary. I’m not a third-party utilities guy, but I remember having a big project dealing with named ranges. I begrudgingly installed Name Manager. And of course, I’ve never uninstalled it. It has to be one of the most useful general purpose Excel utilities ever written.

  4. Congratulations on the anniversary and website update! It looks good and is very easy to navigate.
    And I agree with Dick on the usefulness of Name Manager — thanks for that.

    Any idea how much time you spent on the conversion? I’m using an old version of Dreamweaver for my site, but not sure the benefits of an upgrade would be worth the time investment.

  5. Congrats on 5 years. I am only 1 year in. I like it but health care and unpredictable cash flow is tough. Tradeoffs, trade offs.

  6. Debrah: Pfew, lots and lots of hours. Wild guess: 100? 200? I didn’t keep score.

    The course greatly helped though. Which I guess doesn’t help you much given you’re coming from dreamweaver. Might be good to contact Tina or Pat and ask them how hard that might be. Dunno if they know though.

  7. Congrats JKP. I agree with the essentiality of the Name Manager, and also find the RefTreeAnalyser to be very valuable when reviewing workbooks from other people. Thanks!

  8. Nicely done, JKP. The site is REALLY readable, and the layout is professional. Utilities are great too. I use NM EVERY day.

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