Site Launch: The Running Shop

I am very pleased to announce a new web site from simpledream web studio, The Running Shop: Tucson, Arizona. Though the project did involve some visual changes, the bulk of the work was under the hood. The old site was static files built in HTML, and updating was difficult and didn’t happen much because of it. For comparison, check out the old site on

The new site is built with web standards technologies: CSS, XHTML, and JavaScript+DOM. To take care of updating the site content, the site is now framed out with CakePHP, which is the Ruby on Rails for PHP enthusiasts. CakePHP has lots of content management possibilities, and the result is what I would consider the ultimate in a lightweight CMS (since it isn’t intended for blogging like lots of other nice tools).

The project was lots of fun, mainly because I had lots of freedom with the design and code. I was able to put into practice many of the standards-based methods for web design and development that I talk and read about, as well as create a fresh, professional, and attractive look for The Running Shop.

If you are interested in more technical programming or design details, go see the Colophon page on the new site.

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Lance Willett

My name is Lance, I am a blogger, product manager, software developer, and business executive creating high-quality, engaging, and customer-centered experiences for people online. México-born.

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