An under the covers peek at the VARS web site.

The current incarnation of Victorian Artificial Reef Society web site was designed and built in February–March 2007 by Lloyd Borrett of Chaordent.


Adobe Illustrator CS2 and Adobe PhotoShop CS2 were used to build the graphics for the web site.

NoteTab Pro was used as the text editor to write the content.

TopStyle Pro was used as the CSS editor.

The starting point for the design of VARS web site was a basic CSS-based template which was modified to meet our requirements. And then the real work began!


VARS web site runs using the Etomite Content Management System, an open source solution released under the GNU license scheme. Etomite is a CMS solution built using the PHP scripting language with MySQL for the database.

Several Etomite snippets were created or adapted to generate various elements of the web pages, e.g. the page crumbs, various menus, page specific meta tags, select images etc. Snippets are also used to generate pages from the documents database, e.g. site map, web links, testimonials, promotions etc.

The VARS web site is hosted by JaguarPC on servers running the Linux operating system, using the Apache web server.

Web Standards

VARS web site respects W3C standards. The web site is currently validated to XHTML 1.0 Transitional with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

User Information

VARS web site is optimised for a screen resolution of 1024x768 or higher, with web browsers MS Internet Explorer 6.0 or later, or Mozilla Firefox 1.0 or later.

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