In 2010 Ltd was formed to act as an umbrella for three companies one of which was Kalmak Consultancy and the other two belonged to colleagues that worked within the Health Sciences Division, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ. — the URL meant literally web NZ. After I retired in 2009, we shared an office in downtown Dunedin and worked as web consultants developing websites and database tools for local clients using as the brand. The company was later deregistered in 2013 and I took over the web account for the URL since it seemed too good to lose.


But winding the clock back to the beginning of the World Wide Web, in 1995 I developed a website for the Microbiology Dept. Those were the days when DreamWeaver was the software of choice and much of the website was hand-coded in HTML. A year later in 1996 a website for the Centre for Gene Research was launched with a plugin from FileMaker to handle a membership database with online submissions for DNA sequencing.


The next step in website development was the use of databases to store the content for the HTML pages. I used WebCrossing to develop a Department Intranet and later the Neighbours feature of WebCrossing to deliver an online course in virology. The former can be viewed as a video and a report on the later as a SlideShare presentation. Then came the Model View Controller (MVC) concept for website development and we used SilverStripe for the some of the CMS (content management system) websites.

At the time of forming Ltd the software package from Concrete5 with its in-situ page editing was the state-of-the-art for CMS web development. Later  WordPress began to grow in popularity mainly because of its wide spread use in website blogs and the fact that it was free and easy to set-up — we switched from Concrete5 to WordPress. Since then WordPress has increased in popularity and now has a very large number of plugins that can add all the functionality one might need to run an enterprise version of a commercial website. A comparison of WordPress and Concrete5 can be found at: