About

Hayo Bethlehem I’m a 32 year old guy from the Netherlands. I live in the centre of The Hague, the political capital of The Netherlands.

Work

My studies in Multimedia Design prepared me very well for working in the online world. For years I built websites, at first in 1996 through my own company, and later as a consultant. Working for and in small, medium, large and multinational business, I also gained a lot of experienced by working in government and semi-government organisations. When I started out I focussed mainly on web standards, HTML writing and CSS. I got very good at those. Later I also branched out into other areas like communication advice, content management, design, usability, accessibility, architecture and project management.

Play

My hobbies have always been very visually oriented. I started building websites for fun, then moved on to photojournalism for a small local news outlet in 1999. Doing that for so many years made me fall in love with photography. That love of creating imagery took me onwards in 2007, to expand the news offering to video production. The news outlet is long gone, but I still have a fascination with the technology of it all, and once in a while take up an assignment to shoot pictures or create movies. If I’m not doing either of those, you’ll probably find me buried in a book.

The website

This website has been on the great intertubes since 1996. It started out as a plaything on a server of the Economics faculty of the University of Amsterdam. Currently you’re looking at revision 13 of the design. We’ve come a long way.

In its long life it has been a simple HTML2.0 site and a flash presentation. It once had a style switcher, and has been plain HTML until 2002. That’s when the news system was first introduced. In 2004 it was one of the first websites to fully validate as XHTML 1.1. Applications like the photoalbums were added, and some applications quickly died. Like the linklog and the blogroll. I like to keep development organic. Currently the website is running on the latest version of WordPress. I built a custom theme from scratch, because I like semantics and control over my own code. WordPress is a nice back-end platform, but the front-end code is very very ugly.