It is now 2017 [my birthday is New Years Day] and I must admit that much has changed during 2016. I am really looking forward to 2017 and I do not for one minute doubt that it is going to be an interesting twelve months.

    This time last year I was not in a position to purchase a full set of full-frame lenses for my new camera but fortunately things worked out much better that I had expected.

    During the last eight months I have spent a lot of cash on new lenses for my Sony A7RMk2. My most recent purchase was the new Sony FE 70-200 GM lens and while it was very expensive [really expensive] I was really pleased with it. Because of the price of the GM lens I do not expect to be making any major purchases during 2017.

    The Streets Of Dublin site has suffered from many technical problems and other issues over the last few years and eventually it got to the stage that I have had no option but to start over again. Unfortunately things actually got worse during the first half of 2016 and there were many issues that I could not resolve until December. As a result of the ongoing problems I am only in the early state of rebuilding the Streets Of Dublin and the related sites.

    For about six years I have favoured WordPress but my hosting services have constantly complained that I am overusing available resources and in some cases they have decided that they did not want me as a customer unless I was willing to upgrade to a much more expensive contracts. As my sites are a hobby rather than a business and as I am unwilling to finance expensive hosting costs I have dropped more annoying hosting services and I am now in the process of spinning up my own servers.

    After many false starts I have decided to switch, where practical, from WordPress to RapidWeaver 7.

    [UPDATE MARCH 2017] A few weeks ago I discovered AMP and as I was more than a little impressed I have decided to re-consider my move away from WordPress []

    If you wish to see an AMP version of this page just add /AMP to the url

    This Page:

    The AMP version is


    Going forward my websites will be developed as separate projects as and when I visit a location and the first project was my visit in December to the Town of Trim in County Meath. The site was up and running within three days. I hope to repeat the process many times during 2017.

    The Accelerated Mobile Pages Project (AMP) is a type of HTML, optimized for mobile web browsing. Using special code, AMP-HTML designs webpages to load rapidly when opened from Google search engine results page. AMP Pages are marked with special “lightning bolt” sign in Mobile Google Search Results. After a technical preview, the service was launched in February 2016.

    AMP is currently used by several media outlets, including CNN, ABC, and Fox News. AMP is available for blogs hosted on WordPress, upon installation of third-party plugins.

    AMP plugins are currently available for CMS systems, blogging platforms and e-commerce platforms:

    Craft CMS

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