Until it closed in 2014, The Blethering Place was one of Oak Bay’s most famous and charming landmarks. Open for 35 years, this authentic British Tea Room was reminiscent of the tea rooms that flourished in England and New Zealand in the Thirties and Forties.

Before we got to work on the Blethering Place website, it was a bit of a mess. The previous webmaster had published all of the web content as bitmaps (aka BMP files). The pages took forever to download. Mind you: this was 1998 and bitmaps are bulky. The Blethering Place website was expected to pipe down through dial-up to the client site. Those bitmaps were invisible to Yahoo, Webcrawler, and other search engines of the day. We took all that content and turned it into easy to use, easy to search, easy to index web content.

What makes it special

  • Bitmap to text conversion
  • HTML design