FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
Who is behind myfishbites.com?
Go visit the 'About' page for more on this. We are a non-profit, one-man band website, simply putting the youth work and other resources that God has given us online. At times, we use other people's resources when offered and always give credit.
Do you offer any other services?
We also run a digital media website and service - myfishbitesmedia.co.uk.
We are very sorry but we are unable to respond to any requests for money, books or resources. Myfishbites offers a huge range of materials and free downloads already and costs us a considerable amount of time and money. Please be assured myfishbites actively supports work among persecuted Christians, the poor and needy and other organisations bringing God's Word, love and justice.
Great name - where did that come from?
The idea came from a clothing range from the now defunct 'sons not dogs' people who were really helpful to us about the name - for which we thank them!! The name was used because we want to provide youth work resources that are Biblical, that bite and that are real.
Can I submit content?
Yes! If you would like to submit content, please let us know by using the contact page if you feel you have good content. All authors are credited with ideas where possible. We want to honour people and God by giving credit where it's due. Your material must be all your own work, or have the express permission of others who have contributed to the submitted material.
Can I share links with myfishbites?
Unfortunately our policy is now not to share links at all. We have responded to these requests previously but are now not able to do so.
Design of the Site
We have made huge efforts to keep this site looking as contemporary as we can. We realise that web design changes, moves forward and we that myfishbites is not necessarily at the cutting edge of web design!
However, we need to keep the site simple and easy to navigate. This sometimes happens at the cost of the design (e.g. Amazon or eBay) because it's not easy to re-adapt a site with hundreds of pages and a significant amount of resources and information. We don't have a team of people able to give hours to keep re-designing.
When we did an in-house re-design in 2012, the time was such that it would have equated to £20,000 worth of work! So while we try to make design relevant and contemporary, it's more about the content than simply the design. However, we regularly spend a huge amount time behind the scenes updating, tweaking and thinking about how we can improve the site.
In 2018 and 2019 we will be experimenting with moving the site across to WordPress so that the site will be responsive across devices.
Compatibility and Security
We are committed to making these web pages work on as many browsers on as many operating systems as posible and go to great lengths to make sure this happens. However, despite our best efforts, as technology develops, glitches can and do happen. We constantly test and check the pages, so if you are experiencing problems please let us know and bear with us as we attempt to fix any problems.
The site has had an SSL certificate installed since December 2017, so the web address starts with 'https' and has a padlock. The third-party provider of search facilities on the site (freefind.com) also has SSL.
The site has been tested on Android version 8+ as well as iO12+
The site is protected by Godsweb and backed up daily. We also have stopthehacker protection permanently installed and other protections in place for the site and your protection.
HTML5 and CSS3
The site makes use of CSS3, HTML5 and PHP. The CSS3 and HTML5 has been validated but requires on going updating and maintenance as standards change, so please bear with us on that.
Some typefaces have been used from - http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/
Thanks also to http://css-tricks.com/css3-gradients/
Your other needs for full use of this site
If you want to make the most of this site then you will need to have the following items:
A current web browser (old versions of Operating Systems and older browsers won't make use of newer technologies and won't be secure for you to use either).
Adobe Reader (to read pdf files)
Microsoft PowerPoint may be helpful, or free alternatives.
Other Software and technology used
The site was developed using Adobe Creative Suite which we only recommend if you're a designer or professional. Instead, we'd strongly refer people to buy the Affinity range of products from Serif.
The website uses www.godsweb.co.uk as the host, great features at unparalleled prices. They've generally been a helpful, reliable and excellent Christian company to deal with - highly recommended.
We have also used the free jquery audio scripts from here - pupunzi
This site has a fixed width of 1000px. Myfishbites works fairly well on iPads and tablets, with a little scrolling. The site displays on smartphones although there is no mobile version of the site because it's an information intensive sit. The site does make use of the viewport meta tag and image re-sizing, which means the page should display at the size of your device. As stated above we are looking into making the website more responsive to work across devices.
We hope that this site is easy to navigate and use. We have made every effort to re-design the site to make it more easy to read than before where it was white text on a bluey background. We have also made Verdana the main typeface as it is a little larger and clearer than Arial. We hope this has helped. At the moment there are no plans to make this site accessible directly by speech enabled software.
If you have a Mac it is possible to get the Mac to speak a limited amount of text by going to System Preferences > Speech and using the options there. Mac OSX includes 'VoiceOver' for free - making the operating system friendly for those with visual impairment. Click here for more info about that...
The search facility is provided free of charge by freefind.com and you should type in a word that you are looking for and it will bring up pages containing that word or theme, if contained in the site.
For special times of the year (eg. Christmas), use our 'Themes' page which may help.