Together with wife Lily, Tim owns and operates the Glasshaus Creative Studio in the charming Tuscan town of Camaiore, Italy.
Originally from the US, Tim and his family moved to Italy in early 2001 where he learned the art of glass bead making. Early on, in addition to his glass work, Tim began creating websites commercially, primarily for local artisans and shopkeepers.
A bit of history:
In the late 1990’s, out of necessity, Tim dove head-first into the world of website design. Learning by doing, he built their first e-commerce shopping cart website on a wing and a prayer. They were pleased that when they sold that website and the associated business a year later, the website was averaging over $1000 a month. He has come a long way since then in terms of technical knowledge, sense of structural design, proper use of color and imagery and effective online promotional skills.
The bulk of Tim’s web creation and promotional know-how comes from hard-earned personal experience. As an owner of numerous small businesses over the years he has learned that the advertising “trap” can do as much to put you out of business financially as help your business grow. Beginning with his first e-commerce web site in the late 1990’s, he began to compile a working knowledge of the tools available online that can free the small business owner from those costly hazards, allowing for a more effective, efficient and economic online business. This led to his discovery of Open Source web development programs that are community created and maintained, and freely available online for download and modification.
Content Management Systems (CMS):
In 2006 Tim began experimenting with various Open Source web content management systems such as Zen Cart and Joomla, but it was his discovery of the WordPress CMS and its limitless capabilities that really piqued, and held, his interest (read more about WordPress).