Hey bloggers out there, you know when you get that email telling you about an exciting opportunity to join in on an amazing competition. All you have to do is write a blog post on something specific? Yeah, you know what I’m talking about.
I’ve been saying yes to a few too many of them recently, and after my last, I was adamant I wouldn’t say yes to another. But, the other day I got one of those emails and the subject matter spoke to me. So much, that I felt I could write something half decent out of it.
My 1st Website
You can see how this would speak to me. I’ve previously blogged about my first website. And now I’m blogging about it again. WITH ADDED PICTURES. Shocking I know. (Though as they’re from an online archive, bits are missing from them. Wish I’d kept the site locally as an archive.)Way back in the summer of 2000, aged 15, I’d just finished my GCSE’s and had a summer of nothing to look forward to. Instead of nothing I decided to fill it with the learning of what it takes to create a website. What was my website going to be about? Why, Buffy and Angel of course. There was never a doubt in my mind.
And so Dusk ’til Dawn was created. My very first website. What with it being my very first website not only did it have about 5 frames on the homepage, there was a looping flash animation (With music, proudly created in Flash), wacky hover over effects on the navigation, black background and gold coloured text. OH YES. Hey, I was young. I didn’t know what was good. Besides, I thought I had a leg up on those GeoCities sites because I had my own domain name!
I was hoping The Way Back Machine would have an archive of this very first layout. It did not long ago. Sadly it’s no more. The earliest screenshot is from 2001. A whole year after Dusk ’til Dawn first launched. Let me tell you, I learnt a heck of a lot in that first year.
See, in that summer of 2000 I taught myself everything I needed to know. I had some guidance from my brother but then ran with it. Taught myself how to use Adobe Photoshop. Learnt HTML by using Microsoft FrontPage. (I kid you not.) Learnt Flash the hard way. But it stuck with me. How? I was too cool for books. So it was the Internet that taught me. And a whole bunch of trial and error. I had absolutely zero experience with graphics packages before this and my only option was to just get stuck in. The learning curve was steep, but fun.
In the mean time I dabbled with using PHP embeds for the header and footer of the site. The site’s content was growing and I couldn’t recreate every single page. PHP embeds saved my life when it came to updating the navigation and the sort.
As the site grew in popularity I started using more scripts. Eventually I moved the entire site over to the CMS WordPress. So I had to learn a little bit of PHP to make the most out of WordPress. I promised myself that I would transfer all the content over to it too. Sadly by then I’d amassed so much content and had a shorter amount of free time, that all the content never really made it.
Dusk ’til Dawn shut up shop in 2010. Ten years isn’t a bad lifespan for a fansite for Buffy and Angel, and then eventually Firefly, Dollhouse, Fray and Dr. Horrible. I’m still very proud of my first website. Sometimes I wonder if I’d be working in the field I’m in right now had I not have created Dusk ’til Dawn back then.
If you’d like to check out the entire archive for how my first website looked, head over to the Way Back Machine and have a look see for yourself.
This post is my entry into 123Reg’s My 1st Website Competition.