My idea of a personal website has changed a few times over the years.
Here’s a brief history »
Back when Flash was known as FutureSplash, I created my ﬁrst portfolio site, made up of a bunch of static HTML pages and FutureSplash for a “more sophisticated” animated navigation bar.
The year was 1997 and I had no idea what I was doing. It barely works now but I keep it around just for archival purposes.
In 2001 I built a new version of the site, using a MySQL database and made it dynamic with PHP. It was still a basic portfolio but this time around I created a simple custom CMS to manage and add a lot more pieces without having to write code to do it.
I had been inspired by Dave Shea’s CSS Zen Garden so I decided to create an experimental “site” in 2007 to demonstrate the power of CSS. In reality, it was only a single page that applied different CSS ﬁles to completely modify the design depending on which link you clicked on.
The nerds in the audience should get a kick reading about how it works.
Once Social Media started taking off, I decided to take my ﬁrst attempt at a lifestream in 2008. I ﬁgured it was a better way to keep a personal site current without needing to update it by aggregating feeds from the various Social Networks I already used on a regular basis.
Try resizing the window and check it out on an iPhone or iPad. Rotate to see the design adapt to the device and orientation. There’s just a few issues on iPhone in landscape since it doesn’t support the orientation media query…yet.
I’m a bit of a digital packrat so I have a hard time getting rid of my old websites, even after they are no longer current with today’s standards. I just like to keep them around for archival purposes.