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History of wallychantek.com

Monday, Apr 15, 2019

Introduction

There's not too much to say about the history of this site, but I thought it would be fun to throw up some pictures of the previous designs.

Site History

I started working on a homepage back in 2011 or so. Originally it was just a project for an information systems class in college, in which we had to build a basic HTML page. I didn't know much at all about developing websites at the time, so I decided to take it a bit further than the basic assignment and make an actual site for my creative work. I never had this on a paid hosting service or anything, just my student space.

It's got the grunge.

Following that, I built a pixel-art based design. I think it was a fairly cool idea, although I never actually put it on the web.

In the end, it was just an experiment.

After scrapping the previous design, I went with a simpler aesthetic, and actually registered a domain and signed up for hosting space. The domain was studiodensetsu.com.

Nice and simple.

Next up was wallychantek.com, which I released around the same time as Option Fire. I knew a bit more about HTML/CSS by this point, and tried to give it some more personal flair.

It's got an anime girl in the header, so you know it's legit now.

In early 2018 I was planning a redesign, but I got sidetracked, so the site was pretty barren for a while. I could've just put up the old design, but uh, y'know. Y'know!

But, I finally did. Originally, I built my own static HTML/CSS builder with PHP, but I got sick of having to re-build everything because I made a typo somewhere, so instead I just opted for raw HTML again.

Back to simplicity?

Of course, that didn't last, neither did keeping everything as HTML files. Instead I decided to just be a normal person and just make everything live PHP files. It's necessary anyway for all the back-end functionality this site has now, what with the image gallery and blog systems (which were written from scratch). If you look closely though, you can see how the current design takes a bit from the last few iterations.

Addendum

Before you go, I do have one more thing to say. Having a personal site is awesome. In this age of social media where you plant everything on one site, only for it to get destroyed when the site gets trashed or you're forced to move, your homepage is an anchor for all you create.

HTML/CSS really aren't that hard to learn (they're markup languages, not programming languages) and it's great having full control over your designs. Sites like Twitter are okay for fresh posts but suck for looking through old art and stuff, so having nicely-organized pages can make it way easier for people to see your old content. And, if you don't want to create it all from scratch, there are plenty of site builders out there.

I really believe in having a personal site, even if you still use social media (as I do). The Web was always a point of freedom, and relegating it to huge corporations/services really defeats that purpose.

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