History of wallychantek.com

Published: April 15, 2019


Introduction


There's not 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.



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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 really 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!


Finally, I created the current design you're navigating. This time around I opted to build a static site generator in PHP to make maintenance and such easier. It was sort of a drag at first, but I'm super glad I did it. Being able to change a template file, run a command, and have all your files regenerated with a new header/footer/etc. is sweet. I'm also using some of the newer CSS standards, like flexbox, which is one of the most amazing things ever. Things have changed big time since that first design up there.



Addendum


I do have one more thing to say, actually. 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 whatever, 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 great 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 (if you so desire). And, of course, you can be on social media and have your own website, like I do.


So c'mon, help me return us to the age where we actually have homepages and the Web is a web, not a small gateway with only a few one-way doors. There's nothing stopping us from doing so!



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