20 years later – first website

20 years ago I was living in Ottawa, in GIS school and started working with Natural Resources Canada.  Fast forward to a few weeks back scanning through old CDROMs and low and behold there was my first ever website.  I sat back for a few minutes remembering the details:

  • made with Microsoft FrontPage followed by HotDog Express (WYSIWYG HTML editors)!  At the time, I was convinced at the time this was the only way to be an HTML programmer
  • the website first made it to the Internet in March 1998 and bounced around a few places:
    • http://alqonquinc.on.ca/~kral0003 (Algonquin College account)
    • http://chat.carleton.ca/~279186 (Carleton University account)
    • http://nrcan.gc.ca/~tkralidi/ (work account)
    • http://www.storm.ca/~tommy (Storm Internet who provided awesome service)
  • Concerned that this wasn’t enough, I was motivated to host the site on my own, with a real domain and so on.  I bought Red Hat Linux 6 Server by Mohammed J. Kabir (great book!) and learned how to put up a server and website from the ground up (DNS, firewall, services, etc.), killing an entire weekend
  • the website then finally found a permanent home at http://kralidis.ca

Soon after learning Linux a few months later, I was motivated to rewrite the site in pure HTML, by hand.  From there I added a picture gallery, source code, blog, and so on.

I continue to post to the blog, but things like GitHub, Twitter, Facebook, etc. provide similar capabilities without the hosting maintenance/hassle.

Anyways, I’ve posted it at http://kralidis.ca/misc/firstwebsite/ — enjoy!

Do you have your first website?  Still online?  Feel free to share memories and experiences!

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