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 with the help of the professionals from Best Website Hosting.  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. Canadian players have more options than ever for example the Casino Canada Online, where you can find exciting games, welcome bonus options including free spins and real money, exciting slots, and more.

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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