My first encounter with html was in sophomore year, 1996. Dr Piyapong asked me to help with doing some the department pages or something. It was on a Mac and the tool was Netscape Navigator Gold 3.0, which included Composer, and a program called Web Weaver. I remembered it was quite fun. And that frame is a very advanced technique.
Then I started making my own pages on the department machine.
Junk Yard was the name of my first website, whyever that was :S . I remembered spending so much time on Photoshop trying to make the title text look ‘right’.
Chris’s Page http://neural.sc.mahidol.ac.th/chris/ was the next and more lasting one. I kept my CV and many many babe pics on it, and it was quite a hit with my friends on the campus. 😀 The design was mainly dark and game-CG-ish.
I entered some CAI(Computer-Assisted Instruction) competition by NECTEC, and made a website about the Doppler Effect, and it was pretty colorful. (didn’t win anything, of course) This was my address until 1998, by when I was politely asked to remove personal stuffs from the server.
I tried using HotDog Pro for a while for my old site, and switched to PageMill (version 2) from Adobe, which was very very good. There was another tool called NetObjects Fusion, which was the first tool I used that offers some templating capability.
Then came … Chris’s Page again, on a free server at http://chrisada.virtualave.net. Subdomain was pretty new for free hosts back then, and I felt so cool with the address… look Ma! no slash! 😀 This was to become the longest living website I have maintained. (1998–2003)
I was having fun and there were more contents, with me studying in UK and then singapore, and I was starting to own a camera. There were collection of quotations, links to friends, my science page, physics humor page, and a link galore. Maintained by hands, of course. When I turned 21, the site was renamed chris21 (lacking imagination, even back then).
In February 2001, before moving to UK, I started keeping an online diary. And it was the best joy I’ve had with keeping a website. I like writing, and there were even people who comes and read from time to time. It was a wonderful time! 🙂 In 2 years and 3 months, I wrote 354 diary entries, which comes out to once every 2.31 day. Not a bad rate at all.
I started using Dreamweaver somewhere around 2002.
In July 2003, some unfortunate incidents made me shut the site down. And it was bye bye, just like that. A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. I actually kept it on at a secret location http://ichris.netfirms.com for a while. That was when I start using Blogger too.
And in March 2004, iChris.ws was born. Equipped with MySQL I knew I could do a lot more. I migrated a blog to WordPress (running on my own server, my OWN server! :D) and created another one. After a while the disparation between my main page and the blog, which was on a subdomain blog.ichris.ws makes me unhappy. And I went looking for a new solution.
That’s when I found Drupal. And iChris.ws as it is today was conceived. Blog and all 🙂