HTML – nostalgia

Recently I have been spending more time writing content for this website, and shortbooks.online. This has made me think about making websites in the early days.

I started ‘blogging’ around 2002, long before platforms like WordPress, Blogger etc. became mainstream or particularly easy to use. I had FTP access to my website hosting, and I taught myself HTML (and later, CSS).

Each post I wrote on my early blog was written directly in HTML, and I copied and pasted a commented out section of code that contained the structure of a post, including <H2> tags for the title, and a PHP comment section. Any unusual formatting, like a picture with wrapped text, or a table to contain data, had to be made by hand each time.

Making this website, and Short Books has been a relative breeze: Buy a domain and hosting, use the hosting’s ‘auto installer’ to install an open source content management system, and start writing. The CMS will even auto-update, without me having to go to the developer’s website, download a zip file, and attempt to upload it to my hosting through Ipswitch’s WS-FTP (or something similar).

If you need to jolt of nostalgia, take a look at this ancient news article from the BBC.

Do you have any fond memories of web technologies of old? Tell me about them in the comments.

About the author

Code and Copy is a career, travel and general information website written by Gavin Ayling.
Gavin is a copywriter, software coder, and board gamer living in beautiful New Hampshire. He has been blogging since 2002 and has been a celiac since the early 1980s.
Gavin has traveled to over 40 countries and has lived in three countries on different continents.

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