Holy crikey, how could I have almost missed this?
Technically, this website is days to being 11 years old, but a decade sounds nicer (sounding a year younger doesn’t hurt, either). This is what happens to me for not being a big fan of observing rituals like birthdays and religious celebrations. Seeing as how this website lasted as long as it has, though, it should be something I need to be proud of.
I must point out that my first post on WebGrrrl.net was on September 2006, which was a few months before I bought the WebGrrrl.net domain. The posts prior to December 2006 were done on my company’s subdomain, if I remembered correctly, as I was learning and setting up WordPress for the first time. It took a while for me to set up a proper self-hosted blog, mainly because I was torn between using Joomla and Mambo, with Drupal being way down in third place for consideration. Because cPanel’s Fantastico listed this one blogging software called WordPress, I decided to explore it. I was specifically hooked on the widget plugin, which was finally introduced into WP’s core as of 2.2. The rest is history.
My first website iteration was a modded version of WordPress’s default theme at the time. Would you believe that the current responsive design I use right now is only the SECOND time I’ve redesigned WebGrrrl.net? I really must thank Daniel Tara for giving out this Esplanade theme for free. This theme has 95% of what I wanted in my website, and robust enough that I could code my own customised CSS via its theme settings.
You would think 10 years is impressive. Well, the domain age for my web development business website is much older than that — 16 years and 7 months to be exact. Yes, I own the domain and the website for that long. My beloved niche site is also reaching the double digit age next year.
Gosh do I heart web development.
Here’s to another decade and another healthy and productive life ahead.