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Graft-Creative
08-26-2005, 01:15 AM
Ok , it's getting late, I'm getting the coffee giddies - but I thought this could be an interesting idea? (cue accusations of trying to revive *The Pit*).

I say we post here some examples of our pre webstandards-epiphany websites - have a bit of a laugh at them, and then discuss possible CSS alternatives to the way we used to live: Get those skeletons out of the closet and post 'em here :D (if you're man [or woman] enough).

I'll roll it out with this, circa July 2000: http://www.howarth-gallery.co.uk/

Gary

Graft-Creative
08-26-2005, 01:53 AM
Heheh....all too embarrassed? ;)

Nightfire
08-26-2005, 01:55 AM
None of my old sites exist anymore :D

Actually, tell a lie... http://web.archive.org/web/*/blinded.f2s.com

rmedek
08-26-2005, 02:10 AM
Your example is the CSS Zen Garden compared to my first sites. I tried to pull one up using the web.archive.org site but they don't load all the way. Let's just say it was very BLUE.

My first site ever, though, was back in 1994, built using a text editor and checked in Mosaic 1.0. It was called "Phat News International," and was in the top ten Yahoo searches out of about 1000 pages for "phat" and "international news." Back when keywords really mattered, and I was actually in college.

I didn't use tables, because I don't think many people were even using tables back then. I guess you could say I was building table-less sites before table-less sites were cool... :D

Green Beast
08-26-2005, 02:45 AM
I would but I can't. Took'em out back and shot them. ;)

chilipie
08-26-2005, 12:11 PM
I'd laugh Gary, but I've done worse :D (the one that stands out is a site I made in MS Publisher [icky I know :o ] - it was mustard yellow, red and bright blue, with at least 15 animated GIFs per page :p ).

All my old stuff has gone to website heaven (or hell), and intends to stay there :rolleyes: .

NancyJ
08-26-2005, 12:20 PM
I'd laugh Gary, but I've done worse :D (the one that stands out is a site I made in MS Publisher [icky I know :o ] - it was mustard yellow, red and bright blue, with at least 15 animated GIFs per page :p ).

All my old stuff has gone to website heaven (or hell), and intends to stay there :rolleyes: .

I can beat that... my very first website was made in aol homepage or whatever it was called and had a (tiled ) background of polkadot ponies from mars that I made in paint. The text was ofcourse comic sans x-large in white and green!

In my defense this was about 1996 and I was 13

Tristan Gray
08-26-2005, 01:07 PM
My first site was on angelfire and was full of childish rants and ridiculous 3D animated gifs that I made that I thought were just the coolest. My friend Jonathan and I created the page, I just wish I could still find it.

I first learned about HTML when Ultimate Bulletin Board (http://www.ubbcentral.com/) was new and when people hadn't disabled html on very many boards. Needless to say some people on the board used the HTML code to mess up the way the boards displayed and so I became interested in what I thought was 'hacking'. Soon after the game Action Quake 2 (http://action.telefragged.com) was released and I joined a clan and made a web page for that clan: The Great Canadian Butchers [GCB]. I made several incarnations of the GCB webpage and each one was progressively better. I was using table-less designs around about 2000 however it was far from standard compliant either. I would simply use layered images to contruct a page almost entirely crafted from images and 'hot spots'. The pages often looked incredible but the functionality left something to be desired.

Anyway, I used to be a member of wastedyouth.org which so far as I cna tell has been dead for almost half a decade now. But I still check it just in case every once in a while because they were supposed to be coming back. Oh wow, a new site is being launched by those guys. Anyway, that is where I learned about photoshop back in the 5.0 days. I didn't switch from 5.5 until 7.0 came out, well about a year after 7.0 came out. I miss the old days of being so beguiled by the web. Online gaming was so fun because nothing like it had existed before, but now every seven year old and his granny play online multiplayer games. *wistful tear*

Graft-Creative
08-26-2005, 01:29 PM
Anyway, that is where I learned about photoshop back in the 5.0 days. I didn't switch from 5.5 until 7.0 came out, well about a year after 7.0 came out.

Heheh: Illustrator '88 anyone? - as in 1988, on a Mac IICI: colour monitor optional, colour rendering optional (i.e. go away for ten minutes for a cup of tea while Illustrator renders your design in glorious full colour!)

Circa 1990-1992 I was using Amiga 2000/3000/4000 models to do TV and kiosk graphics/animations - nothing came close back then :)

(yes I'm old!)

Gary

Tristan Gray
08-26-2005, 02:06 PM
That's just awesome. I remember when animated gifs were like the big thing on the web. The really sexy sites were using roll-over javascript *GASP* and animated gifs! heh. We've come a long way, baby.

gsnedders
08-26-2005, 02:58 PM
You asked for it: http://web.archive.org/web/20030608104006/http://gwsearch.esmartweb.com/

Nightfire
08-27-2005, 12:11 AM
LOL I remember that site ^

Ranger56
08-27-2005, 12:15 AM
agh, my first site had a horrible bright blue background, 2 pictures, and about 3 scentences of poorly written text.

Green Beast
08-27-2005, 12:20 AM
Hehe, love it, complete with the ever-popular currency converter.

Graft-Creative
08-27-2005, 12:56 AM
Your example is the CSS Zen Garden compared to my first sites.

Hey thanks mate :) I'm still actually quite pleased with that site, and even double checking through the code again I don't think it's actually too bad for a website of that era?

It was actually either the first or second site I ever made (after about a month's worth of Photoshop experience, and an HTML knowledge that you could fit on the back of a postage stamp!) Huh? Doctypes? Accessibility? :rolleyes:

Gary

JamieR
08-27-2005, 01:15 AM
haha, well if you want to see something EVIL then take a look at:
http://web.archive.org/web/20031003000437/http://www.jamierees.co.uk/

from when I first launched my site - I haven't looked at that design in 2/3 years, and cringed when I just did...I've grown up a lot since then.

I think I'll go and hide in a corner....

:o :o

harbingerOTV
08-27-2005, 01:25 AM
Well you're all in luck. It's still online (http://hv3.7h.com/)

made back when me and the ex had like 15 fish tanks in the 2 bedroom apartment. The worst part is that only one of my bettas is on there (shadowsfall). Emporer died right before the move and Marduk died soon after. I guess 8 hours in a jar is enough to kill even the hardeist of fish (although all hers made it grrr....)

Ranger56
08-27-2005, 01:34 AM
haha, well if you want to see something EVIL then take a look at:
http://web.archive.org/web/20031003000437/http://www.jamierees.co.uk/

from when I first launched my site - I haven't looked at that design in 2/3 years, and cringed when I just did...I've grown up a lot since then.

I think I'll go and hide in a corner....

:o :o

I thnk everyone's first site was made in front page...heh.

Graft-Creative
08-27-2005, 01:51 AM
Well you're all in luck. It's still online (http://hv3.7h.com/)

made back when me and the ex had like 15 fish tanks in the 2 bedroom apartment. The worst part is that only one of my bettas is on there (shadowsfall). Emporer died right before the move and Marduk died soon after. I guess 8 hours in a jar is enough to kill even the hardeist of fish (although all hers made it grrr....)

Heheh I just love your nomenclature :D

Kurashu
08-27-2005, 06:22 AM
I don't have my first sites (hosted on my family's web space and homestead), but they were just areas for me to link my images from anyways. I do, however, have early renditions of my current site.

http://web.archive.org/web/20021206182035/www.greenbomber.com/Main/

I was at one time, in fact, emo. We don't talk much about that period, or the period when I thought that rap was the shiznits.

This was good for a few laughs:
http://web.archive.org/web/20030218074621/http://greenbomber.com/

I actually recieved several e-mails because of that and got a decent google rank when you searched for "Fake Error Pages."

JamieR
08-29-2005, 11:26 PM
Wooh pretty colours, lol :D

I've seen quite a lot of bad sites in my time. IMO, it's good when the people behind them realise that they are bad rather than saying "this site is better than yours" etc, when in fact it isn't

CrzySdrs
08-30-2005, 01:08 AM
I wish I still had the geocities site I made back in 5th grade, frames and everything.

I may still have the table based layout for the next site at home... Wayback didn't get it. Well, anyways my first attempt at CSS, one of my more shameful.
http://web.archive.org/web/20031007192709/mse.ultravolt.net/news.asp

You can see the current incarnation at www.crzysdrs.net and even I admit that this current one needs work. Its been a while since I have even looked at it.

harbingerOTV
08-30-2005, 01:22 AM
Heheh I just love your nomenclature :D

what you'd call me?! :p

and I found this on my hd's backups backup.

Complete with my first and only flash attempt. The whole page opened in a popup. Comes fully loaded with a ton of absolute positioning, dueling Iframes and a sweet little hit counter (although I did a real goos job at hiding it in the side banner).

Weird thing is, the site in the pic and the site in the above link were done at the same time. I guess it all depends on who the 'client' is.

NeilKelty
08-30-2005, 01:23 AM
Bad you guys think thats bad??? :confused:

Check out this baby:

http://sandykelty.home.comcast.net/

You should have seen my Mr. Mulch Guy site....whoh...bright yellow background with bright red text. A white image that said Mr. Mulch Guy on it. I also had a blaring spanish song as the background music.



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