My First Website and the Tools Employed

In 1997 my first web site went live and it was the greatest thing to look at this published on the world wide web. Wow! The goose bumps still appear whenever I think about it. One has to admit that it was rather primitive and there was nothing much by way of tools to help me design it. My method of discovery was to pay an overseas person to do a site for me, ever elementary, and then I went into the code and deciphered it.

Copying from it to see how the code worked was a bit of a nightmare. It took me weeks to get enough knowledge and that involved buying programs and other things from the USA. The first company engaged to host the site was not stable and then it was transferred to ixWebHosting where it has remained ever since.

Working my way through the problems associated with it was mind-boggling. Search Engine optimisation was one of the first. This took me into forums and places where many were asking the same questions and some had answers that we all pounced on.

The next problem was finance. Web sites absorb money because the host companies have to be paid for. E-mail advertising was my next choice to try to get traffic to the site. Companies at that time made their fortunes by people paying to join them in order to be able to post their messages to the list.

Other companies sprung up that offered solutions to market your web-site for you, at a cost. All were tried and disappointing enough none were successful in my case.

Dealing with the coding of the site was suddenly a thing of the past when bright marketers put up systems to do it for you. Over the following years this has developed into some really great programs, like Site Studio. Now Wix has gone a step further by supplying all the codes to build a site with everything, including an interchange with visitors and a shop.

For me the bottom line is to build your site with enough good quality original material that appeals to the Search Engines. My 4 or 5 original pages on that site now extends to some 20 or more. It is backed up by article writing that refers people to it and cards given out.

Over the years my sites now number more than 25 or so, with lots of sub-domains that I no longer use. The companies have grown and offer better service and the Search Engines have also refined their practices to cut out spam and other things that were a feature of the early days. My e-mail box is constantly full of spam sent from the companies where it is still possible to join their lists and hammer others on it. That, however, is not my policy.