‘G’ Spot Through the Ages

My personal site has transformed a fair amount over time. The content has largely been the same, but the design of the site has changed.

Personal website on December 10, 2003
Personal website on December 10, 2003

In the earliest version of my site I could find, I found this version from shortly after starting college. This is a page that was generated by the Blog software I played with for a while. I think I eventually abandoned Blog because it generated flat files that revealed the technology being used. I wanted to heed the guidelines regarding “Cool URIs Don’t Change“.

Website from April 21, 2004
Website from April 21, 2004

Apparently for a while, I didn’t bother having much of a site. It was just a page with my e-mail address.

Website from June 8, 2004
Website from June 8, 2004

This was a nicer version of the site. I actually have content and the start of the style. I have a purplish/blue background hinting at the blue theme I would eventually have. I believe this design was shortly after reading Jakob Nielson’s Designing Web Usability. I had a breadcrumb style navigation that appeared on the top and bottom of the site. This remained the overall design for several years.

Website from October 30, 2007
Website from October 30, 2007

In early 2007, I went through a personal branding phase and came up with my prior website design. This was also when I migrated my site from my school website to my personal gurganus.name domain. The page content is simpler without the navigational overhead since I had been manually modifying the breadcrumb structure, and that became error prone and burdonsome.

Website Today
Website Today

Now, I’ve migrated to WordPress so some of the overhead of maintaining navigational structures isn’t there. I’m still working on theming my WordPress installation though.

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