Further improvements on my website

# Further improvements on my website

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Oct 2019

Have you noticed any changes on my website? Probably not - and that’s the whole point. I’ve made few improvements on the technical side of it, but it’s still working as usual. Here is a brief story of the development of my home page...

I was never a passionate web developer, but I learned a bit of some languages and technologies needed to make a web page. When I started this one in 2004, the word “blog” was already in use, but there was no “cloud”, no Node.js or Ruby on Rails. I could either buy a hosting account with PHP scripting and MySQL database on the back end, or a Linux shell account with full SSH access, which would be much more expensive. Surely I chose the first option. Besides that, there was HTML 4.01 and CSS 1 on the client’s side.

Over time, I introduced gradual improvements to my home page, including:

For some time I thought maybe I should rewrite this whole website from scratch. Then there would be a difficult question to answer: What technology to use? I don’t know web technologies well, but I know there are many of them. I could just install WordPress or some other blogging system and somehow move all the existing content there. I could rewrite all the scripts using more modern PHP 7 or a more trendy language, like Ruby, server-side JavaScript. I could even make it all static HTML content, which would be enough for the things I have here. Then I could use some offline tool to generate those pages, or write my own. I could also use Amazon S3 to host those pages. The possibilities are endless...

Then I recalled the rule that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and thought the hosting service I now use at Domenomania.pl company is quite good with a low price for WWW + PHP + MySQL + FTP + e-mail account. I decided eventually just to improve the existing solution. Here is what I’ve changed recently:

If you have any suggestions about my website, whether its looks or technical details, please leave a comment.

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