History of of vmichnowicz.com July 20th, 2010
Version 1 — December 2005
Version one of vmichnowicz.com was not auctually vmichnowicz.com. The “vmichnowicz.com” domain did not exist until version four. Version one through three were all under the “vixgrafx.com” domain. Yep. Not one, but two x’s. I was rockin.
I honestly do not really remember what version one looked like. I know it was the first site I created using Macromedia Flash 8. Needless to say, it looked pretty ugly. I am glad I forgot…
Version 2 — January 2006
Version two was pretty much the same as version one — Flash-based and ugly. Next.
Version 3 —June 2006
During the summer of 2006 I discovered a program that formed the basis for vixgrafx.com version three — Blender.
Using Blender, I created a 3d desk complete with a sketchbook (for my hand work), a computer monitor (for my digital work), a camera (for my photography), and a post-it-note (for my contact information).
Version 4 — December 2008
Updating version three was a pain. If I ever wanted to add a portfolio item I had to open Blender, render a new image, import that into Flash, and then upload the new Flash file to my web server. I wanted something easier to update. I also wanted to start building a professional presence for my web design work. I decided that vixgrafx.com must go. The coolness of the x’s had worn off. It was time to register vmichnowicz.com.
Version 5 — June 2009
Eventually I grew tired of version four. I enjoyed the simplistic style, however it needed some refinement. Enter vmichnowicz.com version five.
Version four and five shared much in common. However, in version five I wanted to add a few more features:
- Better AJAX contact form
- Gaussian blur effect when one hovers over an item thumbnail
- Item details toggle
- Multiple item thumbnails
- Pirate language toggle
Version 6 — July 2010
After about eight months I started getting tired of version five. I liked it, however I wanted to expand. I wanted to do more with vmichnowicz.com. I not only wanted to show off my work, but I also wanted to share my web design and development knowledge with the community — I needed a blog.
I historically gravitate towards free and open-source software. I love Ubuntu, Blender, PHP, jQuery, Firefox, and many other open-source software. So I naturally started looking for an open-source CMS for vmichnowicz.com.
I first looked at Wordpress, arguably the most prevalent open-source blogging system clogging the tubes of the internet. I liked it, however, I was just not feeling the design process; it did not seem natural.
Version 7 — April 2015
Version 7 launched April 2015. Have a look at the blog post covering the launch.
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