So, I started developing ‘static’ websites like the old Malt Madness site and Cinemaginarium. This kept me happy for two decades – partly because old fashioned tools like NetObjects Fusion gave me (near) ‘pixel-perfect’ control over the way text and images were displayed on computer screens in most browsers. That way, I could determine the way my ‘message’ was presented – just the way I liked it.
However, at some point people decided that it wasn’t enough for phones to be mobile – they had to be ‘smart’ as well. Pretty soon some of those people also wanted to browse the internet with their smart phones – and they didn’t seem to mind that their devices came with tiny screens. Because those devices could only display about 10% of the information of a large computer screen, web pages had to become ‘responsive’. This means that information is displayed differently on different devices – i.e. far less control over the presentation of webpages. That was a hard pill to wallow for a control freak like me.
On the other hand, there was one significant problem with the first generations of web development tools. A website had to be built ‘locally’ on a specific computer before being uploaded to the world wide web. The eventual demise of a PC often meant that you had to rebuild a site from scratch as well. Maintaining a website ‘in the cloud’ seemed like a more attractive proposition every time my PC showed signs of breaking down.
Meanwhile, maintaining a bunch of different websites has become more expensive over the years. While costs for (SSL) hosting have gone up, advertising revenue has declined for virtually every site – and developing an app only makes sense if you can reasonably expect to sell at least a few thousand of them.
Anyway – to cut a very long (and fairly boring) story short: now that my PC has started to act up again, I’ve decided to ‘consolidate’ my various web projects and try to fit the content into a single WordPress website.