Day 2: #WP20 From Blogs to Blocks

Prompt 2/20 Blog: Tell us about the first website you used WordPress on. What was it for? When was it built? What happened to it? Post your response on your WordPress blog and link to it in the comments.

Oops, it looks like I got ahead of myself with the Day 1 prompt on my WordPress origin story. That’s ok, I made a few WordPress sites around the same time when I started

Besides my personal video game blog that I was testing WordPress out with, I started using the software rather quickly for client sites as well. The job that I was at used a different CMS for the company website. While I was ultimately unable to convince them to switch before moving on to a full-time web developer job elsewhere, I was able to build WordPress sites for some personal clients at this time.

Before WordPress, I built custom sites for clients using HTML, CSS, and PHP. I would also find existing libraries that I could use to do things like add galleries that the client could upload to on their own. Having a system with a lot of tools built in for free was a watershed moment for my career.

The next thing that came close to this was discovering not only a vibrant ecosystem of themes and plugins ready to use, but the community of people who built and supported all of this for free. But that’s a story for another entry…




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