I operated my first web site for probably more than a decade, eventually surpassing a million views. (Having just 10 cents for each one of them wouldn’t have been bad, eh?) But there were some things wrong with it, and so, when I finally got fed up with the poor service from my old ISP, CrystalTech or whatever they’re calling themselves nowadays, I decided to rebuild the site from scratch rather than simply porting everything across to my new host.
Rather than hand-coding each page, I’m now using a small application that I built myself to generate the code. It’s quicker, more consistent, and allows me to regenerate any or all of it whenever I want.
There are now separate hit counters on each page, rather than a consolidated counter for the whole site. Sure, the numbers are less impressive, but they're a lot more informative.
My old site rambled on about anything I felt like. That was fun, but the new one at least has the virtue of being a bit more focussed. Travel, astronomy, paleontology, and evolutionary theory – that’s it for now.
The new host ISP is HostPapa, by the way. I kind of recommend them. They seem to use Linux servers so the URLs for the pages are case sensitive, whereas they didn’t used to be. That’s a pain. And when you report a problem, there’s this charade you have to go through: at least two communications before you get escalated high enough up the support chain to be talking to someone with the knowledge and skill to actually help you. But at least I have always received a prompt and courteous reply; my emails do not simply vanish without trace, as used to be the case.
So welcome. Make yourself at home. Please revisit occasionally, because I’m putting up a new page, or seriously amplifying an existing one, around about every three weeks or so.
As always, I'm happy to take suggestions for priorities.
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