Shirley’s Creative Designs was started.
Sue’s Tiny Costumes was started.
In the summer of 1995 I became interested in creating websites and started developing Shirley’s Creative Designs. In the fall of the same year I started Sue’s Tiny Costumes. I started out on the infancy of the internet using an old site, Xoom.com which is no longer online. From there I moved to a Geocities site for a number of years. I developed in the browser using the WYSIWYG editor until I learned Dreamweaver and HTML. I did all my own photography with a film camera and scanned photos before doing general editing. Eventually, I purchased a digital camera.
In 2002 I was convinced by my mentor to purchase a domain name for myself and use hosting for my site. It was at this time I learned FTP. With hosting I also learned SEO and CSS as well as how to optimize images as my site had grown to 200 hand coded pages. I continued to revise my site by hand until 2005 when I started to learn about content management systems and discovered Drupal, Joomla and ultimately WordPress.
I added Sera and Justice Together to my now growing list of domains so that my young children would have the option of learning to develop websites. This was where I learned how to use my hosting to split my sites into sub domains.
In 2006 my love of books and music led me to try my hand at a site called Books, Music & More and attempt to monetize it but with competing priorities it has been a slow process building it.
Towards the end of my second round of college in 2008, I started Alaska Office Specialists as part of a college class in web development.
Researched managing multiple sites as maintenance was time consuming and implemented Infinite WP which allows me to keep all of my sites updated and ready at all times. Started watching more current videos and reading more on website development as well as what new technologies were becoming available.
My love of web development languished for a couple years but was renewed in 2014 when I decided I needed a way to manage all my sites instead of logging in to each one at a time to update them. I found and implemented Infinite WP which allows me one place to see all my sites, update them and even manage plugins and themes.
Started taking online courses in a variety of programming languages and technologies from Unity to SQL to HTML5 and CSS3 as a refresher
Wanting to continue my web development learning I found a few online videos and sites to continue to read up on web technologies when I found time. I started once more taking classes in 2015 and 2016 on many topics and adding to my knowledge base.
Started seriously seeking to move from administrative work into website development.
Recently I have started a site for my landscape photography, since I live in the beautiful Mat-Su Valley of Alaska. It is hard to resist the urge to take a photo of snow capped peaks or the occasional moose in the yard.
I’ve also started a second site for a client, in fact my first website client from 1995. Happily the site seems to also be doing well.