If you haven't figured it out by now, my name is Stephen Anfield, and this is my new website.
For those of you who've seen all the other iterations of my website, with this one, I'm trying something different.
I created my first website using Geocities. Harnessing the speed of dial-up internet and the browser capabilities of Netscape Navigator, I learned as much as I could about the amazing world of HTML.
Between phone calls that kicked me offline and somewhat confusing internet jargon, I made it happen.
My first website was a Christmas Wishlist.
Ho ho ho.
After a few years and an improved internet, I learned about WordPress and stuck with it for many years. It wasn't until recently that I decided to explore other options.
Without knowing what was available, I created a list of amenities I wanted in my next digital home. This list is not extensive, but it should give a general idea about what I was looking for.
Because I want everyone to feel welcome in my home, access for all was at the top of my list.
If a website isn't built with the needs of all visitors in mind, what's the point?
One of my values is inclusion, which meant accessibility needed to be mandatory.
If you've used WordPress, you can attest to the never-ending updates to themes and plugins.
I didn't want that.
No one likes to wait.
When I've used WYSIWYG editors or WordPress, I tend to find the bulkiest themes that take four score and seven years to load.
And that's so not cool.
A super fast website is a great way to ensure visitors have an awesome experience.
The faster the better.
Back when I was in middle school, I chose to learn how to play the bassoon because it was different. It was a challenge.
I figured if young Stephen figured out how to play the bassoon and build a Geocities website, how hard could it be to build something years later with some of the same knowledge?
Spoiler alert: It's hard.
The awesome thing about it, though, is that it has turned out to be fun.
With some of my "guidelines" out of the way, in my next post, I'll get into more detail about what I decided and how I made it to this point in creating my new website.
See you over on my next post?
See you there!