History of TJ Online


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TJ Online is my personal website and my second oldest website after the crabbing guide. I use this site as a place to post my articles, photos, artworks, and other random things. The site started out some time in 2004-2005 although I don’t remember exactly when. Back then I was a real newbie at web technologies and design (I still am far from an expert, but falsely believe that I’m proficient), and the website was built using plain HTML with some tacky looking Flash/JavaScript buttons. I don’t even have the files for my first design anymore, but during most of the html phase my website looked like the picture below.

Old HTML TJ Online
Old HTML TJ Online, circa 2004-2005

During those archaic days my websites bounced around several different free hosts and eventually they ended up in a free host called dhost.info which offered PHP and MySQL. It is during that time I actually learned about dynamic websites and that there’s many free scripts that one can use to run such a website. TJ Online has grown since its beginnings and it was getting tedious updating all the HTML pages manually, so I remade my website using the CMS Xoops. My Xoops website initially looked the first picture below, but it went through a number of themes.

Darkmachines Xoops Theme
TJ Online Xoops theme 1, circa 2005
Tigerstone Xoops Theme
TJ Online Xoops theme 2, circa 2006
Blackwhite Xoops Theme
TJ Online Xoops theme 3, circa 2006-2008

In the August of 2006, after a major downtime at the free host, I finally decided to pony up the cash and get a paid web host. With that came the tonyjiang.com domain name, and my Xoops website went through one final theme change. Since I forgot to take a screen shot of my Xoops site before deleting it off the server, I can only present a screenshot of my design mock-up.

Sapphire Flowers Xoops Theme
TJ Online Xoops final theme, circa 2008-2009

The Xoops website lasted for a total of about four years. In December of 2009, I decided to convert my website to the popular blogging platform WordPress mostly just for the heck of it. Below is the first theme I used that lasted from December 2009 to December of 2012.

Modified Piano Black WordPress Theme
TJ Online WordPress theme 1, circa 2009-2012

I decided to change things up again in 2016. The second theme I used lasted from December 2012 to May 2016.

TJ Online WordPress Theme 2
TJ Online WordPress theme 2, circa 2012-2016