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20th Anniversary of this website!

Oh my, can you believe that this website is celebrating its 20 year anniversary this month??

In 1997 I started my studies at university and got access to the internet on the campus. Being already a fan of Disney’s cartoon movie and Lewis Carroll’s books, I searched the web for more information about them. But I only found fragmented info.

I wanted to try my hand at building my own website, so I gave it a shot.¬†In those days, Microsoft Frontpage was all the rage. Google was unknown; we all used Altavista to find webpages and we viewed them in the Netscape browser. My first website was very similar to most of the other personal websites in that time: it had frames, white letters on black backgrounds, animated gifs (burning torches and rainbow colored lines) and a Nedstat counter. ūüôā

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Shop temporarily closed

Because of ongoing issues with my webshop, I had to temporarily close it down.

There are some technical issues with the plugins I am using and it was slowing down the site so much, that it became unuseable. So unfortunately I had no other choice than to close it down, until the issues are resolved. I have no idea how long this will take, as I depend on the developers of those plugins.

Thank you for your understanding!

Site slow / unreachable

Lately my site has been very slow and sometimes you’ll even see a ‘503 service unavailable’ error when loading a page.

This is due to a buggy third party plugin I’m using for my webshop. As I cannot just shut it off, it unfortunately means that I’ll have to wait for an update from the creator of the plugin before I can fix it.

I’m very sorry for the inconvenience.

 

Expected downtime

I am upgrading to a faster and more stable server. This means there will be some downtime.

There will be¬†downtime around 8:00 CET (7:00 GMT / 1:00 CDT). I don’t expect any problems during or after the move, but of course you never know…

Site maintenance downtime

In a couple of hours, my site will be moved to a new server. This may cause some downtime. I expect the website to be up and running again soon, so check back in an hour or so.

Hopefully the new server will be faster than the current one, which will make this website load faster.

New website!

For those of you who have come here before, it may have been quite a shock. But yes, I have a new website!

I’ve had the old design for years and years and an update was long overdue. The most urgent reasons were that I wanted a webshop system that was more easy to manage, and also that the old design was not mobile friendly.

old-site

The old site

As this year is the Alice in Wonderland story’s¬†150th birthday, I decided to celebrate it by giving you and me this new site as a present. ūüôā

Until now, I’ve always¬†done my own designs. But now that I was facing the daunting task of transferring the site to WordPress, which meant having¬†to learn how to make templates for this type of CMS, I realised it might be better to outsource it to people who actually know what they’re doing. ūüėČ So a big thank you to 4Bit webdesign for creating this!

I’m not 100% satisfied with the current design yet, but as Halloween is quickly approaching, I wanted to have the new site live before the Halloween shopping season starts. In the future¬†you will probably see some more¬†slight¬†design changes.

I would love to receive your feedback about this new design!
Do you love it or hate it? Are there things you specifically like or dislike? Have you found broken links or other things that don’t work for you? Do let me know!