History of Adam Dimech Online

Adam Dimech's website was launched in July 1998, initially as an experiment. From there it eventually grew to encompass a blog, photo gallery and numerous information sites. This page shows how the website has looked since its launch.

January 1999

Screen capture of Adam Dimech's website in January 1999

The oldest retained version of the website. The site was hosted with Tripod at //members.tripod.com/~dimech. Pop-up ads were par-for-the-course with free hosting in those days and to make matters worse, this design also made use of <blink> tags!

August 1999

Screen capture of Adam Dimech's website in August 1999

Tables were first utilised to arrange content and graphics used to promote key sites via image maps. This site took about 10 seconds to load on a 56kbps modem!

November 2000

Screen capture of Adam Dimech's website in November 2000

A cleaner look for the new millenium. I didn't have dedicated hosting available, so a cloaking subdomain URL was used: www.adonline.au.nu. Sites were variously hosted on Tripod, GeoCities and Telstra BigPond.

August 2002

Screen capture of Adam Dimech's website in August 2002

Unlike the simpler designs of the past, this made better use of colours and graphics. There was no blog software at this stage, so all stories were hand-coded with Microsoft Front Page and uploaded as static HTML pages.

September 2002

Screen capture of Adam Dimech's website in September 2002

This text-rich design was a modification of the previous version, utilising more graphics. More importantly, it marked the launch of the website on its own domain - www.adonline.id.au

September 2004

Screen capture of Adam Dimech's website in September 2004

This was the first design to incorporate a blog and utilise PHP coding. The blog was powered by CuteNews and ititially known as The News Desk. Amazingly, this simple design (and logo) remained unchanged for 4 years!

February 2008

Screen capture of Adam Dimech's website in February 2008

Following a switch in web hosts, this design represented a radical departure from the past, with a "grunge" style and more personalised look.

August 2009

Screen capture of Adam Dimech's website in August 2009

The August 2009 look was adopted with richness of colour and longevity in mind. This was the first version designed with Microsoft Expression Web.

December 2013

Screen capture of Adam Dimech's website in December 2013

After more than four years, the website was redesigned with new colours and a responsive design that enables the website to be viewed on mobile devices and tablets as well as desktop computers. The code comprises of valid HTML5 and CSS3 and a sincere attempt has been made to make the site as accessible as possible.