May 2003: Version 1
This first version was entirely HTML, written by myself back in grade 10. I believe it was launched the day we bought the domain, May 14th, 2003. There were about a dozen unique pages, featuring a services list of four bullet points, video samples such as Elect Spencer 2002, Elect Spencer 2003, The One, The Shuttle Program, and Kat’s Death. Of the seven main menu items, three of them only ever said “Coming soon” (Info, Prices, and Links).
October 2004: Version 2
The second version of the website introduced CSS and PHP. The PHP simply displayed the main menu and grabbed the contents of the selected page through reading .txt files as the “database”. Within a month, version 2.1 was released, which contained upgrades to the main index file and filled in more .txt files as “database” elements. On the homepage, we sported the awesome cheesy slogan “Quality and Affordability”! On this version there was a nifty “drop-down menu” and tacky samples section with such jems as Paulish Can Do It, Local Jumps, Elect Spencer 2004 and more! The services section was slightly improved to include: Digitizing Slides & Negatives, Film Transfers, Multi-media Presentations, Photo Restoration (which we never got a single job for), and the two most amazing titles ever: Special Projects and Video Production.
July 2008: Version 3
With almost four years dating the previous version, I had accumulated heaps more web-design knowledge, and with the addition of Spencer as the first “full-time” contractor/staff member, I had time to work on a new website from scratch. Keep in mind at this point, I had launched and coded this personal site (see a previous post on it’s history). The site deisgn was written from scratch and first applied to our brand new tmmdance.com website, and a few weeks later was adapted and improved for technomonkeymedia.com. It was entirely PHP-based, and was the first design to include streaming flash video samples, and they were showcased right on the homepage. It also had AJAX driven Place Order, and Contact pages. Samples that graced the hompage of this site included Aerial Footage of Vancouver, Port Coquitlam Canada Day Celebrations 2008, Chloe Ellis – The Masquerade, and Store Wars at Cypress Mountain 2009. It was extremely flexible, which became its largest downfall when we started to fill it in and realized we could go on forever. In January of 2009, the header graphic was replaced with our new logo, and design on a new website had already begun. It was only online less than a year.
March 2009: Version 4
The real reason I’m posting about my business site’s history? We just launched this new one today! As the company is moving forward heavily into developing our base structure, we adopted a new logo to suit our more professional nature.
The process started with drafting literally dozens of graphical designs and narrowing the choices down to just one. Following that, we wrote thousands of lines of code to make it all work and finally were able to spend oodles more time entering in all of the content.
The website went live to the world at 5:57pm on March 26, 2009.