I started playing around with websites when I was 12. My dad built a website for his company using an old version of Microsoft FrontPage. I didn’t understand how it all worked and so he showed me how to use FrontPage. I was hooked.
I don’t use FrontPage anymore but I love building websites. I used to search the web for sites that I thought were cool. I would sit at my computer recreating the site I found from scratch using their images but never looking at their code. It was a lot of fun for me and I did it a lot.
I launched my first site selling web templates when I was 14. That failed quickly and when I turned 16 I got my first freelance job with a local web design company who I still occasionally do work for. Getting that job really encouraged me to keep going with this career. If they hadn’t hired me I probably wouldn’t have kept working on the web and my life would be very different.
Over the next few days and weeks I’m planning on interviewing some web designers I know to see how they got started and what they’ve learned along the way. It should be fun. Stay tuned.
my story is boring, just a 10 year old kid looking for something fun to do. And then I just ran with it from there.
Posted by Zeerus on Oct 20, 2006.
Well, I guess I just started with wordpress and adding extra links and so on (which at the time was amazingly cool for me), then slowly picked it up, all through wordpress and the admin interface. I’m now learning php the same way, it really works!
Posted by Billytheradponi (Nick Barrett) on Oct 27, 2006.
Yeah WordPress is great. That’s how I’ve learned PHP and now I use WordPress for almost every site I do because it’s so easy to use.
Posted by Mattbob on Oct 27, 2006.