Timeline: Jun 2014 - Ongoing
Project Type: Personal Project
Skills: Frontend Engineering, Web Development, Web Design, Speed Testing/Optimization
In the summer of 2014, I finishing my first year of college, completely new to the tech industry, new to programming, and full of hunger to develop marketable skills for myself. I devoted that summer to learning web development. I bought a domain and a server and, thus, cedricith.com was born.
My personal website became the foundation that supported my web development education.
By having my own domain, I had a place to host all of my personal projects that were to come. I could make it live and show my friends. I was liberated to explore all of my creative website ideas. It was the first website I ever built but it looked nothing like what it is now. It started off looking like crap. But everytime I look back at it, I love seeing how much I've improved in such a short amount of time.
This website is an extension of my skills and capabilities not just in web development but also in personal growth through its history. Let me take you through this part of my life that has changed and grown with me.
This was the first website I ever built and the first version of my personal website. While the result is underwhelming, I learned a lot about web development. Besides the basics of HTML and CSS, I also learned how to use hover effects, parallax backgrounds, and the CSS transition property. If you're looking to learn HTML and CSS, I wouold highly suggest CodeAcademy. Their course in HTML and CSS was extremely easy to go through.
By the end of the summer, I had completely scrapped my earlier design and rebuilt my website from scratch again. This was the was the result. Not too shabby, I'd say. It was still a place for me to explore new ideas and learn more web tools. I implemented this website using flexbox - a powerful tool I still use. I also added Google Analytics.
This version of my site was a huge learning experienced condensed into a very short amount of time. Fun Fact: This site was bulit during an all-nighter for fun (~8 hours straight).
It was the first time building a multi-paged website. A lot of planning went into building reusable code and designing a cohesive design language since I knew a lot of components were going to be repeated. This was also my first time doing web optimization and testing.
Besides learning how to use/getting better at the long list of tools up above, here are other things I've been learning from this website:
There are a few concept designs that I've been playing around with. Let me know if you like either of these!
My personal website is always going through iterations and I'm always making small changes. I'm also constantly adding new projects so be sure to check-in every now and again!
I'll see you at Version 4 ;)