Throwback Thursday: the first website I ever built is (somehow) still online

When I was just 15 years old, a family friend asked me if I could build a new website for his band. I had never done anything more than tweak my Myspace profile HTML a bit, but… I said yes! Along the way, I learned the basics of HTML/CSS, FTP, project management, client management, and so on.

Eventually, I launched my first website for the band HoneyBoy Dupree. Yesterday, I found out that the website is still accessible on the web!

When the head of the band and lead singer, Sal Caffarello, passed away in 2009, I worked with his friends to update the homepage with information about his funeral services. Once the hosting expired, I thought that was it for the website.

However, I was doing some Googling yesterday and discovered that the webhost never shut down the website for some reason. Memories came flooding back of building a calendar system without a content management system, uploading photos and manually coding them on each page, and many other tasks that a CMS handles with ease. Things were much different back then.

If you’re into blues music, HoneyBoy Dupree’s album “Anybody Seen My Baby” is still available on Apple Music¬†and Spotify. The soul in that music is forever.

Me & Sal

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