I first started learning about websites by learning HTML in 7th grade. We didn’t have classes for it back then, I just dabbled in my free time with sites like Angelfire, and became enamored with self-run personal artist websites that were popular at the time (Fun fact: this was when I first found some of my art/cartoonist heroes online, like ZillaBean and Dean Dodrill!)
Then my sister gave me a “real” website (domain registration + hosting for a year) for my birthday in high school. I was in way over my head at first, there were so many options that “free” sites never offered. I tread water and made some headway, spent the next few years getting nice and comfortable coding websites.
College threw me headlong into “web developer,” with weird foreign concepts like “what’s a server? I can make my website talk to it and do cool stuff, what?” My job nudged me over into “database administrator” and had me building onto and managing a legacy system when I still had to look up how to write a SQL “select” statement.
Then yesterday I started migrating Curtailed’s site from a shared hosting plan to a Virtual Private Server, with root server access and all that it entails.
I’m in way over my head, again.
…in a way it’s kinda cool. This stuff completely escaped me in college, now that it’s attached to a project I care about, I’m a bit more motivated to learn it. Time to look for footing in a giant pool of this “server administrator” stuff (it smells funny)