Evolution of the Chesapeake Bay Lighthouse Project Website
This site has changed quite a bit since its initial creation in 1999. Here are some screenshots of its evolution.
Version 1 (04/1999 - 07/2002)
The original Chesapeake Bay Lighthouse Project was only the second website I had built. It was written in straight html, used frames and targeted an 800 x 600 screen resolution - which, if not modern, was at least respectably current for its time. It even included a hit counter. I actually still like the theme in a nostalgic way. This original site was almost completely dedicated to the lighthouses, though a couple cruising-related pages had snuck in and were searching for a home. The lights were grouped according to Northern Bay, Middle Bay, Southern Bay, and Other Areas, as we were still in the process of visiting them all. It was first hosted on a free service, but they added pop-up ads which annoyed me. So, I moved it the personal hosting space that came with my Earthlink dial-up account (remember dial-up?). Finally, I bit the bullet, registered the cblights.com domain in May 2002 and paid for a real hosting service.
Version 2 (08/2002 - 02/2004)
Pretty soon frames went the way of the dodo. Tools like DreamWeaver and FrontPage helped one create pages with cool (though not yet completely standardized) features. I had checked off all the USLHS's 40+3 lights, had my own domain, and felt the site needed a facelift. I'm not a web designer, but I gave it a fair shot. Version 2 made heavy use of image maps, but I wasn't good enough with Photoshop to make it look really sharp. Still, I consciously themed it, while keeping a simple user-friendly design. Cruising got its own area and some Miscellaneous pages creeped in along with a few "Easter egg" hidden links. All said, the image maps made it a pain in the neck to update and I never really liked the blue and lavender color scheme. The site was featured in several magazine articles and I still felt I needed better. So, this version only lasted a year and a half.
Version 3 (03/2004 - 05/2011)
Version 4 (05/2011 - present)
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