As reenactors, we are used to look back into the past. Today, I plan to look into the past of our own group, instead of looking at ancient Greece. I copied the concept of throwback Thursday from the excellent group Sorores Historiae, where they present pictures from their first events. Since I discovered I had backups of the very first version of our website, I present to you the Throwback Thursday Website Edition.
v1 from 2005 to 2008
This version of our site was online from November of 2005 to August 2008. It was created even before I joined the Hetairoi, and before I got into web-development. It was developed by a fellow reenactor.
As you can see, the technology is breath-taking, and the design is...well, let's call it functional. Many areas are not filled with content, and something resembling an overview of our impressions, which is the core of our site today, is nowhere to be found. However, there are some articles, which still exist on the site today. The URLs from back then are still working, by the way, and they are obviously still in use. Whoever is accessing the page about our classical Hoplite using an old bookmark or link: please update ;-)
v2 from 2008 to 2012
The second version of our site was actually a student project during my bachelor degree. Those were my first experiences with web-development in general.
You can instantly see a few elements, which conceptually survived until today. The first thing is our new logo, which is still in use. To make sure nobody misses it, I made the top banner gigantic. At least there is already a nice navigation menu, and finally a page for our impressions. Back then I was apparently also very fond of accordion-sliders.
v3 and v4 from 2012 to Today
The third version of our Website went live in 2012. Because it is barely gone for a week now, I won't present it here. Last Saturday, our fourth version went online, which you can explore in person right now.
I think it is safe to say that our website has grown very well alongside our group. If you want to see throwback-pictures of our actual impressions, we invite you to take a look at our old picture galleries.