In 2005, I created a website to feature my own software on the internet when I was a high school student. I graduated from high school, completed BSc in Computer Engineering, and worked as a Software R&D Engineer, Software Architect for many years. I changed, and this site changed multiple times. So, I wanted to write an article about this website's history.
In 2005, when I was a high school student, I was developing various software and games. I decided to create a website to feature my work and I created a blog on Blogger. I registered alpgulec.com in 2007 and I used the same design for a while.
I didn't want to change my own design. But it was hard to find some time to redesign it again. The website's design was too narrow for the new monitors. The new browsers were also forcing the web developers to use the newest standards and they were changing their standards frequently. So, I decided to use Joomla after 2013.
I bought a Joomla theme to make the website look better.
This year, I decided to completely translate my website into English.
I changed the color of the theme in 2022. (The screenshot is from 2023, prior to the latest 2023 design)
This was the last Joomla version I used. I decided to leave Joomla and use my own script again.
2023 September Design
This is the latest design of the website. I removed Joomla completely. I wrote and designed a new website and I started use my own script again. I created a design inspired by elements from both 2009 and 2014. I particularly like the banner style from 2009, while I've kept the 'most read' and 'recently added' boxes from 2014 to fill the available space. Monitors are wide today. It is hard to make something like 2009's design again.
It is good to use my own script again. It is much lighter and more secure than Joomla. I used the latest technologies taking security and performance into account. Instead of hundreds of files, there are now only around 15 script files with just a few lines of code. There are no third party dependencies like jQuery, Bootstrap, Google Fonts, etc. The website includes only what I need.