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At Long Last, Cemetech Becomes a Real Website
Published by KermMartian 14 years, 3 months ago (2005-10-19T04:00:00+00:00) | Discuss this article

Finally, after having existed for five years and going through a variety of hosts and domains, Cemetech is now settled into a true top-level domain and reliable, bandwidth- and space-rich hosting. I am overjoyed that this important step has been made, and I think it warrants a review of Cemetech's major milestones.

Cemetech began its theoretical life as C-Tech (or CTech) in about 1998 as a company to create the inventions I came up with. I started out designing and inventing on my own until 2000, when friends offered some suggestions for cool gadgets they might want. That year, the newly-christened Cemetech (a combination of my initials, a friend's initials, and suggesting both "chemical" and "technical" - two types of engineering that are vital for inventing) found itself for the first time online. Homestead.com became its first host at http://cemetech.homestead.com. In fact, if you visit, you can still see the last remnants of the site. This was long before I knew HTML, and there was a poor design, simply archives, and no forum. However, it was my first website, and I was proud of it. I continued to maintain that periodically until 2001, when I first broke into the calculator programming scene. My first programs were published on ticalc.org around mid-March 2001, including GuessIt and other similar newbie fare. I didn't start to create a new website until late 2002, when I created my first Geocities account. This was a revelation for me, and I was impressed that I could finally create a more-than-three page website. I taught myself HTML concurrent with the freshman computer class at my high school in 2001, so I felt fairly well-prepared to make a superior website. The first geocities website, created at http://www.geocities.com/kerm_martian, was a typical techie black background, white text site. Interestingly, the hierarchy of pages was somewhat similar to the current one, although all the pages were top-level except for the archives, which were arranged almost exactly as the archives here I am currently phasing out are. I, along with most of the calculator community, also discovered the .tk free domain forwarding/masking, so the domain became shortened to http://www.cemetech.tk. The site got deleted accidentally in 2003, was briefly restored, then recreated in a similar form to the current one at http://www.geocities.com/kermmartian, though all in HTML and Javascript and with only a rudimentary message board from an off-site script host. July 2004 brought an InvisionFree forum that I gradually integrated into the rest of the website with user tools and the login box in the sidebar. I dealt with the awkwardness of having that until March 2005 when Patl offered to hook me up with free, adless hosting from designerz-core.com. For half a year since then Cemetech has been found at http://cemetech.designerz-core.com. On June 1, 2005, I bought cemetech.net and made it redirect to my cemtech.designerz-core.com site. I also began to integrate the new phpBB forum into the site and heavily modify it to support the entire site with a PHP template system. Finally in the early fall of 2005 I began to search for a low-cost but feature-rich paid host, keeping in mind that I would be willing to use one without 24x7 support in exchange for a lower price. I finally found JatolEconomy.com, offering 1.5GB of storage and 30GB of monthly bandwidth for a mere $30, and including all the features that I wanted such as PHP, unlimited emails, unlimited subdomains, etc.

So here we are at the dawning of a new era for Cemetech, and I'm happy to have you all on board for it. Welcome to the new Cemetech.