Weblog Engine, Nodes Organiser, Terribly Exciting System.
Epistula is the name of the system behind Aquarionics.
At it’s heart, it’s just a database structure, and methods to access it.
My first website used frames. It was on Geocities. It sucked. It is no more.
The graphics were made in Real3D on the amiga, the HTML stolen from a magazine coverdisc, the text… well, some of the text is around on Aquarionics 🙂 Soon I moved to easyspace (when .net magazine gave me 50mb of space. Twice) and Aquarion: The Website was born.
Aquarionics was born, and with it I started using server side includes. It had all the old content with a new upside-down L navigation system. I started writing a diary, before I discovered blogger via a Sims Fansite and started using it, with gradually nicer and nicer designs…
The system for Aquarionics worked as follows, The header – containing all navigation – was called “header.shtml”, the footer was called “footer.shtml”, and each file in the main directory (“discworld.shtml”, for example, consisted of the following:
<!-- INCLUDE FILE="header.shtml" -->
<!-- INCLUDE FILE="htmls/discworld.html" -->
<!-- INCLUDE FILE="footer.shtml" -->
Why didn’t I just put the contents of the file in the middle? Don’t know. Glad I didn’t though, it made converting everything to database much easier. Anyway, I continued to blog blog away, failing and passing exams and stuff, until September 2001, when Pennyhost – my host, who had been bought out by a bigger fish – started to suck for support. So I packed up the site, and moved to beehost.net, where I could use PHP…
And PHP I did indeed use, I founded Klind/Klide/Kewl (now known as Epistula) on the foundations of proper webloging, mySQL, and not having to see if Blogger was up all the time.
Aquarionics 3.5 is a minor rethink. The diary has been split into being a diary and a weblog, with more sections coming soon. I’ve no idea what happens next 🙂