About this Website

This website is my personal website. On this site, I will post various items, such as stories that I write, interesting articles I have written, and more. I am also using this website to host other mini-websites where I have trying out various programming techniques. These little websites cover various topics in which I am interested, including Formula 1, Hockey, Soccer and Canadian Football.

A brief history of the website follows:

When I was younger, I was always curious to know how websites were created. I liked to play around with Word Processing programs imagining how my website would look. But, I never had an idea that a special language (HyperText Markup Language — HTML) was used to create the pages — or that I could create a site using my personal computer.

Finally, in 2005 — several years after I had figured out about HTML and other web languages — I decided to buy a book on HTML to make my dream come true. I was amazed that I was able to begin creating web pages within a morning of reading the book and working examples! I decided to just make web pages for my own pleasure; I never intended to post them on the web, just because I didn’t think I had anything the world could enjoy.

That changed, however, just a year later. I knew that I enjoyed writing and I enjoyed Formula 1. So, I decided to combine my hobbies into a website. In 2006, I registered the domain names www.kyle-gottfried.com and www.kylegottfried.com, and began work on my new website. The site was quickly expanded to include information on Football and Soccer, because of the World Cup. I soon, learned that having a multiple subject solely in HTML would be very tricky to keep updated.

In 2007, after learning to write pages in PHP, I began to convert the website. I had my Formula 1 website working well, as well as my website covering the CFL and NFL, but I never got around to completely implementing my section on Soccer. Unfortunately, in 2008, my (previous) web hosting provider upgraded their PHP software, which rendered my wonderful website unusable. Since I have been unable to update the website, due to time constraints, I have decided to make it mainly a personal website.

Finally after deciding that I was paying my old web host way too much money on my website for the return I was getting, I decided to move hosts. It also didn't hurt that my old web host allowed three of my domain names to expire — they didn't even send a reminder to renew! I figured that was the last straw, and I began a search to find a new web host/domain name registrar. I discovered my current web host (MacHighway) and decided that, since their prices were less, and their website was much better laid out than my previous web host’s, I would give them a try. I was glad I did, and I believe that my web sites have found a permanent place to live.

Along with the web server move came a small web site re-design, in an attempt to better serve my visitors. I have added a new section for visitors to read about my rebuild of a 1994 Saturn SL1 (as well as my first car — and my baby — Plum, also a 1994 Saturn SL1), and for those who like to read ramblings (obviously you do, or you wouldn’t be here!!) I have added a blog. Look out world, Kyle Gottfried is writing a blog! Additionally, the navigation has been better thought out, and the links to pages in my website should all point to something live however, as always, if you discover an error, please let me know! I would do a better job of checking the external links, but since the web changes so quickly, I haven’t got that much time...

That is the history of the site. I hope you enjoy your visit.

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