It was back in 1998 that I set up and launched the Anglican Church Music web site, as a place to record all the website links to cathedral and church choirs that I had amassed.
Today, some 15 years later, the site is still active, but under the control of John Watkins. He very graciously agreed to take over the maintenance and development on the site, as at the time I was too busy to do it justice.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been involved in the site. I was only involved in the first couple of years, and so I had all but forgotten about its existence – until I happened upon it again quite recently.
The current design isn’t that much different from the original site, which was hand-coded with my clunky self-taught HTML. And when I look through the site I can’t help but feel nostalgic to those early days of the web. Because back in 1998, there were only just over 100,000 .uk web sites in existence – whereas today there are over 10 million uk domains registered.
Also to put that in context, during the same period Google went from being a Stanford University research project (accessible through the domain google.stanford.edu) to one of the biggest brands in the world turning over $38 billion!