Zippyweb: Fun stuff for Corgi fans

Zippyweb History

Zippy’s life as a website

Zippy’s first web page
Summer 1997. Zippy’s first page, in living black-and-white (photo was a captured frame from a grayscale eyeball cam), resplendent in Times New Roman. This page lasted about a week, until our ISP’s free website trial ended. There was a patterned background, because it was 1997, but it has mercifully vanished. that we have since recovered and are happy to report that it was not nearly as bad as we had feared. See sample page.

Zippy’s second web page
Summer 1997. We move up. To GeoCities. Four pages plus a guestbook. The odometer-style hit counter on the front page is disguised as “Zippy’s lucky lotto numbers.”

First Zippyweb page
February 1998. Zippy moves to his own domain and seems to recover the tips of his ears. By now, the coloring book, storybook and corgi info page have been added. Music becomes optional, much to the relief of those surfing at work. See sample page.

Zippy's first Flash game
June 1999. The first Flash features appear.

Other Dog
May 2000. Zippyweb’s first spinoff, as Daisy gets her own site.

Previous Zippyweb
June 2000. Zippyweb gets a facelift. We update logo and add side navigation for most pages. In May of 2001, we make changes only a webmaster could love, including directory rearrangements (thank goodness for .htaccess), page layout simplification and the addition of a true index page, more or less. See sample page.

The Dottie-winning Zippyweb
August, 2001. Logo is modified to match index graphic, wider implementation of stylesheets and we try a new version of a white-on-gray design we’d previously considered. See sample page.

Zippyweb 2003
February 2003. A full rewrite. Site is now constructed in strict XHTML and some PHP with a tableless CSS design. The site is more flexible, more accessible, automatically printer friendly, easier to maintain and forward-compatible—theoretically, anyway.

Zippyweb 2003 for old browsers
Backward-compatibility is almost completely maintained. However, version 4 and lower Web browsers don’t see the formatting, and get an unstyled, though completely useable page.

The page you are viewing now has an alternate—and thoroughly hideous—stylesheet. If you are using Firefox or Opera, you'll be able to see it. (Exactly how you switch to it varies wildly by browser. Poke around a bit.)

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