History of my personal website

I started messing with websites back in 2010, which doesn’t seem that long ago. I consider myself quite lucky because I entered the web world at the beginning of the HTML5 & CSS3 era and I skipped the “good old days” when there were no rounded corners, no shadows, no animations and no web fonts. And yes, Flash was still a thing. Anyway, back then I didn’t have a personal site because I though it was cool to use a fancy and mysterious domain name. And that’s why I bought niuenso.com, a domain I still own and it’s currently unused. Niuenso was a playground and for that site I designed and coded a couple of fun onepage websites.

After a couple of years I decided to leave Niuenso behind and bought my current domain because I realized that it was quite silly to hide behind a brand. One of the first site I coded for the new manuelmoreale.com was this one:

I had the idea for this design while watching a Japanese anime. I think it was Ghost In The Shell but I could be wrong. Anyway this one stayed online for quite a while and got featured in a bunch of different places which at the time I thought it was pretty cool.

From there I moved to an even weirder and more minimal site. This one was also a fun one, the site was a slow presentation of myself. I remember being into slow websites back then.

For a few months I had this guy right here as my personal site. I thought it was a fun idea to list friends on my site in addition to the usual informations.

And we’re back on the light side. This is when I switched to Maison Neue as my personal font. The font is awesome, especially on small sizes. I really like this one because it was simple yet unique. IMO it had the right amount of informations and by the overall tone you could get a sense of what type of person I was (am?).

Do I really want a blog?

The blog is coming

But on new year’s eve, I realized I wanted something more that a simple one page website and that’s why I coded a weird mix of a blog and a personal site. It was the first time I used a CMS for my personal site because up until this point, all my sites has been simple html websites.

The hell I'm doing here?

So I coded that, kept it online for a month I think and then said to myself “What the hell I’m doing here? I don’t want to keep writing” and went back to a super minimal site.

It was a list. Couple of projects, books and a few other things. That’s it. It lasted I think a week only to then being quickly replaced by a very similar version of the same layout.

Visually was very similar but I re-integrated static pages for blog posts because I had a few things I wanted to write. And it’s at this point that I realized I needed and I wanted a blog and that’s what I coded next.

At last, we finally have a proper blog

From this point on, the site is pretty much what you’re seeing right now. I started with a sans serif version because everything was sans serif on the web at the time..

Then moved to a different serif font...

...only to go back to the previous one but with a slight different typography.

And finally, here we are, with the current version. This is actually the 3rd iteration. I already tweaked the layout a couple of times, added a few things here and there, improved the typography and removed sections.

Will this current version last? Who knows, only time will tell. So far is working great and I’m loving the font so we’ll see. Feel free to borrow the design of my old sites if you want. I don’t think I have the source files anymore though.