WTSS.COM | 1997 – 2004 | Niche Social Media Community
In 1997, I created my first website, WTSS.com, to encourage Christians to focus more on helping others. At first I built it on Yahoo GeoCities. Later I started using FrontPage and I FTP’d HTML pages to a leased server. I utilized CGI script for chat rooms, and managed volunteers who would greet visitors to keep the site active. In 2011, I sold the domain to Western Tower, which helped a lot in paying for expenses in college. Because I was learning HTML and website design when I built this site, the overall design evolved. Here’s a snapshot of one version on the Internet Archive.
- Learned HTML from scratch, relying on resources on the internet.
- Had advertising specialties of wristbands that said “WTSS – It’s about making a difference!” made, which I distributed to members of the website.
- Top ranking keyword phrase, “Christian teen chat,” in Yahoo! search.
- Created WTSS logo, which evolved over time: