May 16, 2024

My Journey began with a Music Site (BigNotch.com) (2006-Present)

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May 16, 2024


I've been immersed in music creation since my teenage years, and by the time I hit 18, the itch to establish my own online presence and storefront had become undeniable. But here's the kicker: I was as clueless about web development as a fish out of water, and my wallet wasn't exactly overflowing with cash. So, like any determined soul would, I barricaded myself in a room for weeks on end, teaching myself the ABCs of #HTML and #CSS until I could stitch together some semblance of a web page.

Here's my first attempt (try not to laugh). It was 2006, and it was acceptable back then, or at least that's what I tell myself.

Two years later, armed with more web knowledge and some Adobe Flash and Photoshop skills, I revamped the site with an interactive Flash hero and a cool music player from SoundClick. People loved it in 2008.

Then, in 2011, fresh out of college, I realized it was high time for a complete site overhaul to keep up with evolving standards. Enter #Wordpress, my trusty sidekick, chosen for its user-friendly management and seamless integration for selling music directly on the site. But here's the kicker: I decided to roll up my sleeves and build the entire theme from scratch, diving headfirst into the realms of #PHP, #MySQL, and mastering HTML and CSS like a boss. It was a solid month of trial and error.

Life threw a few curveballs my way, leading me to take a hiatus from music for what felt like an eternity. But as they say, you can't keep a good musician down. So, with a renewed sense of purpose, I plunged back into the musical abyss—cue yet another website overhaul.

With a plethora of hosting options now at my fingertips, I found myself swimming in a sea of out-of-the-box solutions. Ultimately, I opted for a music-themed website template, albeit with hefty customizations and tweaks to both functionality and style. And voilà, behold the current iteration of BigNotch.com!

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