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Posted by Andy Brown on 29 September 2021
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Looking back on the occasion of our 50th newsletter
We've been sending newsletters out periodically (monthly since 2019) for 10 years now, and have now reached our 50th issue.
We're also approaching our 30th birthday as a company: Wise Owl started life properly on 1st May 1992. Has anyone any good suggestions for how to celebrate or mark this?
To mark the occasion (of our 50th newsletter), we've used the excellent Wayback Archive to revisit some of our previous websites. The earliest one recorded is from 6th December 1998:
From memory I think this was created in FrontPage 98 using Active Server Pages. Jenny drew the logo in Freelance (and perhaps it shows!).
By January 2002 we'd moved to a less funky menu:
I don't remember much about this version of the site!
By March 2003 we had a more professional site, and a new logo:
This is the first incarnation of the website which looks in any way modern.
This backup is from February 2006:
Slightly more colour, but essentially the same design.
By January 2010 there was a LOT more colour!
In retrospect, perhaps a bit TOO much colour ...
February 2013 brought a few more tweaks:
By modern standards, this is still a bit busy, but I quite like it!
By January 2016 we'd settled on our current theme and logo:
Our current website, more or less.
However, as this look back through the past shows, nothing stays the same for long, and we're currently looking to revamp our site. Here's one possible design:
Let us know what you think!
I'm feeling quite nostalgic after that look back through the last 23 years of websites!