I’ve shut down my Weblinks Website
Early web publishing and bookmark sharing
One of the first websites I ever made was a simple Blogger (Google’s blogging platform) site to record some of my favourite websites. This was a long time ago, before social media and before you could synchronise browser bookmarks across devices. I put a lot of thought into the name of that site, and called it “Simon’s WebLinks”. If I found a website I thought I might want to share with someone else, or access from another computer, I would write a short post including a screenshot and hyperlink.
Once I found out how cheap and easy it was to register a domain name, I even set up Simon’s WebLinks with a custom URL – www.simonsweblinks.com
Moving to WordPress and a new domain
Fast forward a couple of years and I had discovered WordPress around the same time that new Top Level Domains became available.
(A new Top Level Domain is a web address that doesn’t end in the tradition dot-com or dot-net, such as dot-website).
I registered the domain name weblinks.website and created my brand new WordPress website. At the same time, I also imported the old Blogger site into a seperate WordPress site and archived it at simons.weblinks.website
The first ever post on Weblinks Website (can still be seen on the WayBack Machine)
We don’t need a WebLinks site in 2018
These days a lot of people don’t browse the web, they browse social media. If you do have favourite websites, broswer bookmarks can be synced across devices. There is just no need for a WebLinks Website anymore.
When the weblinks.website domain renewal came up, I had to make a decision whether or not to keep the name for another year. Looking back over the site, I was suprised at how many of the great websites I frequented years ago no longer existed. The site now had more bad links than good. It was time to let my Weblinks Website die.
Even though weblinks.website has gone, much of the site can still be seen on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. If I do come across any amazing websites worth sharing in the future, you can bet I will write about them here on my personal blog.