This past week, Interstate-8.com celebrated five years of being on the web. You can read about the origins of the site over on the about page, so I won't go in to any of those details. Instead, here's a brief look back at how the site has changed over the years.
The original idea for the site came from spfc.org. I recreated many of the elements and features they had, left out ones that I thought would be applicable (such as the Bootlist), and added some of my own. The design was roughly based (ie: blatantly copied) on Pearl Jam's website back in 2006, which I was particularly fond of at the time.
The colours were based obviously on the the main colour theme from the Good News For People Who Love Bad News album. To be honest, I can't remember ever thinking that the colours would change each time an album came out, but a week before We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank came out, I figured they would need to change. I was never mad about that colour scheme, yet it graced the site for just under three years.
In 2009, I looked into redoing the site and being a little more blog based. A big comment at that point had been people wanting to comment on articles, and mainly songs (like songmeanings.net). I've included the rough design of the homepage below. I had also wanted to recode the site in a different language. The language the site was originally coded in, is pretty much dead. I got around to coding about half the site, when 2009 started turning into a very busy year; I got engaged and subsequently married, and planning weddings and buying houses took precedence over redoing websites. The site then sat incomplete for ages, which was probably a good thing, social media took off in a big way, and I don't think many of the elements would have fit well in that design. That, and now looking back at it, I am not very fond of this design.
Late 2010, I came up with a new design (ie: blatantly copied from somewhere else), and tried to salvage as much code from the aborted 2009 project. Interstate-8.com was relaunched three days into the new year.
To mark this five year anniversary, we'd like to hear from you what features you feel are still missing. Themes were promised six months ago, and actually are technically done, I just need to get around to making the images and styles for each album and uploading them. I also built a site search, which just needs to be cleaned up and uploaded. But anything else you'd like to see, send us your ideas and suggestions. Mail us, comment on this post, comment on the Board, Facebook, Twitter... (Too many of these things now).
Some thank you's: Obviously the band, who if not for this project wouldn't exist. Pat Graham for all his help over the years. The small team of people that help keep the site running and moderating the Board. And lastly, I'd just like to say a big thank you to everyone that's visited and contributed over the years.