My first website was hosted with Geocities. Geocities provided pre-made templates that a novice could enter information into. However, it lacked the flexibility and distinctiveness of a hand-coded website.
Over the years, I've re-made my website using the technology of the day. I taught myself HTML to break away from the pre-made templates and create my own look. I've worked with Frontpage 2000 and 2003 and later Dreamweaver CS2 and CS3.
Curious about web hosting, in 2003 I bought my own domain and set up a server in my basement using Windows 2000 Server. I taught myself the tasks required of a small-scale web administrator. Although I liked the ability to control the background tasks of running a website, I was at the mercy of my home ISP. Whenever the ISP had issues with connectivity, access to the site also suffered. I moved the hosting to a commercial hosting provider after a couple years to provide better reliability.
Please check out my portfolio for examples of my work. If you would like to see a sample of my work not listed, please contact me. I am always trying something!