Back in the day there were a number of software systems that helped people make websites. One of those software systems was XSitePro. The software was released in 2004. Sadly, their ten-year run is at an end. They’ve closed their doors as of today.
Why? The head of the company, Paul Smithson, wrote a blog post giving 12 reasons for closing the company. Most of the reasons are some variation on, “Things are different now than they were 10 years ago.” They sure are! Now we have mobile websites, more browsers and many online systems that are replacing desktop software solutions like XSitePro.
It’s a reminder for the rest of us to stay current.
I’ve been in business since 1998. I still remember HomeSite 1.2 and learning how to make animated gifs. And believe it or not, I haven’t always been a fan of WordPress. When I first saw it I though, “Hmmm . . . that’s for developers that can’t write code.”
Flash forward to today and I’m making mobile websites. I test new websites on multiple browsers and multiple devices. And I love WordPress. It gives people the ability to maintain their own websites with me acting as a coach and troubleshooter.
The times they are a-changin’ and we (website developers and website owners) need to keep up with the times.