Wobben.org is the personal blog of my husband Nico and myself. It started in 1999 with a site on truemetal.org (still there), back then called Feel The Fire (named after a song by Overkill) as we wanted the visitors to feel our passion for heavy metal, our cats, our travels and life in general! After a few years, I decided to use the name Feel The Fire for my web design (and later registered the domain).
Our homepage was at first a HTML site (with some PHP to include a menu) with a blog on Bravenet. In 2007 we registered wobben.org, got our own webhost account and installed WordPress (to integrate our homepage, the blog and a travel site on whereareyou.net into one) and a separate (matching) Plogger photo gallery. It had multiple rotating banners. I later moved to Zenphoto for the separate photo galleries.
A few years ago I translated and/or split all old posts into English and Dutch versions, so the page is bilingual 🙂
Until then my blogging had been for family, friends and mostly ourselves. In 2019 I decided to put a more professional effort to blogging, so the site needed some updates in design and functionality. I wanted to switch to a more modern, light and airy feel. The plan is to also incorporate ads and affiliate links in the near future.
I used the premium X theme, although I didn’t build any fancy pages here, I just want it to be a blog. The photo galleries will now be incorporated in the blog posts, using the Foogallery plugin for a nicer look.