Learn the history of AmerasianWorld.comAbout

The original purpose of the site was reflected on my Japanese Amerasian Identity.

I am a Japanese Amerasian which means I have a multiracial background. That is why I named the site AmerasianWorld.com. I wanted to present a site about Amerasians that were traveling around the world. It has since morphed into more of a Central Asian site. It still reflects my mixed Asian heritage which is perfect for Central Asia where everyone is of mixed Asian blood.

History of AmerasianWorld.com website

This site is 21 years old starting out as Salaam Central Asia before being renamed to AmerasianWorld.com. I started web developing with this site and further improved as the years went on. The history of AmerasianWorld.com is also the history of my web developing skills.

The old AmerasianWorld.com site entirely in XHTML 1.1
For 14 years this site used the above XHTML 1.1 design. My pride and joy.

Technical History of this site

  • 2000: Salaam Central Asia first developed and hosted at Yahoo GeoCities. I was new to web developing at this time even scared to touch any HTML.
  • 2000: Website was migrated to Microsoft FrontPage and hosted for free at Ummah.com. A Dutch friend sent me my first copy of FrontPage to the US. FrontPage helped create my first thumbnails. People do not realize it now but thumbnails were required in the early 2000s since bandwidth was quite slow compared to today.
  • 2002: Website was migrated Macromedia Dreamweaver. My skills started to improve. I was able to use the WYSIWYG user interface with the actual HTML code for the first time.
  • 2003: Salaam Central Asia renamed to AmerasianWorld.com after Ummah.com went down. This forced me to buy my first domain and web hosting (first with Nexpoint and later Anhosting). I remember being scared the first time and asked some Computer Science friends for help.
  • 2004: XHMTL 1.1 version developed with Quanta Plus. The XHTML 1.1 version would last for 14 years until Google announced they would not support XHTML 1.1 anymore. The Wayback Machine could easily archive all the XHTML 1.1 sites. My first high point of my web developing career. Validating XHTML 1.1 was not easy. I did many times. It was the way to develop until HTML 5 was released.
  • 2011: Website was moved to my LEMP stack with Linode. This was the first time I managed my own fullstack LAMP system. I was using CentOS at the time.
  • 2018: Website was migrated to WordPress and moved to my LAMP stack with DigitalOcean and managed by ServerPilot.io. Migrated to LAMP after one WordPress plugin was hacked twice. It took down so many of my WordPress sites. I started to hate WordPress at this time.
  • 2019: Introduced to Jamstack by Daniel at Evo Strength and Fitness. Within two years, I started to enjoy developing websites again. In fact, I was introduced to Jekyl by Pratik Sinha in 2011. I should have listened to him but I started to burn out at that time.
  • 2021: Website migrated from WordPress to Ghost hosted on my MERN stack with DigitalOcean. Unfortunately the transferring of the site did not go so well. Hence, just after about a month, I decided to move the entire site to Next.js.
  • 2021: Website migrated to Next.js from Ghost and hosted at Netlify. The photos are hosted at Cloudinary which helped the migration moved faster. It took me five full days but I did it.
  • I customized the colors of this site using the hexadecimal forms from the flags of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
  • Site Relaunch: May 26, 2021, to Netlify, and automated with Slack.
  • August, 2021: I needed to update the Next.js version that now included ESLint which helps fix broken Javascript code. This allowed me to use the next/link component for more efficient routing within the website.
  • October 4, 2021: I finally removed my 15 year old blog, SaigonNezumi.com. saigonnezumi.com now refers to this website. Eventually I will start migrating older popular Vietnam content from my last blog to this site.
  • October 10, 2021: I started to add some of the original content from SaigonNezumi.com to this website. Halal restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi, Vietnam is the first link that was moved over. There will be more links that will migrate from the original blog to this website.

Future

I plan to expand this site with a new, better navigation bar. This will take some time though.