My first website is still online

I started programming with Pascal in 8th grade. Pascal was a very good starting point back then. I quickly learned the basics of programming and created my first game. It was a snake game running in console like we had in Nokia phones. Unfortunately I could not find the source code or any screenshot of my game 🙁

Snake game in Nokia 3310
Snake game in Nokia 3310

My game development adventure ended when I met with web development in 1999. As I remember those were the days that Perl was dominating the web application domain. PHP wasn’t running on Zend engine and Javascript was just 4 years old.

Internet access was very limited in Turkey and it was almost impossible to find Turkish resources about programming. That’s why I wanted to share my little knowledge about Perl with my Turkish fellows. But there was a problem. I didn’t have a credit card to buy a domain name or pay for the hosting. I found a free hosting service that gave a small disk space and created my first website ( titled “CGI with Perl” in 1999. It is still online thanks to Internet Archive. I would like to thank to them for providing this excellent service.

Screenshot of my first website
My first website

I remember checking my visitor counter at the bottom of the page every day. That was the only free way to measure visitor engagement. It was 6 years before Google launched Analytics.

Cloudflare Registrar

Do you remember the times that Cloudflare was just an easy to set-up CDN? With the launch of Cloudflare Registrar, only missing feature in Cloudflare is hosting.

With the new service, you can register the domain name you already added to Cloudflare. Cloudflare promises that they will only charge for the registry cost, nothing else. This means a domain name could cost only a couple of dollars.

You need to login to your Cloudflare account and add as many domains as you can. After that, you must claim your place in line.

Cloudflare Registrar
I am in Wave 3 and waiting for my line 🙂