version3....etc. etc.

Even my most up-to-date version has its own subdomain version number.

jojoman said on May 31, 2006

rthis is interesting

WD Milner said on May 31, 2006

I archive all my old page designs as well, though they are not online, for my personal sites anyway. I have the code if not all the content for some of my projects sites.

This has been easy in the past as they have for the most part been static with limited interactive user contributed content. As sites have gotten more and more dynamic this archiving becomes problematic, especially for very popular web log or forum sites with thousands of posts.

One of the most redeeming features of MovableType (though considered a drawback by many) is the ability for it to render the site as static pages making archiving an entire site and any point in time a simple matter and having said archive easily readable and accessible with just a browser - no database or script engine required. I wish more of the basic to intermediate CMS adn web log engines offered this feature. Though there is always wget :-)

Lim Chee Aun said on May 31, 2006

Sounds like the Wayback Machine ( ), I supposed?

Chris said on June 01, 2006

Sounds like a good idea, my only problem would be that I was glad to see the back of some of my old designs. Allowing them to live forever volountarily (rather than through or the Google cache etc) and actively promoting people to look at them could be like showing embarrassing childhood pictures on a first date!

karmatosed said on June 01, 2006

I have a switcher on my blog which I use to select flavours. I also use this on my portfolio where I allow users to select their mood. For me, it allows the freedom to develop different looks while still keeping a record. I don't use it in every site by any means but for me I like the notion of allowing the user to select what look they prefer.

Jason Beaird said on June 01, 2006

I set up a little style switcher on my website a couple years ago and when I redesigned I coded the css around my old source code so you can still get to my old 1900s theme as well as a styleless and less styled version. Although it worked, I don't know if I'll be able to stand my old souce code much longer. I'm already startin' to get the itch to redesign again and when I finally get around to it, I'd like to start with a clean slate. Keeping an html archive of old designs is a good idea though. I'll have to see if I can find the floppy disk that has the html version of this monstrosity from 1998. :)

P.J. Onori said on June 03, 2006

Personally, I think it's nice for purposes of nostalgia, but not much else. I think the content is worth preserving as it is the main focal point of the site, not the shiny cover.

Jonathan Snook said on June 03, 2006

PJ. The problem is that the shiny cover often has elements that are referenced from the content. My site is a prime example. I have posts referring to the comment form but it's changed in functionality since it originally launched. In those cases, the posts actually make little to no sense. Seems silly to just delete the posts, though. It'd be better to have a frame of reference.

Johan said on June 04, 2006

Offtopic: Man you do look like my friends dad!

AndrewD said on June 05, 2006

I was researching an australian designed CMS (go aussie!!!) called mySource Matrix @ which apparently has a style rollback feature. It's a very heavyweight CMS though and I haven't a job big enough to warrent giving it a go...

Kyle Bradshaw said on June 06, 2006

I would think if you developed from within a subversion repository from the start of the web application you might be able to pull something like this off. If you knew what revision the website was during a particular time frame (or just the CSS) you might be able to do some fancy scripting to show those versioned files.

Barry Melton said on June 07, 2006

I'm not sure if the question was ever answered entirely, but is there somewhere I can view your old design?

Nothing against the new one, which has an equal amount of pimptaculum, but I desperately miss seeing the old, frozen comments box.

Jonathan Snook said on June 07, 2006

Barry: I just reuploaded an archived version of the site. Some of the links might not work but you should be able to get through to the articles to experience that fixed-comments goodness of old.

On a sidenote, if you're using a browser that supports fixed positioning (pretty much anything but IE), click on the arrow in the top-right of the Post a comment box to switch to fixed.

Montoya said on June 09, 2006

That just sounds like too much work to me... Anyway, I kind of deleted some of my version 1 design, and my biggest problem is that my design changes for my site are usually motivated by necessity, as in I change the actual content quite a bit, so the old design is no longer compatible. I don't care though, I figure a new design should be better than the previous one so why bother keeping the old one around? :)

Lucas said on March 16, 2007


not work anymore. why? i want to see your old design.

Jonathan Snook said on March 19, 2007

@Lucas: I had taken it down because at one point I had implemented theming into the blog but I ended up taking that down leaving the old versions inaccessible. There's a screenshot on Flickr that shows what the old design looked like.

Sorry, comments are closed for this post. If you have any further questions or comments, feel free to send them to me directly.