I first began my venture into the online world in 2004 with a fansite. At the backend of the year, I moved away from pagebuilders and took the plunge into teaching myself how to code in HTML and CSS for a blog. This choice was partly inspired by what my friends were making... but honestly, it was largely because I really wanted to use certain images in layouts. Gotta hand it to stubborness. Once I had that first layout down, it was something I kept doing until the layouts for my fansite were self-made; it was several months after that I entered the world of fanlistings, now equipped with the tools in order to create them. Spoilers: there's no exit, I'm still there.
My first domain, lost-legends.com, was for my defunct fansite. It was my second that became the centre of my online presence for the next decade - fractured-memories.net. Fractured was purchased on the 24th August 2005 and was online within a few days, thanks to summer vacation. It also had its own hosting package, which meant I could use FTP, make databases, and all that good stuff. Over the years as I branched out with fandom domains (keyofdestiny.org, florete.org, taguel.org, to name a few), Fractured became my network hub. Though it's a little strange to having let it go after so long, Nevarra is picking up the slack and taking over where it left off... hopefully, to bigger and brighter cyber pastures. This is where the magic (and the cost) happens!
Nevarra is named for a fictional country in Dragon Age. A lot of information about it is only known through ambient dialogue and what Cassandra Pentaghast, seeker of truth (and my heart) has to say about her homeland (nothing good, she hates it), but Nevarra is a morbidly fascinating place. For context, it's a kingdom known for their dragon slayers and for reanimating their dead in a great necropolis. There's a whole array of reasons why I choose Nevarra as a replacement for Fractured: it flows nicely, I was toying with fictional countries and titles and this one wasn't taken, and it falls into an unintended naming theme with my other domains (death and the undead)... I'm great at naming things, apparently.
At the moment, I currently own three domains (nevarra.org, cieth.org, and farron.net), because I have a problem. Nevarra was opened on August 17th, 2015 - just a week shy of Fractured's tenth birthday, actually. Long may the Pentaghast family reign? I get the feeling you're not taking me seriously.
So, what about the current layout? The fourth version of Nevarra doesn't have a particularly awe-inspiring story attached to it. I had been toying with making a new layout with D.Va for some time, but days rolled into months, and a whole year went by without me making a single layout... yeesh. This one was a happy surprise of me messing around with textures and imagery for a few hours, and happening upon a header image that I could work with.
I love D.Va; she's a hero to her country and has the world literally on her shoulders, and she has the same sort of soul as Reinhardt. Shooting Star gave me a lot of feelings, okay. Maybe one day I'll make a tribute to one of these ladies...
A lot of the coding for this layout was swiped from version three (I've been at this for more than half my life, I can be lazy), though I did go through my showcase once again and change my visuals, which I actually like much better. I also got to use a brand new image of Kairi from KH3, which is something I never realistically thought would ever happen. I was listening to a mashup of The xx and Halsey on repeat whilst making this layout, and it's one of those rare occasions where I can definitely see the influence. Give it a whirl and see what you think!