Half-Life Portal History
Authored by Wester547 / Some one who loves 3D FPS
On Monday, July 21rst, 2003, Half-Life 2 Portal, DOOM 3 Portal's primary rival, the brother to the DOOM 3 Portal website, was born. Deefer6 was the one who began to work on it, a rather older moderator for the DOOM 3 Portal forums and now is webmaster for the Pro Evolution Soccer Portal site. Deefer6 gained permission to host it on Paul's server, I'd presume, of course. At first, the Half-Life 2 Portal was a pretty empty site with a single character profile, some screenshots, a nicely designed content and ad bar, a footer, some backgrounds with nice colors, some logos, and some news powered by the CuteNews PHP news system . Not even forums were tied together yet. And for a long time, thus the Half-Life 2 Portal suffered no updates with an empty website. Until on Friday, October 10th, 2003, Chez Kendall came along to save the website, one of Paul Smith's(the primary website master) very first internet buddies, happened to update it with new screenshots and a lot of news updates. Then soon after Paul decided to join the database of the DOOM 3 Portal forums with the Half-Life Portal phpbb forums(which took 3 full hours to get the sharing database to work!!!) for sharing the database. Thus the Half-Life 2 Portal Forums were spawned into life, therefore, some more news happened to follow.
Then; 1 month and 20 days later, Wester547 / Some one who loves 3D FPS (me, hehehe...), a fairly new member to the DOOM 3 Portal Forums and a long posting and a lot of technical / posting known guy, happened to take charge of the not updated Half-Life 2 Portal website by assuming the new role of another News Adder and Forum Moderator, TRULY taking action and responsibility in those empty circumstances, with tons of threads and news to follow, after gaining permission from Paul and Chez, of course. Then, he made the final decision and pulled the site together with completing the content, media, and site pages.
The site still stands kind of empty today, without certain things here and there taken care of, but that all will be done with sooner or later. The site has improved majorly and is a lot better then it was a few months ago, and thus shall continue to reach it's goal: to show quality and quantity in becoming one of the greatest and most reliable Half-Life 2 fansite ever known on the web, on an ending note. ~
Update: 15th July, 2004. Well things are going a lot stronger here now. The site's name has been changed from Half-Life 2 Portal to Half-Life Portal, since the site now is dedicated to covering all Half-Life series games. We also have our own domain name registered now, www.halflifeportal.com. The traffic has doubled past 200%, we're now getting around 500 visits a day in contrast to getting around 50 visits a day before since the recent makeover the site layout and logos have been given, thanks to Paul, the co-webmaster for taking his time to bring the site to a nice presenting look. We've also got voting polls up and working now, and have updated the stats and news system to a new version. The forums still remain pretty unpopular even though we have a few new registered members there, but are now nice looking, they have been given a major facelift thanks to our fellow forum member Chapstick. The site has been through a lot content wise.
Once the Half-Life 2 modding and Half-Life pages are done all I'll have to worry about is Half-Life 2's official candidate confirmation, gold announcement, and release date, then clans and as soon as I this site becomes popular when it makes its way well into search engines(and etc) hopefully this site will become the new home for Half-Life news, media, info, community help and etc. As not much information roams around about Half-Life 3, even though it is confirmed, I have a page written up on this site covering all what's known of the game itself so far.
We've also got a few new staff members now, G UNIT, a News Journalist, Chapstick, a News Editor, and Kraken, the Recruitment Consultant. Yes, I still do most of the work around this site especially content managing wise but hopefully that'll change soon.
Update 2: April 15th, 2005. Well, here arises another update.
Everything did not exactly go as planned, and the outcome of this site's destiny does not look good at all. The site is essentially dead now, even after the release of Half-Life 2 and its extra Source Engine conversion port / remakes / overhauls / rehashes. Which was back during the middle of November of last year (2004), and that's certainly quite a ways back.
After months of extremely politely requesting staff members, nobody appears to have an desire (nor motivation) what so ever to volunteer as a staff member to help out with the site content wise, news wise, forums wise (E.G, as a moderator), etc, and most of the staff members that joined back in July of last year have been booted off the team due to their lack of participation, work,
and activity on the team.
Nobody appears to be interested nor intrigued on working on the site anymore, not even the staff members I can truly trust (such as the webmaster) are even willing to work on the site anymore, no staff member on the team (besides myself, of course) is really as dedicated, or devoted at all, like they used to be.
It's depressing and frustrating really, so considering how the site has gone from 550 strong hits back to 160 (which is mostly from bots) low hits, despite the site's improvements. I'm considering just nuking the whole site and forgetting about
the damn thing as it's not only costing financial registered domain issues but basically as I'm extremely busy and occupied with so many stressful issues, worries regarding my family, home, school, friends, the world, my technical issues, the Internet, my computers, etc, etc, etc, which all are utterly amazing at being a true burden and a time consumer. Which has been happening quite often now a days (as I was bored to death during last summer), I don't have a lot of time to work on the site, which is why it's progressing a little slow content wise, at the moment. However, as the site is rapidly approaching it's second anniversary, I'd rather not let all that hard work simply fall into waste. So I've decided to leave it as it is currently; for now. We'll see what happens, but the outlook does not look decent... at all.
*Sighs* Only time will tell.