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    (2016 – Present)

    w: Nelson/Roberto

    Adventures in Web Hosting:
    (2016 – Present)


    In 2007 I began learning web application development and server administration. At the time I was developing business systems for my father’s silk screening business in Panama. I considered building the system using Microsoft Access because I had worked with it in the past, but it was an aging technology that would be costly to install. I felt that web applications were the future of this kind of information storage and thought it would be cheaper to develop since we could use free open source technologies.

    While I had been programming ever since I was in elementary school, I had never built a web application or hosted a website. I was confident in my skills as a programmer but lacked the necessary design skills to build a fully functioning website. Fortunately, around that time I came across an application, that was relatively at the time, called Ruby on Rails. Rails allowed you easier build a website with minimal knowledge of HTML or CSS because it generated a lot of the code for you. I felt like this might be a good place to start, so I installed it and started building.

    Web developing turned out to be a lot harder than the Microsoft Access development I had done previously and I quickly realized I was over my head. Fortunately for me this was around the time YouTube was gaining popularity, and I found several channels that were posting Ruby on Rails video tutorials. I watched hours of these videos and began to learn the complex world of web development. As the years passed, I learned, even more, aspects of website development. Now, ten years later, I have taught myself several web-based technologies such as Ruby on Rails, PHP, MySQL, CSS, JavaScript, Apache, Nginx, Linux Administration, and WordPress.

    Over the years I’ve used this experience to build most of, and self-host all of my websites. While I loved the challenge learning and optimizing all of these web technologies, I began to realize how challenging this must be for people who do not have the same programming background as I do. Even if someone wanted to put up a simple WordPress site they still have to worry about security, spammers, maintenance, and backups. So in 2016, I began helping friends with their websites by hosting them on my server. I currently host over 15 sites.

    If you would like help with your website please feel free to drop me a line.

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    Nelson/RobertoSeparated from my family during El Salvador's civil war, by death and adoption, I was reunited with them at the age of 16. I do entrepreneurial art projects that are meaningful, relevant, and push me creatively.

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    My name is Nelson de Witt, but I was born Roberto Coto. Separated from my birth family during El Salvador’s civil war, by death and adoption, I was reunited with them at the age of 16.

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