I think I made my first website in about 1998. It was a website for a children’s indoor playground in Berkhamsted where I lived at the time. The software I used was a fairly basic HTML editor called Hotdog Pro. I can’t remember much about the software but I know it wasn’t WYSIWYG. It was however very good for learning HTML, which although you don’t really need to know any more it is worth noting the basics so at least you recognise a link when you see one or table when you see them.
Very quickly I moved onto Dreamweaver when it was at version 1. I went to quite a few Macromedia seminars and learned quite a bit about database driven websites using mostly the ASP technology that was available then. Although I could see the advantage of having database driven websites I’ve seen very quickly got into search engine optimisation or SEO. One of the problems with the SEO in the days is that search engines were not very good at reading pages that were produced by databases. Remember this was the days before Google and the main search engines then were Altavista, Lycos and Ask Jeeves. So from around 2001 up until 2007 pretty much all my sites were static HTML made with Dreamweaver.
In 2007 I really got into the idea of blogging and using almost exclusively WordPress. WordPress quickly developed into what could be used to build good looking sites that didn’t look like blogs, but looked like websites with the massive advantage of using WordPress as a content management system.
Since 2007 I have almost exclusively used WordPress for everything with the exception of a couple of sites that use Joomla!