Work on the DOOM III Portal started on Thursday
23rd of May 2002, by founder Paul Smith, after a sleepless night filled with
visions of DOOM III after seeing the 'Legacy' video, nothing could keep it out
of his head. By the end of that day all fundamental decisions on how the site worked (structure wise etc) had been finished off, and it was looking pretty good, with some cheaply
done in 5 minute graphic bars and an empty contents bar and a news page, without
news just links to some screenshots and movies.
Initial hit rates were enormous for a brand new
site some 200 a day sometimes, mainly due to the just released DOOM III E3
movies, the FTP server (hosted on Paul's ADSL line) was flooded and Paul suffered major Quake III Arena withdrawal symptoms
(crazy insanity, jumping around the house and street pretending real life was Q3A) as
playing online was impossible due to the amount of traffic that had been imposed
on his poor little ADSL line. A week or so later things started to calm
down and he managed to get some sweet deathmatches in, work could continue.
A few days later things started to take shape,
a news system was brought into place, and content was moved from the news page
to where it should be kept!
Our first staff member was Chez Kendall (long
standing internet buddy of Paul), who was pretty much forced into it by Paul,
who wanted to make sure the news script was working correctly and for all users
after some initial problems with logins. Nobody recalls Chez actually
doing anything though, other then saying "Hi".
Two polls were added a few days later the first
'What do you think of what you've seen of DOOM III?' and shortly following that
'What do you think of our name DOOM III 'Portal' ?'. The site was slowing
beginning to look remotely professional.
Things slowly got added. On the 18th of
August a forum had been shoved up, and by the 20th the domain
doom3portal.com had been registered and
was being used.
Update: 6th of July 2003, 23 500 odd visitors
later, (not sure of the exact number).
Still here and going strong. It's really
weird reading what you wrote a year ago! LOL.