It began in 2005. Amist the excitement of the then-upcoming Zelda title, I decided to create my
own Zelda website. Inspired by ZHQ2 and their unparalleled news coverage of TP, I registered
at Freewebs (Now known as webs) and thus, Fans of Zelda was born. To be completely honest,
it shouldn’t even be considered a website. The main page served as a place for updates on my
quest to get a domain name. It’s so shamefull (I was young), I’ve taken the “updates” off the
In November of 2006, I began work on Portal to Hyrule, the new name of the site. My plan was
to register and upload the new site at dhost. I began work using a website creation program. It
allowed me to design the site, while it (poorly) generated the html/css. The original files are lost
forever, except the images which I created using MS Paint as well as several online image tools to
create things like gradients. Below, you can see a re-creation of what the site would have looked
My plan changed after meeting Dustin Frampton. Dustin taught me HTML and CSS in addition to
giving me a copy of his Photoshop CS2. With my new tools, I began work on a new layout. This
new layout was much more complicated. I spent hours upon hours working on it. Once it was
finally finished, I started coding, but stopped after realizing that I made the design difficult to
code; at least for my knowledge at the time.
For the next layout, I started from scratch. I began designing the layout piece by piece. Each
part had its own Photoshop document. The header, the navigation, the footer, etc. Because my
coding knowledge was still lacking, I used the structure of the old red layout of Zelda Domain
to get me started. After two long years of laziness, PTH finally opened doors on June 28th,
2008. We lacked content, and had many dead links, but the home page and forums worked like a charm.
After PTH launched, I soon began work on PTH 2.0. I honed my Photoshop skills and
redesigned the entire site. The design, as well as the code, was much cleaner. When I was
working on the next version of the site, I had the idea for PTHI. The “I” stood for
“Interactive.” This whole new part of the website would have had games and user content such
as fan-art and fan-fiction. I designed a layout specifically for this part of the site and
coded the basics of the layout itself, but PTHI never saw the light of day for several different
reasons. With the new design, also came new content. Not much, but still better than the
amount we had before. The new layout launched on April 5th of ‘09.
After several months of sparsely working on content, I began work on yet another design.
This is the design you see today. Right now only the home page and this page are up, however,
work on the game pages has been long underway since the sketching of this layout started. In
the future, each of the game pages will be up with the new layout. After, the forums and media
gallery will undergo a major overhaul as well, with layouts matching this. Aside from these,
there are many new interactive features that will be implemented into the site itself. Just you wait!