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New focus for GoLiveHeaven: the web in the GoLive era (1996 - 2008)

In the history of the earth and humankind, the prehistoric era was the period of time before humans had begun to record events in writing, from roughly 2,000,000 years B.C. to roughly 5000 B.C. Then, with the birth of Jesus Christ, we enter the Current Era.

In the history of the web and webmasters, the GoLive era is the period from the release of Gonet GoLive Pro 1.0 in August of 1996 until Adobe officially announced on April 28, 2008 that development and sales of GoLive had ended. The last version was Adobe GoLive 9, released in June 2007.

On January 4, 1999, GoLive Systems, Inc. (then based in Hamburg, Germany) was acquired by Adobe Systems Inc, and GoLive CyberStudio became Adobe GoLive.

For many webmasters and web designers, this piece of news was the worst thing that could happen besides having to consolidate bills and declaring bankruptcy. We were lost.

On March 29, 1999 GoLiveHeaven.com had launched with the mission of providing users with unique and detailed solutions to common questions regarding Adobe GoLive. GoLiveHeaven also contained tutorials on frequent HTML and JavaScript issues, as well as weekly links to industry news and issues. The addition of information on the industry as a whole was also planned.

Throughout the years, GoLiveHeaven has been revised, revamped, and refocused several times by its original editors, until GoLive was permanently discontinued, and the farewell letter below was written.

Today, as the new editor of GoLiveHeaven.com, I want to maintain the spirit of nostalgia but at the same time expand the focus and look at the entire web during the GoLive era, from 1996 to 2008. Twelve years which represent the infancy of the web. It was a unique and fascinating period, and will probably be always considered the most interesting one in the history of the web.

How did website design look back in 1996?
What were the first steps that defined web development and social networking as we know them today?
How did Search Engine Optimization evolve from not even existing as a word to becoming a big issue for webmasters with the raise of Google?

These and other questions will be answered by looking back at how the web was in the GoLive era (1996 - 2008).
The new tag line reflects the new focus of GoLiveHeaven: "chronicles from the GoLive era"

I hope you enjoy,

Thomas Emerson