A Brief History

1990’s

The 90’s is my favorite decade. I graduated from high school in 1992. Tertiary education wasn’t an option for me so, like many in that position, I entered the restaurant trade. Serving tables presents a peculiar learning curve and arms one with deep psychological insights. The internet was new and many fell in love with it’s potential. We had The Browser Wars, Friends, Y2K and the Dot-com bubble. However, it became obvious during this decade that we wouldn’t get any flying cars and hovering skateboards by the year 2000. In fact, it was only during the following decade that society and commerce really changed. Sure, the 90’s offered new innovations but they had yet to impact our daily lives or our decision making processes. With respect to technology, I remember being very proud of my yellow Ericsson T10 and being somewhat nervous that computer calendars would result in it all unravelling when the clock struck midnight at the end of 1999. Of course, that did not happen. I also remember regularly popping in after hours by a good friend who worked at the MWeb head office near Tygervalley, Bellville, Western Cape. Mweb was the heart of the internet in South Africa in the 90’s. At MWeb I surfed the pop-up advert riddled interwebs for hours and met people online in text heavy chatrooms. The good old days…

2000’s

The decade that catapulted social media and ecommerce created unprecedented data. Perhaps decades from now, we will comprehend the impact the internet had on humans during the 2000’s. At the start of this decade, I still had no idea which career path to follow, so I channeled my lack of direction into travel. Working on cruise ships afforded me the opportunity to rub shoulders with cultures from all over the world and it was serious fun to visit over 150 destinations. Needless to say, my horizons broadened. It was during the 2000’s that I started reading about the World Wide Web, it’s past, present and future. I even bought the book Web Design For Dummies (2001). It seemed like gobbledygook back then. How life has changed since. By the end of 2010 I was ready to carve a life path. I chose to become an entrepreneur.

2010’s

In the 2010’s I was hooked on the idea of a startup. I wanted a cool little business (I had so many ideas), so I settled on a community newspaper for my hometown. I paid R6500 to a web design company to create a website for Resident-X, which is the name I chose for my hometown community newspaper. Problem was, it was shit (the website). The only solution was to learn how to build it myself. And. That’s what I did. It’s not much to look at now but I had to start somewhere: (www.resident-x.co.za). The path of figuring out what a domain is/means, how hosting works, the multiple web design platforms etc morphed into an idea: I could offer this service to other entrepreneurs. I deeply understand how intimidating it can be getting your business online. So I have tried to simplify that process for my clients. Trust plays the biggest role though. If you feel technologically challenged…well, you might never grasp exactly what’s going on. You’re probably very busy trying to build a profitable business and therefore pretty much have to trust who you choose to build your website. I designed over 200 websites during this decade. After all the exhausting hours, days and weeks of mastering my skill set, I was ready to go niche, to become a specialist.

2020’s

Very few of us could have predicted how much life would change at the start of the 2020’s. There seems to be a global theme of pruning the unnecessary and focusing on what’s important. That happened to me too. I now live on a farm with my two dogs and… I focus on developing websites. To be honest, a business without a website…does not exist.

Riaan Wessels

Riaan Wessels

Web Designer

Attie Wessels

Attie Wessels

Riaan's Dad

Lynda Wessels

Lynda Wessels

Riaan's Mom