The New Wings of Steam Website
Several New Features
What’s going on?
The original wings of steam website expired somewhere in 2013. It was apparently registered by a company that wanted to use the domain for Black Hat Seo Practices. Finally in 2015 it expired again. At this point in time, I (Steven) registered the domain and began rebuilding the old wings of steam website. I have always liked Steam Punk and was impressed with how much time and effort the original owners put into this site. Their blog stretches over a period of 3 years, from 2008 – 2011, which could be considered the height of popularity for Steam Punk culture in the modern Era. I believe the first Steamcon was held between these years. The website began to decline in Q4 2010 – Mid 2011, as the last blog post from the original owners was recorded in 2011. The website went dark in 2013, the same year that Steamcon hosted its last convention.
What were you able to restore?
- Original blog posts spanning from 2008 – 2011 are in the process of being restored. This is an excellent blog that was maintained by people very knowledgeable in steam punk culture during the height of its popularity. All credit goes to the sites original creators. They put a great deal of time into these posts.
- Steampunk Howto Guide. This was originally a forum post where the original site owners compiled a list of guides on how to make steampunk related items. This has now been converted to an actual website page with category navigation. Each guide is now hosted on this website, so you do not have to worry about running into broken links.
What couldn’t you restore?
- Member photo galleries: There was mention of a photo gallery that showed steampunk conventions that original site members went to. Unfortunately this did not get indexed in any known web archive and is not restoreable. This will be getting replaced with the new steampunk photo gallery.
- Original forums: Same problem as above, only certain forum posts were popular enough to get indexed, and likewise for the most part, were not able to be restored. The forum posts that were indexed by a web archive service will be analyzed and if found to be important will be restored. A good example of a forum post that was restored is the Steampunk Howto Guide mentioned above..
What happens from here?
- I will continue to restore the old blog posts until I have restored all of them that are indexed. I will also continue to load steampunk images and steampunk themed backgrounds into the image galleries. I imagine this will take a few weeks to complete. I’m paying careful attention to detail, restoring each old blog post with its correct date and time, and assigning it to the “Golden Age” category so uses can tell the difference from the old blog and the new blog. The old blog is referred to as the “golden age blog”.
- I will continue to change the layout and features of the home page, and quite honestly, the rest of the website as more content is populated. My aim is to make the website easier to use and navigate.
- When the website is completely fished and through the restoration process, I will then casually post blog posts on steampunk and continue to add to the various image galleries on the site.