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How it all began

In 1997 I, by change, came along a PlayStation Version of Tomb Raider II. I was fascinated by the game and not two weeks later I also owned the original Tomb Raider.

In 1999 I created my first personal website and Tomb Raider had it's place on it. Two years later it had reached a point where Tomb Raider took up too much space. That's when I decided to get a real domain for it. A name had to be picked and I decided on tombraidergirl as it expressed something that was very important for me, that tomb raider was a game with a strong female character in the lead role and also that it attracted a lot of female gamers. So tombraidergirl.com was born and went online on July 10th 2001.

The Language Issue

As I am from Germany it would have been logical to make it a German website, but I got Tomb Raider I and II when I was staying in England and so I decided to make an English version too.

The Forum

The tombraidergirl Forum (first using the name"Lara's Treasure Room") was opened on February 18th 2002 as a gameplay help platform. That was when I first started using tombraidergirl as a username (a decision I am not always happy with, as it may seem as if I have given the website my nickname, instead of the other way around). The forum quickly grew to be something more than a help forum with lookalikes and fanfiction writers paying a visit. In 2006 I got the domain laracroftforum.com.

Other Domains and Projects

Since July 1st 2002 the English and German part are split into tombraidergirl.com and tombraidergirl.de. On December 10th 2002 larasmansion.com was founded and at that time hosted the image galleries. Two years after the foundation of the forum, on December 2003 it moved to a new server and got it's own domain: http://forum.tombraidergirl.net/. The domain tombraidergirl.net was not used back then and only served as an overview page. Recently it's been in use as portal for the media archive. On October 30th 2004 the project WikiRaider, a Tomb Raider encyclopaedia, was founded.

Retrospective

The design development from 2001 till today:

Time Line:

  • July 10th 2001 (tombraidergirl.com)
  • February 18th 2002 (Forum)
  • June 11th 2002 (tombraidergirl.de)
  • December 10th 2002 (larasmansion.com)
  • December 23rd 2003 (tombraidergirl.net)
  • December 7th 2004 (wikiraider.de)
  • End of 2006 - 1.000.000 Visitors


Webhosting

I am often asked which providers I use and if it's for free. No, it is not free, a site of this size can not be hosted for free. This site is currently hosted by two German providers (1&1 and allinkl). At one time in the past I even employed three. ;-)