• Colorado4x4.org celebrates 15 years!

    I registered the Colorado4x4.org domain name on January 20th, 2001. I don't have a screenshot of the first page, but it was comically simple. What followed in February was a little better (thanks to the wayback machine):
    http://www.colorado4x4.org/er/CO4x4%202001.JPG

    15 years later after one major database crash that forced a reset of everything, a transition from Ultimate Bulletin Board software to vBulletin, a change of hosting services, a few server moves, numerous "entertaining" server outages and other fun challenges, here we are.



    Created as a resource by friends for friends this website has seen its share of happy times (couples met here and married , birth announcements were made , etc) and sad times (friends lost too soon ). I still have the same Jeep as when I started this site (I've had it ~25 years now in fact), but over these 15 years I moved from Gunbarrel to Firestone to the in-laws in Castle Rock to a motel in the foothills (1 month test drive of mtn living) to an apartment in Broomfield to an RV on a raw plot of land for 9 months while we built our current home on the same plot of land. Along the way I got married, created a family (two kiddos, Alyssa and Austin) and built a house (no, still not finished). I'm not a web geek but I learned quite a bit about creating a maintaining a site like this. It hasn't been perfect and certainly frustrating at times, but the hours were always worth it. I've met countless friendly faces from this website who I couldn't hope to name all. Hopefully you gained something positive from this 15 year experiment as well.

    Cheers to 15 years! Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped me keep this site online and to all of the members who made this little corner of the internet something special. Thank you!!!

    This article was originally published in forum thread: 15 years! started by Eric View original post
    Comments 53 Comments
    1. Tiffany's Avatar
      Tiffany -
      Member 18 checking in!! Was 17 until the first crash

      Thanks for everything you do Eric!!
    1. Dave McDonald's Avatar
      Dave McDonald -
      Great forum with lots of info. You done a good thing
    1. Wulf's Avatar
      Wulf -
    1. JeepWheelin02's Avatar
      JeepWheelin02 -
      Thanks for giving us a place to hang out.
    1. ni0h's Avatar
      ni0h -
      jeez, I'm number 6858. I got my first jeep 3 months after you registered.
    1. THE STRANGER's Avatar
      THE STRANGER -
      Thank Eric.. Iv meet so many friend from this site. Iv lost so many friend from this site..
      Storys from the original fringe shall never die...(until the pics get lost )!
    1. Don S's Avatar
      Don S -
      ..

      Best dang site on the Internet!!!!!

      Thanks Don S..
    1. BruckerBrothers's Avatar
      BruckerBrothers -
      Thank you for a wonderful 15 years!

      Here's to many more!
    1. ColoJeeper's Avatar
      ColoJeeper -
      Thanks Eric...
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      al24 -



    1. Bill's Avatar
      Bill -
      Thanks for a great run, Eric. I hope it continues for a long time. I was here before the big crash and I remember the big celebration when we got to 500 members. I miss some of the old-timers that have moved on. There was a time when I could read every post on every board every day. I don't post as much as I used to but I still lurk here often.
    1. Haire Ball's Avatar
      Haire Ball -
      Thanks Eric!
    1. Trango's Avatar
      Trango -
      Thanks for keeping this thing on the rails, Eric!
    1. mtn WJ's Avatar
      mtn WJ -
      Congratulations and thank you. I joined in 2002 and made several friends on this board over the year.
    1. Jers79CJ's Avatar
      Jers79CJ -
      15 years is a long run in the tech world! Thanks for keeping it going!
    1. teamextreme's Avatar
      teamextreme -
      Amazing how many low-number people are still hanging around too. A testament to how awesome this place is!
    1. The Man With The Plan's Avatar
      The Man With The Plan -
      Yeah, all you plebs with triple and quadruple digit member numbers keep mucking up the place!
    1. Avenger's Avatar
      Avenger -
      Thanks Eric. I know you don't do it for the money.

      Quote Originally Posted by The Man With The Plan View Post
      Yeah, all you plebs with triple and quadruple digit member numbers keep mucking up the place!
      I got here as fast as I could.
    1. Clod Hopper's Avatar
      Clod Hopper -
      Quote Originally Posted by teamextreme View Post
      Amazing how many low-number people are still hanging around too. A testament to how awesome this place is!
      or how amazingly pathetic we are.
    1. CLYDE's Avatar
      CLYDE -
      Hope we are around for many years to come. I have made some great friends here over the years, wouldn't trade my time here for anything. Thanks for keeping it going.