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The history of BMW Heaven: 1999 - 2005 - bmhvn v2.1 & v3.0

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bmhvn v2.1 / bmw heaven - raging power
Having trouble again with the free webserver, I had to move server again. Trying desperately to get a new free webhost, I put a message on the site that bmhvn was in need of new free space. After waiting a long while someone contacted me, someone known as Jeff Seabrook, the owner of www.bmwsport.net. He told me I could get free webspace at his server, so my website could be continued! I still cannot thank him enough, as he has done a lot for me. The only problem is that I might have been a little crude to him, and because of the large distance between us, things have been going worse lately, and I'm deeply sorry for that. But the site did well at the time, moved to bmwsport.net on the 12th of january 2002, and got the domain name bmwheaven.bmwsport.net (which still exists now). The site looked better, made some changes to the navigation of the site, so people could find their stuff easier. More and more people started to come around, and unique visitors per day reached a top of 200! Also a personal page was added, in which members could show off their own cars, which did fairly nice, showing almost 30 cars from all over the world.

bmw heaven - raging power / www.bmwheaven.com (hosted at bmwsport.net) / v2.1
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bmhvn v3.0 / bmw heaven - the bmw knowledge base
Getting tired of always manually changing the html of my site, I had a look into some Content Management Systems (CMS), which are based on php-code with a back-end mysql database. My eye fell on phpNuke CMS, which I began investigating in june/july 2003. Together with a friend of mine, Joren, we made a totally new website, with a complete redesign, and totally new content. The design was a little controversial, showing a green devil with a BMW-logo in his hand, and a totally dark website. I think this made some people to not like bmhvn anymore, and going to other sites. I personally liked the site, and the information displayed was so wide, that it was hard to find your way through the whole site. Also at this time I got a lot of support from Terry, helping me keeping my site up-to-date all the time, and just being a good friend at the moment (although the distance between us isn't very small). The website featured a forum and a big gallery and was "officially" online from the 21st of october 2003.
The problem with the newest version of bmhvn is that I wasn't able to keep it up-to-date, because I was going backpacking for almost a year. It was too bad, the site got a little neglected, and then the worst thing happened. The phpNuke CMS wasn't as secure as I hoped, and it got hacked constantly by annoying people who didn't have a better purpose in life then hacking bmhvn every 2 days. After trying to get it restored a couple of times in internet café's on the other side of the earth, I gave up, and closed the site permanently, a tragic end...

bmw heaven - the bmw knowledge base / www.bmwheaven.com (hosted at bmwsport.net) / v3.0
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