The Reffell Family History website was first launched on the Internet in 2001 as a joint initiative between Bernie and John Reffell at www.reffell.info transferring to www.reffell.org.uk in 2006. In the beginning there were a few articles about the family with a small number of photographs, a basic family tree, a few links to other websites and a contact facility.
The website has had a range of appearances over the last twenty years as can be seen in the screenshots below. Even in 2001 there were estimated to be over 29 million websites worldwide, with an estimated 1.9 billion around today. Even bigger growth has been the increase in functionality of websites, with consistent visual design over desktops, laptops, tablets and mobiles being ever more important.
Originally the website was hand coded in HTML 2, and a big challenge in the early years was the incompatibility between the various Internet Browsers of that time. Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 was then the dominant software, but was soon being challenged by Firefox 1 and Opera 5. Google Chrome was first released in 2008. Eventually these browsers became more compatible, but still some differences can be seen between them today. A big step forward was taken when the website was converted to WordPress during February 2017 giving greater control of functions and website administration.