Happy 18th Birthday, WinCustomize!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by Island Dog | Discussion: WinCustomize News

Happy 18th Birthday, WinCustomize!

WinCustomize is officially an adult now! Launched way back in 2001 after the dot-com bust took out some other skinning sites, WC has since become the largest site on the Internet dedicated to the customization of the Windows desktop.

Today we have over 2.3 million members, 106,240 total skins on the site, over 13,000 skin authors, and a total download count of 379,771,119.

That's a lot of downloads!

 

Winky the WinCustomize mascot


Here's a bit of history on WinCustomize.

The site launched on March 13th, 2001 and was originally put together rather quickly after the dot-com bust took out some other popular skinning sites. Here's a screenshot of the site back then. Love those colors, right?


A couple of years later in 2004, we did an overhaul of the site design and released an updated version. This version tried to focus a bit more on the skins, and tabs...we added tabs, too.


2007 brought us another update where we wanted to streamline the front page and went with a bit of a darker theme.


That brings us to the big 2010 update, where the site got a major redesign. It focused less on the news, and more on all the great skins we have. Although we've done some minor updates through the years, many on the code side of things, this is the current design for today.

Oh, and while we were researching some of the WinCustomize history, KarmaGirl came across this.....

How many of you remember and used the WinCustomize Browser? I sure did!

On behalf of WinCustomize and Stardock, I would like to say thank you to all our community members and skinners for your contributions over the years. You have made the site what it is, and we continue to appreciate your support!

To say thank you to our community, we are having a limited-time anniversary sale where you can get a 1 year membership to WinCustomize for 50% off*!

*Sale ends April 9, 2019 at 1PM ET

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neone6
Reply #1 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 10:44 AM

Very cool to see !   

AzDude
Reply #2 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 11:17 AM

I started working at Circuit City as a computer guy, I found WC while playing

on one of the demo computers and started downloading and saving some goodies

on some of the demo PC's 

That's how I got started here at WC.   

Sed
Reply #3 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 11:28 AM

I know finding WC got me all excited and started me learning what a back button meant... (never learned how to use a PC was till WC) I joined in JUNE of 2001

Yarlen
Reply #4 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 11:31 AM

They grow up so fast.  

RedneckDude
Reply #5 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 11:46 AM

I remember the WC browser. Those were the good ole days!

 

Happy Birthday Winky!!

KarmaGirl
Reply #6 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 1:00 PM

It's funny to think back, but in the beginning, my nickname was JavaBrain, for my love of coffee.  But, everyone assumed I was a Java programmer, so I changed it.  So much has happened over the past 18 years!  We could write a novel over all of it.  Happy Birthday, WC!  Here's to many more years!

redskittlesonly
Reply #7 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 2:01 PM

Happy birthday WC!

Yrgal
Reply #8 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 2:06 PM

Shouldn't a site dedicated to customizing your PC look like it was designed for it? Still optimized for 1024 pixels screens width? Do any of you use that? Last update in 2010 looked outdated on launch day and if I were to come here for the first time today, I sure as heck wouldn't expect or try to find anything of interest, especially after discovering that most of the good stuff are premium skins. The thumbnails on the front page are 100x75(!) or something like that, and noone can tell what they are trying to show without clicking it, so they are worthless. I could go on, and on, and on, but to me this is more like the death of skinning than a birthday to celebrate.

ALMonty
Reply #9 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 3:21 PM

Ah... the memories

ALMonty
Reply #10 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 3:25 PM

Another

AzDude
Reply #11 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 3:29 PM

Early on while playing on WC there was not much need for one of my favorite 

things Movie Making and Video Editing ........

Then came " Deskscapes " and I finally had an outlet to put these skills to use.

So now appx. 3000 Dreams later with more than 2.5 million downloads on them

it seems to have been a good thing for both myself and WinCustomize.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WinCustomize ...........

KarmaGirl
Reply #12 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 5:30 PM

ALMonty- nice screenshots of the skins that were available for that version of the Website!  That was a bit too crazy to sustain, but it was neat!  Glad you had those screenshots- I was trying to locate some and totally failed at finding them, lol.

Jafo
Reply #13 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 5:43 PM

KarmaGirl

Glad you had those screenshots- I was trying to locate some and totally failed at finding them, lol.

I should have some...somewhere....even have some of skinz.org....

 

And yay, I turned 18 too, then....[sure beats 64]...

Here's one...from 2004

Jafo
Reply #14 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 6:18 PM

Here's one from April, 2001...just a couple of weeks in...

Couple of names there in the ICQ... DavidK in particular.  I was talking to him [on ICQ] on 9/11.

Uvah
Reply #15 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 6:59 PM

Happy B'Day WC. You were only five when I joined up. 

basj
Reply #16 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 8:08 PM

  Happy Birthday WC... been coming here daily for 18 years... it been awesome... 

Dcrew57
Reply #17 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 8:29 PM

This is such cool stuff to see. i remember seeing a lot of web page looks. Been in skinning since 2005 this has always been a staple go to. Big community, big ideas and authors.. Love IT! love IT!  

Dcrew57
Reply #18 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 8:34 PM

ALMonty

Another

Reduced 52%
Original 1280 x 1024


 

looks like an old windowblind as well. cannot remember name but i am pretty sure.

Jafo
Reply #19 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 8:40 PM

Dcrew57

ooks like an old windowblind as well. cannot remember name but i am pretty sure.


Universe Metal by Alexandrie ...

KarmaGirl
Reply #20 Thursday, March 28, 2019 1:53 PM

Here's one from April, 2001...just a couple of weeks in... Couple of names there in the ICQ... DavidK in particular.  I was talking to him [on ICQ] on 9/11.

Man, it's crazy looking at some of the top skinner lists in these old screenshots.  Treetog was one of the top skinners for a long time, then I worked with him creating a bazillion MyColors themes, and now he owns a Big Kahuna burger restaurant!  You can check out his restaurant here: https://www.bigkahunaburger.com.br/   Quite impressive what he has done over the years!

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