Ser wrote:I can recover the content with relative ease and convert it to simple HTML.
I'm assuming you know HTML,
, at least to the extent it was necessary to create what I'd already created. I don't know whether I can accurately say I still do since I haven't done anything with it in so many years.
What I really, really don't
know is how to design anything.
and if you don't, it's not too different from the BBcode you're used to on UniLang. There's no real need to somehow use Frontpage again (a product now abandoned by Microsoft).
If you had FTP access, that means that you're most likely still paying for hosting out of your pocket (along with the cost of the domain jaimalayalam.com, I guess with the same company). Do you remember your username and/or your email on your hosting company's website? (Whether it's Dreamhost, GoDaddy or what have you.) You can recover the account, and then obtain the FTP credentials again. If you insist saying you can't access your hosting account, the website is probably going to die in less than two years anyway, so I'd say we should recover, save and post the content somewhere else.
Here's the thing: My dad
is the one paying for hosting. He
knows my user name, etc. But, you know, as enamored of our language as my dad is, and although I'm sure he can (if he tries hard enough, anyway) find something to appreciate on some level about me trying to create resources like this, he's also well aware of how little people are interested, probably even more than I am. I am 100% certain that sooner or later, his opinion about this will be something along the lines of "don't waste your time trying to do this because nobody will care, especially when you could be spending the same amount of time doing something more worthwhile like trying to get a real job." He's told me that a million times. Why would I want to do something that's impossible without the assistance of someone who isn't supportive of it in the first place?
I just happen to be happy to see people posting informed language learning content.
Great! Will you learn it?
See, that's the thing. Who is going to use this anyway?
And accurate Malayalam resources are scarce, since as you say even those published by linguists have many issues.
So do mine, though! I just try to do what I can.
A website is easier to navigate, and possibly find, than posts in a forum.
Okay, fair enough. My website actually used to be (and maybe even still is, to some extent) not that difficult to find for people who wanted to learn Malayalam.
Plus I'm assuming you'd be interested in recovering your old content.
Honestly, I'm not sure how much there is to recover at this point. All I taught on that website was part of the script, some basic words/phrases, and a tiny bit of grammar.
I'm sorry for giving you so much grief over this btw, but I've been grappling with these kinds of questions since I was like twelve years old. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: The amount of resistance that ambitions like this get is incredible and can feel very much insurmountable.