5 years ago today; Paheal was created by 2 guys sitting in a computer room in their college while they should have been working hard to get a good education and live structured, wholesome lives. The following is a short story chronicling the birth of Paheal and the reason it still stands here today 5 years on.
I (wiiaboo) did not come up with the idea for paheal nor did I have much interest in the concept. The Idea was thrust upon me by my good friend Rokoo (listed as co-creator in the staff). Rokoo and I went to high school together and subsequently enrolled in the same college and ended up in the same class. I had always tipped away at developing several websites and started off my internet life creating shitty little Dragonball Z fansites. This was back in the day when Anime was first making an impact on the western world so you can forgive me for being a bit of a tool. Actually no, fuck you, Dragonball Z was awesome, suck my balls. Anyway… Before paheal was what you see today, it was actually an Imageboard very similar to 4chan. At the time of its creation there were maybe 5 or 6 English speaking imageboards on the entire internet so paheal quickly carved out a small corner for itself and began to pick up steam. Long story short, a “famous” furry artist got mad we were hosting his content and got Paheal shut down. This was back in the day when web hosts would collapse at the first sniff of a DMCA.
Side-note: If you are wondering where the name “Paheal” originates from. It was a shirt that Rokoo would often wear in College featuring a Mage from Ragnorak Online with the words “Pa HEAL!!” written on it. Pa HEAL!! basically means “Heal please” in some language or another. Tagalog I think.
In the aftermath of the demise of the Imageboard I abandoned the idea of using paheal for anything else. That is until Rokoo came to me with the idea of hosting a gallery for rule 34 content. I was sceptical and lazy as fuck so I didn’t really want to put in the effort to make it. I was a pretty self centred asshole so generally if the idea wasn’t mine, I didn’t think it was worth my time.
Either way he eventually twisted my arm into creating paheal and so I set out to work. I was originally going to do with the Danbooru script but because I really didnt have a clue about Ruby on rails or.. well pretty much anything at the time I went looking for a simpler more familiar piece of software. Thus I found Shimmie and thus paheal was born.
Rokoo had a CRAZY amount of rule 34 all ready to go and so the first 2000 or so images on the site are all uploaded by him. Word of mouth eventually spread the site around and it became more popular than I could have ever imagined.
So here I sit, on a toilet on the edge of europe taking a shit and writing this blog post to celebrate 5 years of a porn website. Today me, rokoo and some long suffering friends of ours will be celebrating with dinner, champagne and smashing a few golf balls into the Atlantic Ocean. Its been a turbulent but wonderful 5 years. So here’s to 5 more.