Eeva Lancaster of The Book Khaleesi spoke, and I listened! She said my website needed a facelift. It needed to be upgraded to current standards (I was using the old dinosaur MS FrontPage since 1994… because I *knew* it and was comfortable with it). Also, that there was too much social, chatty content. She said I needed it to be an author’s website, focused on books and writing.
Well, okay, so actually, I knew all this already. I did. But I’d been happy staying in my comfort zone. But her advice nudged me into doing my ostrich act, to actually doing something about it. I’d in fact already planned to see about moving my website design to WordPress, which I knew was going to be a pain to learn. My son-in-law was going to sit at my side and walk me through it when I went to stay with him and my daughter over the Thanksgiving holiday, since that’s what he does for a living. However, the company they both work for, Ontraport, decided to send them to Sydney, Australia to teach a certification class there. So rude 😛 So the Thanksgiving visit went on hold.
I did check out Wix, but you had to PAY monthly to host it on your own domain, and I was like, really? Are you fucking serious? So I walked away from that because, seriously, sorry about the language but that just majorly pissed me off. Anyway, I bethought me of my domain provider, JollyLeaf. I was really sure I remembered seeing web design software on my Cpanel, and so I popped over there, and sure enough! They offered SitePro, so I was off and running. Sort of.
SitePro doesn’t really come with any helpful instructions, just some stupid videos that are more designed to sell their product than show users how to use it. I spent a good 24 hours screaming and crying and tearing my hair out, and basically suffering through a rough learning curve. However, despite their sucky assumptions that users actually know what they’re doing already, their Customer Service people just ROCK! And a few emails later, I was in business!
So anyway, I totally rebuilt the site from the ground up. It looks entirely different from the old website I’d built back in 2000. And, following Eeva’s advice I left out all the extraneous stuff I’d had. Well, in my defense, for 17 years I’ve only had the one book. It’s not like I had new releases or upcoming books to announce, and so forth. And now I do! I was on there almost every day for about a week, tweaking things and getting it just right. SitePro even has a preview function so you can see how each page will look loaded onto a desktop, big screen desktop, tablet, phone and large size phone. Which at first was a little disconcerting, but I really got into the hang of moving back and forth, and arranging blocks of pictures and text so they looked optimal in all the different formats, and I wound up being a real fan of that function!
I’m really, really pleased with how it looks now. Please! Feel free to go check it out, AllieMcCormack.com!