2015-07-05

Websites

There are 3 basic ways to build a website:

  1. Create your site on a host that uses a proprietary site builder (Webs.com).
  2. Host your site with a company that supports WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, or any of the other easy-to-use open-source CMS (Content Management System) platforms.
  3. Build your own using site creation or site design software.
There are so many options that it's difficult to choose a single path to success. I started off using Webs.com and their proprietary site-building software. Recently, I've been reading up on WordPress (I learn a lot just by reading the manuals and then playing around) and so far I'm impressed. In researching the content of this post, I've learned there are many more alternatives, far to many for me to list here.

I am far from an expert in this field! I picked WordPress because that is what powers the Launch Pad site and I've made a commitment to help keep that site updated. But, I won't be comfortable doing so until I've had some practice at using WordPress. But WordPress is not the only popular CMS out there. I searched for "WordPress Competitors" and found a huge world of software I didn't even know existed. For a good review check out this article: wpbeginner.

I will continue to read up on WordPress and then I might look into some of the alternatives. My goal is to help Professor Mike Brotherton and Christian Ready keep the Launch Pad website up-to-date and also to move my own website off of Webs.com to a platform where I have more control. Webs.com is a good choice if you are just starting out. Their SiteBuilder software makes creating and maintaining a website relatively easy. But if you want to do anything fancy, you'll have to move it to a different host. Because Webs.com uses a proprietary interface and they do not allow FTP into their servers, you cannot migrate your site from them. You must build it fresh. This is something I am seriously considering doing.

Before you decide to build an author website of your own, do some research. Spend a lot of time researching because moving your site is not easy. Find a host that's been around for awhile and has a good reputation and then pick your website design philosophy. I might choose WordPress and then again I might go another route. I'm still researching.

Dragonverse Origins now stands at 51,225 words. Even though last week was challenging, I managed to get in quite a bit of writing. I also wrote a short story - something I haven't done in 3 years. I have not decided what to do with it yet. I'm considering submitting it to the science fiction magazines to see what happens. Who knows, it might be accepted.

My apologies to those who read my blog via my mailing list. The link I sent out was active for only a few hours. I talked about saying goodbye to my mother-in-law who passed away on June 29th and was buried on July 2nd. The rest of the family did not want the news to be distributed too soon so I pulled the post and reposted with a different heading. I was off work last week helping make the arrangements. If you're interested in the process (and it can get complicated) send me a private email and I will get back to you. Funerals can quickly become ridiculously expensive and the funeral homes love to use a person's grief to extract more money from their pockets. But, done right, a funeral homes services are indispensable.

Next week's post will most likely be late. I'm going on vacation and writing a post while driving is probably not recommended.