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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Websites, worries and wonders...

So I was blessed this last weekend.  Actually, I am blessed on an everyday basis but this was an extra blessing.  We had some friends come over Saturday night with their family and the husband designs websites.  He graciously agreed to design websites for both me (my alter-ego) and for Frank's business.

For six hours (yes, six hours!) they were here and he worked on my site from getting my domain name and then actually designing the site.  Let me tell you, I thought I did okay with my little blogs, but clearly, I am but a wee-novice!  I have always used Blogger and am very comfortable with it, but as a tech-guy, he set up my new site in WordPress.  So far, I am NOT a fan.  Once all of the design aspect is done, he will hand the reigns over to me and I will maintain the site but for right now, I am just playing around in it because it doesn't feel natural to me.

I've heard the debates before - Blogger vs. WordPress - and I guess it's all a matter of what you are comfortable with.  I have relatively few complaints with Blogger.  Over the years there have been issues but they were minimal.  In the few hours I was on WordPress yesterday, at times I wanted to kill myself.  Okay, maybe that was a bit dramatic but it felt like that.

In the end, I have a sparkly new website for the book and it's wonderful and just a little bit "spicy" (thank you, Danette, for introducing me to that word - I love it!).  The goal continues to be to sell books and I'm hoping having a professional looking website will help in that matter.

If you are interested, you can see all of the magic for yourself over at www.samanthachaseauthor.com.  Let me know what you think!

3 comments:

Bonnie said...

I think it looks great. That was some a really great blessing. :)

I started my newest blog in Wordpress and self-host it. I got a great deal on the domain and hosting so I couldn't pass up the deal. I also have read the Blogger vs Wordpress debates countless times. I agree there is a bit of a learning curve. Those plug-in's is what will make things easier from SEO to adding widgets and such. Many advertisers really prefer non-blogger sites. I own both my domains that are on blooger and have a flavicon but I still am turned down by some advertisers because it's on blogger. Whatever. I just can't afford to self-host three blogs at the moment. Good luck with your new site and book.

Roo said...

Ok... I'm a subscriber! Woo-Hoo!!!!

Karen said...

The new website looks so nice! I am so excited for you.