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Friday, October 15, 2010

I hate building websites

I spent a week building a new author website, inspired by the Muse Online Writers Conference to finally develop a web presence for my writing. I perused hundreds of design templates, modified them to fit my needs so I could see which would work best, chose one, and worked on the content.

Today I uploaded the website to my host. The first glitch was that the nameservers wouldn't change, so my new website wasn't visible. Magically, that problem is resolved.

I almost wish it weren't.

The new website is a mess. It looks great on my two older computers, but it is all messed up on the newest computer (so obviously, something in the design doesn't work in new browsers).

So it's back to the drawing board. I can either: a) tweak the old design and see if I can make it work (and I really, REALLY like the design;); or scrap that design and try one of my "second-best" choices.

It's all a matter of how much more time I want to spend on this. An author does need a web presence, and the website is VERY important. But more important is writing-- creating an inventory of works. So when does one draw the line and say, "enough is enough-- I need to quit fooling around with this website coding and just get back to writing!"

Ironically, the problem that I THOUGHT I would have with the new website was with the form-mail command. On the contact page, there is a little form that allows visitors to send me an email. That form is controlled by another file on the host's server. So if the commands don't match up, then the form won't work. If there was going to be a problem, that's where I thought it would be. Nope. Form-mail works perfectly. The rest of the website, however, is a mess.

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