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Did I mention that I am a web designer?

When we originally set up the archery business we obviously needed a website. I designed a fairly basic one using a typical 'build your own website' type site with drag and drop functions. I loved it, and I was terribly proud of it, having never done anything like this before.

It did have one problem though; although it had a latest news section, this section did not function as such. There was no way to add new posts without overwriting the existing post or simply adding to it as if it was one block of text. I approached the hosting company who said such a feature didn't exist, even though they clearly offered it, it just didn't work! They offered me a blog which would have solved the problem, only the blog wouldn't actually be on the website so it would have sort of defeated the purpose.

Fast forward a year and the hosting plan is up for renewal, I tell them I want to cancel because although I loved the site I simply need the latest news section to function properly. Afterall as we all know, content is king, if you cant add new content to your site regularly it quickly disappears in the eyes of google. I was considering moving to wordpress as I am familiar with the way the free version works as I have my own wordpress site. Well they only went and offered me a free upgrade to their hosted wordpress, and the premium version as well!

So I took it and thought that using the 1 click installation would be my best bet, since although I am familiar with wordpress I have never had to install it anywhere before. So I go through the set up questions, pick a theme etc etc and it says it will be a few seconds while it sets up. As the few seconds start to pass, a box appears in the background saying that you should not click this button if you already have content on your site as the content would be deleted, you should instead merge your site with the new wordpress template, I am sure you have guessed what happened. There was no option for me to merge my sites and now it was too late as this button in the background had clearly already been pressed, not by me I might add.

So I had to build the whole website from scratch. But other than losing the first post we had that talked about our first sessions I am not too upset about it because I actually love the website even more now! We have a functioning blog that is on the site itself, and a calendar for all our events and classes to go onto. Thankfully I still had stored pictures from our first few sessions and was able to create a post to include them.

So I guess now I can add web designer to my ever growing list of things I do!

if you want to check out my super-doper web building skills you can see them at www.weirarchery.co.uk - there are even some sneaky pictures of us on there too!


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Comments

VinceSummers wrote on July 5, 2018, 10:11 PM

I saw it. I remember when I designed my first site: a site devoted to Howdy Doody. Yes, I was proud of it. It looked really good and had a fair amount to offer.

MegL wrote on July 6, 2018, 3:10 AM

Nice looking site. It's also very personal and written in a chatty way, so very authentic. Just one problem, on the blog page. I am working on a Tablet at the minute 10inch so not tiny but all I see on the blog page is a blank with a bit of writing down the right hand side that I cannot access, otherwise, I would have left a comment. I will try to remember to access on Facebook, on the PC later and share there.

melody23 wrote on July 6, 2018, 2:49 PM

how strange! there are definitely posts there. I cant seem to replicate the issue on the laptop so perhaps I need to tinker with the mobile version of the site a bit. thank you for pointing that out, I will make an attempt to fix it, wish me luck

MegL wrote on July 6, 2018, 3:53 PM

I checked it on the PC and it's fine. I have posted about it on Facebook.

AliCanary wrote on July 7, 2018, 7:01 PM

Goodness, it sounds like a lot of aggravation! I don't think I would have had the patience or talent--I need a fairly turn-key operation, like Blogger.

melody23 wrote on July 8, 2018, 12:36 PM

Wordpress is actually easy once you get the hang of it, but installing it is a slightly different story. I have both a blogger blog and a wordpress blog - wordpress looks way better, has way more functions and you get static pages as well as your blog pages. Blogger is easier to use for sure and much easier to monetise, whereas wordpress you would need to upgrade to a paid plan to run ads. I guess it depends on what you want and need

melody23 wrote on July 8, 2018, 12:37 PM

I cant find the issue on mobile either, must be something specific to tablets and unfortunately one of the rabbits chewed the charging cable for my tablet so I cant check there. Thank you so much for posting about it. Now if we could just find a venue life would be great