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#1 posted 10-13-2010 08:57 PM
Congrats on starting your blog. I hate to bring rain to a party but since you are offering suggestions for others to get started, you’d get better performance and features by buying a domain name as you’ve done, but use the domain name on a wordpress or blogspot blog. Less upkeep, better with search engines, lots more options.
Unfortunately with tools like GoDaddy’s “Website Tonight” or 1&1’s “WebsiteBuilder” they make it really easy to get started and it takes a while to realize that what they’ve done is helped you paint yourself into a corner.
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#2 posted 10-13-2010 09:23 PM
I have a blog on blogspot. I have had paid for blogs in the past. From my experience, I can’t tell a bit of difference in the two and have had just as much traffic to both (not much).
#3 posted 10-13-2010 09:50 PM
Hi Swirt, Thanks for the input. I have only had experience with Website Tonight, and while I do realize it’s a bit archaic in certain aspects, I have found ways to make it work for me. IMO, my personal website is just a means of displaying my work so if I give out a business card someone has a place to view my whole collection. Search engine optimization is not a big concern for me since I’m not trying to get my name out there as a business beyond friends and family. I realize this may be different for others (or me at a future time) so i would love for you to elaborate on your experiences with those two services as well as any others.
As I mentioned earlier, it seems that this is a topic not really covered in depth on LJ’s, yet is something that is becoming more and more relevant. If you are looking to run a serious marketplace from your website, then my blog will be quite inadequate. There are others out there that are more qualified, and if they are willing to offer their advise I would encourage them.
My goal for this blog was just to outline my experiences with the world of websites and perhaps encourage others to give it a try with some of the techniques and tools that may already be at their disposal. It will be greatly improved, though, with participation from those who have already been where I am at.
#4 posted 10-14-2010 09:05 PM
Websites are my day-job. Lets just say that I come here to escape there. So I pretty much avoid conversations that are website related. I know there are quite a few of us techies on Lumberjocks and I’ve noticed they are often quiet on the website topics too. I think it is a matter of people not wanting their worlds colliding. ;)
Keep with whatever product makes you happy. I mainly added my advice above not to dissuade you, but for anyone that may be reading and wanting to follow your lead.
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#5 posted 10-16-2010 12:30 AM
I agree with swirt, my site is hosted with IXWebhosting.com for $3.95 per month with domain name included and FullValueWeb.com built it for me at a reasonable price. or if you want you can install your own wordpress, forum or shopping cart from the control panel with about 10 clicks of the mouse but you need to be familiar with doing your own graphics and have a little knoweledge of html.
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