After nine years I decided to update my website. It was scary. I use Yahoo Small Business and had used PageBuilder to create my site over New Year’s of 2005 – I was up ALL night on New Year’s Eve 2004 creating it. I’d named all the files wrong, so then re-did the whole thing again New Year’s Day 2005.
Over the years I added more and more pages to the site – making it a bit of a challenge to navigate. But… it suited me and how I think. But… it was getting harder to access. I was having problems logging into PageBuilder and Java was not updating right causing problems trying to save pages.
So… last week I downloaded SiteBuilder to my computer and started to create a completely new site. I’ve gone from around 40+ separate pages to 5… yes, FIVE! It took a lot of thinking about how I wanted to show off my work.
I used to have a page (or rather several pages) for each area of services I provide – there were three pages of face painting, four for theatre, etc. etc. It was a lot to keep track of and lately trying to keep it current was not getting me enthused.
So my new site is a combination of templates from SiteBuilder, that I then edited and played around with. And I basically combined all my services. I didn’t make any galleries, just made a column of thumbnails of photos down the left side of the pages, with some photos in the main page area. I think it looks pretty good – but I’ve been looking at it for hours every night this week while I worked on it. Oh, and I did not watch any tutorials or anything, I just dove right in.
Tonight was the night (er, actually morning as it almost 2 a.m.) that I took a deep breath and hit the “publish” button. It happened so fast and then… my old site was GONE! I’m not even sure if I can access it anymore… I was copying and pasting content from it to the new site. So I really hope I didn’t miss anything I wanted to save… oh, crap… just realized that there are several pages of data that I DID want to save on my computer! Guess tomorrow I will see if I can open up PageBuilder and find my files. Oh well….
So have a look at my new website – let me know what you think.