I have spent most of today fussing over my new website. It is a new experience for me, and it takes some getting use to.
For much of the day I tinkered with WordPress, getting the website’s blog fully functional as it were. This consisted largely of finding plugins, installing them, activating them, and setting their properties. At this point I am cautiously optimistic that the blog is in good shape.
I have installed plugins that should allow users to subscribe to the blog and sign up to receive e-mails of blog posts or RSS feeds. Users can also have the blog post to their Google home page.
I also installed plugins that should help prevent spam and perform regular backups automatically. One plugin will provide ping-back tracing, which should increase traffic to my site. Another plugin will make sure that all the major search engines are notified of new blog posts.
One problem I face is that the blog has a different style than the rest of the website. And its menu’s don’t link back to the same pages as the main website. I am going to worry about correcting that later, however, as the bigger problem of the web-site itself demands my attention.
To put it simply, the main website looks like crap. Between the wrong pictures, dull colors, and crummy fonts the site is repugnant. I have identified the primary style sheet used and have replaced the onerous fonts with ones easier to read. I need to tweak with the size of the fonts and the colors, but already it looks a smidge better.
I also discovered a way to take output a Microsoft Word document as either a PDF or an XPS. This means I now have a safe way of putting my documents on my website the preserves the font and formatting.
These are baby steps towards having a more sophisticated online presence. Small advances to promoting my writing and seeking an audience for the tale I wish to tell. I look forward to when I have the major technical issues solved and can focus again on writing.