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Website Building


Alongside all the other things I’ve been learning, I’ve been getting to grips with building a simple website.

The recommended one is Weebly where you can put up a free site without even having to buy a domain name. I think it’s a bit simpler than WordPress, although I still don’t really get the difference between building a website and a blog, because you can add a blog to a website or make a blog into a website (I think).

Anyhow Weebly is user-friendly because everything is drag and drop so it’s straightforward once you get the hang of doing it and getting everything in the right place.

Of course, I’m just getting used to everything and where it all is and how to edit, when they have a massive upgrade and change everything. Typical timing. However I think the new stuff is even easier so I’m persevering.

I’m going to put together a very simple website, subject still to be ascertained. It’s funny when I try to think of something worthwhile nothing springs to mind. I suppose it could be quite a good way to document everything about a hobby. Keep it all in one place and easy to refer to. I used to like keeping tropical fish and have been thinking of getting a new tank and getting back into it. So perhaps I could do some research and build a website on the subject.

The thing with the internet is that there’s almost unlimited information on every subject under the sun. You find some useful titbit and write it somewhere or bookmark the site, but you never come across it again, so these things are lost. So I’m imagining building a website a bit like a scrapbook. Just add useful articles and bits and bobs and upload videos and links. Could be quite a lot of fun and also useful.

Back to Weebly. I’ve learned how to add images, where to buy them if I want to, and how to resize so they fit the page.

I can also use text boxes, dragged and dropped, and can insert a photo inside the text box.

You use headings for ahem headings, and there are different sizes so you just choose the size you need, then it automatically sizes it.

All this stuff creates html code – perhaps I’ll get to understand that one day, though I seriously doubt it. Looks very complicated and I don’t have that sort of nerdy brain unfortunately.

I’m getting a bit out of sync here because the first thing you have to do with Weebly is choose a theme. There are lots available. Then you just delete all the bits you don’t want, add or subtract headers and footers and end up with something that looks nothing like the template. But if you hate the way it looks you can simply change the template and the whole website switches to the new design. It’s a very neat feature.

Soon we’re going to learn about SEO (search engine optimisation). I’ve no idea if or why I’d ever use such a thing and I’m not sure I want Google knowing everything I do, but let’s see what that lesson brings. Who knows it may shed some light on what seems to be a bit of a black art!

So now I’m off to do some research on tropical fish.

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