Okay, so I’m still learning. But I finally took the plunge, bought big-girl web hosting, and installed a WordPress site. I built it, too, all by myself!
Well, not entirely by myself. I went to YouTube to view a tutorial, and I found Tyler Moore (http://www.tyler.com). His two-hour beginner tutorial set me on the right path. I still have loads of tweaking to do and lots of content to add, but the basics are up.
Now, would I recommend doing this yourself?
On one hand, yes. It’s empowering, and if I want to add content or change the look of my site, I can do it. That’s handy, and it saves me money.
On the other, it has been a major time suck. I’ve spent about four hours a night for a week working on it, and I still have a long way to go. If it had been in my budget, it would have been better for me to pay someone to build the thing, and then I could have learned how to add to it over time without it impacting my writing schedule.
But here we are, and I’m happy with the results. I now have a REAL website!