Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Website Revamp

So I've been giving a lot of thought to my website lately. Originally, it worked well, but now that I want to expand the scope of my writing, I need to change things up a bit. I played around with some ideas but none quite fit what I wanted. Then I was tooling around in Microsoft Publisher the other day and realized they had website templates. I've used Publisher for years, mostly for newsletters, but its pretty user friendly. So I went in and took a look. I tried about 5 different designs, narrowed it down to two that I really liked, picked the color scene I wanted and then meshed the two templates into one, taking the best of both. I'm thrilled with the results. The colors are a cranberry red and soft sage green and the design is a good balance between historical and contemporary.

I tried flipping it over into html and it worked fine. Now I just have to figure out how to go about changing the content when I want to, working within html, which I'm not all that familiar with, and what I need to do to get it to go live. I already have a web host and domain name and Gary my web guru sent me instructions on what I needed to do and said he could walk me through it if I had any problems.

So hopefully very soon I will be able to do the change. I can't wait. I love the new look and want it up as soon as possible.

9 comments:

Peggy said...

I'm not good with all that website html stuff, so I was lucky my webhost had templates I could play around with. Added some of my own images and changed colours. Some day, when it's needed, I'll hire a proper web designer and get me one of those nicer websites.

Kelly said...

Publisher was really simple to use. I could play around with the template as well. And I may just be able to edit it in Publisher then switch it over to html, not sure. I'm checking on that one. If I can, then it'll be pretty easy to manage I think.

Bailey Stewart said...

I am so computer literate. I just went with a free website and the templates they had. I need to do more, like domain stuff - but not right now.

Can't wait to see the final results.

Bailey Stewart said...

That should be computer illiterate. See?

Tess said...

I use a cool little piece of freeware to build my website - TSW Webcoder. It makes things pretty easy. It can insert code for you, though you still have to know some html to really edit things properly. Still, if you don't want to do anything too fancy, it's a real help :-)

Like the colour scheme!

Rene said...

Good luck. I was working on a new blog and now I think I'm going to go ahead and make a website. I know enough html to be dangerous. LOL

Good luck with it.

Stephanie Bose said...

Good luck with it all, Kelly! Sounds like it will be great.

Stacy Dawn said...

I'm a self-confessed techno-illiterate but I'm also amazed at how easy a lot of the programs are to work with. Good luck with your site.

Michelle said...

I used Publisher for my classroom web page, and I love it. It's very user-friendly.