The past few days. I have been trying to figure out how to rebuild my website and merge my blog into one. Why, because blog was through WordPress while my website was through a different outdated software. It is quite challenging to figure out new software, plug ins, widgets, web links and all the limitations they impose when merging new with old.
Especially, since I have a new laptop which no longer supports old software, images, and hardware. So bear with me as I learn the new rules of new programs and adapting with technology. I will try to give you the pros and cons of what I figure out.
So here is what i did and what i didn’t do. I decided to stick with WordPress for my blog website. I looked through a few hundred templates to find a layout I could live with for now. Why a template? Because I am not a software genie. And I have learned that updates to software happen fast and break even faster. Then checked for which ones had a good walk through tutorial.
I found a user friendly template –Pixagraphy. Downloaded the template, and started playing around with what I could do. Course, then I had to find some extra tech help and another plugin to import my old blog to the new website. Thankfully, found a few how to steps and waited while the magic web populated my new website. Next, I had to search through all the gallery plugins and down load that too. Then I started uploading images and playing with the layout.
Cons to using a free template. I don’t have as much freedom in customizing the page layout, colors, or fonts. That is for the advanced. I don’t have much freedom in the gallery layout, unless I want to purchase a pro-version template. I need to know what my users will do when they access the gallery to best select one down the road.
So for now, I have successfully merged my blog and website into one location. I can quickly update and post to my blog. And so far it appears to be working in multiple formats – mobile, apps, and standard web access. Win!