Today I've been through Hell. This is always what happens when I try to optimize or change my website/blog/whatever. Ultimately my website is much improved. As you can probably see, the difference is noticeable and quite nice. I think the layout and the aesthetic is much better than it was, also.
I don't like to dwell on the difference between website construction services, I think some sites like Squarespace are great at getting people to pay top notch prices for a service that really isn't that much better. But the whole reason I wanted to redo my website was because I thought it would save me some money (and as a writer I'm always into that), but predictably it actually cost me more. But whatever--look how nice this is? I have a homepage and cool images and a nicer layout. My website doesn't feel like just a blog now, it feels more like a website and the blog is on the side.
I registered my domain with Google, then constructed my website with Weebly--it's not the most inexpensive, but it's pretty nice and middle of the road in terms of cost. Interface differences, I like to think, don't make a difference to me, but Weebly's interface is SOOO much more user friendly than Wordpress, it's pretty astounding. However, the amount of porting and chatting I did with Google tech support was insane and not at all fun.
Right now I'm just excited that it's done, you can see my published works in the Creative, Works section as well as what I'm working on at the moment--which seems much more extensive than it feels--which is probably good.
However, there are a couple drawbacks to the switch. I had a lot of followers on wordpress who received emails whenever I posted--I don't think they'll follow over now that I'm not on wordpress--which is what it is, there's no going back now and I'm just so much more pleased with my website now, so that's what matters.
But what do you think? I mean, I think it looks pretty slick and simple and user friendly, but how does it feel to real users? I've just spent hours and hours trying to work this out, so now it feels like I've examined it thorough and through. So, if you have a second, let me know what you think. Please. I really mean that.
Also, if you have time for some more reading, please take a look at my Jukepop novella The Night Sputnik Flew. I know, this is totally unrelated, but it's the best way to get to know some of my writing.