Wow! I just crawled far out of my comfort zone and did something digital – created my own website! Doing something digital that you don’t know how to do is definitely NOT in anyone’s comfort zone. Why would it be? But, depending on your circumstances, maybe making your own website is worth the risk. I’m always things I don’t know how to do in order to learn to do them and this idea was no exception.
No surprise, then, after all I’m at least moderately experienced with computers, how hard could it be - especially when all of the hosting company ads proclaim its simplicity?
The good news is that it is doable, just as little time consuming. I hooked up with iPage, one of the top performing hosting companies on the net. IPage provided everything I needed and once I convinced my aging brain to navigate my way through the maze of information deciphering web technical terminology, finding and reviewing tutorials, exploring every piece of software provided I dragged and dropped my way to my first website. Along the way, I experimented with every icon provided by the site-builder I used and, in the end, I arrived at what I deemed to be a pretty darned good first effort website.
The bad news, it definitely requires some computer savvy, although not necessarily website development, skills. Alas, my site did not run flawlessly at first, and iPage’s technical staff had to get involved to help straighten out my mess – which they did in a very professional manner. Having said that, if you’re seeing this blog post, it means the blog page on the site actually got published, so everything must be all right now!
What this really says is that there is hope for you, too, Mr. Beginning Author, Mr. New Entrepreneur and any others with a little talent and computer knowledge that need a website created and have more time than money to invest. It may not be in your comfort zone, but it’s doable – and the risks associated with your new authoring activities, or your new business probably aren’t making you feel nice and comfy either. Professionally created websites are usually effective, but expensive. If the income is there to support them, great! Otherwise, the choice is clear; wait until you can afford to have a website created for you by a professional, or risk a little, do it yourself and get started now.
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Clabe Polk is into a second career as a fiction author. He has taken more than thirty-seven years of professional managerial experience, scientific background, a lifetime of practical skills, his love of reading, research and writing and combined them into action stories about real people told in a tongue-in-cheek style all his own.
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