Web design noob!

Creating a website while on a mission toward self-sufficiency means I must learn at least some webdesign— so I can create and run the website myself. It is very challenging, especially with everything else going on right now (more on that in a later post). But, I have started teaching myself using codeacademy.com and some youtube videos. There is so much to learn! I have completed the HTML and CSS training. I am now working on the PHP training.

I decided to take the leap and create this site before I really knew what I was doing. You know what they say, experience is the best teacher! So, I’m diving in and doing what I can and learning as I go. You can see how it’s going… the site is very basic. And I haven’t figured out how to make it do several things I want it to do. But, as I progress, you will begin to see the evolution and growth of the site.

As I mentioned in the first post on this blog, I have been planning to create a website for a while. I was inspired to finally do it after listening to a great podcast from The Survival Podcast. Jack, the guy who does the podcast, interviewed Austin, from Homesteady (who has a podcast and website of his own). Halfway through the podcast, I decided it was time, I decided to take the leap and start my own website. Not a .blogspot type (like my first blog), but a website I would own! This meant doing a lot of research on purchasing a domain and web hosting. 

If you are thinking about creating your own website be sure to do some research before you jump in. There is a lot to consider. Give the podcast (linked here and above) a listen.  I also found The Site Wizard and several of their pages to be a helpful starting point. I have provided links below.

How to Start / Create a Website: The Beginner’s A-Z Guide
How to Register Your Own Domain Name
Important Precautions to Take When Buying a Domain Name

After I learn more, I will share it with you.

Do you have your own website? What are some of your favorite resources for building and maintaining your website?

Do you have a WordPress site? What are your favorite plug-ins?

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