Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Blog or website?

I've had a website for years. It's called threehoodies.com. It doesn't cost much and it attracts droves of people, all of whom buy huge clusters of books.

    Except it doesn't, and they don't; and even if it did I wouldn't know because it's not compatible with Google Analytics.

    I just watched a cool Youtube video (the address of which I've lost in my usual clumsy fashion) explaining how to make your Blogger page into a professional looking website for absolutely nothing. The good part, as if that's not good enough, is that you don't have to mess with any HTML. That's really good because I used to have another blog on Blogger which got lost forever after I messed with the HTML.

    So I've cancelled it, the actual contract doesn't run out until November this year, since I pay by the year, but I'll leave it for a couple of weeks and check to see if it still works. Some/most domain providers offer software to design one's own point and click site, cool enough to make the masses swoon with envy. Mine didn't even after I told them to wedge it.

    What I intend to do is pay for a WordPresss domain name. I'm not entirely sure about this because WP and I have never really got on and it often loses things or simply refuses to let me post a blog.

    Have I made a bad decision? I don't even know if I'll ever find out since I have no idea if a single person ever visited my old site in the first place, and I didn't sell books directly from it after my debit card being cloned about a decade ago after using PayPal. I'm sure they've made it more secure by now but I still can't bring myself to do it.

    Has anyone else ever abandoned their own site in favour of their blog? And if you did was it a good decision?



  1. I've always just had blogs.

  2. I'm beginning to think I paid for my site for six years for nothing. Thanks for answering. I'll be making this page/site look a little better from tonight.

  3. by the way, I've nominated you for a blog award - https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/the-versatile-blogger-award/

  4. That's very kind of you. I'll head on over. I'm surprised it didn't come straight over. Methinks W/Press is continuing it's crusade against me.

  5. I so seldom come to blogland any more but I spotted this last night! I don't think there is any advantage in your own site (unless you are a big organisation) .... and I also can't see any advantage Wordpress has over Blogger. In fact I often avoid privately developed websites as they can be clumsy to use. From what I've seen success is more to do with networking than anything else .... and that can be hard work and takes up far much more time than I have to spare :)

  6. You're right about privately developed sites; I have a really hard time using W/Pres, although it does seem to have more users. I much prefer Blogger, so I'll continue to use both and try to do more networking of my own - always the worst part.

  7. I've heard that wordpress domains are worth it.