When I first started my writing career, I knew I had to have a website. At least, that’s what everyone said. Building a website was new for me, and in 2009, the choices weren’t entirely clear. As a computer programmer, I dabbled with hand-coding HTML. But while the exercise was fun, it was also labor intensive, so I looked around for other options.
At the time, Blogger and WordPress were the two most popular platforms. I played around with both for a while and determined that I found Blogger easier to use. Over the years, however, WordPress developed more support, more features, and has pretty much become the standard for building websites. But I still knew it would take a lot of effort to make the change, so I stayed with what I knew.
Then, this past year, security became much more important for websites. In fact, current versions of the popular browsers will warn you when a site isn’t secure. And Google searches give priority to secure sites over unsecured sites. While Blogger automatically secured sites that were subdomains of itself (elisemstone.blogspot.com), they didn’t provide a way to secure sites which used your own domain name (elisemstone.com).
That is a big problem.
I also wanted some of the other features WordPress provides. I knew it was time to make the change. What I forgot was how much there is to learn when starting from scratch. I really like the new look, but I know there are still some hiccups. I’ll work these out over time and I hope you’ll bear with me in the interim.