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Help! Need advice on website hosting!

Greetings, all!

My hosting subscription with Justhost recently ended, and I’m trying to figure out what to do with my website (michelleproulx.com). I already renewed the domain name, but the hosting is something like $10/month, which seems pretty high to me.

I tried going directly through Weebly (website builder), but it turns out they don’t have “name servers”, meaning I couldn’t use my domain with them unless I already had a hosting account (which I had with Justhost, which is now expired).

So … thoughts?

I know a lot of people use their WordPress site as their main website — does anyone have any pros/cons to report on this? It looks like WordPress has “name servers”, so I should be able to hook up my domain name to my blog — I just don’t know if it’s the best idea. So, for anyone who uses WordPress as both their blog and website, what are your opinions on this?

The other option would be to get a new hosting account with a site like GoDaddy or Hostgator — but I don’t know much about them, and I don’t know if I should keep my domain name at Justhost, transfer it over to the new hosting site, etc. Or heck, should I try contacting Justhost and trying to get a lower hosting price?

Obviously I have no idea what’s going on, so any and all comments are appreciated!!!

 

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So close to submitting my manuscript!

You’ve been listening to me whine about how much I dislike editing for the past few weeks, but that’s all about to come to an end. Today I got my last proofread manuscript of Imminent Danger and How to Fly Straight into It back, which means that I officially have a final manuscript to submit to iUniverse! Woooo! Final, that is, until they have their editors look it over and give me a whole list of changes to make. But let’s not think about that right now.

So the manuscript is good to go. I have some preliminary cover art from a friend of mine, and I need to get him to sign over the rights to me so I can actually use his design. My author photo shoot was last week on the University of Western Ontario campus — I’ll post a pic when I get them from my friend — so that’s taken care of. As near as I can tell, all I need is the author photo and the cover art rights contract, and I’m officially set to publish!

Man, this feels good. At the same time it’s terrifying, because I’ve read very mixed reviews of iUniverse. I’m mainly publishing with them because they can get my book into an actual brick and mortar store, but I still want the process to go as smoothly as possible. I’ve liked my interactions with them so far, so hopefully it will continue. Fingers crossed!

I guess the next step is to submit everything, then wait for the editorial review to come back. That’s supposed to take a few weeks to a month, so I’ll have time to kick back and get some actual, paying work done. Then they format the book, inside and out, turn it into an ebook, etc. etc., and then it’s PUBLICATION TIME! That won’t happen until about September, of course. But considering that I’ve been editing Imminent Danger for six years now, 3 months isn’t a heckuva long time to wait.

Wooo!

Update on my website troubles

Remember that list of questions I posted about how Justhost works from this post? I tagged Justhost in that post. The next day, I got a phone call from a Justhost representative. It turns out they actually monitor posts that Justhost is tagged in. Which at first I thought was kind of creepy, until the Justhost rep (Joshua) sent me a super-detailed list of answers to all the questions I posted on my blog. No strings attached, just a “We noticed you had some questions, so here are your answers trololol”. How awesome is that? Talk about customer service! Anyway, I’m really thrilled with Justhost so far, so thank you to Joshua and Justhost!

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Warning: There’s some PG-13 stuff in that video, so don’t watch with your little ones in the room 🙂

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So I bought a website … help!

What up, blogosphere. Today I reach out to you in my hour of need. Ready for my plea?

I bought a website.

I signed up with justhost.com, and bought the domain name michelleproulx.com. Feel free to click that link and check it out — it’s laughably simple, because I have no idea how to build/maintain a website.

My site is created using Weebly.

Weebly is a widget-based website creator, which Just Host told me to use, and it baffles me. I figured out how to make basic pages with photos and text, but more complicated things elude me. How, for example, do I view my site statistics? Is there a way for me to add a Facebook “Like” button on a page? Or what about a “Tweet it” button? Does it have something to do with HTML? My author friend Tania L Ramos has a website with a Twitter button right on the homepage. How do I get that?

I can’t find any useful how-to videos.

The only videos I’ve found are ones that explain the very basics of using Weebly, which I figured out for myself. A five-year-old could figure it out. I need to know more complicated stuff. Like, how come when I Google my website name, it doesn’t show up until like page 8 of the Google Search results? How can I get it higher up the list? Is there some feature I need to turn on? Do I need to sell my soul? If so, to whom? Is there a refund policy?

In conclusion, technology confuses me.

On the plus side, I did figure out how to get the comments widget to email comments directly to me, so I can read those now. Huzzah!

Help!

Any insights into justhost.com, Weebly, or pretty much anything about making a website would be extremely helpful. Now, to repeat, I know how to make pages, text objects, photos, and link things. It’s the rest of the website building thing that I need help with. Assist me!!!

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