A lot of my readers be they interior designers, in a related field or not, ask me who did my website?
Well, the answer is: I did! I made it myself except for about 5% of it.
And let me tell you… I am NOT a techie. I mean, it’s all geek to me! [lame pun, I know]
I am a former LUDDITE! lol
Three years ago, I barely knew how to turn on a computer much less make it do something like this!
I am incapable of following instructions.
I’m not joking; not about that.
If it’s not intuitive…
So, how did someone who can’t follow instructions and is not particularly technically minded make a clean, easy-to-use website?
Here’s what happened…
I tried to find out how all of those designers with awesome websites did it. And what happened was… I was usually ignored or one designer actually said this to me:
“… I could charge you by the hour, but really, Laurel… Why should I take the time to teach you something you already know how to do?”
Well, B^tch. I don’t know how to do it; otherwise I wouldn’t be asking you! :/
In my internet travels–searching desperately for a solution, I found this website that I really liked. It was clean, stylish and didn’t look like the person was in business to sell plumbing parts. Ya know what I mean?
At the bottom of the site, I saw this.
I clicked on it and up popped all of the info and a short video showing how easy it is to build your own website/blog.
But, I thought about it for a day or two and then figured, what the hey? At most, I’d be out 200 bucks and at best, I’d finally get the website that I had been dreaming about— I had one and it was lovely, but I had to rely on a programmer to make every single change. Therefore, it didn’t change much. In google land, that is no good. Now I’m able to make all of the changes myself!
If you don’t know, it’s called a content management system. You own it, create it and you do not need to know one scrap of code. Brilliant idea!
I bought the ProPhoto package and add on template. In true form, rarely listened to the tutorials. I didn’t need to! But they are there if you’re ever stuck. I never looked back. I totally love it! It’s fun and I wouldn’t even think of switching to something else!
This is why I’m telling you all about it. Three years ago, I yearned to get this information, so I figure there must be other lost/frustrated-blog/website-souls out there!
ProPhoto has wonderful tutorials if you get stuck.
And by the way, their tech support is superb, so in the rare instance that I’ve had a minor issue, it got cleared up pronto! And they are super nice and never make me feel like a dumbsh^t. And I’m sorry to say that the only reason anything ever broke is because I once had a little custom online shop. Unfortunately, the programmer mucked with the code and he wasn’t supposed to do that. For the 5% that I needed help with, I have a fancy little table for my social media icons and I needed help with the footer; but everything else I did all by myself!
Oh! And it is not just for photographers!
ProPhoto is wonderful for anyone who values beautiful, vibrant, clear photos.
Therefore, you could be a lawyer and ProPhoto will work just fine for you too!
If you want to know more… Please listen to the following video.
And then, if you want to try it out, please click here and you’ll get $10 off on your purchase!
[full disclosure. I will get a tiny commission if you decide to purchase ProPhoto at no extra charge to you. And yes, that’s certainly nice. However, my policy is to only endorse products I use and love!]
Still curious? I am going to share some photos of what my “back-end” looks like. For non-geeks. The back-end is the part that only the blog owner sees. It’s where all the changes happen. And you make all of the changes yourself without having to know a scrap of code!
Here let me show you what I mean.
<h5 style=”text-align: center;”>ProPhoto is wonderful for anyone who values beautiful, vibrant, clear photos.
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Therefore, you could be a lawyer and ProPhoto will work just fine for you too!</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>If you want to know more… Please listen to the following video.</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>And then, if you want to try it out, please <a href=”http://www.prophotodotcom/?qbr=LBER****” target=”_blank”>click here</a> and you’ll get $10 off on your purchase!</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>[full disclosure. I will get a tiny commission if you decide to <a href=”http://www.prophotodotcom/?qbr=LBER****” target=”_blank”>purchase ProPhoto</a> at no extra charge to you. And yes, that’s certainly nice. However, my policy is to only endorse products I use and love!]</p>
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This is the paragraph above this one in code. Don’t ask me how, but as you are typing, the program translates your key strokes into the html code. You can access the code by looking at the post in text mode. It’s only a matter of switching tabs.
And here is where all the magic happens in Prophoto.
Here is the ProPhoto dashboard area. Inside the boxes are where you make the custom changes to your site. This is the older version of ProPhoto. The newer version, ProPhoto5 is even better!
Here is where I uploaded my custom logo which I also made in picmonkey, a free editing program to create all sorts of interesting images.
This is where my photos are stored. It is important to use descriptive labels for your photos. One reason is that if you ever want to go back and reuse something, it’ll be easier to find.
And here is where I write my post. Notice that it’s very much like writing an email! Do not freak out, I have never used many of the menu items. The list on the left contains all of the information I need to store my pages, widgets and plugins. Again, a lot of that I never use or rarely use.
Widgets are where I put in things on my sidebar either with a code. [that I copy and paste] Or, an image.
Plugins are one of the coolest things ever. They handle everything from finding out my stats to helping me with SEO. [Search Engine Optimization.] Enabling that through appropriate keywords and some other things is how a lot of you have found me!
You do not need to pay some [opportunistic] idiot thousands of $ to help you with your SEO!
To facilitate that, I have a wonderful plugin called WORDPRESS YOAST SEO.
More coming in future posts. I’m planning on about once a month, doing a post to show you, geeky-type things in PLAIN English. Do not be afraid! It IS easy to create your own website and maintain it. If I can do this, anyone can!
I love ProPhoto. I’m so glad that I took a chance because I now have a site that I’m proud of!
Again, if you want to purchase ProPhoto, please click here and it’ll take you to where you need to be.
If you aren’t interested, but know someone who might be, please share this post with them. And please consider sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn. I’d be ever so grateful!