17 May 2021

Building a Website Page

 Woe is me!

That is the ruling emotion I've experienced when searching for an easy blog and/or website template. The main search results' first page will have websites where you can select a template to customize. None have been easy to use at the free levels that I've tried. 

Free trial offers that I've tried have also been frustrating. If you read this blog over the years, then you might remember I've posted about moving to my own website; and last year, had decided to move to Wordpress. The amount of aggravation trying to have a blog look the way I want it to, made me rethink that idea.

Here I stay because Blogger is the easiest to use. It is not a matter of staying with the familiar. It is really easier to set up blog graphics with the Blogger Template Designer. And, it is also easier, if you find a template elseswhere, to install it into Blogspot. The templates that I've tried require knowing how to work with the page code. I got that far with one or two on a practice Blogger blog. The aggravation isn't worth it to me. Google has a Web Designer. I downloaded it, and once again, learning curve far too difficult for me. The program is also slow to load, and respond.

I question why it is so difficult to find something on the Internet that is, to me at least, a no brainer easy program. All of the bloggers that I've read who have moved to their own website, paid to have their website designed. This blog is not monetized, no ads, no money making going on. Thus, paying for a design makes no sense to me or my budget.

As a diversion from the mess behind me culling fabric bins, I began searching for a template I like, once again. Tomorrow is finish packing up the donations day.  Methinks I should pack up the website idea, and donate that to the past unless I buy website building software.

28 comments:

  1. I have used the same basic Blogger template since I started blogging in 2007. The problem with Wordpress is that commenting is difficult.

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    1. Graham,
      I agree, commenting on Wordpress is difficult. The graphics, I feel, aren't comfortable reading as they are on Blogspot. My all time favorite template is on Tumblr.

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  2. I know what you mean. I don't like things about blogger but it's still easier than anything else unless you want to work 'in code'! lol Hope you have a nice day. I have a small amount of donation stuff and need to add to it today!

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  3. Diane,
    After putting some things away, the opportunities became larger instead of smaller for more that I can donate. I may have an empty bin to donate along with the boxes.
    Have a good week!

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  4. I decided a long time ago that for what little I do it isn't worth it. I've seen a lot of bloggers just do Etsy if they are selling and then pitch it well on their blog. Have you thought of that? I'm not sure how successful it is, but is seems to make some sense with limited resources.

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    1. Jeanie,
      It is a good idea. Etsy has been on my radar. I'm not sure where I'll list my art. Each time I get the courage, another project grabs me attention. Paperwork is not my greatest skill, and selling online can be a major hassle.

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  5. I have a few blog friends who went with WordPress, but most of them are on blogger. I know it can be frustrating sometimes. They just changed the page where you add and delete blogs on your side bar. I'm still figuring it out. Thankfully, I added yours before all of it happened haha.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Sheri,
      Blogger's ease of use is proof that easy templates are possible. I think most other places' interest in upgrades might be clouding the issue, that if things are that difficult, I won't waste money on an upgrade.

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  6. I feel your aggravation, In the very past I was on yahoo 360 and when that shut down went to Multiply-I really loved it there-so much easier to communicate with friends, we could have photo albums there it was before facebook and haven't found a site yet that worked as well. I settled on blogger too as it was easy for me I did not like anything about word press at all, I tried a couple others always came back here-I know very little about doing anything on the computer except for typing on it haha. and I like free and seeing no ads here too

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    1. Kathy,
      I remember Yahoo in the old days. It was nice over there.
      I tried to track down the creator of the Tumblr template I like to see if I could buy it. Then I realized, the template is so beautifully simple, I could probably in a year or so write my own code for a simple design. lol

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  7. I will stick with the familiar too. It suits my purposes.

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    1. Marie,
      Familiar is also my favored rule, but I do like a new do now and then. I'm scared of most everything, especially computers.

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  8. Like you, I've thought about using another service, but Blogger is easy and free so I'll stick with it in spite of its shortcomings.
    Have a good day.

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    1. Lorrie,
      Your blog is beautiful. I'm glad you stay with Blogger. Navigating between blogs to read is a big benefit of being on Blogspot.

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  9. I've never ventured beyond Blog-grrrr even though it does have issues from time to time and there's not a whole lot of options for customization (at least not that I've discovered anyway). Don't want to mess with it overly much for fear I lose the lot.

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    1. Maryanne,
      You can create a blog to leave it on Private setting, and then use it to practice.
      I created a practice blog after learning my lesson installing a new template. What a mess I created, but since Blogger is easy, I was able to move on with a new Blogspot template.

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  10. I do agree about blog sites. Never knew anyone able to set up and manage their own site in WordPress. I end up staying with Blogger because I can do it myself. I'm not interested in fancy footwork, just in my ideas and basic pix. And the price is right.

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    1. Liz,
      The price is right on Blogger. In all these years, I've only read one or two that used up their limit on images. I learned that you can buy extra image space instead of starting another blog. As much as folks ,ay grumble or make fun of Google/Blogger, they do have some good user friendly ideas.

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  11. My daughter, my sister and I built our first web site/page. But all the whiz kids were building better, flashier pages. This was in the nineties. I hired a whiz kid to build our weaving web page. It's now my sister's quilting web page. It went through one major upgrade, and now she lets it rest.
    So, either we follow the upgrades or pay to have them installed. It's us or them. Where do we want to spend our time and money?

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    1. Joanne,
      People that build web pages are amazing to me.
      I've decided to save up for a website building program. That way I can scare myself silly without all the hassle of a webiste. :)

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  12. The only problem I have with blogger is its persistent use of captchas.

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    1. William,
      Captchas are becomeing more and more of a problem.

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  13. I have to agree with Lavender Dreamer's comments here. Blogger is easy to work with mostly. There are a few things that still confuse me with the new interface but given time I'll probably work it out. As long I can send my posts out with a minimal amount of difficulty I am happy with Blogger :-) Take care Amanda x

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    1. Amanda,
      Easy blogging wins the day!
      If I find a better place to leave my keys, then I will grumble about where they are until I get use to where they are. lol

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  14. I found a template for a few euros at Simply The Studio on Etsy. It came with easy instructions and the girl was very helpful who creates the templates was very helpful. I could never afford a custom website and, for around 20 Euros, I got a template I'm very happy with.

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    1. Loree,
      Your blog is beautiful!
      Thank you for the tip. I will check out Simply The Studio.

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  15. It seems you have a few thoughts and tips in the comments here ...
    For me I will just keep on blogging :)

    All the best Jan

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