Most of you won’t know this, but I’ve had a website – a proper website – for about 10 years.
The picture above is what my website used to look like. As you can see, there was no standard navigation, however all the doorways, and most of the graphical objects led to pages of content.
It took me absolutely ages to hand-code that website, and of course I thought I’d been incredibly clever. Sadly the few people who actually found it had no idea what to do with it.
When I added the Awaba Training Services side to the website I made it much more user friendly, but I rarely had any visitors so it didn’t really matter. I kept the website going out of nostalgia, and the emails associated with it. After so many years, those emails were my link to just about everything on the net and beyond. Unfortunately they were also costing me $20 a month in hosting fees.
[Every website needs three things – a domain name, a web host, and the html files that determine how the website will function and what it will look like. Having your website ‘hosted’ is like paying rent on an apartment or something].
I knew I needed to find a cheaper alternative, but I was daunted by the hassle of moving and setting everything up again. And then one fine day I had an epiphany – I didn’t really need the website, I just needed the domain name and the hosting. This is what my webpage looks like now :
That ‘Future home…’ bit is rather optimistic as I’m pretty sure I won’t ever reinstall the old website, and I can’t afford to have a new, shiny one built. Still, the good news is that I’ve moved to a webhost that only costs me $12 for a whole year, and I managed to get all my old emails working again. Getting to this point, however, was awful.
Let me say that I truly appreciate the super cheap hosting provided by GoDaddy, but all their support pages must have been written by a programmer who assumed everyone would know how to do things. I’m not dumb, but the lack of instructions made me feel like a complete moron, and sent my stress levels through the roof for 2 days. Horrible, horrible, horrible.
Anyway, I finally accomplished what I set out to do so now I’m saying a fond farewell to my lovely purple website – goodbye, goodbye, I loved you well, but all things come to an end eventually. RIP!