Last summer I started to conceptually design my website, but I had zero idea about how to actually get it up and running. I did manage to claim my domain name, and a friend and supporter helped me obtain adequate hosting. There things sat for several months, while I puzzled over how to get my domain to lead to my host site. In the meantime, I made a few half-hearted efforts to find beginner-friendly site building software.
A little over a week ago I went out and bought a book on building a website, the one in the Missing Manual series. I started with a simple text editor and built the home page and five second-level pages. Then I downloaded a free html editor (Kompozer) and spent an intense couple of weekends putting my concepts into code. This past weekend, I linked about 15 images and a couple dozen sound recordings, and it all seemed to work.
Last night it went live. Today, I am stunned.
There’s so much more to come. At home, we refer to it as my legacy project.
Next week, I turn sixty.