I used to blog all the damn time. I had a LiveJournal blog, and I made a lot of friends over there. Now all my friends are on Facebook, and pretty soon I’m sure that will get old, too.
Thing is, if you want to blog nowadays you have to blog about SOMEthing. For instance, this blog is about my crafty stuff. I started it because I wanted to have some kind of “hey, lookit me I’m doin’ stuff and being interesting!” presence online other than the Etsy store or my Facebook band page. I wanted to be present online (as you do). Have I done that? No. And you know what? It’s from lack of trying. I’m not really trying here.
So here I am wanting to set up a bona fide web site for my band and looking for someplace other than Google sites to do it. My band has a Google account setup with domain registration and such that is pretty nice. We all have email addresses with troublefakers.com in them. If I wanted to build a website, Google has these tools that would let me build and host it. This would be really great if it wasn’t such a headache. Anybody remember GeoCities? Well, right now troublefakers.com looks like a friggin’ GeoCities page. It used to have more stuff on it but I took it down. Unless you are a web developer and/or have the patience of Job, Google sites is just going to frustrate the shit out of you.
I used to be pretty good at web dev and design. I even used FrontPage and GoLive to construct sites. I didn’t do a lot of fancy stuff, just text and pictures. It was blogging before Blogger, Tumblr, and LiveJournal. Then I started a band. I needed a website and so I threw something together until MySpace came along. After using that a while I set up Facebook, and now I also have a presence at ReverbNation. After many years of having web presences ready-made for me, I’ve forgotten how to create a page of my own. That, or I just simply don’t want to.
I reached out to fans of my band for suggestions and the first one that popped out was WordPress. I’m using WordPress now, and I can’t even deal with it as a blog for my crafts. How the heck am I supposed to figure out all the bells and whistles to create a band website? Even the templates are clunky — there’s shit on most of them I don’t even recognize — how do I take a blog engine and turn it into a website host? I don’t know. I give up.
I’m looking at wix.com right now because they’re much cheaper to deal with than HostBaby. Both Wix and HostBaby will give me what I want with simpler controls. That’s all I really want — simple controls. I want to be able to say “I have a domain,” “I need a host,” and “I’d like to use this layout and these colors” and be done. I want it to be a website with pages to look at and music to listen to and maybe a calendar. I don’t need a blog for these things. I just want a site to go with my domain. Why does it have to be so complicated? And here I was thinking FrontPage was horrid to work with. What a pain.
So. If you’ve skimmed down this far I’ll tl;dr it for you. I need to make a decent band website with my registered domain, but the choices are either expensive or complicated. Something tells me sticking with WordPress isn’t going to get me what I need. Suggestions welcome.