Sunday, November 4, 2012

Summer List: Make a Website

So, my summer list wasn't the world's biggest success, but one of this weekend's biggest successes was finally (finally finally) creating my own website.  It's not perfect, but I was pretty impressed with myself for creating it, so feel free to check it out, and let me know if you have any suggestions.  The finishing touch will be uploading my CV, but I'll need to convert that into a PDF, so it will have to wait at least until tomorrow.
I used blogger, because it's just easiest for me to have all of my information in one spot.  (I also recently set up a class blog on here for the class I'll teach next semester.)  It really is pretty flexible, although I know a lot of people prefer Wordpress, and that makes sense to me too.  In case you want to stay with blogger too, I figured I should pass on some love to the sites that really helped me set it up:

How to create a static home page: (The only real problem with this is that it's not possible to remove your default "home," the blog, from your top tab-system, so you have to do a little bit of fooling around with it if you decide to use blogger.  See the third and fourth comments for a workaround here.)

How to make a contact page: (This was the easiest part of the whole system.  Every other website said, "Oh, this will take 5 minutes!" and then I spent an hour tweaking.  This actually only took 10 minutes.)

How to import posts from one blog to the other: (I imported all of my posts, and then just put up the "shameless self-promotion" ones, which I'll be cross-posting from now on.)

How to embed a PDF: (Like I said, I haven't actually done this yet, but this broken-English explanation seems like it will do just fine.)

Some other tips I hope to use in the future:

And finally, I got most of my inspiration for starting a site from some of these great people, so I figured I should send a shout-out to them, too.  You should visit their sites and give them some love if you get a chance: