Taking a plunge

(reposted from http://annewebb.wordpress.com ,,)

Sorry I’ve not been posting *to* my blog lately but I’ve actually been busy *with* my blog and website, working to integrate the two. The plan was to not only place them under the same URL umbrella but to give them both a consistent look.

I was going over my blog and web site last week, trying to come up with a plan of action of where I should start. I had already moved my original website over last fall to Bluehost (I took the plunge) in anticipation of the move to an integrated site, so that was done.

In the process of looking over my site and doing a little homework of looking at LOTS of other sites online, I ran a site optimization thingie through websitegrader.com to see just how far off I was from having a good site. Well.. there was lots lacking and having my web site and blog running independently on different sites (it didn’t matter that there were links on each to each other).

My meta tags were too long, I had no headings, my site wasn’t listed in places like http://www.dmoz.com or http://www.zoominfo.com, it couldn’t find my blog.. no RSS Feed.. and the list goes on. The final grade my site got was a dismal 27 out of 100. My blog faired quite a bit better, at 79/100, but it was still lacking in some areas. Interestingly, one of the things toward the end of the report that was a blaring X mark was: “blog found on a free domain” and had a link to this article Why a business blog should not be on Blogspot.com.

So anyways, my old web site is now officially gone and I have moved everything over to a hosted site using wordpress.org. There’s definitely still some tweaking to be done that I will hopefully be able to resolve the bulk of in the next few days, but I have to say, the tech support guys at Bluehost came through like champions to clarify and correct some tough loading issues I had this morning. Yay Bluehost!

My new blog URL is: http://www.webbpottery.com/blog . Come leave a comment! Hope to see you there! :)


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12 Responses to “Taking a plunge”

  • CynthiaNo Gravatar Says:

    Hey Anne – looks really good! I wanted to let you know too, when I googled either “webb pottery”, “anne webb”, or “alabama pottery” – you site pops up on page 1 at the top! I don’t think you have to worry about losing traffic….

  • PatriciaNo Gravatar Says:

    Hi Anne – Looking good! I’ve changed your URL on my blog links. Looking forward to seeing the progress of your new blog.

  • Mary Anne DavisNo Gravatar Says:

    Hi Ann- Looks great! What grading url did you use to check your standing, seo rating? You are an inspiration…


  • Linda StarrNo Gravatar Says:

    Everyone seems to be switching to WordPress or other platforms. I don’t have the time or knowledge to do this myself or moula to hire someone, so for now I’ll have to stick with google, but I found the article you referenced about why I should switch to other than google very interesting and enlightening. Thanks.

    • annewebbNo Gravatar Says:

      I’ve moved my blog twice.. first from blogger to wordpress.. and now wordpress.com to wordpress.org. (lol I’m either a sadist or a slow learner)
      I actually liked all three blogging platforms. Blogger was dead easy… the easiest of all three and I really didn’t have to have much technical knowledge to make a blog happen. WordPress.com took a while to become familiar with, but I liked the look and some of the features it had. It didn’t, however, allow for any dynamic links (flash or java), which I kind of wanted, and it didn’t have a consistent look or address as my web site.
      Moving to a hosted site, I admit, has been a lot more work and learning curve than I expected. It is definitely not as “plug ‘n play” as either blogger or wordpress.com, and having a little knowledge of html and xhtml clearly puts you at an advantage. Looking back, there are certainly advantages and disadvantages to all three.
      imho The important thing is that you are blogging. :)

  • UndauntedNo Gravatar Says:

    Testing Testing…

    Hey, it let me post as long as I didn’t include my web url! :) At least now I know I can comment!!

    • annewebbNo Gravatar Says:

      glad you’re able to comment now! :)
      Jeez.. I hate when things don’t work as expected. Were you trying to leave a comment using openid? I’ve removed it. Try commenting with your url now and see if it works.

  • astuce candy crushNo Gravatar Says:

    I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your blog.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to come here
    and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to
    create your theme? Fantastic work!

    • Anne WebbNo Gravatar Says:

      Thanks its a constant work in progress. I use WordPress as my website and blogging platform. They have a variety of templates available for a broad assortment of looks.

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