A couple of months ago, as I was in the process of judging the Color It Red 2013 photography contest, I became aware that one of the contestants had a website that was lacking in “presence.”
When I contacted that person, Dona Bollard (the eventual winner of Color It Red 2013, image left), I soon realized that she was one of those artists who had been doing a very rare thing these days: she had been out “on the road” doing shows and street fairs… and actually selling her work. As with many of us, we can spend so much time working on making money and moving our “product” that our Internet presence begins to look old and faded.
After several back-and-forth email discussions I agreed to work with her on bringing her site into the 21st century. Over the course of the next few months I will do a few posts on our progress. I say “our” because it will be a collective pursuit, as I believe it should be.
When I work with someone on their site I don’t want it to be something that I will be taking care of for a long time. I look forward to the time when I can put my hands behind my back and walk away, with the knowledge that the person with whom I am working will be able to take over. Sure, I will be available for intermittent consultations, but the bulk of the work moving forward will the responsibility of the site owner.
As it turned out for Dona, the person who had created and maintained her site was no longer around and she had no idea how to work on her site. Long story short, we decided to move her site from where it was to a host I work with, GoDaddy. Their customer service has been impeccable for the many years I have been associated with them.
It took a couple of weeks to move her URL to the new host, but once that was done, I was ready to get to work on the back-end. In the next post on this subject I will discuss what needs to be done in order to get “all the ducks in a row,” as far as setting up or upgrading your site.