7 Features That Make Squarespace a Good Alternative to WordPress

WordPress has been the #1 blogging platform for years, but recently I created a blog for my Mom using Squarespace.com, and I have to admit, I was pretty impressed, and am now convinced that it’s a great option for bloggers, especially those who are “technology challenged”. In this blog post, I’ll go over some ofContinue reading “7 Features That Make Squarespace a Good Alternative to WordPress”

Is WordPress the Best Choice for Building Your Website?

WordPress (meaning the free software from WordPress.org you can use to build your own self-hosted website, not the website builder service at WordPress.com) is a wonderful and versatile tool.  It’s what I use to build and run all of my own websites.  It allows people who don’t know how to code to build and customizeContinue reading “Is WordPress the Best Choice for Building Your Website?”

The Easiest Way to Create a Travel Blog

In this blog post I’m going to show you how easy it is to use Wix.com to create a blog or website, including the method I used to build this simple demo travel blog in under two hours. In talking about using Wix to set up a travel blog, I especially have in mind full time travelers whoContinue reading “The Easiest Way to Create a Travel Blog”

Which Website Publishing Software Should You Use to Build Your Website?

WordPress’s free software is one of the most popular choices for building a new website, but there’s definitely a learning curve to using it.  I spent over a month building my first WordPress website, and much of that time was spent Googling how to do simple things I couldn’t figure out on my own.  IContinue reading “Which Website Publishing Software Should You Use to Build Your Website?”

Website Basics (In Plain English)

What is a website, really? You visit websites all the time, but what really is a website, and how are they created? The answer to that question requires a basic understanding of the following three elements, which I’ll explain in this blog post: Hosting Domain name Web development platform / web publishing platform What isContinue reading “Website Basics (In Plain English)”

Does it Matter Which Hosting Company You Choose?

One of the first things you have to do when setting up a new website is to choose a hosting company.  If you only just recently learned what hosting even is, you probably have no idea how to pick a good one.  You could do what a lot of new website owners do, which isContinue reading “Does it Matter Which Hosting Company You Choose?”

7 Things to Consider When Choosing a WordPress Theme

1. What type of website are you building? The first thing to consider in choosing a theme for your website is the purpose of the website.  What is the thing you most want people to do when they visit your website?  If you’re a photographer and you want them to see examples of your work,Continue reading “7 Things to Consider When Choosing a WordPress Theme”

How to Choose & Buy a Domain Name

One thing you’ll definitely need when creating a new website is a domain name, also known as the website address or URL (for example, “yourwebsitename.com”).  But what exactly is a domain name, and how do you get one? Your domain name is separate from your website. A lot of companies that offer website hosting alsoContinue reading “How to Choose & Buy a Domain Name”

How I Quit Teaching & Became a Blogger

This article was originally published as Part One of a series for RVinspiration.com.  Read Part Two here. In 2015, I was a middle school English teacher.  I had been teaching for five years, and even though the job had been a huge personal challenge for me (especially in the first few years), I had wonderfulContinue reading “How I Quit Teaching & Became a Blogger”