I finally got a Smartphone. Three months later I’ve ventured into using Twitter on it, and then I started checking my websites.
- This blog doesn’t display too badly, although you had to scroll though quite a lot of menu stuff to get to the posts (I’m working on this as you may have noticed).
- The Viridian Series website is beautiful.
- The site for my dad’s memoirs is ok, and resized itself after a bit (which meant I had to change my glasses).
- The Princelings site is a disaster.
It looks like I’m going to have to spend some time getting the Princelings site looking beautiful on all platforms. I did have a short try with a new template during the Christmas period and got hopelessly lost with it. I know Rebecca accessed one of the stories when I was doing that, so I’m glad she found it and managed to comment. In theory I could probably try a dummy site to see how it looks, but once you start changing things…
What am I looking for in my blog theme that can work on all platforms?
- The key word is responsive. That’s the terminology for a website that will lay out differently for these different reading experiences – and turn sideways with the tablet or phone, etc.
- Then I want to see the content, but I also want to navigate around the website (I find that difficult on the phone).
- I also want my readers to see the books, how to follow me, and maybe some other key messages.
So I have to think carefully about the must haves that might go in front of the content when a reader finds me on their phone (the most stripped down form). Fortunately I can now check that. Some theme previews allow you to choose which platform to view it on. So now, it’s not just “does my website look good?” it’s “does my website look good whatever way my readers want to view it?”
And for now, my answer is, ‘Not yet”. But it will be.
And while we’re talking technology. I have a problem with most of my sites in that some zombies have got in there and attached themselves to files, way beyond my capability to find and remove. I’ve stopped things getting worse by installing Wordfence on them all. But it does cause Error messages every now and then – which should disappear if you just reload the page. It’s something I attend to every now and then to see if I can find another solution, other than starting a new website from scratch (and not importing the old content and comments as they probably have the infection in them).
Last week my blog stopped working and I couldn’t get into it. It turned out that a security plug-in had failed to install its update properly. A ticket to my web host not only fixed that quickly, but pointed me in a direction of a virus checker on their hosting system! I’m still working on that too.
You start writing books and discover you have to turn into a computer guru – and a business manager and marketing expert. That sounds like a whole new blog post.
PS Today’s the day (allegedly) for the sign-ups to open for A to Z Challenge 2015. I don’t know what time, though. a-to-zchallenge.com