How to or (maybe Not) Build a Website !

By: Merlin Wizard

I had a Dream - I had an Idea - I could make Thousands - all I had to do was build a website!. Sounded quite simple 6 months ago, but that was 6 months ago. This is a brief, but true story about the realities of website development on a shoe string and with no college IT training.

I did mention this was a true story, so I'll bare all. Last November I reached a major junction in my life. I was working 60 hrs a week in a highly stressful position, then I had my 50th birthday. Something snapped, in a nut shell I quit my job which horrified my family as mine was the main income. I had burned out and had enough.

All my life I have had a dream to be a writer, but knew realistically I didn't have the talent or skill to be such, so next best thing was to build a website. I mean I'd read it was easy and you can earn a whole lot of money. How stupid could I have been.

As I mentioned earlier, I knew nothing about development, just thought I could buy a domain name add content and that was it. I remember the very first day I registered how2begin, I went out that night and celebrated 'I had a website'. Oops!. Next day I discovered I had to build the site. HELP!, not being a person to give up, after 3 days of solid researching on the Internet, I was still no further advanced, then in steps my honourable teenage daughter Sam and simply says just buy a "website in a box".

Ok, now I'm away. I soon became almost obsessed both with my ideas for content and creating the right image. None of which worked. Basically you get what you pay for, a cheap website builder will get you nowhere (unless it's just a page or so you require). Support from this company was practically useless and chargeable so I decided to teach myself html. as I had discovered there was a back door into my site, which hopefully would allow me to add and display content as I wanted. Still again I was coming up against BRICK walls, it seemed everything I wanted to do was

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