Website creation adventures

I probably don’t even qualify as an amateur web programmer, but I don’t know what comes below that rank. And although I’d previously said I wasn’t going to try and create a website to brand myself and my sculpture myself, something prompted me this Friday to go for it regardless of my reservations. So I signed up for a new account on A Small Orange and decided on a very straightforward domain, (my initials and last name). It’s a mess at this point, but I’ve managed to install a blog and Plogger‘s gallery software (although upon testing it it’s giving me an error).

It’s been a lot of trial and error at this point. I know exactly what I want the site to look like, but getting it there will involve technical skills beyond my below amateur skill level. I hope to get a programmer friend or two to aid in getting the site presentable, and hope that happens in the next month or two.

A Small Orange is a pretty easy to use hosting service with tools to help amateurs like myself. Plogger is an open source photo gallery. I’m using WordPress for the blog, which A Small Orange automatically installs with something called Fantastico. Fantastico will also automatically install a slew of other useful things such as content management systems and galleries. I’m also using Google Analytics to track website use, something I’m accustomed to and thankful for in my day job.

I don’t know how much more I’ll be able to do this holiday weekend without the assistance of more knowledgeable programmers, but I’m tired of sitting in front of the computer anyway.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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