One of the most difficult things I’ve found when starting to create my web-self is choosing which website I want to use for my main profile. I have a Twitter and Facebook page, but those are social media sites, not the actual home base.
Let’s start off with some basics – I don’t know anything about designing my own site. But I need to know where I plan to host my blog and other writings, and as much as LJ is cool, it can’t do all those things the right way. There are dozens of little things you need to pick up along the way before you can even think about taking on an endeavor like this (you’ll need lots of stock images and an idea how you want your site to look among other things). After beta-testing a large number of sites, I’ve narrowed it down to Weebly and WordPress. I really liked Webs.com but they don’t have a module for CSS and you can only use some of a limited number of templates. Though I liked this site design the best, the maintenance would be hardest of the three. Don’t discount how long this process can actually take, I’ve got some down time for the summer and it’s almost like a full time job trying to do this. Also, I’ve blogged using different sites before and I’ve started to know what do and don’t like.
Right now, I’m split between WordPress (which I’ve used in the past) and Weebly. There are some serious pros and cons that I still can’t decide on. Overall, I would say I find that Weebly is pretty amazing for my purposes. Its free offerings make it easier to decide whether or not I want them. With WordPress, CSS is a paid feature and the the site builder tools are not on par with Weebly’s which also happen to be free. Well, I have a few more test runs before I make my final choice. At this point, it’s doubtful there will be any other ride in candidates because testing too many sites on this level will end up wasting my time.