I’ve updated my website!

iweb-to-wordpress

If you’ve been wondering why there’s been very little activity on my website for sometime, it’s because I’ve been looking at giving my site a major overhaul!

This is actually the third incarnation of my website. The first one was back in January 2008. At that time, I had no real idea as to what to put on my web pages or even how it was going to work. It was pretty much under construction for most of 2008 with a few updates of up-and-coming classes here and there.

Then in February of this year, I scrapped everything and started from scratch with a new website created with iWeb. iWeb is this software package that came with my iMac. It makes creating websites reasonably easy for the not-so web saavy lay-person. With a bit of experimenting and some help from my hubby Colin, we got version 2 of my website up and running! This effort was a vast improvement from my first attempt. This time round, visitors actually get to find out that Enjoy Life Fitness was all about Personal Training and all about me!

Part of the improvement of my new website is that I started a blog about what I did and added photos of my activities. All this was made easy using iWeb. The great thing about Apple products is that they make the complicated really effortless. Add a few words here, drop a set of pictures there and voila, I have a blog entry or a new photo album.

By this time, I’m getting use to adding new blog entries to my website. But there were a few things that bugged me about doing it the Apple way. For one thing, it’ not very easy to customise the look of the site. iWeb provides you with templates to give you the look and feel of the website but unfortunately it’s not easy to modify these templates without a good knowledge of its inner workings. Also there wasn’t an easy way to categorise my blog entries. It would be nice to be able to group entries by month or even by subject matter – this is something you can’t do easily with iWeb.

Adding comments or leaving messages on my website was also not possible unless I moved my website onto an Apple-hosted webserver (MobileMe). In the end, Colin decided that if he had to muck around with coding band-aid solutions to get these features working on my website, he might as well do it right and build the website with a proper tool.

Anyway without going into the full details, he was able to put it together within a couple of weeks. Anyway I hope you like it as there were a few sleepless nights involved!

As part of the new website, you can now leave feedback. So to start you off, we’ve added a new poll for you to vote. Let us know what you think!

If you still want to see what my old website looked like just follow this link.

Cheers, Kathy.

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