AnneLawsonArt Odds and Ends !!

Yes! I have my own website, at my own domain name: 


(Does little dance around the room……)

I would love it if you took a look. (I’ll just continue my little dance around the room!!)

It’s still a work-in-progress. Some pages are still to be set up, some need tweaking, and I am sure there are glitches and typos. Please let me know if you find any. Typos? Links that don’t work? Sentences that are unclear? Problems with pages loading?

As you know I have been on the quest for a website for about a month. Someone wrote that every artist should have their own website that is just more than just an online showplace. It should have an online store as well. If it’s doesn’t, the website is almost useless. It helped me decide what I wanted from my site:

  • a place to showcase my art
  • a way to sell my art
  • a way to automatically link to my newsletter subscription
  • a way to blog
  • and to have control, to not be at the mercy of changing algorithms and price rises.

Last time I wrote I was wondering about sites like Shopify or Bigcommerce. These was great feedback, and useful links to follow through. Thank you. The more I delved the more I realised that sites like those were not really what I was looking for.

Firstly they are expensive, around $30 a month for the basic platform. That was a big commitment for each month, and frankly, unrealistic for me. Secondly, it’s for higher volume sales than I would be generating, and more mainstream products. Then I wasn’t sure that they would give me the ‘showcase’ space that I also wanted. Someone wrote “If you sell just a few investment pieces or special orders each month, less costly options may be better choices.”

So, that lead me further, and WordPress kept popping up. Despite having blogged on WordPress for quite a few years, I really had no idea about it. I assumed it was a big tech giant, owned, like Facebook and Google. I knew there was this ‘other’ WordPress (WP),, but really knew nothing about it. Maybe it was just a fancy blogging site?

I now know a lot more. (And warning, I am not a tech person, so I may well have got the wrong end of the computer stick here.) WP is the software, a content management system, created and maintained by different individuals. It’s developed by the community around WP, with volunteer testers.

To work it needs a host. For those of us using, which is is the case if you have wordpress in your domain name, the host is already provided. To be able to work on you need to select your own host.

The advantages that I could see with were:

  • Lots of sites use it. Apparently about 25% of all sites on the web use (Hands up if you already knew that!?) There is an entire industry built around it.
  • Security is very good; updates are frequent.
  • It is low cost, with free themes
  • It performs well, loads quickly and is mobile friendly.
  • You can plug in eCommerce

The disadvantages worried me a bit. I read things like “easily accessible, but some prior knowledge does help”. How much prior knowledge? Or that some knowledge of coding may be useful. (Spoiler alert….So far I haven’t needed any coding, but I am doing the easy part of the website.)

So the next step was to select the host, the server that stores my website, using WP software. Again more reading and comparing. I weighed up two hosts, Bluehost and Siteground, and decided on the latter.

It’s so hard to judge these things. It made me aware of bias in reviewing sites. Did they have affiliate links to one host? I became aware of the date of the review. A lot can change in a year. But you have to make a decision. I decided against BlueHost because they wanted an upfront payment of 3 years. As well they are owned by EIG, a company that seems renown for buying up companies and then cutting costs at the expense of performance. There is, according to some reviews, terrible support and poor loading times.

Siteground had much better reviews. It asked for a yearly upfront fee, but offered a good deal for the first 12 months. And Catherine, at Hillview Embroidery uses it too. She has been a great mentor through it all!

So, I took the plunge, signed up with Siteground, linked up with WP, and began to work on the site. But that next stage will be a post for next time.

23 replies on “ !!”

Oh, bravo! I can well understand the impulse to break out in happy dances all over the place. I’m going to email you a screen shot of how your web pages loads on my 11″ MacBook Air screen; I think there’s a little bit of undesirable overlap of elements rather than things rescaling to fit. Overall, though, it looks great!


Big smiles from me! That screen shot would be good. I have looked at it from different devices, but you can never tell what isn’t going to work properly.


Thanks Dale. Glad it is looking good. As for the questions, I don’t have an answer for any of them yet! I thought I wouldn’t keep the Etsy store, but maybe linking to them will be the way I go. I’m not rushing with that. I am not sure how whether I will keep two blogs going (that sounds like hard work!), but I feel so comfortable here. I have to investigate whether I can just migrate followers over. See, more questions than answers!


You’re a brave woman, Gungadin! The problem with getting a website for me was the cost of the hosting – the server where your website lives. But I’m paying for being a scrooge by having an awful email client now [Outlook365]. Are you going to linke to your current blog from your website or start up a new blog?


I’m a scrooge too, and hate having to pay for things, so I was happy to have a good deal on Siteground, over half price for the first year. I will worry about next year next year. As for the blog, as I said to Dale before, I’m not sure what I am going to do with it.


I am so pleased that it looks good. It’s good to get feedback from people who are using different devices. Nothing more frustrating (only a slight over exaggeration!) than websites that load slowly or have glitches.

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Awesome! I also plan to take this step in a year or so, so these posts about your thec-journey are very helpful to me! And your website is very convincing and beautiful!


I am so glad they are helpful ~ and sensible enough to be understood! There is so much to work through, but so far I am happy with what I have done. Please email me if I can help out with more info…it helps to have someone holding your hand.

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Thank you Alys. Still lots to do, but i am happy with the start. I am pleased that it works well. It’s a bit like building and decorating a house, so much to do, and the only way forward is to take it one room at a time. xox


Your comment made me smile! And much appreciated, as your jewellery shows that you have a great eye too! Thanks for the feedback about the link. I assume it’s because I haven’t added any posts yet, but I will check it out.

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yay! and very sweet of you to return the favour!! You ought to be able to link your blog to your WP account – in both directions. I’m sure you have someone else with a different pc to look at it, but if not, let me know when you think you have it linked, and I will check it for you.


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