I need to build me a new website.
Why? As you all know by now, I’m starting a Photography Degree in September. (You didn’t? WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? Do try to keep up.) Everyone’s asking what I’m hoping to do do afterwards. Which seems a bit premature, seeing as I’ve not even started yet. Give me a chance: I’ll think about that soon and tell you when I’m ready.
But in the meantime – I need to build me a new website. For the future photography business that I’m assuming I’ll be setting up one day. For the time being, all I really need it to do is hold an “about me” page, showcase a few images – probably on a photo slideshow of some sort – and tell people how to contact me.
I’ve set up websites in the past. When I did the first website for my church I coded the whole thing by hand in HTML, and I’m very glad I did because doing that gave me a great background knowledge into how websites worked. (Yes, I know, they’ve changed since then.) A few years later I rebuilt the site from scratch using Dreamweaver, and then maintained it for about another six years or so.
Time’s moved on, and now someone else manages the church site. For the latest version, and they’ve gone for a Content Management System (Drupal, if I recall correctly) so that they can give multiple people access to different parts of the site for ease of updating. (Whether that’s actually happening or not I have no idea. In fact I’ve just had a look and it doesn’t look like it’s been updated since 2010. Must tell someone about that.) My own very tiny personal site (which is just a set of links to other places – including here) I built with Apple’s iWeb, and I’ve built a couple of small sites using WordPress.com
But for my own new site I assumed I’d go back to Dreamweaver. But I’m getting mixed opinions about whether that’s the way to go. Well, I say mixed – when I asked online I had about four or five people recommend not using Dreamweaver (all saying “use a CMS”) and no-one saying “of course you should”.
So I’m asking you.
Should I used Dreamweaver, which I know, and like, or should I invest time now learning how to use something else? Let me know in the comments below.
(Do you know, I sat at the computer tonight with every intention of actually starting to build my new site. With Dreamweaver. But an hour or so passed with me just flitting about online and it felt too late to start. S0 I wrote this instead. That’s life.)