- I used CuteSiteBuilder back then but that software is no longer available and I'm 1 computer and 2 hard drives away from those old files.
- Adobe GoLive was my next choice but now I see that's been replaced by Adobe Dreamweaver which is definitely too complicated for a quick "structure and show" project.
- Services that used to come bundled together have now been parted out into infinite tiny pieces. Domain name registration, privacy registration, hosting, shopping cart, SSL etc and most are on a SaaS fee structure.
- You used to pay one time for proprietary software offered by places like ValueWeb to build your website. Now it's also SaaS so you have to pay every month for that privilege with no additional functionality over the old model.
I made it through buying my domain name this morning. While it doesn't really need to be a first step, I did it first anyway. I expected it to be easy (silly me) but it took me 2 hours because of these GoDaddy operations glitches:
- Bombed out of the purchase process several times from trying to add previously deleted line items
- Shock and awe when pressing "Pay with PayPal" authorized up to $500 monthly purchases from PayPal for a $40 transaction covering 2 years resulting in my immediate exit and damage control in my PayPal account.
- I was a previous customer but login can't find me and I can't find my info and any password reset would go to an e-mail address I no longer have therefore must create new customer account
- Customer Service people won't talk to you unless you have this CallIn ID number, which I also don't have so must create new account
- Human contact requires that you deal with a very long phone tree, so I didn't.
Whew! I'm guessing the rest will go at about the same pace. Advice about whom to host with especially appreciated at this point. I prefer something much easier than this route. I'm taking a break!