Converting my old JoeTourist website to a new Mobile-ready website

My JoeTourist website has been online for many, many years. I originally hosted the website on my own server, but a few years ago moved hosting to a hosting service. I used Microsoft’s FrontPage web authoring desktop software for all these years. It has been like an old friend: familiar and easy. But times change. Well over half the people browsing my website now use mobile devices, and the old design just isn’t very friendly to small screens. Cellphone browsers in particular must scroll left and right to see the whole screen, and must put up with links and buttons that were designed for mouse clicking, not finger poking!

The final straw came in an email from Google a few days ago: “Google Search will be expanding its use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal.” I depend on Google to drive people to my website and to sell ads, and my website has enjoyed a solid Page Rank 4 for many years. I know it’s time to update my website’s content, but I’m facing a massive job of converting several hundred pages, thousands of photos, and other media to a new system.

Well, there is no time like the present to get started on this task! Over the next few days I will add my last trip to Oman and the United Arab Emirates to this new website using WordPress, the most popular and best supported content authoring system.

The archive of my old website will continue to live on for awhile during the conversion process.


I offer you my thoughts and advice as an experienced Canadian traveler. How much do you pack? What about personal security in exotic locations? Do I rent a car, hire taxis, or take a bus to see the local sights? What about health and travel insurance, immunizations, staying connected, other personal stuff, and traveling solo?

I don’t pretend to be an eco-tourist, so if you are looking for that angle, you won’t find it here. I prefer to travel with a generous level of comfort. This means you won’t find me using any of the local buses, seated amongst the chickens and vegetables – I’ll be the guy in the taxi passing the local bus and taking a photo!
On the other hand, I try to not stay in American style hotels. I have found that I get much more out of the trip by using locally owned and operated hotels and travel services. Why travel 10,000 miles to stay in the same hotels we have at home? I may as well save my money and stay at my favourite hotel in Vancouver for a few days.