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.