Cloud Islands

Live From the Heart of the Salish Sea

New look, new directions

November is always a good time to take stock and start thinking about the New Year: the days are short, the weather awful, and there’s not much point in getting too far into new projects right before the holidays. This November found me finally, after too many years to mention without embarrassment, sitting down and rebuilding my own website. It’s an all-too-common occurrence:

“Les cordonniers sont les plus mal chaussés.”

So, here in all its WordPress-y goodness, is a long-overdue new incarnation of my website. I’ll be adding a portfolio of my past work, plus a few goodies.

I plan on devoting more time to my personal blog, Curvirostra. My personal interests range widely (a bit too widely, much of the time) but the theme of Curvirostra is “Nature and Culture, Consorting” so expect some nature, some culture, and how those two elements come together.

I will also be working to bring a very special project to fruition. Stay tuned!

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WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org

Here’s a quick overview of the differences between a website at WordPress.com and a self-hosted WordPress site (aka WordPress.org)

Features WordPress.com WordPress.org
 Cost Free for basic service; paid upgrades for using your own domain name, custom styles, etc. The software is free, but you must set up & pay for your own hosting account and technical support.
 Themes  You must use themes from WordPress.com; customization is limited, requires paid upgrade. You can use any theme; full customization is allowed
 Plugins  Comes with many useful built-in functions like integration with Facebook and Twitter, forms, polls, website stats, etc.  Extra functions must be manually installed and configured through “plugins.”
 Advertising  Some ads are placed on your site, chosen by WordPress; no private ads are allowed. Removing ads requires a paid upgrade.  You can sell advertising space on your website.
 E-commerce  You can’t sell directly from your website, but non-profits can solicit donations with a PayPal button; can also link to an external e-shop like Etsy.  You’re free to use your website for e-commerce. Requires the use of a plugin.
 Maintenance  WordPress.com takes care of all your updates and maintenance.  You are responsible for updates & maintenance.
 Great for:
  • Getting started with a website
  • Clubs and groups
  • Personal blogs
  • Travel journals
  • Events: weddings, reunions, etc.
  • E-commerce
  • Professional portfolios
  • One-of-a-kind websites
  • Highly customized websites
You’d prefer: To have the nuts and bolts taken care of for you and just focus on the content. To have maximum control over your website’s functions and appearance.

 

 

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