To all the readers of Mad Genius Club:
I’m beating my head against a wall here. For weeks – months! – I’ve been trying to find a Web site designer/administrator who can give me the service I need, at a price I can afford, and who – most important of all – will LISTEN! TO! ME! when I specify certain things. That last criterion appears to be honored more in the breach than in the observance, as if the design community is used to patting its customers on the head and saying condescendingly, “There, there, never mind. We know better than you. Just shut up and do as we tell you, and all will be well.” Grrrr . . .
I need, in no particular order:
- An author Web site, including multiple series and books within series, that can be linked to multiple editions at multiple vendors;
- That does NOT use Adobe Flash or any other old-fashioned, insecure code (HTML5 preferred);
- That provides for hosting my blog, plus other material in due course;
- That is relatively easily maintained by the author, rather than having to go back to an expert for every little change (in other words, I own and possess the source code);
- That meets my design criteria (eye-catching to an extent, but more traditional art than cubist, if you know what I mean: definitely writing-focused, but not jazzy, spacey or Millennial);
- That I can afford!
I’ve looked at the template sites, offering dozens of pre-formatted Web site designs that you can tailor to your needs. I’m not impressed. Most are cookie-cutter copies of each other, with little originality; and most require you to sign on with the service offering the template, even though that service might receive poor to awful reviews from its users. I want something I can run on any server, with any service provider of my choice. If it’s a condition of the designer that it run on his/her servers, he/she had better have the credentials, reviews and approval ratings to make me comfortable with that – otherwise, no.
What’s more, I don’t want this made out of solid gold. I can’t afford that! I need something within a fairly restricted budget – a few hundred dollars, rather than a few thousand. I accept that may mean starting small, and growing later. I don’t mind that, provided the site designer understands it too, and doesn’t want to sell me all the bells and whistles up front.
Do any of you know, and/or can any of you recommend, a Web site designer and/or service host that meets those criteria? If so, please let me know in Comments. I’m ready to pull the trigger on this, and I urgently need to find someone I can work with.