It wasn’t as easy as I initially thought, but it’s done! My latest novel, Goliath Fallen, is live on its new, revamped website at aclouis.com/goliathfallen. As usual, I’ll be posting chapters as I write them (30 of them are available for reading). I’m looking to update once a week, although I’m not sure yet which day.
I hope you drop by and don’t forget to subscribe!
If you’re interested in the technical part of setting up the website, read on.
Long story short, I used to run my websites with WordPress, but I found myself overwhelmed by its complexity, so I moved to Grav, a lightweight blogging platform. After a while, though, the same reason why I moved away from WordPress ended up biting me in the rear:
Grav was maybe too lightweight.
I started missing plugins real bad. Don’t get me wrong, Grav has its own plugin system but it isn’t nearly as mature and robust as WordPress. I often had to go and code stuff so things looked and behaved as I wanted, and with my time split between my full-time job and writing my novel, sitting down to code a subscribe form for three hours was a luxury I couldn’t afford anymore.
And so here I am back on WordPress.
I’m positive that the reason why I found it overwhelming was I doing things the most complex way possible. There’s a learning curve to WordPress, but once you get over it, everything just works.
And the best of all: no code needed!
I mean, I’ve had to add some CSS here and there and maybe tamper the theme a bit, but aside from minor tweaks, everything is else foolproof.
One thing I’m digging is the multi-site feature. Basically, you can have multiple blogs on a single WordPress installation, called a “network.” It also comes with an admin interface to manage your sites, and plugins and themes are installed at a network level, so you don’t have to maintain two separate WordPress blogs each one with its own settings, themes, plugins, etc.
It might seem a silly reason, but hey, branding is a thing.
I ❤️ you, WordPress. Keep being awesome!