Post # 1
I made a free website, and J didn’t like it because the url was too convoluted, so I went to take it down, but accidently hit the “Delete” button – and lost everything I’d typed up.
So I thought, “I have iWeb on my computer; why not just do it myself!?”
I then spent 20+ hours recreating everything in iWeb.
THEN I started looking into hosting and domain names and everything else. $75 for a year of hosting and an okay domain name later… I just uploaded our site to the web.
Guys, it’s ugly. And boring. And I hate it.
But I spent $70 on it! And 20+ hours that I really should’ve been using to study.
I don’t know what do ! Besides start over in iWeb… but I’m starting to feel like I’m just NOT that creative and what if I’m not able to create a cool site? I know virtually no programing or coding, and so am stuck with the templates and such they offer, and we don’t really want flowers or butterflies or hearts or anything too ‘girly’ on the site, since this wedding is at least 50% J’s.
heeeeeeeeeellllllp! I was so excited to get it up and running, because that means I can send out our (e-)STDs, but I don’t even want anyone to see this!
Post # 3
Hmmm… if you hadn’t already invested in the hosting cost, I’d recommend the site we used (weddingwindow) because their templates are super customizable and easy to use, without looking too “girly”. But I did have to pay a little bit for it, and it seems silly for you to incur additional costs for it at this point. So if I were in your shoes, I think I’d probably stick all the content on a free wedding website. I’ve seen others that really aren’t too hard to customize nicely, so I think you could easily make something that you’d be happier with. Personally, I know it would really bug me for the next several months if I wasn’t happy with our website. 🙂
Post # 4
Oh and also, I know our site will let you use a custom domain name if you already own one… not sure about other free sites though.
Post # 5
What a pain! We bought a simple domain name and redirected it to our free site on mywedding.com. That site is password protected and despite the extra step it’s working out great. I’d recommend that route when you can bear to face the project again. Maybe hit the chocolate and chick flick first.
Post # 6
Take the loss of time and money and start over. I really like http://www.mywedding.com. Free, lots of designs to choose from and easy to navigate. Then use http://www.godaddy.com to purchase a domain name for $10 for a full year and you’re good to go. Easy, cheap and you’ll end up with something you’ll want to send to friends instead of something you hate.
Post # 7
I’ve been looking at it, and I really love the layout and such… but the colors are just so bland. It’s all beige and brown and light yellow.
It’s funny, when the template that I used is next to all the colorful widgets that you can add to a page (in iWeb, while being created), it doesn’t look so dull, but when it’s standing all alone on the internet, it’s like BLAHhhhh…….
I wonder if there’s a way to redo the whole template in one fell swoop…
Post # 8
iWeb has a lot of different themes – just pick a new one. A lot of times the text size is off, and you will need to adjust a few things, but overall it shouldn’t take long. I did the iweb-hosted site route and much prefer it to the wedding sites since I can really put anything I want on it.
Post # 9
Put all your info onto a free site (ie: theknot) and then do a “blind” redirect from your url to the free site. Call your provider, explain the situation and they will likely refund you all the hosting charges. They can also walk you through making the redirect blind if you need help.
Post # 10
If you want (I created our website with iWeb) you can PM me with the address and maybe I can make some specific suggestions on how to make it more exciting.
I used the basic templates, but played a lot with the colour of the background (you can change the colour of any of the templates easily), and text, added pictures etc to make it more interesting.
Post # 11
I used Yola.com. I didn’t want a traditional free wedding website and Yola was perfect. It gives you a ton of freedom to personalize and change the templates, add photos wherever you want, add links and other cool gadgets (maps, countdowns, etc.) The best part is that it’s free to host your site and if you want a custom domain it’s only $20. I love how our site turned out!
Post # 12
Can you just go back into iweb and drop your text into a different theme? There’s tons of themes to choose from and it’s super easy to change colors or font or etc. Like Ms. Mini, I’m more than happy to look at it and give you some feedback if you like. Just PM me. I just built our wedding website on iweb last night. It’s not live yet since I still need to find a host.
Post # 13
PDX, Mini, just PM’d both of you.
thanks for offering to help… if I can salvage it without a CRAZY amount of work, that would be nice.
I hosted through GoDaddy, and didn’t shop around at all, which was probably a mistake. Yola sounds nice…
Post # 14
I used WeddingWire… I like it a lot! It’s free, people can RSVP through it, and it’s really customizable
check it out…