I am an amateur photographer with 1) a subscription-based online portfolio, 2) a desire to take more control over my site, 3) a sense of reckless abandon, and 4) virtually no experience with, or understanding of, the inner workings of the modern internet. I'd like a really simple site on my domain to hold galleries of my images and a blog. Can I get there from here? How?
I have a Viewbook
-based site using their standard templates that essentially looks like this one
. My site is hosted by Viewbook, rather than on my own domain. Based on this thread
, I plan on migrating to Webfaction. I'd like to move away from Viewbook, which costs me something like $200 a year--I want (and currently have) a very simple site, and there has to be some way for me to do this myself.
That said, the last time I built a website was in 1999 or 2000, when I pretty much coded everything by hand in Notepad and brute force kludged something together. I don't know how this stuff works anymore.
--Lightroom 3 (which can create web galleries, though I've never actually tried it)
--CS 3 or 4 (with Dreamweaver)
--whatever you can install with Webfaction.
There's going to be lots of trial and error here (which I'm excited about!)--but can you point me in the right direction? I really don't know where to begin.