In the interest of simplifying our website (and saving money), we’ve switched web hosts. Consequently, instead of cutting down the bloat of Squarespace to make a simple site, I’m making every page from a blank slate in WordPress.
Previously I tried self-hosting using a static site generator called Pelican, but quickly realized there was no way I could build a whole site from scratch before the new year. That, and my ‘server’ was tiny and slow. So, for now, WordPress it is.
My goal is to make this a low-tech website. I want to do this for a few reasons:
1. Speed – navigating to a different page of a text-based website should, ideally, be as quick as turning a page.
2. Cost – making books is not exactly a money-making operation. I’m doing my best to make sure it’s not a money-losing operation (fingers crossed).
3. Design – along with bloat, the internet now is obscenely visually optimized. The polish makes me forget I’m on a website. I want at least some shitty, hacked-togetherness.
I’ll be working on it actively as I go, so if you notice something that fucks up when you’re on the site, shoot us an email.