Over the last several years, I’ve made quite a few mistakes when it comes to building and maintaining websites. One of them was merging other websites into this one, which did more harm than good when it comes to attracting website traffic. What I should have done was to continue to take this generic, all-purpose website and create new niche websites with some of the existing content.
Building Niche Websites
To be honest, I’ve had to endure circumstances beyond my control. I started out building niche websites, with narrowly-focused and related content but found out I couldn’t maintain them (until now). During certain periods of time, I’ve had a hard time maintaining just the website you’re reading right now.
For a couple of years, I moved my domains from one lousy web hosting service to another until I finally moved away from shared hosting altogether. I also had a lousy DSL Internet connection, with no other options, until that company was bought out by a much larger one (DSL is still my only option). If you add in the numerous brownouts and storms that still take place, you may wonder how I can keep going at all.
The reason I merged the content from the other websites into this one (the good content, that is) is so that I wouldn’t have to rewrite it should I ever decide to build those niche websites again. I wanted to save the content, but not the domain names. I just didn’t realize it would take me so long to get to the point of wanting to get started again.
I have a single niche website remaining that I want to merge the content from, but I’ll have to rewrite some of it to make it fit. That website wasn’t designed for me to maintain and that’s all I can say about it.
This time around, however, I’m going to be using subdomains of rtcx.net to build my niche websites. I’ve spent a small fortune on domain names over the years and I simply refuse to keep doing that, especially since these aren’t going to be big-time, name-brand websites. Subdomain names cost nothing and because of how my VPS hosting is set up, it only takes a few minutes to create a fully functional subdomain, visible from DNS servers as if it existed all along.
Responsive Web Design (RWD)
The main theme and the child themes I use with WordPress support RWD, meaning that they work with everything from wide screen displays to the original Apple iPhone screens, whether in landscape or profile mode. I’ve been testing various settings for about about a week now using a bookmarklet as a viewport resizer and I’ve decided to maximize the width of my pages as much as possible.
By maximizing the width (up to 1160 pixels, but I’ll be setting things up at 1140 pixels) and using larger font sizes, the content will be more visually appealing to those with larger screen displays. At the same time, using RWD, the content will look just fine on most of the tablets available today. Although smartphone screen sizes are supported, I’ve actually tried to use smartphone web browsers and I’m probably not alone when I say I don’t like using them.
I really don’t have a plan. I have a desire. I want to eventually retire Untwisted Vortex while writing on and maintaining niche websites based on some of the content extracted from here. Yes, I know Untwisted Vortex is seven years old, but it’s not very popular and I doubt it ever will be, regardless of what I write.
More than anything, I consider this website a long-term learning experience. It started out a purely personal blog to begin with, so how could I expect it to be much more? One of the niche websites I dismantled was drawing more website traffic than this one, with far less content, simply because it was narrowly focused on one thing vs. everything.
In essence, my “plan” is to work smarter, not harder.