How it started?
Two weeks ago, when I got home, Jully told me that she had offered me to do the web page for the next bakery sale at her school. She knows I work for a computing company, but I am not into the tech stuff. I couldn't say no. It would've been disappointing to her.
The other day I listened at lunch that Drupal was one of the most reliable platforms (and free) to put on a web page. So, I decided to give it a shot. I turned out that it was not as easy neither as straightforward.
I had no idea where to start, so I just googled Drupal. It turns out that the people on the internet say this is the best CMS system. As an open source, there are many versions around. I was not sure of which one to choose.
In the end, I went for the last version at the drupal.org site. I read on a blog that this would be the safest choice. There was a lot of tech stuff in there, and I wasn't sure if I was doing the installation right. I had to do lots of research.
The best thing is that they have the basics for a beginner, starting with the language. It took me a while to get to it, and I was getting desperate trying to get things going just using the Drupal website. They referred me to third party support every time, and it was a bit frustrating. It took me the whole week just to finish the installation. But once it was done, I was able to build my site more quickly. I even added a button to share the page on Facebook.
There are a lot of tricks and things you have to figure out when you are building your web page. It requires real programming and computing skills. Luckily I am familiar with the language, but one thing is to have heard the language, and another is to put a complete page together. I did a lot of research just to build a simple page. Hosting it was another thing, and it took me a while to figure out how to do it for free. It was better to find the Best Drupal Hosting instead of using a free one, because there are so many limits that it gets impossible to succeed.
The page was simple with little graphics, a white background and loads of photos. Roy helped me to put together the content. Neither of us has too many designing skills, so the result was not very appealing. When I showed it to Jully, she was not very happy. However, she knew how hard I had worked on it and still smiled.