My name is Cathy and I am the mother of 3 grown kids and one little granddaughter. I still have one kid at home, my son Ryan who is still in college. I also often have my granddaughter here too as I am help my daughter watch her while she is working.
Along with the kiddos, I am also fur mom to 4 dogs and a dwarf rabbit. I bet you must have guessed that I love animals.
So why did I start this site? I am actually starting to help folks in my local area get their website online and wanted to have a site I could send them to to get more info or keep in touch with me. I plan to grow this site into where I can offer services to people outside of my community too. Or at least help them with their questions.
So what makes me qualified to give advice on how to get a site up and running? I hardly consider myself tech savvy. I am for my age group, sure. But next to my son, he would laugh at the thought of me being a tech nerd. He remembers when he was in grade school and having to load discs into a computer when downloading a program (that’s how they came in the 90’s) because I was afraid I would break the computer.
I eventually got over my fears and got my first site up and running in 1997. I actually had a web designer put it up then and maintain it for me.
About 6 years ago, I discovered WordPress, a free open source content management system that allows you to easily run your own site. Of course, with anything there was a learning curve and believe me, wordpress is a lot easier today than it was back then. Still it was so nice to be able to control my own sites and not have to wait for my web guy to get around making a simple little change and then charge me $50 to make that change.
Since then, I have built close to 100 sites online so I guess that makes me somewhat comfortable in being able to teach others how to do it. I have been doing this long enough to know what products and companies are good and which ones to stay away from.
If you have a question, or want to know more about a particular subject, drop me an email or leave a comment and let me know. This site is a work in progress and there are so many things to cover, it will take awhile to get to everything but if I know where the biggest need is, I’ll hit those subjects first.
My email is cathy @ onlinenana.com (no spaces)
Article by Cathy Ratcliffe