Pretty Wordpress Sites

8 months ago | Is_Generally_Hostile (Member)

I'm seeing some simply amazing looking Wordpress websites and I'm at a loss for how everyone is doing it?

I know some people are paying for actual hosting and such, so they have a plethora of options available to them that paid Wordpress users and free Wordpress users don't. I'm strictly concerned with free users. Is there a secret template hiding somewhere? Am I being the fat guy that wants to know your diet secret and you're about to disappoint me when you tell me you got on the treadmill of learning how to code your own sites?

Check out my shitty web serial at http://TheComatoseGirl.wordpress.com

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  1. CorpseMoney (Member)

    Posted 8 months ago

    In my own research it seems that self hosting is the biggest key, cause your options with wordpress hosting are limited. I don't much pay attention to the themes, and colors. But some of the shinier features are actually impossible unless you self host, and can change the code.

    But also little touches count, images, accents, and such, I really like wuxiaworld's theme. But I'm not a stickler for all the different details, as long as its not offending my eyes, or distracting me from the reading its all good.

    My web serial is titled, 'The Remnants'. I wrote five chapters and decided I needed to restart.
    so bear with me. https://geeklayers.com/2016/12/03/tr-chapter-1-its-all-good/
  2. Patrick Rochefort (Member)

    Posted 8 months ago

    Paid hosting unlocks a lot more options and a lot more versatility. From Winter's Ashes website is made 90% possible through the use of the Divi Builder plugin and support thereof, which makes the design and development of the site much easier.

    The rest is just photoshop and patience, and having a good eye for what makes modern, browser-responsive sites work.

    From Winter's Ashes: A Detective with nothing left to lose, against a Necromancer with a world to gain.
  3. Is_Generally_Hostile (Member)

    Posted 8 months ago

    Absolutely, paid hosting offers up more options, as I said in the original post.

    However, I also said I was strictly concerned with free options. I've seen plenty of the standard Myshittyserial.wordpress.com domains that look much better than what I've managed and I was looking for more insight on that front. Paid hosting is the end goal, but right now this is less than a hobby for me and I can't justify that expense.

    Also, "Yeah, it's definitely paid hosting, that's the answer" is akin to "Yeah, your web serial is decent and I know you asked for a critique, so I'll just skip to the meat of it and tell you the real money is in being a doctor." from my perspective.

    Check out my shitty web serial at http://TheComatoseGirl.wordpress.com
  4. Shaeor (Member)

    Posted 8 months ago

    As a free WordPress user, I simply shopped themes and their color options until I found one I liked. Went minimalist.

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  5. nippoten (Member)

    Posted 8 months ago

    Any examples of sites you like?

  6. Billy Higgins Peery (Member)

    Posted 8 months ago

    Depends what you're looking for, but honestly I love free Wordpress. It works best if you keep your site simple. But honestly, even if you go the paid Wordpress route, I'd suggest making your website as simple as possible.

    Web serial readers want to get caught up in a story. How many widgets can accentuate the immersion for them, y'know?

    Just make sure your template has a good font w/ legible lettering. Put it against a background that isn't too distracting. Make sure your menu/navigation is clear, then you're off to the races!

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  7. Is_Generally_Hostile (Member)

    Posted 8 months ago

    Wild bow's various sites are fantastic, Nippoten.

    It's moot anyway. I was pretty sure the answer was "Learn to fucking code" when I posted this and I'm not really writing anymore anyway, so it's irrelevant.

    Check out my shitty web serial at http://TheComatoseGirl.wordpress.com
  8. Blaise Corvin (Member)

    Posted 8 months ago

    Sorry, OP. For me it was just weeks of hard work and learning a new skill.

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  9. Billy Higgins Peery (Member)

    Posted 8 months ago

    I'm pretty sure Wildbow uses free Wordpress.

    Web Traffic Expert, my SEO business
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  10. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 8 months ago

    I'm free WordPress but I'm guessing I'm not one of the pretty ones. ;) I do recall asking for advice here a year or so ago, check for the thread "Optimizing Serial Site" or something like that... things that I never thought were a huge deal like colour schemes are make-or-break for some people. And I don't know how to code... well, okay, I DO know some basic HTML (allows me to embed tables for navigation) but that's in the webpage itself, not on the site. I can't site code. I picked a somewhat random template.

    Also, hey, don't sell yourself short - there is relevance if you think there is. For instance, maybe if you're not writing that's a perfect time to learn some design. Part of my problem is I'm ALWAYS writing, which leaves little time for actual marketing and stuff. :P Plus, alas, the only way to learn is usually by making mistakes.

    Writing a Time Travel serial: http://mathtans.wordpress.com
    Writer of the personification of math serial: http://www.mathtans.ca
  11. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 8 months ago

    @mathtans - Your site's always been tricky for me to navigate. I'm a phone reader primarily, so maybe that's part of it, but whenever I've settled into your serial, it takes click after click after click just to figure out where the heck the first chapter is. :P So I wouldn't say it's not pretty, but there are a lot of links everywhere!

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  12. Dary (Member)

    Posted 8 months ago

    Trust me, it's much less hassle to stick with the free themes. Start building your own, and you can look forward to long hours of code tweaking, followed by the realisation that your site doesn't quite work in a specific browser or resolution. Cue many more hours of code tweaking.

  13. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 8 months ago

    @Tartra: Okay, that many clicks is peculiar. The chapter lists are under the main "Menu", with "Story Catalogue" and then whichever story index you want - that's every episode, starting with the first. Should I give it a different name than "Catalogue"? I admit that if you go into the individual posts, the "Index" takes you to the one for the current book, but each are their own story. I admit that I don't use a phone, but I've seen the image for phones, and don't see how this is a problem? Unless the menu's not showing up?

    Writing a Time Travel serial: http://mathtans.wordpress.com
    Writer of the personification of math serial: http://www.mathtans.ca
  14. nippoten (Member)

    Posted 8 months ago

    @mathtans I've visited your site in the past, and it's definitely very busy. There's so much stuff to look at, especially at the banner and sidebar. I kind of get it, since there's probably a lot of information you want to be readily available, but having so much stuff crammed into one space as soon as one loads the site, it might be detrimental.

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