Site Review: The Root of All Fear


I'm new here so please excuse me if I inadvertently step on the toes of etiquette with my large ungainly feet. ;)

I used a pretty basic theme for my site. Didn't realize it was more limited than hosting it myself so have only tweaked it a bit with CSS. If you'd like to take a look or comment I'd obviously appreciate it.

There are 10 chapters in all (which includes the Prologue, and 3 [EXTRA] chapters which I haven't decided where to put in the timeline).

I added an image gallery with some rough art.

I'll look around to see if any serials catch my eye - mostly reading fantasy lately.

All the best.


Well, I'll cover my bounce right off the bat:

Clicking the image of the cover doesn't do anything.

What it should do is be a hyperlinked image that takes me either to your Table of Contents or to Page 1.

Fixed. Thank you.

Hi, Burt!

I'm going the basic route with my serials, as well. I'm finding so far that getting something that looks semi-professional hasn't been too difficult, and it looks like you're finding that, too. Your site looks clean and easy to navigate. Very ebook-ish, in my opinion. I'll (respectfully!) disagree with Patrick: I didn't think the cover necessarily needed to be hyperlinked, since the TOC is there in the sidebar. That could be a generational thing--I still use my old Sony e-reader, and the format's similar. But it certainly doesn't bother me that the cover is now hyperlinked, so you win all around on that count.

The navigational tags at the bottom of chapters threw me at first. I'm used to seeing a simple "previous page" and "next page." But since you title your chapters, the way you've done it makes good sense. I wonder if it may get a little clunky later, as you add more chapters, but you can always revisit that if you feel it matters more then. (I envy people who can title all their chapters, btw. I have enough trouble coming up with one main title for a story.)

On a more personal note: Humberto is a really cool name, you're never too old to start a new adventure (that's what I keep telling myself), and best of luck on the journey reboot (been there, doing that).


Hi Lori. Thanks for checking out the site, your feedback and kind words. I also wish you the best on your own journey.

I'll have to see if Next/Previous navigation is available for Pages on sites; I'm not postng chapters using Blog posts.

Thanks again.

Quick aside: My "Next/Previous" is simply the HTML for a table that I paste in from a file at the end of every entry. Then I add a hyperlink on the words back to the previous entry. Easy... albeit a bit annoying since the link registers as a "Pingback" comment, which I then need to delete when the post goes live. (But maybe that's not an issue if it's a page instead.) Best with it -- if you find built in navigation, do advise!

I originally set up mine so that the story posts were pages, with the html coding for the "next/previous" copy/pasted into every one as math says. I eventually figured out that if I used the blog aspect for the story posts instead, I could finagle the "next/previous" tags to be an automatic thing. (I have a low threshold for repetitive tasks, so automatic is a Very Good Thing.) I *think* all I had to do was set the blog to only show one post at a time, and the tags showed up without me having to do anything else. But it's been a few months since I did all the set-up, so my memory may be flawed. If either of you want better details about how I accomplished that, I'd be happy to uh... try to remember and let you know. ;) Both my serials are set up that way, each in a different wordpress theme, if you want to see how it looks and if that's what you're looking for. It's not exactly how I'd do it if I had more customization options, but it works.


@mathans / @LeeErickson - thanks. The shortcode here shows that you can use


to split a page into multiple pages, so that on the front end of the site they appear as different pages with

Pages: 1 2 3 View All at the bottom but in the admin it would be one long page which doesn't appeal to me, and I've already scurried down the rabbit hole tweaking stuff with css and hate to redo it (rather be writing :) )

I'll have a peek at your blogs and keep an eye out - it has been requested by others and they occasionally add to the base functionality.

Thanks for the ideas.

Just an FYI ICAIAI (for your information, in case anyone is actually interested ;) ). I removed the prologue for now after feedback from another source. It was hard to let go. I considered what was said and realized that my prologue made certain promises about pacing that weren't going to be kept when the ship in the prologue (sailing in ominous seas, with evidence of a fight and hints of portentous cargo) would not be realized when the ship sailed into the harbor a few chapters later. That particular piece of the story line would actually come into play much later. That's the problem with pantsing and not having a firm plan - the individual pieces are 'interesting' but lining up and connecting events for a complex story gets messy. :/