How To Build a Website Incorporating HubPages

Fraser contemplating his Bat Signal
Fraser contemplating his Bat Signal

You may have noticed some slightly odd things happening with my hubs of late. There’s been a rash of very old stories, including, in fact, the very first story I ever wrote with a commercial interest in mind, Witch Way Out Of Here, which was eventually published in the Guardian Weekend sometime in early 1994.

There’s a reason for all of this.

I’ve been building a website.

Well I say I’ve been building a website, but that’s not strictly true. I couldn’t build a website to save my life. Websites are far too difficult, involving, amongst other things, the need to plan logically and to deal with the complexities of web design programmes, which are generally written in Mandarin Chinese and then translated into Swahili before being assembled as a cut-up by a paranoid friend of William S. Burroughs high on weird South American psychedelic plants.

I never could make any sense out of web design programmes.

Fortunately I have a friend who can.

Hi name is Fraser James, and here is a link to his website:

Fraser speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and Swahili (of the technical variety) plus he doesn’t need to take weird South American psychedelic plants to derange his mind, having permanently fused-out his brain with an excess of science fiction at a far-too vulnerable age.

Fraser is the kind of man who thinks that Batman is a real person.

Which is OK because I think that Batman is probably a real person too.

I guess the interesting thing here is the way we have incorporated HubPages into the website. I don’t know if anyone else has done this or not. This is very useful for a number of reasons. Firstly it allows for links back and forth between HubPages and my website. Secondly, it allows the website to have lots of extra pages. Thirdly it allows for regular updates of my website without having to bother Fraser, who is usually too busy trying to build a Bat Signal, amongst other things.

It works this way. The site is a permanent feature containing a selection of my stories from over the years, including some that appear on HubPages.

There’s a biography section, a travel section, a books section, a columns section, an articles section, and a politics section.

As you know, I‘m interested in all of these things.

In the travel page there are two links to HubPages: Beyond the Forest and Angels of New York. The columns page contains a number of links, as does the politics page, while the "contact/latest" page includes the hubpages widget, hence connecting us directly into HubPages. The two sites are intimately interlinked, with cross trade and cross links between the two enhancing them both.

Finally there’s a section containing my reviews and the “contact/latest” page also links to my blog and to my email address.

Thus by updating my Hubs I am also updating my Website.

Clever, what?

Meanwhile, if you want to leave comments about my website, here is the place to do it.

Let me know what you think.

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Bard of Ely 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

Hi Chris! The new site looks great and I've just been browsing around on it! This is the sort of thing I know I need!

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Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

Great idea. I was doing something very similar between my blog and hubpages. But I didn't know about Fraser and was falling asleep when I read my sci-fic. Good to see it work out for you. I shall browse for take-home ideas.

pgrundy 7 years ago

It looks great! I'm happy for you. I finally got my website up, and haven't touched it in months. All this web stuff is labor intensive and the financial return is quite dinky. But eventually, I'll get to it. Someday. (Maybe.) Fun to see your photos too. Lookin' good, CJ!

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Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong


I have been to your website and back. I was so jealous that I spitted at the LCD of my notebook (or almost). Simple and Smart.


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Your website looks great! I love how you can surf from one subject to the next. Graphics are crisp and engaging. Very interesting how you morphed from that long haired young man on the rooftop to the man and excellent writer of today.

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CJStone 7 years ago from Whitstable, UK Author

Hi everyone, glad you like the site. It's taken a few weeks and I have to thank Fraser for all the hard work. I think the tie-in with HubPages really works. I wonder if anyone else has tried this. Meanwhile this page is also my official comments pade for the website. How cool is that?

Peggy: I was a good, though much less confident, writer even then. Don't yu think I look like a poet though?

Pam: the point of a website is as a showcase so you can point potential editors to it. Print is still the only real way to make money from writing I think.

Steve, there are some off-the-peg website programmes you can use. Try which is not bad

Benson, so did you get any ideas from the site? Hope you wiped you screen clean after.

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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Nice website, CJ. I have always been partial to the red/black/white combo, as it is eye-catching and dynamic. I might suggest for your readers desiring to set up their own website, look into Microsoft Office Live. It's free, including the domain name, and good domain names too. I got Not bad for free. Also, it's easy to use. i set mine up about a year ago when I knew nothing of such things. I am now in the process of fixing up a few things now that I know more, but it's pretty extensive and servicible.

Glad to have read this and seen your fine site!

newsworthy 7 years ago

Congrats on the website. Im looking into the same idea and want ease of use as well. Loved your expression of webdesign building because it is true. Only I see the stoned designer using a hammer.

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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

I like it, too. I much enjoyed the story about the man in the rubber suit and the diving helmet sculpture. Hope this helps to spread your fame and wonderous talent.

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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

It's looking good. I like the idea of continuing the article on HP. Good luck with the site!

issues veritas 7 years ago

CJ, Cheers from California

I looked your website and that of your friend Fraser.

They are both clean nice websites.

I couldn't find any links back to your hub pages.

I was under the impression from the hub rules, that promoting a personal or commercial website with the hubs was a no no.

That impression has prevented me from doing that for my website.

Any clarification on this matter would be appreciated.


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CJStone 7 years ago from Whitstable, UK Author

Hi Christoph, yes I'm partial to that colour scheme too, and once had a bedroom painted in those colours, with blcak woodwork, two red walls and two white ones. It looked like a Chinese temple.

Hi newsworthy, yes you should try it. It definitely works.

Thanks for your support Rochelle, glad you liked the rubber suit story. That bench is on our beach, and the photo I took was only a week or two ago. Did you notice the little face peering out?

Cheers Paraglider and issues veritas. Not sure if I'm breeching any rules, but it seems to me to be mutually beneficial since the trade is moving both ways.

issues veritas 7 years ago

CJ thanks for the reply.

After looking at your website to follow the links to the hubpages, I will have to read more of your hubs to get your big picture on the war.

Cheers from California

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CJStone 7 years ago from Whitstable, UK Author

Hello California, cheers from Kent.

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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

I'm In California, too-- (the snowy part right now) and yes I did see the little face in the big knothole. So you are saying it was moved from the uppity-scale neighborhood? If so, it was their loss, to be sure.

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CJStone 7 years ago from Whitstable, UK Author

Hi Rochelle, it's still in a good place, near the harbour, looking out over the Thames estuary towards Southend. Kent is sunny right now.

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The How To Hub 7 years ago from Australia

What a refreshing idea : ) Way to maximise your time, effort and potential CJ!


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flread45 7 years ago from Montana

The green field brings back memories.I used to work in the fields picking potatoes with a harness strapped on my waist.Buck hay,cut corregates to water the crops.When it stormed the boss would send you home,of course without compensation.and no benefits.

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CJStone 7 years ago from Whitstable, UK Author

That's right fireaad, only these days in the UK they get Polish or Lithuanian workers to do it instead at half the wages.

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Lifebydesign 7 years ago from Australia

Congratulations CJ, it looks nice and clean and some great stuff there. So you never were a dreadlock fan hey? I'm working on Wordpress at the moment and interesting to see what people are doing on theirs. Did you notice the new hub capsule you can put on your site btw?

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CJStone 7 years ago from Whitstable, UK Author

It wasn't that I wasn't a fan, it was that my hair won't form dreadlocks even if I tried. Not that I would want dreadlocks now, too much mess and trouble. Haven't seen the new capsule. I will look next time I publish a hub.

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Bard of Ely 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

All hair will form dreadlocks as far as I know, Chris, but it takes ages after you start with braided hair! I agree they can be a lot of trouble - mine started get thinner on top and heavier at the bottom and were thus falling out with the rest of my thinning hairline and that's why I gave up!

I have tried understanding how they form though and have never worked it out. I know they are from dead hairs that have come out and then got caught up but I can't see why they stay neatly in place as they do. I also don't know how the more or less instant ones are done. I had dreads but they are still a mystery to me! lol

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CJStone 7 years ago from Whitstable, UK Author

Hi Steve, no mine never did. My hair is very fine and never gets knotted. I can leave it for years and not run a comb through it and it always stays the same. It hasn't seen shampoo for nigh on 30 years either. Never gets greasy, never gets dirty, never forms dreadlocks. Ah the mysteries of hair, eh? Why do we even have it, that's what I want to know?

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Bard of Ely 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

That's amazing hair you have! I was definitely wrong about that then! For some reason I thought all hair or fur will get matted - animals coats do! In the Bible St Paul forbade braided hair so there must have been a lot of people with dreads around then and he clearly wasn't very successful! lol

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Lifebydesign 7 years ago from Australia

Hi CJ, you put the hubpages capsule on your website or blog- it lets people know what articles you have here. I'm presuming it'd work for your site - if that was what you wanted..

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Lissie 7 years ago from New Zealand

Its a very cool design CJ -and what your Swahili speaker has done looks so much better than the hubpages widget!

t08c15 7 years ago

A very informative website layout. Thanks.

I was thinking of using websites too to advertise my few hubs. For now though I have to develop where to advertise them . Traffic exchanges (where I usually advertise my websites) are out because Adsense do not allow their Ads in Traffic exchanges.


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CJStone 7 years ago from Whitstable, UK Author

Hi Lifebydesign and Lissie, I've added the widget to me contacts page. It looks great.

t08c15, glad you found it useful.

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William F. Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

Nice work, CJ. I've just created my first blogs (and I also have a friend who not only thinks he's Superman but I think he really is! He's certainly my SuperHero.) Our stories are very similar. I really enjoyed this hub, and your Website.

dave one 7 years ago

Nice website, chris. Only one quibble: the text is squashed up too close to photos and to the red bar on the left. Very irritating. Tell Fraser to get a bit more space in sharpish. OK, you know I'm a pedantic bastard -- it's an occupational hazard of having been a typesetter.

At least you're not printing it in unreadable red on black or grey on black like some websites do. Don't know if it's still the case, but when I worked for the PO postmen were allowed to refuse to deliver or sort letters in red packaging -- red on black -- classed as "embarrassing packages" -- because trying to read them is scientifically proven to be bad for the eyes.

still, envy you your website and fraser's skills

cheers, dave

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samanthamsmith 5 years ago from Small Town USA

Great ideas!

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CJStone 5 years ago from Whitstable, UK Author

Thanks Samantha. It does actually work.

astradog 11 months ago

hi cj.good to come across the fact that your still doing what your birthright quite obviously states.yes that is a bit I remember,met you briefly while waiting to eat,or maybe afterwards,outside st benedicts hall,on a were working on "chapter thirteen at the time",have wondered how you got on with new to this techno stuff.but beyond the scrutiny if universal jobsmatch,its good to read/see/learn that humanity hasn't quite melted into the machine completely.

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