How To Build a Website Incorporating HubPages
- CJ STONE
"Stone writes with intelligence, wit and sensitivity" Times Literary Supplement
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: http://www.bridgefieldhouse.com/
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.
Meanwhile, if you want to leave comments about my website, here is the place to do it.
Let me know what you think.