Textile art from Switzerland to the world
Marlis uses her site to showcase her art and promote her business through her blog.
Marlis, tell us about yourself:
I own Marlis Egger | Textile Art, and use my site for showing and promoting my art and blogging (and I’m about to add a shop where I’ll sell Small Fiber Treasures).
Where did you start?
I had a website: first designed on Windows using FrontPage, then I switched to Mac and redesigned it using Freeway Express.
Because I was so unhappy with this software, I switched to a self hosted website on WordPress. I had previously set up my seminar website on WordPress using a free theme (Atahualpa).
I don’t remember how I ended up purchasing Genesis. Because I was looking for a clean, customizable child theme, I purchased Prose. Only then I realized that Pamela had switched to the very same theme and was preparing Site Setup Kit. When it was launched I bought it and started to REALLY customize Prose. In the meantime, all my websites are on Prose.
What was the most challenging part of putting together your new site?
The most challenging part at the beginning was learning WordPress (when there was no Site Setup Kit available…).
I signed up for an online class and learned a lot. But not all my questions have been answered there … so I did more online researches. I got answers to (nearly) all of my questions, but this way of learning was really very, very time consuming. The next challenge was how to add galleries (of my work) the way I want a gallery to look like. This resulted in even more researching.
What advice do you have for people who are about to start working on their websites?
Do some planning before you start designing your website: plan the structure and navigation, write at least some of the copy and prepare the images in order to get them ready to upload.
And last but not least: buy Site Setup Kit! It will help you save a lot of time and also money. You still have to do the work. But Pamela and Wendy cover so many topics and explain them so well. And their support is just fabulous!