Do you mean introduce yourself as a reply to this your message, or to start a new topic to introduce yourself? In case you mean as a reply to this your message, here, then I’ll do so, I’m not shy…
My name is Das Goravani, but that’s a made up, or rather, a Bengali India name… as I was heavily involved in Hindu thought for my whole life since 19 and I’m now 60. I was born long before computers, and remember life without them very well.
So I got into Hinduism at age 19, left college to become a monk, went to India four times, travelled the world as a monk, a lot of it anyways, especially Europe and SE Asia. Learned SO much from traveling.
Later, due to the above, I got into Hindu Astrology, which is similar to but slightly different from Western or Greek Astrology. I got into it when it was new to computers, and I was a programmer, so I took up writing a Hindu Astrology Software. That’s what I still do. My site is for that, for selling my software.
I’ve ignored my website for many years, leaving it alone, to rot, it was written in iWeb and the one that’s still up is that iWeb one. The URL is
That’s an iWeb site. iWeb is as dead as door nails. It’s completely non responsive. I’m amazed I still show up at all in Google rankings, but I’m second page on searches related to my subject. I got to get back to first page, near the top, as income has dropped way low for years now.
I realized I had time coming up, so I took to the web to find a new program for making my website over again. At first I took up DreamWeaver, GULP, knowing full well that it was going to be a steep learning curve. I hate Rental Ware, and it is that, I hate coding, though I’m a programmer I have a steadfast determination to NOT learn HTML and CSS and the like. I knew I wanted a program that did it for you, and DreamWeaver just doesn’t, you work with code too much in DW. Plus it keeps costing you, on and on, in their rental ware scheme.
So I looked again, and somehow found RapidWeaver, though I don’t remember how. I don’t remember how I got sold on it, or even downloaded a trial, or whatever, I can’t remember darn it.
But I do know I bought it, and Stacks and Foundry all at once, after doing some research. Maybe I should have got Foundations… I still don’t know which of the two ends up feeling and being better, maybe I don’t care. Who knows.
I submitted my present site to Google recently, and was informed they were going to crawl it with “Mobile First Crawling”… this was the first I’d heard of mobile first. I am an oldie and don’t use my mobile iPhone at all except as a clock and as an occasional phone. Don’t do apps and all that, not a mobile savvy guy. I like my laptop… MacBook Pro, they’re great, don’t know how to write mobile apps… not about to… so I was taken aback by this “mobile first” business, at first.
Then I thought about it and realized the TIMES ARE WHAT THEY ARE and mobiles are FIRST in usage now… I live with MOBILE CONVERTS… two woman who use mobiles for EVERYTHING… I’m amazed at what they can do on their iPhones… so I realized that’s what time it is… then I realized I needed to make my new redone website responsive, learned what that term meant, had heard it, now I get it.
At first I hated the blockish feeling of RW with Stacks… seemed so angular, and blockish, limiting, was used to the free form ways of iWeb, which again, is non responsive, as a price tag… allows you to do WHATEVER, drag things to any location, stack them, it’s like a page layout program, easy to use as could be, lots of visual gizmos, but non responsive, that’s basically like saying it’s cool but useless TODAY.
So I’ve been working in RW for about 2 weeks. Making my website. I find it is hard to get things to be where I want them to be when I have lists of items, or want things side by side… it’s great for straight down the middle of the page, but side by side is hard… you have to use columns or grids, and the spacing of those is hard, not easy… but that’s responsive web design, I realize this… there has to be rules for how to breakdown as you go down in width of pixels.
As I’ve progressed, I needed help. I found it here on this forum. One thing is that they use Discourse, which Google indexes, whereas some forum softwares do not. This one does, so you can Google for answers and this forums threads come up, that is so helpful. VERY HELPFUL. Some of the folks on here are tirelessly helpful, quick, and good. I have received scads of free tech support here, this forum rocks.
I am finding I am able to create a cool site in RW, albeit I do miss the freedom of iWeb, you can get TOTALLY ARTSY in it… you can do what BLOCKS the Stack from YourHead does… I have Blocks, and like it in that way, but it’s not responsive, so there you go again… what do you want… your website on phones, OR NOT. That’s something we all just have to bite. |
I am an artist, very visual, my RW site does not reflect this part of me much, it’s not possible. To be responsive you have to follow blockish guidelines, or it simply doesn’t know where to do breakpoints, or it doesn’t do them at all, HTML that is… iWeb that is… I have to eat this new reality, of phones, and what they cause in Web design. Websites have SO CHANGED from years ago to now. Now they are straight down the middle, long pages, big fonts, big buttons… they used to be way more cramped and tight, but they weren’t responsive. Times have changed.
I’ve got my site done for the most part, but now I am going through and doing the SEO aspects… filling out all the titles and alt tags, typing the same stuff over and over… slightly altered… going to add my writings to boost content, which is a big factor in search rankings.
I find RW now, now that I’m used to it, I find it nice, clear, well done, good Mac software, as WYSIWYG as it can be given the realities of responsive web design, Stacks, all that it has to deal with… it’s as good as it gets… totally beats DW in WYSIWYG design… I would say RW is object oriented, so at least you can see and directly edit your objects, in order, down the page… then test with preview, works out fine, great, once you get used to it.
I would recommend RW to anybody. It’s not hard, it’s rather easy to use, it’s almost as easy as iWeb was. I really want to stress, as a 30 year long Mac guy, that RW is really from “Real Mac Software”, in design, layout, operation, appearance, everything, it’s good Mac software. I hate windows, I love Mac. I have to release my software on Windows, so I run Fusion and Windows 10 on a virtual machine on my Mac. In fact I’m working RW in Catalina in a virtual machine… I was afraid to upgrade to Catalina as my main OS just yet… though I’m finding Catalina to be just fine. I couldn’t get RW to work on my Mojave… stacks were coming up as dots, not lines, couldn’t get it to work, period, so I switched to Catalina, and the latest RW works great there… I’m glad everyone has done the dance to be on Catalina, Stacks, Foundry, RW, glad… because it’s all working for me on Catalina. Yay.
Although it’s not done, and there’s glaring things I need to fix, if you want to see my new site, it’s at
that will bring it up, the main area is the features link… that shows lots of screen shots of my software…
That’s my spiel folks, sorry if it was too long. Maybe I’m a story teller and don’t know it.
Let’s remember, when I was a kid, cassettes were not yet invented. I was in my thirties when CD’s were invented. Now I’m on a laptop with 4 USBC ports only, no CD drive, never thought these would fly, but they are… at first I thought the keyboard touch was too gentle, but it’s not… damn apple has a way of getting things in advance.
Peace to you, happy trails and happy weaving, one who grew up in the SF Bay Area, in the hippie days… when Vietnam was THE issue… I remember the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated… clearly… I was 3. Man we are in different times now.
born Richard Wurst