Originally Posted by photomoof
...................... I will tell you what I tell my students -- it is all on the web. Google - Google - Google. There is no need for you to fully understand it, but you can gain enough knowledge in a few hours to become expert enough for most personal web sites. No need to buy any books.
Generally I would use an app like wordpress.com or Google's blogger, which have lot of apps (widgets) built already for your use. Doing it yourself becomes somewhat of an exercise is actually making it worse -- unless you really want this to become a career move.
Fred Photomoof's advice is usually spot on. Unfortunately not in this case. Google is a great tool if you know exactly how to phrase your query. And, too many answers provided by software companies promoting their product.
I spent 8+ hours using Google, downloading programs, free and low cost to finally learn how to convert my audio file, edit it, and export as a MP3.
I spent 12+ hours using Google, downloading programs, learning and trying them to make a slide show with audio and export as a MP4. I finally learned that I could build it in Lightroom and export it as a MP4. That one word "Lightroom" would have saved me 1 1/2 days. No Google search ever suggested this.
This MP4 is now uploaded to YouTube. But what I want is to put it on my website, not a link to YouTube. More Google searches led me to believe I could do it with my Web creation software, Microsoft Expression Web. But nothing made sense. So I bought an upgrade to the latest version. I just found out it will incorporate Flash but not MP4 files.
So I am back to square #1, trying to find a slide show program that will export a Flash file or trying programs to convert MP4 to Flash.
After each lengthy step, I realize that a few words from someone who understood the problem would save me many hours.
If anyone understands this, please let me know. I am no dumb*ss but this all new to me. I am tired of feeling I am constantly reinventing the wheel every day or so.
Fred is right about simply using a template instead of doing your own website. Unfortunately, I am many years into my website (only learning alittle along the way) so adverse to simply starting over.