My son, Benjamin, said there was an easier way. WEEBLY. (Disclaimer: He is an engineer at Weebly and the IOS manager.) After dragging my feet for many moons, I made the switch. It took aa quick and easy three hours to totally design the site using my existing files. GoDaddy graciously helped with the transition to the Weebly server. The tech did encourage me to stay, so I told him where Benjamin works. The guy laughed and sent me on my merry way.
Benjamin is working on an iPad app for Weebly, I've been an alpha user before, playing with the apps and finding issues. So, intrigued with the notion of maintaining my website on my iPad, I asked Ben to make me an alpha user. On September 9th, after the IOS 8 release, he sent me the link for the Weebly Alpha app and put me on the list.
I became the token older-mom in the group. I suppose I offer a unique perspective. I'm not a young techy, but I've done a lot with websites for my writing and for my work at the college. Plus, I want it to succeed because I want to use it and it’s my kid's project. Go figure.
As he requested, I started a second website for playing purposes--there, in fact, have been several short lived testing sites. But for an ongoing site, I needed a theme that would provide for frequent changes and updates. Gregg's Garden resulted. (http://gregggarden.weebly.com)
Based on the lack of enthusiastic response to my blog about my garden--a couple people even said something like, "Oh, my grandmother was a gardener. How nice." So, if you are one of the three percent of people who find growing stuff fascinating, check it out for content, otherwise just review the design while keeping in mind I design and maintain it totally on my iPad. No cheating and running to my MAC allowed.
I joined the user list exactly one month before the app's October 9th release. I found the product to be intuitive and full-featured. There were quirks (bugs) that I reported, and they disappeared with subsequent alpha releases. A couple of quirks were user-stupidity (mine), though Benjamin didn't say it that way. For example, how the resize & crop tool works under edit photos--see above. Older-mom.
While the app is fully functional, the revisions and updates continue, as do the alpha releases for testing and comment. I admit that I no longer recognize some of the subtle bugs he tells me about. The app works well for me.
The other fun thing about being an alpha-user is that I get to suggest enhancements. I was thrilled when he said, "I made a ticket for that suggestion." It felt like a validation of my techy opinions. Cool. And, it has been fun.