When did your site launch?
I launched my new site Zelezny early 2015. These days however it was a website based on Paper.li engine. I had no time to launch a proper one and that is why I used mentioned solution. Thanks to this however I could aggregate some backlinks and a little of traffic (Paper.li based website rarely rank well as these content was based on RSS feeds)
Later I switched to WordPress that sits on Siteground with material based theme called Zephyr.
What made you want to build your own site? Before you said it was difficult to have up to date content for a website and it was on a domain (could you please confirm that domain).
Also I wanted to have a website to communicate with conference organizers. That is the main role of Zelezny.uk.