I can do a lot of things. My favorites are installing and configuring WordPress blogs/websites and XenForo forums. I also love capturing photos and editing them in post-processing. More than doing these things though, I thoroughly enjoy writing about how to do what I just mentioned above. Personally, I find it rewarding to craft a series of posts that describe, in very clear and simple terms, exactly how to go about getting something done. Websites come and go but my blog and forum posts can hang around for a very long time. I like that.
Be that as it may, I do offer a wide variety of services that I can offer if necessary. Some of the items I’ll list below are much more in-depth than others, but really, I find them all of nearly equal interest. I’ll discuss each one now.
Before I begin, let me tell you which companies I prefer to work with. I’ve dealt with many tech companies over the years and I’ve found these to be utterly top notch. They are WordPress, StudioPress, XenForo, LiquidWeb, Cloudflare, Google Domains, and GoDaddy. This isn’t to say that other companies aren’t as good or even better than these, it’s just to say that I’m comfortable with what I’ve listed. They’re world-class and they stand out compared to what else I’ve experienced.
Domain Name Registration
When I develop a website, I ask that the client register their domain through either Google Domains or GoDaddy. I’ve used both of these outstanding services for years and have nothing but good things to say about them. Both the client and I will keep the login credentials so we both have access to the account if something comes up. Domain names need to be handled with care. I can’t count how many dramatic stories I’ve heard through the years about website owners not knowing how to log into their accounts or who have abandoned email addresses that were associated with those accounts. Because of these things, the site owners were unable to renew their domains and in return, their websites went offline. Organization is key. There’s no one more organized than I am. I’ll always have the credentials on hand, stored very securely.
I use LiquidWeb for my hosting. I have used servers, virtual servers, and shared hosting offered by a wide variety of hosting companies and LiquidWeb is simply the best I’ve come across. Their equipment is stellar and when I submit a support ticket, they respond within minutes. And they get the job done right. They aren’t the cheapest out there, but believe me, you don’t want to use an inexpensive hosting company. Anyone can set up a server and rent out space on it. Not everyone has a support staff that answers tickets at 3am on Christmas and brings an issue to resolution within moments of receiving that ticket. It’s the support you pay for with hosting. Any website I create gets hosted on private servers I rent from this company. They are top-grade.
In the same realm as hosting is website security. For this, I use Cloudflare. There are all sorts of bad actors out there on the internet and those bad actors do bad things. Every website I develop uses Cloudflare’s infrastructure as a secure “overlay” that protects the website from malicious intent. I’ve worked with Cloudflare for about five years now and have been extremely pleased with their service. I’m familiar with their administration interface and features and I know all the tricks to allow a website to operate as smoothly as possible.
When I create a website or a blog, I use the installable version of WordPress as the content management system (CMS). I don’t use any other available options. I’ve worked with WordPress since 2004 and I find it to be absolutely perfect for my needs. Any website, no matter how large or small, can be created with this software. Beyond WordPress, when developing the look of the site, I’ll use themes developed by StudioPress. This company offers dozens of themes that can cover just about any website niche. They can be customized for a specific image and are very versatile. I’ve got lots of experience with StudioPress themes, as I’ve been utilizing them for over a decade.
When it comes to installing and configuring discussion forums, I use software developed and sold by XenForo. Discussion forums are huge on the internet and some of the biggest players in the game take advantage of what XenForo has to offer. The way it began: a group of top developers left one of the largest and most successful forum software providers in the world back around 2010 and started XenForo. It’s a slick, intuitive, and powerful solution. I wouldn’t use anything else.
Search Engine Optimization
Developing a website doesn’t stop after it’s configured and goes live on the internet. One of the most important aspects of web development has to do with getting the site to rank in search engines. If you’ve been using the web during the past 20 years, I’m sure you’ve heard about something called SEO. It’s one of those acronyms that everyone likes to talk about, but very few actually know about. While optimizing a website to rank online isn’t a terribly difficult thing to do, getting that website to actually rank is.
Since 2000, I’ve been put through my paces in regards to SEO. I know what I’m doing. I know what works and what doesn’t. I don’t simply read articles on the topic, apply what I read on the website in question, and call it a day. For over two decades, I’ve tested theories and have discovered the reactions to my actions. I actually write the articles others read. When someone talks about SEO, be very wary of what they say. Unless they’ve got years and years of experience, they may just be one of those article readers.
Photography, Graphics & Post-Processing
I used to offer these services, but with the onset of inexpensive DSLR and mirrorless cameras and easy access to Adobe’s products, I now prefer to teach others how to go about obtaining marvelous results themselves. Plus, I now live in Maine in the middle of nowhere. For me to get to a job, it would take half a day. I’d much more prefer to use my time taking questions and writing long, in-depth articles that someone can reference time and time again. Photographing isn’t difficult and I encourage everyone I know to get involved with it. Editing photos and creating graphics isn’t difficult either. To see what I’m talking about and to learn something new, I encourage you to visit my blog and forum.
I can write like it’s nobody’s business. As I’ve mentioned on other pages of this website, I’ve written my fair share of online articles. I scored in the 90th percentile on the writing portion of the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test), which may have been partially due to my growing up with a mother who was an English major at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx, New York. I come from an English speaking family. What I mean by that is, if you don’t speak proper English, you get corrected again and again and again. Speaking and writing well is in my blood.
When developing websites, I usually ask the client to provide copy for their pages. If they can’t or would prefer not to do that, I’ll offer my writing services. You’re currently reading what I’ve written here on this very website. You can just as easily read what I will have written on yours too. I can also write articles and blog posts on nearly any topic. If you’ve got writing needs, let’s talk.
What I’ve come across the most through the years is a general sense of confusion and lack of direction from a variety of types of people. Most of those people I talk to know what they ultimately want, but don’t know how to get to the finish line. That’s where I can help. With as much information as there is out there, sometimes it’s just too much. I’ve spoken with people who have told me about their binge watching of YouTube videos on a topic, only to end up doing nothing because of information overload. Consuming too much information can far too frequently lead to demotivation and despair. It’s a strange phenomenon, but it’s one that’s far too prevalent.
Let me ask you something. Do you have some sort of an online presence? Have you been working at what you’re doing for a year or more? Have you gotten the results you thought you’d get? Have you asked yourself, “What am I doing?” Or, “Why am I even doing this?” Have you made any money with what you’re doing? Do you know how to make money online? Would you like some advice in doing so? I can help.
Do you have a WordPress blog or a XenForo forum? Would you like some instruction on how to best write and publish your posts? Would you like some advice on search optimization? Photography advice? Photo editing advice? I can give you instruction on all of these things. I’ve been working with cameras and Adobe products for over two decades. I know what I’m doing. I can get you going and set you on a path you’ll feel good about.
To Sum it All Up…
I’ve been in this business a long time. I’ll admit that I’m not the best out there and I don’t know everything, but I am very proficient at what I do and I’ve got tons of knowledge. I’m very confident of this. If you’re just getting into working online or if you’d like to grow your online presence and need some help, please reach out and let me know. To be very honest with you, helping people like you is my first concern. Getting paid for helping comes in a distant second. I’d prefer to help you get off the ground with what I can write and share here on this website to having you pay me to provide you a service. But like I’ve said before, if you need me to do some work for you, I can quite possibly help.