2020 was, at best, survivable. And the last thing you probably want to read about is that year. So instead of talking about politics or disease or Microsoft, let’s talk business. I’ve been launching sites since 2004. I can still remember the horrible mess I published way back then and the embarrassment that it was. It was straight HTML with a sad color scheme and a video of an animation I made in a 3D class. It was the start.
In between that site and this, there have been thousands of pages and hundreds (maybe more) of graphics. I’ve made static HTML sites with simplistic navs and interactive navs animated with CSS for a number of companies and people. I’ve learned WordPress. I’ve taught WordPress. I’ve done a lot. I’m not tired, but I am, honestly, frustrated with the results.
I tried to pinpoint where the obstacles stop progress and remove those obstacles. I came up with a new way to approach project management. I’ve created a theme with specifics to speed up production of sites. I’ve managed clients and lost clients. I’ve gained new ones and waved as old ones left. I poured over pricing and committed to putting customers first while my competition does the opposite.
I think it all comes down to other peoples decisions on what a site is going to do for their company and how much they are (or not) willing to update – use their site effectively. I can not come on board and hold hands for clients. But my competition can. There’s a lot I can add to that list, but I won’t. I don’t dislike building sites and creating graphics that enhance the site’s experience, but there are so many other factors in this that overshadow that joy. I just can’t overlook that any more.
I could have saved you time reading and just say “I’m done with Websites,” but I need to explain the reasoning behind the my decision. I also want to thank everyone who supported this idea and my business. Thank you Brittany,
I went to WordCamp in St. Louis at the outset of this month. It’s a bit late to recap, but here ya go. Here’s 1 of 2 videos with my very loud and bumpy ride back to Georgia.
So the next video can be found on my facebook page which is here. And there you have it.
I have been without a computer at home for close to 3 weeks. I’m in total withdraw and I’m extremely nervous about the whole situation. I took my desktop (the kind with a window so you can see the inside and a red glow – also the kind that is bought on craigslist [never again] with a short meetup at Burger King in East Atlanta) to a local mechanic.
After cleaning the PC and checking the power source, they concluded it might be the mother board. That wasn’t it either. Then they check the GPU and decided that that is it. So I’m waiting for parts each time they make these checks. At the same time, I’m going a bit crazy. I will have to update when that fixes itself. I’m also considering a beefy laptop from Dell, AMD or NewEgg.
One small thing I did uncover, while on the phone with Fry’s Electronics, is a nifty website you may find interesting if you like hardware. I’m a software person (naturally by trade) but I do like my hardware. So the site has build guides, a place to look for parts, and a “show-and-tell.” It’s called PcPartPicker.com.
I was hoping to have another site to show but I’m not where I want to be this year. I am behind and there’s just no excuse. I hope things get moving next year. Not to end on a sad note; this year has been significantly better than last year. No layoff. I spoke at a local WordCamp and I’ve grown my business. I also made contacts on Twitter through the WordPress community. There’s a lot to be thankful for!
And thanks for reading : )
Happy Thanksgiving from Outright, me and my family to you and yours. Have a great holiday and keep clicking.
Hey there! Not sure if you remember me but I’m the guy that writes these things. I had a good week and really wanted to pass along the things that are happening. I closed one project and started another at the beginning of the weekend. I also got an enormous amount of work finished. Part of that was on a new theme and the other part on HubSpot.
I started using HubSpot at Woodard and over a short period of time I started loving it. So much so I think it is a powerful part of outright and could be used with the service I offer to my client. I am therefore incorporating HubSpot as a optional feature that I believe will completely change any company that uses it. Not only will it improve outbound marketing project management but will also streamline sales and customer service.
Might be looking into their affiliate program too ; )
So the theme. Yeah. Pretty excited about this. I finished the framework for a theme. That included more than a year of work, even more time learning how to do it, a review process, and a few sleep depraved nights. I finished the review process on the framework and only had 4 bugs, all of which were easily fixed. The frameworks is humbly called “io” and will eventually be released into open source – much later that my new theme which I will market and sell.
I am extremely proud to announce Altimeter.
Altimeter will begin development in late September 2019. It is a simple and fast theme to incorporate a few features: social connectivity, a secondary post type, and a customized header which allows for user to change color of text/background/logo. The hard part is done and the soon-to-be release has me excited and tired. I’m very happy : )
Here’s the theme’s screenshot (shout out to SpaceX).