Design One

Ken TruesdaleBuilding Unique Ideas

Okay, progress.  I like this design for the website.  I guess I will never grow out of my love for B&W imagery.  Perhaps those late nights with slightly old photo chemicals took its toll on me!  At any rate, I like.  It feels right to me, and that is important.  Rather than write out my thoughts in a document, I thought I’d form the message as I went.  That process works well when you are doing everything yourself — not so great if you are working on a team.  But hey, I like to right-size the approach, always.  The home page is good, but of course not perfect…so it’s ready.

For those interested, this is built on a wordpress theme called “X” which I’ve used a few times before.  It really goes beyond just a basic theme, and I highly recommend you drop down $65 and get this.  You can find them here.  I took a quick look at their Pro version, but since that changes up things a bit, I decided to go with what I knew.

I also put some of the basic SEO stuff in place.  Yoast on the wordpress side and added the domain into Google Search Console.  I thought I use Disqus for comments this time and see how that pans out.  I usually get suitable imagery licensed for free from Pixabay.

And just to capture some of the infrastructure stuff: The WordPress site was put into an existing Google Cloud Compute linux instance.  That instance is managed using Virtualmin for the most part–makes it easy to add and delete domains/sites.  Cowboy coding for now, but will eventually put dev/staging/source control in place.

It was a good couple of days. Next, I’ll get started on writing content pages.