Author name: Brian

I'm an IT professional and software developer with many years of experience. With hardware from PC/network setup and support to server configuration and administration. Software experience from assembly language development on embedded solutions to high level languages for ERP systems and database driven websites with many other projects in-between. Capable of designing and developing projects to completion based on requirements with even the barest details.

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How I Changed My WordPress Hosting & Why – Part 1

So Why Change?

I’ve been using my blog all wrong. Now please don’t misunderstand me, the intention at the very start of this website was two fold. Learn more about WordPress and give myself more of a presence on the net. But I will explain the bit that I got wrong and how I should change it later. For now I will tell you the story of what I’ve been doing with my site recently by starting at the beginning.

Start of My Adventures With WordPress

The beginning of this site started off fairly easily using the free and simple wordpress.com hosting service. Which very soon proved too good to be true as its limitation was apparent almost as soon as I started. The main benefits of WordPress can be seen when you get past all the nice things, like how easy it is to post articles and change how it looks. Then you want to change how it runs and see what else WP can do. This is achieved with the use of plugins. Something the free service at wordpress.com doesn’t provide by design. They want you to pay for that. But there are many providers wanting to offer you this as well. Eventually I decided that the offer of a free domain and monthly charges of £6 from GoDaddy was enticing enough to go for. Indeed I’ve stuck with them for a few years now.

My site as it used to look with the GoDaddy theme

Brian’s Little Emporium Now Open – Intro Video

This video is a quick experiment with Lumen5 that generates some very nice videos for you from text you provide and a template selection into something that can grab people’s attention more than just a simple post. The free option has the branding at the end. Which isn’t much of a problem. Worth playing with as it is very quick and easy to use. Therefore, why not put it to good use and promote my shop, Brian’s Little Emporium.

It also allows the possibility of going back afterwards and editing each section, if you think you’ve spotted something that could do with that small little tweak. There’s still one I keep seeing so, will have to remember to fix that! 🙂

Try it for yourself at lumen5.