GoDaddy + WordPress + GeneratePress + Jetpack

I’m impressed!

I’m not the biggest fan of PHP but I really like WordPress.  It is so easy to use and very robust.  I’ve had several blogs over the last few years.  Every time I start a blog, I always go back to my old pal, WordPress.  It’s a Love-Hate relationship.   I love the product; hate the server monitoring and management.

I have this romantic idea that as an IS/IT guy, I should host all of my own servers and sites.  Problem is that at some point when I don’t want to have to deal with it, something is going to break down and  I’m going to have to fix it or worse abandon it.  It’s not actually that difficult. I just don’t want to have to take care of a server with Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, (LAMP) and WordPress.  (LAMP+WP)

So this time, I’ve chosen to host my blog on GoDaddy’s Hosted WordPress servers.  I’ve always hosted my own servers, but this time I don’t want to spend any (and I mean any) time futzing around with a LAMP+WP server.

The theme I’ve chosen is GeneratePress (GP).  And paying the $30 for the extra addons is worth it.  I chose GP because it looks great and it’s easy to configure although the name is cool too.  BTW, I’m not payed anything to mention or link to these companies or products.  I just like their products.  I also paid full price for both GoDaddy’s hosting and GeneratePress’s theme.

The last piece of the puzzle was a free addon called Jetpack.  It helps you do a few things that WordPress doesn’t innately do such as customization, traffic stats, mobile, content, and performance tools.  It’s from WordPress and integrates with’s dashboard.  Not the same site as (where you get WordPress) but same company!

Tip of the day: Admit when you’ve done something wrong and apologize if necessary.  I had to do both today and I feel so much better and my relationship with this person will be stronger.

First Post

photo of Allen HighnoteOk, let’s  get this over with.  Woopie.  Here it is, the first post.  Yadada. Yadada. Yadada.  By-the-way, that’s me in the photo.  Just thought I should say Hi!  See my About page if you’re looking for more.

What else can you say?

I plan on writing about software development, team building, mentoring, project management, and just about anything related to software and development projects.  I promise no politics, drama, or abusive behavior.

By the way, if you can’t tell if  I’m serious or not, “not” is your best bet!  I have been known to, on occasion, say the exact opposite of what I really mean just to keep you on your toes!  My sense of humor is pretty dry and sharp.  I’ll try to keep the snarkyness to a minimum.

Today’s tip:  Practice listening.  Whenever I’m struggling in my relationships, I try and take a little extra time and try and do a little better job of understanding exactly what the other person is trying to say.  That doesn’t mean that I will (or will not) agree with them.  I’m just going to give our relationship the best chance at succeeding or improving.  BTW, I’ve mastered none of these tips; they are all works-in-progress!

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