This is my first post on the brand new iDry website. Woo hoo.
So just to start off, I just want to say how impressed I am with all the incredibly cool and cheap tools there are for creating websites. Having spent the last 2 or 3 days working to create this site, I am absolutely blown away by the ecology of tools created for people like me. Great tools, and so cheap! Makes you thankful for all the hardworking entrepreneurs out there, and the trusting investors who fund their companies. 🙂
So, let’s give credit where it’s due. This site is hosted by Bluehost for something like $13/month, with unlimited bandwidth. (Compare this to thousands of dollars a month for a traditional data center…). I can’t say how good a hosting service they are, but so far the signup and setup process went without a hitch.
The main engine used for the site is, as you probably have noticed, WordPress, which is provided free by wordpress.org. There is also a commercial version, wordpress.com, which provides hosting too. But if you want to host the site yourself, you use the free .org version. WordPress is a hugely complex system of software and it takes a while to get the feel of it, but it’s surprisingly easy to get started and get a “hello world” site up in a few minutes.
WordPress offers a vast array of plugins to do just about anything you’d want. So far I’ve got three plug-ins on the site. One is the really nifty Business Lite from CyberChimps, which provides the great slider and other features on the front page. It’s free, doubtless as an inducement to use their other for-fee products and services.
The support FAQ page is TF-FAQ from TwentyFiveAutumn.com, and is provided as shareware (ie, pay for it if you like it).
The third plug-in is Blog-in-Blog from a little company called Information Takes Over. Also donation based. It essentially brings WordPress back to its roots as a blogging tool. Since most peoople like me end up using WordPress as a content management and website creation tool, how do you insert a regular blog in a site that’s doing so much more? This little plug-in gives you a page (this one) dedicated to just blogging.
Well, enough tech talk. Just wanted to get all this stuff out, so this blog can move on to other topics!