I first encountered WordPress soon after I got started in real estate in the early 2000’s, and wanted to create my own website. I quickly found that I much preferred the ease and convenience of this platform, especially when compared to the high cost of rigid alternatives offered by many online providers.
I might mention that my very first attempts at building my own website were probably back in the late 1990’s, using FrontPage from Microsoft, if I remember correctly. And that was for my glassblowing business, before real estate, so we are talking about really ancient times, relatively speaking!
Since then, I have set up and experimented with many different sites, some my own, but many more that belong to friends and family, and then eventually, paying customers. I am not a coder, and do not create WordPress sites from scratch, but rather, use premium themes, usually those of StudioPress, to set up awesome looking, and very functional, websites.
This website right here, GregFly.com is a pretty decent example, built totally on WordPress and I did zero coding. But I did get to decide how to lay it out, colors to use, sidebars, menus, etc…
Another reason, and my my primary reason, I love working with WordPress so much is how easy it is to drop videos and podcasts, pictures too, into every page and post. If I make a great dish of awesomeness in the kitchen one night and want to share a video I made, or a few photos, no problem. Obviously it’s no problem, that’s the vast bulk of this website!
And podcasts too. I’ve found myself on the hosting end of several podcasts and it’s so easy to just grab the embed code for one podcast, or several, and drop it onto a page, either for myself or a client. In fact, I have one or two, or more, podcast episodes floating around here on my website somewhere.
Here’s an example… this is a podcast episode I recorded with Mike Mueller, a well known WordPress, Facebook and all around website expert! The entire episode, plus the transcript, lives somewhere on this website, please feel free to listen, and/or read, the full conversation.
Over the years, I’ve found that most of my paid work has been with small companies and professionals such as builders, inspectors and Realtors. Instead of trying to land huge corporate accounts, as their needs and budgets are usually beyond my comfort zone, I’ve chosen to work with industries and people that I can relate to, as I was once in those fields. As a result, my installation prices usually fall between $750 and $1,500, instead of the multi-thousand dollar price tags larger shops often charge for setting up a new website.
Since moving to Texas in 2017, I have sought to become more active and engaged with local politics, to try and make a positive difference where I now live. To that end, I have found a few local clubs and organizations with shared philosophies, and have been donating my time helping out with newsletters, websites, social media ads and even a few political podcasts.
So if you are a small business or sole practitioner interested in establishing a web presence, perhaps you should consider a WordPress installation. Or maybe you’re involved in Texas politics and think that I could be of service. Either way, give me a call and let’s see if we’re ready to work together to achieve your goals.