I’m in the process right now of finalizing some choices for what technology I’m going to be using for the new update of VO2GoGo, and everything is on the table.
Included in this is whether or not I want to keep using some technology that is controlled by others. I’m talking Facebook, Google, WordPress, my hosting service, email and more. I’m even looking at whether or not I’m going to continue with the VO2GoGo brand, in favor of something that’s easier to say and spell.
I see artists making things potentially hard for themselves when they go the easy, build-your-website-on-someone-else’s-platform route, like WIX, SquareSpace, and the like.
Sure it’s easy. But you’re also held hostage. Here’s what I mean by that.
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David, Not too technical at all. While everything you share is very helpful, information like this is the most helpful. Helping us by being able to leverage your insights and research is invaluable. Looking forward to what you decide to do. Please share the WP theme you choose.
David, this is an interesting point. I think I would approach it as I would in home ownership. Stuff breaks down or needs to be upgraded, so do I immediately call a professional repair person? Do I rely on someone else to take care of my home ownership needs? It depends on whether it’s something I know how to do, whether I care to learn how to do it, how quickly it needs to be done, if I can afford to pay someone to do it etc. Is it work that’s guaranteed? When it comes to the VO business, I’ve cared to learn some technical things and have done so with you and others holding my hand! You are very technically inclined so branching out into other territories may be a more natural move for someone like you. I’ll probably just keep fixing faucets and doorknobs :)
Would that more people took this into consideration. The only reason I have a Facebook account is because there are groups that chose that platform, and if I didn’t join, I couldn’t have access to those groups. I would ditch FB in a heartbeat if those groups weren’t there.
I have long avoided easy-builder solutions like Wix and SquareSpace, even though they would save me a lot of time. My site is old-school, hand-coded HTML. Yes, I want to update the design, but in the meantime, it’s rocket-fast and I don’t have to worry about WordPress hackers targeting me. Caveat: it also doesn’t do a lot of things that could benefit my business–a real drawback to the DIY approach.
I’m starting to look at online services that offer clean APIs as the preferred approach. They allow me to leverage great stuff written by other people, without being completely contained within someone else’s platform. If that service goes bad (or I decide I don’t like them anymore), I can cut it loose and move to an alternative.
But I’m also a lifelong IT guy, so it’s much easier for me to evaluate these things and contend with the DIY lifting.
I definitely use one of those website creators, and I don’t like it all that much. I’m looking forward to the new VO2GoGo site. Thanks for the video David.
This wasn’t too technical at all, in fact, I’d love to have more tech info! Before we spoke earlier this month, I had already jumped into a WordPress site – so now I feel a little stuck… And now horrified that some of the themes might not be all they are cracked up to be. What resource do you use that has that info on the various themes on WP that one should watch out for?
Thanks again for the videos! Helpful content and a daily dose of David is awesome! :)