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Website Domain Disparity

I’m taking a brief break from a good deal of programming and figured I’d clear up some recent questions I’ve been getting about disparity in my web domain names. Currently, I hold the leases to this domain and also – why is this?

First off, I’ve had this domain for a long time. I first decided I needed to develop a web presence way back in high school when I was a wee lad. I’m glad I did. I was less busy than I am now and it gave me a great way to learn about the ins and outs of basic web hosting and all of that fun stuff. That being said, I was a less informed wee lad and decided to host directly with WordPress – it seemed like the perfect combo! For ~$40 yearly I get hosting and a domain and it’s borderline idiot proof! Just what high school me needed.

Over the years though, WordPress has been making a steady decline. I don’t mean the WordPress platform itself – that’s alive and doing incredibly well! It’s their business side of things – their hosting practice and whatnot on the WordPress.Com side of the border. Shortly after buying the domain and getting everything set up and pretty, WordPress notified me I could do some cool new customizing. This seemed like news to me but I checked it out and sure enough, for bolt on pricing I could do a little extra customizing. This was worrying, sure, but  I didn’t need the customization so I let it slide. Two years later, WordPress graciously let me know that they were going to start putting ads on my site. MY site! The one I pay for! Unless, of course, I paid their $89 Premium fee which would remove all of those ugly suckers from the domain and hosting I already pay for. Not cool and certainly not acceptable.

That being said, I started to realize earlier in the year that I love having a blog, and quite frankly, that is more of what this site has been doing anyways. But I still wanted an elegant way to pass information to other parties as well as generally represent myself on the internet. As a result. I set out to make a FrontPage. In my opinion, a frontpage is essentially, a simple, elegant page that has just the most important information about myself – especially now that I’m embroiled in career hunting. I wanted something I could very quickly manage and I found a great HTML5 skeleton to build off of and manage through GIT. I love it – and I think it looks really slick. I’m probably going to keep it, even after I find a career.


Finished title page on my new domain!

I’m still at a bit of a loss of what to do though – I probably won’t touch this blog besides updates until I graduate. However, I’ve become to really hold resentment towards the once Mighty WordPress and will probably set up my own hosting and a custom install of WordPress post grad once I settle into a job in a couple of months so stay tuned for those updates! Once I have some static servers back up and my firewall and stack back online, hosting my own site locally will be no issue at all – something I’ve been looking at doing for a very long period of time.


Some more sample imagery from my new site.

Long story short though: (the page you’re on now) is here to stay and is going to serve as a professional blog for my work and major projects! is the flashy front page with essential information, a new, slick design and links to all of my thesis work! Thesis work will be posted here too, but it can’t hurt to have some information bridge between sites! So go check out my new front page and let me know what you think and in the meantime I’ll keep blogging here!