(Rumors of my having fallen off the face of the earth have been greatly exaggerated. To clear things up, I thought I’d say a little bit about what’s been going on for me and where I’m at now. I do understand, of course, that some of you may be thinking I’m mistaking you for someone who cares…)
For much of the past 15 months, our family was on a roller coaster dealing with health matters I’m happy to say are now in the rear-view mirror. I was the primary caregiver for a period of time. I did not take on new clients. My existing clients were compassionate and understanding, and they accepted the need to delay their projects. Essentially, I was on hiatus.
Just when my gig as primary caregiver was up (literally the day after), I slipped and fell in my driveway and ruptured both quadriceps tendons. It even has a name: Simultaneous Bilateral Quadriceps Tendon Rupture. That was sixteen weeks ago. Thanks to an awesome orthopedic trauma surgeon, my doting and supportive family, the passing of time, and wonderful but demanding physical therapists, my double knee surgery of June 22, 2018 now seems like a vague memory.
So now I’m here to announce I’m back and back in business.
Let me also summarize the current focus of nSiteful Web Builders.
The Web, as well as the tools we have for dealing with it, have changed a lot since I started building Web sites in 1994. Nowadays, with services like Wix, SquareSpace, and WordPress Dot Com, more and more “civilians” are going it alone, building their own Web sites without any help from professionals. This is a good thing. And it’s had a definite — and positive — effect on how I curently define my “buckets” of work.
For the most part, the work I take on nowadays falls roughly into three buckets, although there is certainly overlap.
As I’ve done for years, I’m still designing and building Web sites from the ground up for individuals and businesses who either don’t have the resources/interest in the DIY route or whose requirements aren’t best met by the DIY offerings. One thing that’s changed is that I now build sites almost exclusively on the self-hosted WordPress platform. Read more about this bucket here.
Another target audience, one I’ve been cultivating in recent years, consists of fellow WordPress developers and WordPress implementers. For these fellow professionals, I offer a variety of WordPress support services, the scope of which varies according to the clients’ needs. I also actively seek to partner with these fellow WordPress professionals, to find opportunities to complement each others’ core competencies. Read more about the WordPress Support bucket here.
My third bucket is custom Web Applications. I define a Web application as a computer program — or, most often, a suite of computer programs — whose guts (the programming code and logic) reside on a Web server and whose functionality is accessed through a Web browser. This type of project has naturally evolved from my 30-plus year background as a systems developer. Some of these applications are seamless extensions of existing Web sites; others are standalone. Read more about my Web Applications bucket here.
If your Web-related needs fall into any of these buckets, I hope you’ll reach out to explore how I might be able to help. And thanks for listening.