Behind the Scenes: The Tech


On October 7, 2010, I posted my first post on a hideous looking blogspot blog. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, I mean not.a.clue. Frankly, I don’t know much more now, and it seems that the more I learn, the more I realize I have to learn, but I’m happy to share with you the little I know. Here I’m revealing everything tech you might want to know about this site.

If I leave something out you’re interested in, just email me and let me know what it is.

This site is hosted on dreamhost. I’m happy with them in a neutral way. It works. The price seems reasonable. I know a lot of people use Blue something, but I’ve been happy so far, and frankly, I’m too lazy to move it all.

I bought the domain through Name Cheap, but I buy them through Go Daddy now because their customer service is so good. I just love owning domains.

The site is built on the Genesis framework using, and I use the Epik theme.

The plugins I use and love are:

  • Akismet (anti spam and so worth it)
  • Envira Gallery (lets me make galleries of pictures that work well for me)
  • Genesis Post Navigation (adds “previous” and “next” navigation below posts)
  • Genesis Simple Edits (no idea, but afraid to get rid of it in case I break the internet)
  • Image Widget (no idea)
  • Mail Chimp (for email signup)
  • MediaElement.js (for embedding media files)
  • Pinterest Pin It Button (the semi-annoying thing that hovers over pictures)
  • Pretty Links (lets me create short links that are easy to use)
  • Responsive Select Menu (so my menu works on teeny tiny phones)
  • Reverse Order Comments (lets my comments be newest to oldest)
  • Shareaholic (social media sharing)
  • Social Media Widget (how you can connect with me)
  • WordPress SEO by Yoast

I find most of my images on Pixabay, and I edit them in Picmonkey. Picmonkey used to have a free version, but they don’t anymore.

I learned about PowerPoint from the Rapid E-Learning Blog. {free}

If I record a screencast, I used to use screencast-o-matic {free}, but now I use Camtasia.

I order my awesome business cards through Moo, the best business card company in the known universe.

I use WaveApps for my accounting. {free}

I got inspiration, tips, and a lot of practical how-to from Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook – I highly recommend it!

I haven’t ever done this before, but I decided to put a couple of affiliate links here just to see what happens. Nothing would cost you extra, and it may save you.

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