Ten years later

Today is my 34th birthday. Ten years ago I was only 24, a few years out of school, and I bit off more than I could chew by becoming a freelancer.

Although it eventually led me to GoDaddy, that whole “running my own business” adventure didn’t end well. It was a rough period in my life, filled with stress, and it took a while to recover.

Jumping back into that world of startups and entrepreneurship is both exciting and nerve wracking. Thankfully, I’ve learned a lot over the last ten years. Or at least, I think I have? 😬

I watched how others operate. I took note of what I liked and didn’t like. I quietly thought about my own approach, if I were to ever jump into the world of entrepreneurship again, and filed it away for safe keeping.

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On migrating to WP Engine

My blog is now hosted on WP Engine. I’ve been impressed with the experience so far, including a migration process that went very smoothly – probably the smoothest WordPress migration I’ve ever done, to be honest.

Here’s how it happened:

  1. I set up my new WP Engine account and was offered a choice of data center location. Canada was one of the options. Bonus points for that! I’m tired of being stuck with either American or European servers.
  2. The automated migration worked without any hiccups. I followed the prompts, installed the migration plugin on my old hosting, and within a few minutes, everything was moved over.
  3. My last step was to update the DNS for my domain. The WP Engine control panel isn’t for beginners, but it’s intuitive enough for power users, and they have contextual prompts + links to documentation if you get stuck. I had no issue finding the IP address I needed to map my A records against.

I forgot to provision the Let’s Encrypt SSL certs after migrating, so there was a bit of downtime, but that was totally on me for missing a step. (Oops.)

Why the move to WP Engine?

With my recent career shift, I needed a new home for my blog, and for any future WordPress projects. I don’t have the bandwidth to look after a cPanel hosting account, and I’m comfortable paying a premium for top-tier support.

There are plenty of great managed WordPress hosting providers out there, but my mind immediately went to WP Engine.

They’re one of the longest-running players in the managed WordPress space. They were also the first MWP hosting provider I ever used, courtesy of their free hosting giveaway at WordCamp Toronto. I even had the pleasure of working on some walkthroughs for their control panel about a decade ago!

I also have friends and associates who work almost exclusively with WP Engine hosting, and I trust their judgment. 🙂

Who else did I consider?

Flywheel (owned by WP Engine), Kinsta, SpinupWP, and Cloudways were others on my radar. I also thought about giving WordPress.com a try. The first four are geared more towards agencies, and WordPress.com didn’t feel “power user” enough for me.

WP Engine was a happy middle ground. 🙌

Wrapping up at GoDaddy

This Friday, February 25th will be my last day at GoDaddy.

It’s been a hell of a ride.

Back in 2015, GoDaddy was looking for someone who knew online & offline communities, the web dev industry, and WordPress. The job description was a perfect summary of everything I had done up to that point, both professionally and as a hobby.

After a bunch of conversations (and several flights to Arizona), I joined the team as their first community manager for GoDaddy Pro, a partner program for web designers & developers.

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Pivoting to Product Management

I pivoted from Marketing Manager to Product Manager in September.

The thought of changing jobs crept up early this year — or late last year, I can’t quite remember — thanks to a suggestion from my manager.

I was reluctant at first. I’d never held a Product title before. I wasn’t sure if I was even qualified. But my manager encouraged me to keep thinking about it.

“You’re such a product guy.”

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