If there is one page that I have always taken out of Nicole‘s book, it is to always evolve your website. Now, that is not to say that you have to make gigantic leaps every time. Rather, Nicole constantly audits her own site, constantly on the look out for more effective plugins, cleaner designs, and just the best way to present her work. Recently, Nicole decided to switch to the awesome WordPress-managed host, WP Engine. Her migration was very easy and it piqued my interest. For a while now, I’ve been really disenchanted with my current host, BlueHost. Working with the WordPress Admin was utterly painful and page load times were underwhelming.
So yesterday, I decided to make the plunge and move my entire site over to WP Engine, bringing in every asset, gallery, and blog post under one unified domain: bmatiash.wpengine.com. Rather than piecemeal different parts of my site across different services, I decided to keep everything centralized. I can’t say enough about the positive experience I had migrating all of my data over to WP Engine and wholly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a new home for their website. Along with the migration, I also made some stylized tweaks to the main navigation menu and galleries.
With all of this, though, I could not have come even close to making this migration successful if it wasn’t for the selfless help that my good friend, Dave Veffer, provided. Everyone should be so lucky to have a friend like Dave in their corner.
So what about you guys ‘n gals? What sort of website evolution strategies do you practice?