Why I use WordPress?

Let me count the ways … no that’s too cliche.

Here are the top 10 reasons why I use WordPress … no that’s too Twitter.

Please become a fan of WordPress on my Facebook page … no that’s too Farmville or whatever that Facebook game is called that everyone sends me and I ignore.

For only $19.99 get all my WordPress Secrets … too splash page.

Click here to download a free trial of WordPress … too spammy plus it’s already free.

Pick up the phone and call now and you’ll also get my bonus report “How I’ve made millions in 3 hours per day using WordPress” … too late night infomercial.

Ok seriously now, the reasons why I use WordPress are many. This post may just scratch the surface but WordPress is something I love to use and write about. I’ve also built a business around it. Did I mention [start of shameless self plug] that my wife downloaded a virus on her PC last week for the 2nd time this year. It’s toast this time (I use a Mac and she wants one too but wouldn’t this Netbook really hold her over for another year or so- I think so too) [end shameless self plug] and we could use a new Netbook.

WordPress has leveled the playing field in two big ways:

1) It has made Web Design way more affordable. You no longer are tied to a webmaster if you don’t need to be. You also don’t have to get a custom CMS (content management system) built. You can launch a website or blog in a matter of hours. With the amazing number of premium themes and plug ins you can focus your attention on creating compelling content and building a community around your product, idea, service or cause. Instead of focusing all your attention on design, functionality and technical stuff, you get to redirect that energy toward the things that truly drive traffic and create bottom line results. Plus it has widgets and you can’t go wrong with widgets.

2) WordPress has allowed you, me and anyone with a business, passion or hobby to self publish. You no longer have to wait to be published in a magazine, newspaper or journal. You no longer have to pay big bucks to broadcast your message on TV or radio. You hit the publish button everytime you post something in WordPress. If it’s good they’ll find it through Google. They’ll share it on Twitter. They’ll Digg it or Stumble it. The ball is in your court like it’s never been before. It’s the ultimate bootstrapping tool. It’s homebase. It’s better than the other blogging platforms and open source CMS’s because it has a legion of fans, developers, designers, writers, podcasters, video bloggers, visionaries and entrepreneurs making it better daily. It’s a movement. It’s a community. Did I mention it has widgets and that’s fun to say.

I heart it and it’s high on my list.

Thanks to WP Studio for putting on the contest and to ithemes and webdesign.com for all they do to make WordPress better.

Back in the saddle again

I’m back running Simplified Solutions LLC on a day to day basis. I still am representing webdesign.com and ithemes but just as an independent contractor and affiliate.

The last 3 months were great. I learned a tremendous amount and hopefully the team at WD.com did as well. We made several sales, worked out some processes, tested different price points and a whole lot more. Hindsight is always 20/20 and everyone is the best Monday morning quarterback but I believe all parties involved had wins in the arrangement.

In the market things cannot be conceived in the mind and implemented without realizing they have to be tested and refined. If we operated in an environment where things stopped and you could walk into the paused picture, then business would be so much simpler. With the way things change so rapidly today you have to adjust quickly. It reminds me of Seth Godin’s book The Dip. You really do have to quit the things that don’t look to work out and to focus on being the best in your endeavor. There is little room left for mediocrity. I think both parties saw this change made since and thankfully we realized it at the same time.

Take a spin around the site.

I’ve jazzed it up a bit and hopefully made it much more clear how I can help you. I admit it was extremely vague over the past few years.

We help you create your story and share it online. We use tools like WordPress and Twitter.

A New Direction

It’s time for a new direction. I’m posting this verbatim on my other sites as well.

For the last two years, I’ve planned and built, tweaked and refined, sold and invoiced, collected and accounted. I’ve marketed and branded and promoted. I’ve written and blogged and spoke and taught. I’ve coached and consulted. I’ve laughed, cried and learned a whole lot along the way.

I don’t regret starting Simplified Solutions, LLC two years ago. It has been the single best business learning experience I have ever had. I made so many mistakes. Too many to list here. I definitely failed forward at times. The best part was that this last two years was a training ground. A preparation if you will for the greatest business opportunity in my life thus far.

As my business has started to succeed the last several months, it’s been in large part due to a company called ithemes- and a open source platform called WordPress. I owe a lot to WordPress and to the team at ithemes. WordPress gave me, and more importantly small businesses, non profits and ministries; an affordable, effective, and attractive way to gain an online presence. Ithemes created some amazing themes powered by WordPress. That made the rest pretty easy for me.

A few months back my relationship with this amazing company grew a little closer. I always wondered how employable I was after being in sales most of my life and then running a small freelance business. Deep down though I knew I could follow a great leader and be a contributor on an amazing team. Well I’ve found both. The great leaders are Cory Miller and James Dalman. The great team is the team at ithemes and now WebDesign.com.

About a month ago, we started a serious dialogue about me joining a new venture that ithemes was launching. Time passed, many chats and conference calls lined out the details and I flew to Dallas this past weekend to meet the team and join this new venture – WebDesign.com

I am joining a thriving team at ithemes and have become their first sales consultant with WebDesign.com. To say I’m thrilled would be the understatement of the year.

We have a rockin team and we are ready to show the world an amazing model for web design and the customer service that comes with it.

You can follow all the details here at http://webdesign.com

You can also follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/webdesigncom

My new email address is bryce@webdesign.com and the cell phone is still the same.

I have already spoken to most current customers and this transition will be very seamless. I’m just joining the company that I promoted and sold before accept now I have a team of programmers, project managers, coders, designers, graphic designers, tech interns, owners and partners behind me. Way cool!

Simplified Solutions, LLC will still be an accounting entry in Quickbooks. Some things will trickle in and trickle out but I’m putting my 100% focus on making WebDesign.com the best in the world.

Add this to your to-do list today

Small Business, Corporations, Organizations, Associations, Non Profits, Ministries

If you operate in any of the above worlds, you need to run around your office this morning and find this person.

This person will be your new bootstrapping marketer, advertiser, PR agent, communications department, sales manager and all around buzz expert. We’ll call him or her a “Content Manager”. Find them quickly, not hastily but quickly. Good decision makers make them quickly right? That’s what I’ve read everywhere under the sun.

Alright now that you have that person. Lock them in their office, obviously providing the best take out food in your area, plenty to drink in the way of coffee, lattes, cool specialty drinks like Root Beers, Ginger Ales or Sasparillas and water. Give them plenty of breaks to refresh and do fun things in between their in depth study sessions.

OK you ask, what shall they learn? WordPress and Twitter. Start there.

I see one organization after another that could benefit by having a Word Press site. I’m a big fan of Ithemes cool themes. I don’t have a lot of time to elaborate here, but it’s important that you take my word for it.

You see two days ago I listened to a very prominent person say something that stuck with me. The remark was that he would spend 5 minutes per day posting to Twitter and engaging followers. They would have a CMS (content management system) and I think hands down WordPress does this the best for the least investment of time and money. They would have a “Content Manager” who they would touch base with for 5 minutes per day to get updates and posts done. Here’s the scoop today.

Simple yet powerful. This is where the leaders are and where the followers are heading. Get there.

Learn and use WordPress and Twitter. If you need help, contact me. I know some great training resources and the most awesome theme company with package hosting and great support.

If you can’t find this person in house, you better outsource this one. It’s too important to ignore.

Bootstrap with WordPress

Recently I was given the opportunity to write a guest post over at Ithemes. They are the top dog in my mind when it comes to producing and distributing Customized WordPress Themes.

If you have a non profit, small business or ministry, you know this; but repetition can never hurt. If you get a chance to speak for a group, or write a guest post on a blog, or be interviewed for a podcast, say yes even if you’re not ready. Even if things are not perfect. Even if the timing is bad. Say yes.

To paraphrase Abe Lincoln said ” I will study and prepare and one day my chance will come.” Was he a prophet or what? Failure after failure after failure prepared him to lead our country through a dire strait.

It won’t be perfect the first time or the second, but soon you be riding a bike without the training wheels.

Here is the article I wrote. It’s about bootstrapping your business or non profit using WordPress and Ithemes. You really should read it. It’s the kind of thing you’ll look back on and say I’m glad we positioned ourselves to capitalize on these trends.