Single-handed IT Manager for X/S Cargo, worked with hundreds of other businesses on optimizing systems, cutting out bad habits, and sharing their authentic story with customers.
I've been working with virtual machines for over 10 years, starting with migrating and isolating servers.
Use any provider to spin up a single instance for any reason, automate the process to make it simpler, add the ability to scale by fine-tuning the automation process, and secure every step of the way.
Once the basics are grasped, cloud computing can leapfrog your business.
There are many benefits, and almost as many potential pitfalls when converting to a static site.
Here's an early tip: if you can't entirely remove the design from your content, you will want to look at a custom site generator.
Second: Now is your chance to move to a system with revision history, a staging environment, and automatic testing. If you set the groundwork at the beginning, it's exponentially easier later when you need it.
I can provide the lay of the land, specific strategies to make the transition smooth, and help with technologies that will benefit the business 12 months from now.
Throughout my life, I've observed people. Through my professional life, I have always worked one-on-one with clients and observed user behaviour. I've also used a huge bin of software over the years and now bad UX jumps out at me. It cannot be unseen.
I can help you understand where you're leading people in to the weeds, where you're losing engagement, where you're winning, and why it's important to stay lean.
But before you contact me, talk about the psychology internally. What are the 1-3 user priorities that you are serving, and why?
Is the product the design itself, and not it's function? Does your business have the skill set to bend the right rules because of it?
Installed, spun up instances of, maintained, customized, backed up, and optimized about 35 Wordpress sites.
What I can do best, is tell you how to get loading times to under 1 second (my personal record is fully loaded in just under 300ms).
This increases engagement, conversions, and page rank.
Large servers, small servers, hardened single-use servers, kitchen sink servers, virtual servers, bare metal servers, ones with graphical remote access, ones without.
Gain insight in to how things are working, whether you're using yours to their full potential, whether a different architecture style would let you scale more effectively, and much more.
Here are some quick tips:
- SSH + SSH tunnelling is an excellent method for remote access, AS LONG AS passwords are disabled, and keys used instead.
- If you can configure a bare-metal server by hand, that's one thing, but if you can create a script that configures the server for you, you've just created a tool that can help you scale.
- If it's a necessary service, find a way to properly monitor it in real-time.