I’ve been using WordPress since 2004. It’s a platform that just works, that can scale (with the right back-end setup) and is easy to use and easy to love. Of course, most blogs and websites run on WordPress these days, so my recommendation isn’t going to be a surprise to anyone, but just in case you’re on the fence about it, give it a try. I started out by self-hosting my WP websites (you can download the platform from WordPress.org) but in 2010, after several years of doing that, I moved my two sites with higher traffic levels to WordPress.com, where I don’t have to worry about any back-end stuff. My websites don’t go down, no matter how much traffic they get.
I use and recommend WordPress, Jetpack (for useful backend options such as site protection and backups) and WooCommerce (for our online store). Together, this product offering from WordPress has proven reliable, scalable and user-friendly for over a decade of serious usage.
I’ve been using Olympus Cameras since 2003. Since then, they have kept coming up with cameras that offer new and useful features. Their approach to photo gear has been to make it lighter, smaller and more performant.
The images produced by their cameras are sharp, colorful and easy to edit. Working with these cameras for hours on end isn’t taxing on the body, because they’re light and responsive.
I love the speed of Backblaze and I love the small size and footprint of its application. This backup service does what it promises and it does it well. And when I want to restore files that I’ve backed up, they even have a downloader that can start multiple threads, so I can max out my bandwidth and get my files faster. You can read more about my experience with Backblaze in this post. If you’re interested, you can sign up here.
If you’re into photography and filmmaking, then you already know about B&H Photo. I’ve been a customer for over a decade.
I save and invest with Acorns. It’s simple and automatic. Try it out.