Lens: Voigtlander color-skopar 35mm f2.5
Camera: NEX-7, ISO1600, f2.8, 1/8, raw
“Chi la dura, la vince”. An Italian idiom which means that if you keep working on your goals, you’re going to win, sooner or later. It’s usually true, I mean, besides if you die before winning, I guess. Anyway, today it happened, I worked on my new site despite all the odds, and at the end I won, on every aspect.
So, here’s the background. Next week something quite big (to me it’s actually huge, but it’s all relative, so…) is going to be unveiled, so I wanted to open a new web site, one dedicated just to my photography, with the artistic projects properly defined, and the professional achievements well presented.
Since I didn’t have much time, I decided to go for some of the more expensive services for web hosting and site building. I started looking at Photoshelter, since I love their e-books (they’re genuinely great, and free, you should check them out!), but, sincerely, I didn’t fall in love for any of their templates.
Then I came in contact with Graph Paper Press, and I decided that was the way to go. The theme Albedo is stunning, I really like the large slideshow in the home page, and the simple and elegant design. To avoid the hassle to install WordPress on a hosting server, I decided to go with the hosting services that Graph Paper Press offers. With 35$ per month, you get one site with any of their awesome themes, you can use a private domain name, and you don’t have to go through any installation.
Designing the site wasn’t as simple as I expected (I was completely unfamiliar with WordPress), but thanks to forums and tutorials I eventually came up with the results I was looking for. Only then I realized that the service didn’t include domain registration. I got the domain and DNS services, I set everything as explained by the support page of Page.ly (the company providing the hosting service to Graph Paper Press), and I waited for the DNS to propagate. It didn’t work. Neither it did after two tickets “closed” by the support services.
After a whole week wasted by trying to make the expensive service to work as expected, I decided to go for the tough path, I added a hosting server on Aruba, I installed WordPress, I bought the theme Albedo from Graph Paper Press, and I re-built the website, and finally canceled my account on Page.ly. I now have everything I was looking for, it works, and I’m paying much less than I was.
I kept working till I won. I can finally relax and enjoy some reading before going “a dormire il sonno dei giusti”, literally to sleep the sleep of the righteous.