Get a Professional Website for Under $25

Creating a professional presence online has never been easier or more affordable. For naterosenberg.com, I first tried custom-building my site and leasing a webserver, but I’ve learned that in this case, simple is better.

With my own domain name and WordPress, I have a professionally-designed site that is search-engine optimized, can handle as much traffic as I can get, comes with comment spam filters, and many more powerful features without any of the hassle of server or code maintenance. Plus, with Google Apps, I have a professional naterosenberg.com email address that has great spam filtering and works on any device.

You can spend a lot of money on a website designer, servers, and email systems, but for most people, the following steps are sufficient.

Create a professional website and email address for under $25 per year.

  1. $10.69/yr. Buy your company domain (mybusiness.com) at GoDaddy.com.
  2. $0 Create a free website on WordPress and choose from one of their many professionally-designed themes. Create some pages (About, Contact) and write a few blog posts.
  3. $10/yr Move your WordPress site to your domain.
  4. $0 Sign-up for Google Apps Standard Edition to have professional @mybusiness.com email addresses. An advanced email system with great spam filters, Google works with any web browser, Outlook, iPhone, Android, and Blackberry.

My New Favorite Shoes Are Not Shoes

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“These Are Not Shoes. They’re Sandals.” That’s the tagline for the Sanuk line of Sidewalk Surfers. If you love wearing sandals all-day like I do, go buy a pair of Sanuks immediately.

When I first saw them at REI last year, I thought they were great. The bottoms are like flip-flops, but they have a canvas upper to cover your feet. They’re shoes that feel like flip-flops. But even though they seemed great, I did not buy a pair until they made an important addition this year.

I saw them again a couple months ago at a Huntington Beach surf store, this time with a fuzzy liner to keep your feet warmed. Genius! Winter sandals!

I have worn my Sanuk Vagabond Chills for a couple months now. They are incredibly comfortable even after being on my feet for hours. They keep my feet warm even without socks. They look great with a pair of jeans.

In the summer, I wear flip-flops. In the winter, I wear Sanuks.