Get a Professional Website for Under $25

Creating a professional presence online has never been easier or more affordable. For, 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 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 ( at
  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 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


“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.