Back in May, I said I had a new website pending. It was tentatively going to be called Philippines Sights and Sounds, but I and Alex decided to concentrate on the sights part of it because we don’t fancy listening to any local bands and things like that.
The Details have Changed
Originally, I was going to set up Philippine Island Sights as a subdomain of this domain name, but then I thought it would be better as an independent domain. Call me wishy-washy if you wish, but I’m the guy that pays for this stuff until I get a return on my investment.
The name is slightly different, but it’s going to be mostly what I and Alex thought about doing in the first place. It’s not going to be a fast-paced website, with daily content being added. In fact, we’ll only be adding one or two posts per week at the most.
Setting it up
Yes, I did it all, but so what? I have quite a bit of experience with both WordPress and the Catalyst Theme. Alex has no experience. In fact, I’m doing all the writing while he takes all the pictures (or most of them). That will change over time, as Alex becomes comfortable with writing in the English language.
Everything I did to speed up my main site, Untwisted Vortex, has been applied to most of my own websites, including this one. Most of the backend services for Philippine Island Sights are in Alex’s name, not mine, but not all of them. There are some things that will take six months or more before he’ll be accepted by those services. In other words, the domain name has to age a bit.
No, not really. After his Single Filipino Failure, Alex doesn’t have high aspirations either.
I really want it to work out for him, even if I have to do more than my fair share with it for the time being. Alex drives a taxi almost every day and it barely supports him and his family. I know, if this website does well, he’ll make more money with it than driving that taxi and he’ll be able to spend more time with his wife and his growing daughters (all three of them). It’s sad when I get to see his kids more than he does (he drives for about 18 hours a day).
Alex is also my personal driver, using my car of course, and I pay him just as if he was driving a taxi (probably more since I feed him on the long trips as well). Fortunately for him, I only need to drive someplace once or twice a month.
Okay, I know I went off-topic a bit, but it’s important to understand the “why” of what I’m doing along with the mechanics of it.