So, after more than a week of tinkering with things (yay locally-hosted WordPress!), I’m content enough with things to put the site up. So, uh, ta-da?
This must be the hundredth personal domain I’ve owned in the past decade. From Astarae.net to Wintry.org to AndRobots.net, I seem to collect them — and then discard them — as if it’s a hobby in and of itself. The cycle is simple: buy; create; maintain; lose interest; leave to collect dust before finally cancelling the account or letting it expire; rinse; repeat. Then a few months go by and I find myself buying yet another domain, yet another hosting package, and building yet another site. Normally, soon after I’ve bought one domain, I get the urge to buy another. Second domain thus purchased, it occurs to me that, rather than host that second domain as an add-on, or buy a second hosting package, I might as well buy or upgrade to a reseller. From there it’s a simple hop, skip, and jump until I have a handful of domains to my name along with some subdomain and domain hostees — I might as well put that reseller to use, right? — and I find myself wondering why I don’t just use one of the domains as a hosting site, rather than simply have a “hosting” section on that personal domain. (That, by the way, is exactly how I ended up starting and running Vintaged Hosting.) Then something comes up and I don’t have the time anymore, so I hand off the hostees and the domains. And then, a few months later, I find myself thinking about doing it again. To be fair, I’ve only done the full-on hosting site thing once, but I’ve done the hostees-on-reseller thing three separate times over the past decade. And yes, before buying hosting for AR.org, I did consider buying a reseller. “I’ll probably end up buying a second domain anyway,” I said. “I might as well skip the shared thing and go straight to the reseller.” Eventually, I convinced myself to go with shared hosting. I’m going to try to avoid the multiple-domain thing entirely, thus eliminating the need for a reseller.
We’ll see how well that works out, I suppose.
Anyway, back to AndRobots.org. One of my more recent personal domains was AndRobots.net. When I decided that I’d had enough of personal sites, I handed that domain off to someone, who, for whatever reason, has decided to do let the domain languish rather than sell it back to me. So, since I still liked and wanted the name itself, I snatched up the .org version (the .com having been taken for ages), found a suitable host (StableHost, which has been absolutely fantastic so far), and started working on the WordPress theme. I could have gone with a pre-made theme at first and saved myself the trouble of getting reacquainted with WP, but what can I say, apparently I like making things difficult for myself.
That’s all I got at the moment.