WordPress Person of the Day #0013
Name: Daniel Zabolotny
Country: United States of America
Message From Daniel Zabolotny: Well I’m a teenaged web designer / blogger. I also play guitar in a band, and I’m a pretty decent artist. I’m a little obsessed with spelling/grammer, Gatorade, and consistency in design.
And here’s the interview:
- Question: When and why did you start blogging?
Answer: I started in late 2007, because everybody was doing it. I saw a lot of big bloggers using WordPress, and I liked the interface, so I gave it a shot. I didn’t really blog about any specific topics, and I still don’t. I write and rant about life and all that stuff. Living in NYC gives me plenty to write about. I occasionally write a semi-serious article on web design and such. My lack of a specific niche probably explains my very low readership, but it doesn’t bother me. Blogging is like writing a journal- I don’t care whether people read it or not, it gives me a way to express my thoughts.
- Question: How many websites do you have using WordPress and what they are?
Answer: My blog (obviously!), and almost all of my client’s websites run on WordPress. I’m actually working on a very big website right now, which will have a fully organized photo gallery and a shopping cart system, all built on WordPress.
- Question: Why did you choose WordPress?
Answer: It’s beyond easy to make themes for it, there are millions of plugins available, and the community is really helpful. Plus, I don’t know any real programming languages, and WordPress gives me the ability to have a backend to a website without too much effort. I also love the admin interface; I’ve used almost every blogging system out there, and none can match the perfection of WordPress.
- Question: How much have you spent on your websites (Ads, Hosting, Themes, Etc) and how much is your approximate revenue?
Answer: I spend a decent amount on hosting and domains. I host on Media Temple, which isn’t cheap, but it’s really good. My revenue depends entirely on my web design business. I have zero ads on my site simply for the reason that I hate ads. Besides, I don’t get nearly enough visitors to make any real money from ads. Web designing is where the money’s at. Most of it goes to my savings account, while some goes for apps, concerts, guitars, etc.
- Question: What kind of advice can you give to anyone using WordPress?
Answer: Don’t be afraid to experiment with WordPress. However, keep the experiments in a separate directory. It’s quite annoying to see PHP errors upon visiting a blog. No matter what kind of site you run with WordPress, make sure to get the WP-Cache plugin- it speeds up everything dramatically. However, don’t go crazy with the plugins. I can’t tell you how many blogs I’ve seen that have sidebars bigger than all the content.
- Quick Question #1: How many RSS feeds are you subscribed to?
Answer: Quite a lot. 20+ or so.
- Quick Question #2: Free themes, premium themes or your own themes?
Answer: Own themes. I can’t stand using anything that’s not mine. I even have to make all my own icons.
- Quick Question #3: Do you do most your blogging at home, work, other?
Answer: At home and at school, during computer classes.
- Quick Question #4: What kind of devices do you blog from?
Answer: My MacBook Pro and my iPod Touch with the WordPress app, for quick updates.
- Quick Question #5: What is the best way to reach you?