Are you a rockstar WordPress template developer?

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(Just a super-quick public service announcement)

I’ve started on my journey to move to little old DCRainmaker from Blogger to WordPress in the coming months, and I’m looking for a kick-butt WordPress template developer to put together the new theme/template.

For those of you who don’t blog, you can skip this post.  For those of you that do, I know some of you may be curious as to why I’d move from BlogSpot to WordPress.  Well, I actually hadn’t planned on it to  be honest.  Despite the blogosphere’s general aversion to using BlogSpot for more heavily trafficked blogs, it has served me quite well for the past 4+ years.  After all, it’s free!  Which means my costs are zilch when it comes to the hosting piece.

However, in recent months BlogSpot in conjunction with Picasaweb (where my images are hosted) have started introducing bandwidth throttling for some images at certain (undetermined) levels.  This has left some folks with the inability to load photos/images from my blog.  Obviously, with my blog being so photo-heavy – and given the current traffic levels, it’s become a bit of a problem!

Unfortunately, Google hasn’t set a timetable on when (if ever), they’ll change this.  Thus, leaving me with little choice but to start to move.  Obviously, it’ll cost a fair bit of money to host the site elsewhere, but I’m also really excited about the move as I’ve got a lot of really cool things planned that I can only do once moved to WordPress.

I’ve spent a LOT of time sketching out what I want out of a refreshed site, and the biggest ticket item will be making it somewhat easy to find stuff amidst the mass of over 1,000 posts.  Of course, being the engineer that I am, I’ll be doing a lot of work to make it faster and cleaner to use.  Plus, I’ve got some cool new features planned that I think you’re gonna love.

So, if you’re a awesome WordPress developer, and want a shot at paid work to help develop a template for DCRainmaker, drop me a note with some of your past work and we can get a discussion going.  I’m really looking forward to it!

When the time comes near, I’ll definitely be soliciting volunteers to try out the beta site before it all goes live.

And for everyone else, thanks for reading!

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13 Comments

  1. After all the things you do, I am more than happy to do something back if I can. So Beta-tester for the website, that is what I can do.

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  2. Looking forward to the re-design! I'd also love a sneak peak, as a Beta-tester.

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  3. Dwayne

    So that is why some of the holiday snaps wouldn't load! Good luck with the changeover.

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  4. Indeed, sorry about that Dwayne! It's been especially bad for folks down in Aus/NZ - something I witnessed first hand over the past few weeks. :(

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  5. Hate to see you leave blogspot but considering the cost and issues. I can't wait to see the new site. Also I like several others would be happy to test the new site.

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  6. Dave

    Ray, am in NZ and very happy to Beta test.

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  7. Now this I am interested in! Sign me up for beta!

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  8. Wondered why the photos were struggling, was continuously having to click on them individually to see them. Who do Google think they are holding up the news like that! Be keen to help out with the beta also. An AusKiwi perspective.

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  9. if you need beta volunteers, sign me up!

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  10. are you set on wordpress... also are you doing .com or .org (self hosted) If you are looking at a self hosted solution you might want to look at something that has a bit more CMS like joomla. These guys do some cool stuff link to azrul.com

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  12. Robert Gama

    I'm just wondering what theme you're using now for wordpress? It looks really good on the iPhone! Thanks Rob

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