Hello EVERYONE! Its been a tough 3 weeks. I have been working on this new site non stop and it has been hard to sleep, eat and most importantly, take photos. When I started this site in February of 09 it was mainly for me to pass my time as I was unemployed and the wife told me to take a year off to do something I wanted to do. Well, most of you know the story but I started STEVEHUFFPHOTOS.COM with my Macbook Pro 15″ and Iweb. Yes, Iweb.
Over the past 8 months I worked on the site day in, day out but spent most of my time driving, shooting and editing photos. After all of that I would write my review and that would take anywhere from 6 hours to 3 days. All this time, what I did not really realize is that my site was gaining popularity. My e-mails started growning by the day and my Alexa ranking went from 3 million to 200,000.
Well, just as it was getting good and I was making just enough commission to pay my web hosting (I was using 500 – 600GB in transfer the last two months) I realized Iweb was not going to cut it. Many people could not see the site in Internet Explorer and others complained about the text formatting. It was a big fat freaking mess. Almost as messy as a hippopotamus rolling around in a pool of chocolate. Ha ha.
Then, during an upgrade from Iweb 08 to Iweb 09, during the upload Iweb 09 killed all of my comments and changed some of my URL’s which I worked my ass off to get ranked high in google. I spent 12 hours getting my site back to normal but still lost the hundreds of comments in the blog.
After a huge headache and deciding on how I was going to build a new site I settled on WordPress.org. After going through 6 themes and several rough drafts I settled on this design and look and I am extremely happy with it. The little but of cash I make from this site goes in to an account and I use that money to pay the web hosting, gas for when I go out to review cameras, shipping, etc. The little I had in that acct just got wiped out with me having to buy new hosting, a theme or six and to top it off, I am now negative. Why? Well, my Macbook Fried! After 3 years of faithful service it died.
Sometimes, when it rains, it pours. I did not have enough in my acct for a new Mac, but had to use what I had along with a credit card to buy a new MAC. In any case, I am happy with the new site and if all of you who read my site and enjoy the reviews would bookmark me or subscribe to my feeds it would help greatly! I now have to work hard once again to get reviews from this site ranked in google, and get traffic coming here instead of my old site.
Some have asked why I just did not use the same domain name for this site. Well, that was a hard choice but in the end I decided that since 75% of my reviews are ranked on the first page of google I would leave them at the old site as an “archive” and link to them from here. If I would have taken them down and put them here the URLs would all change and my google traffic would be gone. So from this point on, all new reviews will be posted here at stevehuffphoto.com (no “s” at the end) and all of my past reviews will stay at stevehuffphotos.com (“s” at the end).
Also, with this new site I have so many new features and the ease of use is incredible. Iweb was dog slow not only for you, but for me as well. This site will load fast and work with any browser. You will have up to the minute updates as my new blog is so much more user friendly. I will be updating the blog MUCH more and hope to become a source of info for Leica cameras (my true love).
So please, if you enjoy the site, bookmark it! Subscribe! If you buy camera gear, feel free to use my links to B&H and Amazon at the upper right of each page. I promise to bring you more and more reviews and they will now be even better as I can make the images bigger as the server is blazingly fast. So enjoy the site, and feel free to leave comments!
BTW, on the main page you will notice there is an image slider. That will showcase my latest reviews or important posts. Also, my next review will be on the very cool 50 1.1 Nokton by Voigtlander. I am shooting it now on the Leica M9 and expect to have a very cool review to kick off my reviews on this new site! Also in hand is the Canon S90 and Zeiss 25 Biogon ZM which will be reviewing on the M9 as well! Check back daily!
Thanks, let me know how you like the site. For now its still a work in progress but I will be working on it every day until it is 100%. Thanks again!