“Staying Young” – SEOAndy is 5!

I want to start this post with a big Thank You to you the reader of SEOAndy, you’ve made this blog what it is today and are helping to make sure the future of the site is strong. You, my friend, already know of my loving of felines, so instead of a boring birthday cake with 5 candles to illustrate our birthday, instead we’ve 5 cats.
5 cats

So… It’s been a huge year for SEOAndy and me, things have happened that changed my life and the plans I had for SEOAndy. I won’t bore you with the details of it all but here is a few important changes that have happened since this time last year:

  • I became a candidate for local elections in May 2014.
    This means I now NEVER stop, there is always more to be done.
  • SEOAndy as service entity was basically acquired by RedStar.
    This means all SEO services offered before as SEOAndy are now as RedStar.
    This means a more complete and all round service than I alone could offer.
  • RedStar made me Head of Digital Marketing.
    This means I now NEVER stop, there is always more that can be done.
  • SEOAndy continued to be a Resource Hub for website stakeholders.
    The future of this “blog” is secure, and we’ve plans for growth.
    And yes everything remains creative commons license, share it, use it – just link back!

What SEOAndy didn’t get around to doing this year:

  • We never started a Podcast.
    It’s not off the table but highly unlikely to occur anytime soon.
  • I still haven’t written the resource documents and white papers you all want.
    I continually get requests, and one day soon I will do these I promise.

But most importantly, a list of great things SEOAndy did this year:

  • Published Over 140 Blog Posts.
    Thats 2.7 a week – almost hitting the target I strive for of 3 a week!
    *dances a little at being so close*
  • We’ve introduced new editorial rules to ensure Guest Posts are always great quality.
    We like all sites have been guilty of sometimes letting crap in, well no more my friends!
    Oh and we are sorry if you’ve read some of that crap – hopefully you forgive us.
  • SEOAndy was published several times in various industry magazines.
  • We’ve continued to push for better design and awesome readability.
    Our new design, we think you will agree, is pretty slick and makes reading much easier.
    We’ve simplified everything we can to make the experience of reading here more enjoyable.
  • We (finally) decided to get a real logo.
    Since SEOAndy began readers have moaned about the lack of branding on the site.
    So we fixed it and it also means our life becomes easier going forward.
  • Finally, SEOAndy became a brand!
    The blog moved from being myself writing everything to being a hub of regular contributors.
    The transition has caused concern in some camps, so we’ve a few things we are changing…

Whats in the pipeline for SEOAndy in the next 12 months?

  • SEOAndy will become a two channel Resource Hub for SEO.
    We will offer direct resources, booklets, fact sheets etc to share and use as you need them.
    We will look to post just once a week, but we will ensure the quality of the post is super.
    If (and when) we can’t say the content is super we won’t post that week.
    We will, inline with the above, make our regular post day Tuesday.
  • We are moving from WordPress.
    As of this month we’ve been searching for a CMS that goes beyond what wordpress can do…
    Wordpress is awesome & I’d recommend it for almost all websites, but it’s too restrictive.
    The CMS we choose will be capable of dealing with my wants for a content organiser.
    I am not longer happy with one box to write a blog post in, it’s not flexible enough for us.
    If you’ve any suggestions for a great CMS (it must be Open Source) leave a comment below.
  • SEOAndy is looking to team up with a permanent sponsor.
    Running a site at this scale with our aims for growth isn’t easy or cheap.
    We’re not looking for millions of pounds to help but just enough to keep us afloat.

Boring bullet points out-of-the-way… let’s go have a pint or two to celebrate.

Before I grab that pint, once again, thank you for reading this blog and helping to grow this website in the way you do each time you tweet about it or share one of the posts on your site, and simply by adding to our stats. Every little thing you do helps make this site grow and prosper. Thank You.

7 Comments on ““Staying Young” – SEOAndy is 5!”

  1. Hey Andy, WordPress can easily be extended to have more than just Post Title, Post Content etc. You can add custom fields to standard posts, or create completely new post types for whatever you want. Its limitless!
    You can have whatever extra fields you want, and it’s really easy. Little point in moving to a completley new CMS when you can do it all in WP. Get in touch if you want more details.

    1. Hi Chris
      You know me and my love of wordpress, I’d use it for almost every site if I could – as you can say it can be made to do anything. But the reality behind this need to move is that yes i could do this with 25 custom fields if I wanted to, but only I would know how to use it properly and im not the only author on this site. I dont want to spend 50 hours training people on wordpress, wordpress is made to be easy and flexible but this is a level too far for wordpress – So far there isn’t a solution other than a custom developed CMS, which in it self hold challenges and awesomeness. Im sure if I had the cash to spend on someone fixing up WP-admin sections for me to make life easier I would do it, but then you’ve the issue of because my site gets DOS’d on a regular basis and im concious of security (not least as google is putting warnings on search results if wp is out of date saying the site maybe dangerous) and update everything as it comes along – that would mean any custom wp-admin stuff would need rewriting almost monthly and I don’t have the funds to do that.

      It will cost less to move this site to a new CMS than make WP do what I want, it will also probably take much less time too!

      I know my post probably read like I hate on wordpress, I don’t I love it I developed sites in it for years and still have it as number 1 CMS to use there is nothing it can’t do for a normal website. But when requirements outstrip functionality and design you need to appraise the situation and consider all options. It’s like if you build a website in wordpress and its awesome, 4 months later the client wants it to also be a CRM… sure it can probably do it, then you say look I want it to do this this and this too, most of which it can’t do because of lets say plugin conflicts or it just becomes too slow and weighted down… then you need to look at alternatives. SEOAndy is a simple blog in most respects but it doesnt do what i want with content today never mind in 2 or 3 years time.

      Until i’ve found a system that can cope with what i need and want today and looks like it can deal with tomorrow I will stay with wordpress, as i say i love it and being part of the community, but if i find something that does what I want I will begin to make that move – its probably going to take 6 months once the process has started if im honest (again because i can’t devote full-time dev to it or cash right now) but the results should be awesome. A much more flexible website that not only is a blog but is a resource hub that works on EVERY device fully, its fully accessible to the nTH degree and yeh 🙂

      1. I think you’re getting slightly confused with the basic “custom fields” facility that you have on any post. Thats just the standard “quick fix”, and not what I mean at all. Here’s a screenshot of a website I’ve just created where you have many more fields of data – all nicely arranged in the admin section – http://i42.tinypic.com/2e67qj6.jpg
        If this is what you mean then feel free to ignore me 🙂

        1. Its kind of getting there, once I write it down in full next week I will include you in my email Chris. There are about 10 devs now interested in suggesting ways forward, I’d love to stay with wordpress but it must do whats needed. As i say i will inc you in my email next week! 🙂 thanks for your input

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