VaultPress Stories: Alex Rodriguez Photography

Alex Rodriguez is based in Miami, Florida, and specializes in wedding and bridal fashion photography. He’s worked throughout the Caribbean, Europe, Central America, South America and North America and been featured in Grace Ormonde’s Wedding Style magazine. His professional blog is Alex Rodriguez Photography.
Paul, one of the VaultPress Safekeepers

My primary WordPress site is a blog for my photography business. On the site I feature some of my recent work which focuses on my wedding photography. I occasionally blog about some personal issues that are of importance to me. My site provides the perfect way to feature some of my recent work and for my clients to preview some of the work they have commissioned me to do prior to me delivering the final project.

In a prior life, I was very involved in UNIX administration and have always been very comfortable running my own apps. When I started blogging I turned to Blogger. At first, their support was exceptional, but following their acquisition, it became nonexistent. As my business started to depend more and more on my blog, I started to research alternatives, and it quickly became clear a self-hosted WordPress site was exactly what I was looking for. I could customize it with plugins and themes all while maintaining complete control. Support was also top notch — the community of theme and plugin developers provided the best support I could find.

Simplicity and reliability are what I value most about WordPress. WordPress is a solid application that has matured into a robust platform and is now an essential part of my business.

I became interested in VaultPress because I am always traveling and my greatest concern is exposure to security vulnerabilities. I am often unable to apply an update or patch as quickly as I would like but with the Security Monitoring built in to VaultPress, I know critical vulnerabilities are covered for me. I was also able to replace a less robust backup plugin with the backup/snapshot functionality of VaultPress. I am very comfortable knowing that all of this is done and supported by the experts at Automattic.

As for tips for other WordPress bloggers, make sure to blog often, it’s the best way to engage your audience! My current must have plugins are Jetpack (Site Stats, Gravatar Hovercards, After the Deadline, Sharedaddy), Akismet, Google Analytics for WordPress, Google XML Sitemaps, and W3 Total Cache.

Check out Alex Rodriguez Photography here. If you’re a VaultPress customer and you’d like to be featured in one of our future VaultPress stories, please drop us a line. Thanks Alex!

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