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Simon 2.0: My New Window to the World

Welcome to the new site.
Nov | 5 | 2009

Nov | 5 | 2009


Welcome to the new site and home of all things Simon. Why the new site? A bunch of reasons, really. First, the old site was a bit of a relic.

old_siteSimon 1.0 was actually a composite of two different ones: a “main” site and a WordPress one–a high-tech Band-Aid, as it were. There was simply so easy way for me to easily integrate the two sites. Updating the site with my blog entries from the WordPress one required a decent amount of work.

Second, from an aesthetic standpoint, my old site just didn’t have the look and feel that I wanted. The templates from only took me so far and—trust me—I tried many things like rss-include and wix over the past year to spruce it up. Since my next book is about newer technologies, I suppose that I ought to use some of them as main my window to the world, to quote a song from Canadian icon Geddy Lee.

Third, WordPress’s CMS freaking rocks and, at the risk of disparaging my previous hosting company, there’s really no comparison between the two. The number and types of WordPress plug-ins just blow my mind. To be sure, this site will be easier for me to maintain and more aesthetically pleasing than Simon 1.0. As a result, there are two major benefits:

  • Readers will find the site more user-friendly.
  • I can more easily add (hopefully interesting) content.

So, What’s New?

New features include the ability to easily subscribe to comments and much more integrated search capability, largely stemming from the fact that all content now resides within the same domain. My only frustration so far (after only a few days of noodling with the site) is why I waited so long to move to the WP platform.

Major props to Shiri Design Studio for its absolutely fantastic job. Rarely have I worked with a vendor so diligent, honest, budget-conscious, and knowledgeable. I only hope that I provide the same level of service for my own clients.

As Morpheus said in The Matrix, “Welcome to the real world.”

Thanks for checking out the new site. Feel free to contact me if you have any thoughts or find an issue.

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  1. Dylan Jones

    I’ve just sent your URL to a few authors I know, trying to drag them into the new world by using your site as a benchmark of what they should be doing.

    Clean design, simple, uncluttered, a real pleasure to trawl around, picking up gems of content and ideas along the way.


    • philsimon

      Thanks, Dylan. I had a good idea about what I wanted and an even better designer.

  2. Andy Kaufman, PMP

    Looks great Phil! Well done!

    Hey, I invite you to participate in our “World of Thanks” call in. See for details.

    I look forward to keeping up with your great commentary, now on the Simon 2.0 platform! Have a great weekend!

  3. Jim Harris

    Hi Phil,

    Whoa. The new site freaking rocks, man!

    I am glad to see that you finally chose to take the red pill and join us in Wonderland.

    I say it is quite fortunate that no one can be told what Simon 2.0 is. You have to see it for yourself.

    I am looking forward to you showing us just how deep the rabbit hole goes. But always remember:

    Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth, which is there is no spoon. Then you’ll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

    Best Regards,


  4. Doc Bones


    I really enjoyed the first site but I must admit Phil 2.0 is far superior. As previously stated the new design is easy to navigate and chock full of Simon



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