I’m Chris Eggleston, I’m a Husband to 1. Father to 4. Organic Garden Junkie. Wannabe bodybuilder. Director of the Partner Program at WP Mantis. I blog about business, WordPress, marketing, provide WordPress support, and coach WebPros.
A little background (my story):
My online business journey started in 2007 when I decided to start my own business after being downsized at my corporate job.
The goal was to teach business owners how to use blogs to market their business, a no-brainer today (I’d like to think), but not so revolutionary then!
Because of the lack of interest from business owners (a.k.a money) I was forced to accept the first paying gig that came my way, website development.
How hard could it really be?!!
Turns out, when you don’t know what you’re doing and pre-todays technology, it was pretty dang hard.
Ashamed to say, I started with GoDaddy’s Website Tonight builder tool, which was awful.
After a few rounds with that and repeated failures, I realized it just wasn’t going to cut it. And neither would my lack of skills.
My brother-n-law introduced me to WordPress and suggested I give it a try.
I jumped on WordPress.com and signed up, remember, this was 2007, not the same WP.com some of you know today. I loved the interface the available resources, themes and plugins, but quickly learned WP.com wasn’t going to cut it. I needed more flexibility.
Luckily I discovered self-hosted WordPress or WP.org. Now I just needed to figure out what hosting was and how to install this software.
To condense things a bit…
Over the course of 12 months, I not only figured out hosting and self-hosted WordPress, I was on my way to learning how to actually code.
After months of long days and late nights taring apart WP themes rebuilding them and the repeated attempts at building new “test” sites, I was getting the hang of this newly discovered passion.
It was mid 2008 when I really started to make $money$ with WordPress.
Over the years I became known as the “fixer”.
I’m a problem solver! I love a good challenge. It’s in the search for the solution that I really excel. It is also what lead to me becoming so well versed in WP today. When you’re a new coder and new to a software platform, you’re forced to learn or quit.
I chose to learn!
To this day, every project brings with it an opportunity to learn something new, stretch myself and do better. Which is probably one of the top three reasons I love WordPress and what I do.
After years of trial and error, figuring things out, and beating my head against my keyboard, I wouldn’t change a thing. Except maybe when I got off track and lost my focus and ended up with a business that burned me out, but even that had valuable lessons that enable me to help my clients build better business.
What it comes down to…
If you need a reliable and knowledgeable developer on hand, a safety net or insurance policy, let’s talk! I’d love to meat you and learn more about you, your business, and your goals.
Something(s) Interesting About Me…
If we’ve met me or you’ve seen me speak, you know I wear very different shoes. Most say they think they’re cool, but others say they’d never do business with me because they’re so strange.
No matter what your opinion, I invite you to think about the branding power that is involved in me wearing these shoes everywhere I go and everywhere I present. People always remember the shoes, and it’s very rear that I don’t get asked about them. Great conversation starter ;-).
I love to garden! For the past few years I’ve had a garden in my yard. At one time I built a greenhouse because we lived in the mountains of Arizona and the winters were harsh.
But now that I’m in Gilbert, AZ, I am able to have a year around garden and feed my family fresh veggies.
It is absolutely a blast to be a part of the creation process in a whole other way.