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Domain: alexbhill.org

Last year I purchased the domain to continue my personal branding that is so emblematic of my generation. I chose to use .org instead of .com because I like to think that the majority of my efforts are focused on benefiting other rather than myself.

Hosting: wordpress.com

I was playing around with a year of free hosting from Dreamhost.com as well as Drupal, but decided that I didn’t want to spend the money to host the site year after year. I set the nameservers to wordpress.com and haven’t looked back. WordPress.com offers a reasonable, annual “domain mapping” fee to be able to use a custom domain with your free site. WordPress.com is limiting in some of its customizability, but it works for what I need. I had previously been blogging from alexbhill.blogspot.com.

Vanity url: alxb.me

I recently jumped on the bandwagon and am trying out a vanity url for shortening personal links for sharing. I settled for alxb.me because Israel doesn’t allow top-level domains (can’t get: alexbh.il), not to mention I am not an Israeli citizen. Bahrain was too expensive ($199/yr) for a year of hosting as well (breaking the bank: alex.bh). I set-up my vanity url through a free bit.ly account which I have connected to twitterfeed.com to regularly post new blogs, etc. So you know if you are clicking an alxb.me link it will take you to alexbhill.org or alexbhill.tumblr.com.

Tumblr: alexbhill.tumblr.com

It seems like everyone started using Tumblr prolifically this past year (2011). I have had a Tumblr account, but could not think of a use for it until I needed a better place to display my art and graphic design work. The simplicity of the Has A Portfolio theme fit with my overall personal branding. Tumblr also helps streamline visual sharing.

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