How I Started Building WordPress Websites

It all started in my sports marketing class during my senior year at Lake Norman High School. It was the final semester, which is usually a time for seniors to chill out before college. I was just accepted into college and about to begin my last ever baseball season, so my focus was not on school and certainly not an elective course. That all changed when I was placed into a sports marketing class, which ended up inspiring me to create a website development company out of my college dorm room.

A Class Project That Inspired Me

At the end of the semester our teacher Tony Paciotti assigned us a project. We were to create a sports franchise and present it to the class. This included marketing materials and budgeting. I am not a fan of numbers, so I opted to do the marketing stuff which involved creation of a website through WIX. Mr. Paciotti even showed us a demo on how to build the website. It immediately sparked my interest. I never knew that creating a website was possible for a high school student with no knowledge of code. This was the first time I had ever seen something like that. The project ended up being one of my favorites ever. I will never forget that class.

Ryan Hussey (right) with teacher Tony Paciotti (left)

Taking Those Skills To The Next Level

After building that website in class, I had the itch to do more. When I arrived in my freshman dorms at UNC Wilmington, I decided to purchase a Macbook Pro 13 inch for school work and website projects. I started out building a few sites for fun and named the company Seahawk Media Group because the school mascot is a Seahawk. When a buddy across the hall caught wind of my work, he asked me to build a website for his non-profit organization. Shortly after, I realized the website I built was not optimized for mobile and the WIX had limited integrations. I started researching what big brands were using for their web platform and content distribution, which led me to WordPress. I read hundreds of articles and watched hundreds of videos. After I felt confident using WordPress, I was able to upgrade all the WIX sites I had built to WordPress – hosted by GoDaddy of course. This elevated my game and took the business to the next level.

Delighting Our Customers One Website At A Time

My first few website launches were successful, which gave me the confidence I needed going forward. Of course there were some bumps and bruises along the way, but that’s normal for every business. I was fortunate enough to join the GoDaddy Pro Partner program from beta, which has prevented many issues that many website developers normally face. I chose to use Managed WordPress Hosting through GoDaddy on all my client websites because it has proven to be the fastest and most reliable for WordPress sites. Now it is our goal to continuously delight our customers one website at a time. As we grow and manage more websites, it is also our mission to keep that freelance partner vibe that many small business owners are desperately searching for in agencies.