This is a collaborative project with one of my friends in college who owns a fairly large machining workshop in Jiangsu, China. He came to me looking for help to build a new site for his business to reach new customers.
While I can do exactly what he asked, I believe it’s much better to start from the industry level rather than from a business level.
Therefore I created the directory of machine shops and machining services, https://www.GetMachining.com.
All the days and dates are approximate.
Day 1 (2019.10.25)
Created the directory with the listingpro WordPress theme for which I’d rate 3.8/5 after paying $69. I can live with it now but if I’m starting a new project of similar purpose, I’d use my in-house site script for low-maintenance and evergreen-ness which is the key to cash flow in the long term.
WordPress and its themes / plugins are great to start something but it’s becoming unpredictable with regards to updates and version compatibilities among all the themes and plugins maintained by independent teams. It’s very easy to break a working site 1 or 2 years into the future when you have to update something.
Day 2 (2019.10.26)
Used https://datasn.io to get the listings data from Google Maps via the API and imported in the Get Machining site. Now we have a total of 23,000 entries of machining shops in the United States.
Looking to get more in other countries such as UK, Germany, China, and India.
Day 3 (2019.10.27)
Tweaked the site and the theme a bit so it’s more usable.
Day 9 (2019.11.2)
Added the site to Google Analytics and then Google Search Console.
As always, if you have any questions of insights of this, leave comments.