Our New Frontier

Welcome to our new blog!

In keeping with this year’s theme of constantly improving upon the systems we have in place for better performance, we have made the switch from RealTown Blogs to WordPress while also moving the blog onto our own server.

The transition has been far from easy, to be perfectly candid. RealTown Blogs featured a remarkably simple, remarkably intuitive platform. I’m confident in time WordPress will be as familiar as RealTown had become.

Enough tech talk. What does the change mean to you? From a content standpoint, most likely not a great deal. I still will focus on a mix of local real estate and some of the larger issues facing the real-estate industry as a whole. Given I have two very different audiences – real-estate professionals on the one hand and the general public on the other – I can be accused of attempting to be all things to all people. In truth, I’m trying only to be one thing (interesting) for one person (myself.) I learned long ago, writing for oneself tends to be the most interesting, the most passionate.

For those of you who subscribe to this blog via e-mail there may be some blips as I work out the details of continuing the e-mail subscriptions. For those of you following the blog on RSS, you need only update your RSS viewer with the new feed address.

As for the 200-plus posts from our original blog, they will remain in their current location. I may move some of the more interesting posts here but there’s I’m not going to have duplicate content en masse.

And that’s all … the look you see now likely will change as I get more comfortable with the theme editors here. Soon it will be much closer to my current sites than what you see.

Until then …

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at allphoenixrealestate.com.


  • jf.sellsius 11 years ago

    Jonathan, let me be the first to welcome you to WordPress. I think you will love it. The widgets and plug-ins cover a wide spectrum. I brought you a blog- warming gift


    Much success and a happy and healthy new year.

  • Jay Thompson 11 years ago

    EXCELLENT! Welcome to the Wonderful World of WordPress (the http://WWW...)

    It can be both a joy, and a PITA. Often at the same time.

    Looks good!!

  • Jonathan Dalton 11 years ago

    So much for the grand unveiling in a couple of days … 🙂

    Thank you, gentlemen … this has been and continues to be an experience but I’m convinced this was the right move at the right time.

  • Drew Meyers 11 years ago

    Congrats on the successful switch. I too love the wordpress platform!

  • David Smith 11 years ago


    I’m Glad you joined the WordPress ranks. I love it, I’m sure you will with time. Like jf.sellsius stated there are so many great widgets and plugins for WordPress, it is great. Hosting it yourself will definately increase your traffice and as they say, “juice”.

    Welcome aboard.

  • Jonathan Dalton 11 years ago

    Thanks, Drew and Dave … I discovered the widget plug-in, which was a tremendous boon. I’m looking for a good plug-in for Technorati tags because whatever I have isn’t work with a darn right now.

    One of these days I’ll be able to get back to the normal business of actually writing for the blog!

  • Maureen Francis 11 years ago


    Congrats on making the move. WP is a PITA. It will continue to challenge you unexpectedly, at least it does me. But most days it works much better than very good.

    I wish I were a phoenix blogger. Your meeting today looked great.

  • Jay Thompson 11 years ago

    JD –

    Take a look at Simple Tags for a Technorati plug in (hat tip to Maureen Francis!)

    And fix my link in your blogger meeting post!

  • daltonsazhomes 11 years ago

    Hi, Maureen … it has its moments but hopefully I can tame the beast.

    And speaking of glitches, you link is fixed Jay. Hell if I know how that one happened. Thanks for the tag idea … I found an bookmarklet that seems to work but I’ll check this out too.

  • jf.sellsius 11 years ago

    Here’s a tip JD. Change your posts’ default permalink so that the blog post title appears in the url, instead of the number. An SEO thing. Here’s how:

    From the Dashboard, Go to Options
    click Permalinks
    check date and name based

  • daltonsazhomes 11 years ago

    Thanks for the tip. I’d been searching for the option but kept looking right past it on the dashboard.

  • David Smith 11 years ago


    If you want to make your permalinks even more SEO based then do two things. Name your Categories using keywords. Second change your permatlinks to a custom setting /%category%/%postname%/ This will put the keywords for the category then the title keywords in the URL.

    You can read about it on Real Estate Blog Lab post on permalinks.

  • Athol Kay 11 years ago

    Best of luck with the change!