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A Labor of Love – Creating a BBQ Festival

By on Sep 5, 2015

Every year about this time my regular business grinds to a halt as I do my part to help create another Kentucky State BBQ Festival. As a member of the Festival’s Board of Directors, I wear many hats, but none of us could do this alone. We have a fantastic Board of Directors and an equally fantastic General Committee who take ownership of various moving parts and put it all together. The Festival website, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts are among my responsibilities. Brad Simmons does our Facebook marketing. My wife Maureen and I took on the added responsibility of handling the online sales of our raffle tickets this year, and boy, was THAT a learning experience. New systems will be in place for next year when we will have more time to promote the raffles and increase the revenue and the work involved. Every January, we begin building the Festival that will take place the weekend...

For a Simpler CMS, Grab a Perch

By on Jun 30, 2015

What is enough CMS? I started blogging in 2005 using Userland Software’s Radio. By 2006, I had switched to WordPress and have been very happy with it for developing everything from simple blogs to complex websites. Along the way, I tried Joomla and Drupal, but found them unwieldy for my clients to make changes to. WordPress was a simpler system to teach to clients, but still required some time and, once in a while, video tutorials. WordPress also offered much quicker web page building and maintenance. Even if a client didn’t want to add or edit content and preferred me to do it, the ease of doing it in WordPress saved me time and them money. So, as you might guess, I have been a big fan of WordPress for many years. I have attended WordCamps in Columbus, OH and Louisville, KY for a few years and plan to attend a few more next year. For me, WordPress is a tool I want to know more...

Combined Web and Email Hosting? Bad Idea?

By on Jun 26, 2015

What does email mean to your business? For as long as there has been web hosting there has been email hosting packaged with it. It is free, convenient and a bad idea. I’ve been using combined web and email hosting since 1996 and it took me this long to figure out just how bad of an idea it really is. If you have any kind of email volume and use combined hosting, I’m sure you’ve had times when your email server refused to respond, asked repeatedly for the password that you knew was correct or failed to deliver an email you had been waiting for. And despite promises of 99% plus uptime, all web hosts have times where their service goes down – and your email goes with it. Additionally, most combined email services have poor spam filtration and that can get annoying even if you don’t you have an older email address that received hundreds of spam email every...

BackUp Creator fixes website disasters with one click?

By on Jan 8, 2015

Computer glitches and crashes, cyber attacks, data losses, hacking. We hear about them all the time on the news. But what if it happened to you? In the past, for those of you running your websites on WordPress, I’ve recommended a plugin called Automatic WordPress Backup that will save your files to Amazon’s AWS Cloud. But in the event of a data loss, there will still be a considerable amount of time and expense to download the files, re-install WordPress, and import and configure all of the files necessary to get your website back to its original state. Plus the plugin hasn’t been updated in over two years and that can create a security risk. If you are using Automatic WordPress Backup, you need to be making new plans. What if there was a solution that would allow to to restore your site with a simple click? ALL of your site. Content, photos, illustrations, comments,...

Do your PowerPoint presentations suck?

By on Nov 26, 2014

You Suck At PowerPoint! by @jessedee from Jesse Desjardins – @jessedee Your presentation slides need to enhance your presentation, not overpower it. One of the biggest mistakes we see all the time is trying to present too much information on one slide. If your audience is reading your slide instead of listening to what you are saying, that is a major FAIL! Jesse Desjardins SlideShare, “You Suck At PowerPoint!”, presented above, will show you how to get more from your presentations whether you use PowerPoint, Keynote, Impress or online presentation solutions such as Prezi, Emaze or Empressr. One thing to remember is that if your presentations suck, it is not the fault of the software; it is the fault of how the presentation slides were created and the content included. Put your best foot forward. Watch this SlideShare to learn how make your PowerPoints...

Help Preserve Net Neutrality

By on Sep 28, 2014

I have always been an advocate of Net Neutrality because I understand the potential consequences of placing too much power in the hands of too few. Some out there would take this opportunity to divide the web into “fast lanes” and “slow lanes”. This could be devastating for your business and for consumers. Now is the time to act to ensure that the Internet remains a level playing field, not an unlevel paying field. Click here to read and sign Mozilla’s petition. From Mozilla (Firefox, Thunderbird, Webmaker): As of now, the Internet preserves our right to access all lawful content and software without interference. In other words, the Web is a level playing field: you can read, watch, play, browse and share on the same terms as everybody else. That level playing field — or “Net Neutrality” — is under threat. If we stand by, the Internet could...

New help for your Social Media campaign

By on Jul 16, 2014

You all know the importance of a solid Social Media campaign as part of your online marketing strategy. It can increase your brand recognition, send new visitors to your website, generate new email list signups, provide you with leads, and increase your walk-in business. But to gain these benefits, it needs to be done right. You need to make multiple, relevant posts to Facebook and Twitter (plus LinkedIn if your business is B2B). But who has the time to look up relevant feeds, scan the ‘net, write posts, etc. every single day? We’ve got a solution that will help you do just that. Multiple, relevant posts to Facebook and LinkedIn, and tweets to Twitter. Several with photos. You don’t have to do a thing and your Social Media campaign will be in high gear! You maintain complete control over what gets published to your Social Media channels. You can add your own posts...

Complete Security Management Plan for WordPress

By on Jan 10, 2014

For some time, we have been offering a WordPress backup system designed to help you recover quickly and easily from the type of disasters often seen with websites. But how much better would it be if we could prevent one of the most insidious of those disasters in the first place? The WP Complete Security Management Plan is designed to help protect your WordPress installation from attack by hackers who destroy files, deface websites, or more subtly redirect traffic to your site from search engines and social networks to spam or malware sites controlled by the hackers. I recently had a client whose WordPress site was hacked. It was an attack that didn’t deface the website in any visible way. What it did was redirect incoming links to the site from Google, Bing, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and several other websites through a known hacker’s haven in Poland to random websites...

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