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What Can a Website Do For You? Why Even Have a Website?

April 17th, 2014

“I need a website!”

If you want a website, it is important to figure out what you want to do with it. Understanding what you want to accomplish, and how your website fits into your, or your organization’s, goals is key to a successful website.

Here are some key questions you should ask yourself when you want a website: What do you want your website visitors to learn? How do you want your website visitors to feel? What do you want your website visitors to do?

So, as a brainstorming exercise, I wrote a huge list of what I have seen websites do, or try to do. Then when analyzing the list, it came to me that there were broad commonalities to many of these features that you might want on a website. A little bit of sorting, and I came up with the lengthy list below. Just a word of warning, when you try to do too much, your site’s main purpose becomes diluted, and visitors might be confused.

So, When you boil it down . . .

There Are Only Five Things You Can Do With A Website, Legitimately

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Inspiration for Your New Website: Headers

April 17th, 2014

When you’re out shopping around for a new website, one of the first meetings you will have is going to be based around the question: how do you want your website to look? This is where I see a lot of clients fall short of knowledge. Websites are your online presence, and the look of it will be very important. Do you want to come off business professional, socially driven, season driven, or even come off better to younger generation than an older generation.  But why should you know how to come up with the look of your website, the companies are the experts, right?

While the company should be the expert, it really helps companies out if clients know how they want their websites laid out. In this new series: Inspiration for Your New Website, I will show you the different parts of a website and a few examples of how these can be done.

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April 17th, 2014

Last month, I discussed how everyone is affected by the different types of identity theft.  This month, I’m sharing tips from the stop identity theftexperts to help you reduce the risk of becoming another victim of identity theft.   Some of these items are not new, but they certainly bear repeating!

  1. Buy a shredder, preferably a cross-cut shredder, and shred papers containing any personal or medical information.  Do not just throw them in the trash.  Thieves are not afraid to dumpster dive to get your information.

  2. Keep financial records in a safe place in your home.  That includes your Social Security and Medicare cards.  Do not carry your Social Security or Medicare cards in your wallet or purse.   Read the rest of this entry »


Removing Spam Google+ Local Listings & Fixing Hijacked GMM POIs

April 1st, 2014

When you type in a search for a local service or product in Google, you would expect to see a list of various providers in the area returned in the search results. Sometimes, however, these results are hijacked or tainted by spammy looking local listings, which can cause issues for the other, legitimate, local businesses.

Some spam listings not only dilute the search results, but can also completely change the type of results that Google displays. If Google feels a particular search is a ‘branded’ term, such as a company’s name, it will return results focused more towards that particular company, such as it’s website with the corresponding G+ Local listing information attached to it and other relevant pages about that company below it (such as its LinkedIn or Facebook page or YellowPages or BBB listing.) Read the rest of this entry »


Chrome Bug: Text Not Loading

April 1st, 2014

chromium-logoA couple blog posts ago, I wrote about how fonts sometimes look pixelated and distorted in Chrome.  The developers at Orion Group have also noticed another issue with Chrome and text: sometimes, the text doesn’t load at all.  Sometimes, hovering over where text should be, or refreshing the page, makes the text appear.   Chrome developers are aware of the bug and you can track the progress of the issue here: https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=336476  It sounds like they are getting closer to a fix so hopefully this will be resolved soon.  But if you are a developer who needs a workaround now, here are some fixes. Read the rest of this entry »


What You Should Know About Identity Theft

March 14th, 2014

It could happen to youIt should come as no surprise that identify theft is out of control with more than 9 million Americans falling victim EACH YEAR.  If you carry your credit card and driver’s license, make purchases online, or simply buy lunch with a debit card, you are putting yourself at risk for identity theft.  Unfortunately, fewer than one in 700 identify crimes lead to an arrest.

No doubt you have heard about the theft of millions of credit and debit card numbers as well as personal information from the data bases of Target, Michaels, Neiman Marcus, Walgreens, Nordstrom, Zappos.com, Choicepoint, Lexis Nexis, DSW Show Warehouse, TJ Maxx, HSBC, and Bank of America.  Data hackers are operating more like a business with sophisticated networks of criminals who are hawking our identities.  Criminals are looking to get the maximum yield of monetizable data and the retail industry is an easy target.  Once the hackers have your information, they either use it themselves or sell to other thieves.  With your personal information, they have access to your credit history. If you have high credit scores, criminals will then use your information to open new bank accounts, take out mortgages and other large loans, as well as new credit cards.  Victims are unaware of these new accounts until the creditor seeks overdue payments. Read the rest of this entry »


Freshen up your old XP computer with Linux Mint

March 14th, 2014

Linux_Mint_12_On_ASUS_Eee_PCWith Microsoft ending support next month for their Windows XP and Office 2003 products there are not a lot of options available for people still using this software. If you have the money, you can always purchase a new computer with a newer operating system on it. You could also keep your computer as is, and hope that invasion of new malware waiting to be released after the deadline doesn’t come knocking on your door, well it wont knock, it’ll sneak through that open window left by lack of security updates from Microsoft. So you can either pay money or sit on a ticking time bomb? NO! There is another option, and it won’t cost you a dime! You can install a Linux-based operating system on your computer. Linux is a free and open-source operating system that was developed in the early 90s by Linus Torvalds.  Without getting too technical Linux-based operating systems are community driven, meaning that many top IT companies and professionals donate their time and efforts to create the software.

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Stop Sending Word Docs Via Email, Please! How to Use Google Docs to Write and Share

March 13th, 2014

Whether you’re working on a simple project between three people or need to share a document with hundreds of people, the old standby of emailing a Word document isn’t such a great idea. With Google Docs being a much easier system, I encourage everyone to set up an account and use this method of document sharing. Google Docs allows you to “create and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere.”

image of Google Docs logoGoogle Docs enables you to create:

  • Documents (like Word)
  • Presentations (like PowerPoint)
  • Spreadsheets (like Excel)
  • Forms, or
  • Drawings

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YouTube Bug: Extra Parentheses in Embed Code

March 13th, 2014

youtube-extra-parenthesesOver the last few days or so, people have started to notice that when they try to embed a YouTube video into their website, and extra “)” appears at the end.  If you manually copy and paste this embed code into your website to add a video, you can simply remove the extra parentheses.  However, for those using a smart CMS like WordPress or other tool that grabs this embed code from the URL, this is a problem. Read the rest of this entry »