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Recently, I had a potential client asking for help with some online marketing. I responded with several generalized questions about this person’s business. Almost immediately after I clicked send, a curt reply was sent back. “Forget it. Looks like you want me to do the work.” I was taken back by this reply – I [...]
When meeting new clients as well as existing clients, one of my favorite things to do is perform a search on Google, Yelp, or other industry-relevant website to see what is being shown about a client’s business. John Battelle, a journalist who helped launch Wired, writes this method is like the focus group of the [...]
If your CrashPlan app is prone to crashing after starting, it may be running short on allocated memory. The instructions provided by CrashPlan aren’t user friendly to those who are not tech-inclined, so I created two simple scripts. Download, run, enter your password, and done! These have been tested for OSX 10.7.5 – use at [...]
Combining HTML5 and CSS3 can be quite fun to play around with. The only downside is, at the time of publishing this, many people still using Internet Explorer can’t appreciate the nuances of using code versus images. In this example, a web-optimized screenshot of the graphic is 16KB. The uncompressed code is 4KB. That means [...]
Warning: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /wp-content/plugins/wp-pagenavi/scb/Options.php on line 46 WP-PageNavi is a plugin which allows you to customize how your pagination is displayed – such as the older or newer post links with arrows on the bottom of this posting. If you’re using the latest version of WP-PageNavi 2.82 with [...]
CapitalBusinessPrinting.com Technologies used: WordPress, WooThemes API, CSS, PHP, Photoshop, mobile. Timeframe: April 2012 to current. Description of work done: Capital Business Printing needed a sleek, simple look to quickly showcase their extensive printing and marketing services, as well as convey their value and expertise to customers. A website was created to allow customers to easily [...]
There is something appealing to creating visual effects without the use of images. CSS3 makes this easy to implement, but unfortunately, many of the functions leave older browsers and pre-Internet Explorer 9 high and dry. When using this code to create 3D ribbons, you’ll want to pick and choose your battles, as the implementation may [...]
I recently encountered a scenario where a client needed to be able to paste different text and HTML onto various posts and have that text display formatted appropriately. The text and HTML needed to display next to the featured image or video, but couldn’t be done through pasting into the actual post body itself. The [...]
ColeeCreative.com Technologies used: WordPress, WooThemes API, CSS, Photoshop, Google Docs API. Timeframe: February 2012 to current. Description of work done: Redesign Angie’s website and consult on more efficient and beautiful methods to establish her expertise on copy writing and branding services.
RiverCityPiano.com Technologies used: WordPress, Photoshop, CSS. Timeframe: January 2011 to current. Description of work done: Develop a website which gives Robert the capabilities of easily showcasing pianos for sale or for rent, as well as inform website visitors of his other services. The scope of work included taking photos of the warehouse and pianos.
I encountered a scenario where I needed the WooTheme Spectrum to display a specific category on the Recent Posts section of the homepage and a second specific category on the Older Posts section of the homepage. By default, Spectrum takes all recent posts not displayed in the top slider and displays the posts in descending order by [...]
JoeYeeForCityCouncil.com Technologies used: WordPress, WooThemes API, CSS, Photoshop, Paypal API. Timeframe: December 2011 to current. Description of work done: Create a website which allows Mr. Yee to coordinate community involvement, donate to his campaign, and inform citizens about his run for city council.
SacramentoTrapper.com Technologies used: WordPress, CSS, Photoshop, SEO. Timeframe: January 2011 to current. Description of work done: Develop a website for the Wildlife Trapping division of Specialized Pest Control to showcase their wide variety of animal trapper services. Perform an array of search engine optimization work to ensure the website stays competitive.
This was written for CentOS 5.7 and WHM 11.30. While this may work on other operating environments, these are the server variables this was tested on. For whatever reason, you may find you need to have specific ports open on your CentOS server to be able to access specific aspects of cPanel through your web [...]
AnnaSweetRepeats.com Technologies used: WordPress, WooThemes API, CSS, PHP, ecommerce, Paypal API, Photoshop, staging & photography. Timeframe: December 2011 to current. Description of work done: Create a new web presence, stage store for photos for use on website, setup strong homepage visuals to showcase products the store carries. Integrate an ecommerce solution for Anna to sell products [...]
DonnerRails.com Technologies used: WordPress, WooThemes API, CSS, PHP, Vimeo API. Timeframe: December 2011 to current. Description of work done: Refresh old site with a new look and merge to WordPress. Showcase videos in a way for consumers to easily view trailers and purchase DVDs or Blu-ray copies.
There may come a time when you will need to display rows in your database ordered with multiple columns. Let’s say you have ColumnYear and ColumnMonth. You want to order first by ColumnYear, then by ColumnMonth in ascending order. Go to the SQL tab and enter in this query: SELECT * FROM `TableName` ORDER BY [...]
While there are many reasons to move a WordPress site to a new domain, the one I encounter most is I am developing a site on my own server and need to move the site to the client’s server upon completion. I usually end up performing these types of migrations several times a month and [...]
AGEstateSales.com Technologies used: WordPress, WooTheme canvas, CSS, Photoshop. Timeframe: October 2011 to current. Description of work done: Create website in WordPress and customize homepage slideshow utilizing WooThemes canvas functions. Stage rooms and take photos for use on website.
MobileTan.me Technologies Used: Photoshop, Illustrator, WordPress, SEO. Timeframe: October 2011 to current. Description of work done: Recreate logo and manage internet marketing SEO campaign. Migrate website over to the WordPress platform to allow the utilization of cutting edge technologies in expanding the customer base.
This guide applies for Drupal 6.x only. If this guide has helped you in any way, please leave a comment letting me know. By default, your Drupal installation only has one administrator, which is user 1. Depending on your website, you may need people with permissions to do specific tasks. This is done with Roles. Only [...]
If this blog post helped you in some way, please leave a comment letting me know. Thanks! If you’ve ever tried WHM/cPanel’s Trojan Scanner, you’ll know this tool list produces way too many false positives to be useful. I’ve had it list several hundred false positives in some instances. The last thing I want to [...]
Interviewed by Mike TeSelle on KCRA 3 news about CardCash.com and the 5 ways to save.
This is a guide for setting up a basic iptables configuration on CentOS. You’ll want to do this as soon as you have your server setup. Most iptables configurations already have port 22 open, but you will need to add the rest. First, you’re going to want to login to your server via ssh. You [...]
Tubelesstv.com Technologies used: PHPmotion, TinyButStrong, PHP, HTML, CSS, PhpMyAdmin, MySQL Timeframe: July 2011 to current Work done: Update site with modifications, customize theme, recover site videos.
BAProductions.tv Technologies used: WordPress, Photoshop, CSS, HTML Timeframe: June 2011 to current Description of work done: Recreate website in WordPress
WeddingPennies.com Technologies used: HTML, CSS, Dreamweaver Timeframe: June 2011 to current Description of work done: Website maintenance and updating listings.
If this blog post helped you in some way, please leave a comment letting me know. Thanks! I received a special request from a client on setting up web hosting. The client wanted to use cPanel to host the website, but continue to use Godaddy for e-mail. The client has been using their Godaddy e-mail [...]
MedRXCareCenters.com Technologies used: WordPress, Photoshop, PHP, CSS, HTML Timeframe: May 2011 to July 2012. Description of work done: Convert site to WordPress, update site security, SEO work, Facebook presence, AdWords campaign, customize WordPress theme.
ElPapagayo.net Technologies used: WordPress, CSS, PHP, HTML, Photoshop, Constant Contact Events API Timeframe: April 2011 to current Description of work done: Create website, customize WordPress theme, custom hooks for menu, photograph food items for menu, basic SEO.
If this blog post helped you in some way, please leave a comment letting me know. Thanks! Today we are going to walkthrough the setup and installation of a WordPress install on a subdomain using the cPanel server software. Before you begin your setup in cPanel, you’re going to want to go to http://wordpress.org and [...]
VeleroBeach.com Technologies used: Dreamweaver templates and libraries, CSS, HTML, Photoshop, ASP Timeframe: April 2011 to current Description of work done: Add link to blog. Fix invalid links. Setup basic blog. Add CAPTCHA to form.
If this blog post helped you in some way, please leave a comment letting me know. Thanks! Looking at a restaurant menu, you may think it is quite easy to get the item on the left and the prices on the right. After all, in Microsoft Word, you can just hit tab a couple times [...]
When managing a website with thousands of static pages, it can be very time consuming to change information on each page one by one. Sometimes, a simple find and replace command isn’t enough, either. Luckily, with Dreamweaver, it is very easy to change text on the fly. In my latest endeavor, I was presented with [...]
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