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Is Your Web Site an Asset or a Liability?

Business is business, and so is web development.

Corporate assets must produce. Or, they are called liabilities. And, we look to reduce liabilities. Assets, we grow.

So, why does the CFO, Controller, Bookeeper and IT guy show up in the website meeting?

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Warning! Make Sure You Have PHP5!

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A few months back, the team at WordPress announced that they would no longer support PHP4 with future releases. (see the full announcement here) The news is a bit old, but a client recently made the discovery for himself the hard way. Forewarned is forearmed, so it bears repeating.

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Schedule email delivery in Gmail

Send Later

If, like me, you use Gmail for your email service, you may be frustrated with Gmail’s lack of a ‘send later’ feature. Of course you can save a draft and log on at a later time to send it, but there is no native function to schedule delivery for a given date/time. For example, I have an email schedule with one client where I need to send an email at precisely 11 pm twice a week. The email is always ready to go before 11, but it needs to be sent at 11. Of course, I’m not always on the computer at 11 pm on those two nights every week!

Fortunately there’s an add-on you can install on Chrome or FireFox that adds this functionality to your Gmail account. Read More »

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WordPress: .com vs. .org

.com vs .org

Another frequent question at the Denver WordPress Meetup Group is: “What’s the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org?”

The simplest answer is this. On wordpress.com you set up a free blog, which is hosted on their servers. From wordpress.org you can download the WordPress software and install it on your own host. WordPress itself is free in either case; for the .org option, you have to purchase a domain name and hosting account separately, so there is some cost involved.

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Why You Need a VPN

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I came across a piece of news last week that’s rather disturbing: there is a new add-on for Firefox called Firesheep that allows potential hackers to access your accounts (think Facebook, Twitter, web mail, etc.) if you’re connected to an unsecured wi-fi network. This is the type of public network you’d access at Starbucks, Panera, and so on – any wi-fi network that does not require a password to join. Not good! Next time you’re in a Starbucks, look around at all the people on laptops. Which one of them might be trying to access your private accounts?

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Blog or Web Site?

One of the questions I get frequently, and especially at the Denver WordPress meetup, is: “What’s the difference between a blog and a Web site?”

Short answer: there is no difference. A blog is a Web site just like any other. The only difference is in how the content on a blog is presented, vs. on a “standard” site.

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Take Charge of Your Theme, Part 2

This week: tips and best practices for customizing the background on the Twenty Ten theme. Many of these principles apply equally to the background of any Web site, not only WordPress.

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Take Charge of Your Theme, Part 1

Inspired by a recent session of the Denver WordPress Meetup, I thought I’d go over some of the free WordPress themes that allow you, the non-programmer, to make customizations.

First up: Twenty Ten, the default theme that comes with WordPress version 3.0.

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The Wave of the Future

Most ordinary people (read: non-Web-dorks) don’t give a fig about the difference between Flash and HTML5; CSS 1, 2, or 3; or any such technical blather. But, I’d like to take just a moment to draw attention to one cool up-and-coming new bell/whistle: transition effects.

When you roll over a link on a Web page, very often it changes color to let you know you’re on the link. All well and good. But what if it changed color with style? In just the last year, some of the major browsers have begun supporting some experimental features, including animated transition effects.

With the new effects, now when you roll over a link, or roll off, it needn’t change color instantly. The rollover color can fade in, or fade out, as quickly or slowly as you want. Take the links on my site, for example:

This is a standard link
This is an animated link

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