This past weekend (August 1, 2015) I launched another new client website, Pristine Spring Hill Baptist Church, the website for a local Baptist Ministry here in Spring Hill, FL but more importantly, the website is for a very dear friend, Rev. Dr. Emery Ailes, III, Pastor. You can read more about Rev. Emery Ailes and his ministry here. Emery, and this website, are a prime example of the type of thing I was talking about in my article about the importance of networking and relationships. My wife and I met Emery over a year ago at a Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting. I was immediately drawn to him and his incredibly contagious spirit of love and kindness. He is one of the best people I have ever met and I’m glad to be his friend.
I was his friend long before any discussions about creating his website began. In fact, (more…)
Quietly, and with little fanfare, I rolled out the new Florida News Flash web site over the weekend. On the surface, it’s not a million mile departure from the old site. But when you start looking closer, you’ll find that the entire site is a completely different animal. It’s very fast, hosted on a Managed WordPress hosting environment at my hosting company Be Awesome Hosting. The new site can handle hundreds of thousands of visitors per month and we can scale it up to virtually unlimited visitors due to the optimized and scale-able architecture of Managed WordPress.
Of course the header has been completely revamped with a new and more dramatic graphic. The menu was painstakingly crafted to have the same look as the old site, which the client really liked, but the dropdown menu items have a really neat pearly-white gradient scheme which is much better than the old site’s static Facebook blue. The home page is sectioned up into a Featured Article slider displaying the last five articles the publisher designates as Featured. Then there are sections for News, Politics, Events, and Police Beat with different sub-sections. Following that, there’s a three column section for Opinion, In Case You Missed It, and Health News. The page finishes with a Carousel which shows the latest 10 articles regardless of category.
I implemented Social Media sharing and following capabilities everywhere on the site, including (more…)
Oh the pain. The stress. The drama. I set aside productive time, billable hours, personal time, family time, and what could have been hobby time for these business get-togethers. You may pay to be part of a networking group like BNI (which I don’t, but I’ve thought about it), in which case you have no choice but to attend or lose your seat. Personally, I’m a member of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and attend Ribbon Cuttings, Business After Hours events, Training Events and Monthly Meetings. You may be part of a civic group or non-profit, which I’ve thought about doing myself but I just don’t have any more time to spare. No matter what the Networking event is, who sponsors it, or who puts it on, it’s always the same: (more…)
The WordPress Plugin “YouTube Channel Gallery” (found at https://wordpress.org/plugins/youtube-channel-gallery/) is a very popular plugin used by over 50,000 web sites. Recently, Google made changes to the YouTube API and the new Version 3 has caused a lot of web sites to suddenly lose their awesome channel feeds. This video will show you how to fix the “YouTube Channel Gallery Plugin Not Working” problem without changing to another plugin.
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Hi, this is Jerry Boutot and AppDataWorks IT Consulting Services.
In this video I’m going to show you how to easily fix the YouTube Channel Gallery plugin so that it continues to work on your website after the YouTube Data API Version 3 changes.
Recently, Google changed the YouTube Data API to Version 3 and effectively broke the YouTube Channel Gallery feed for many websites, mine included. Suddenly , when users visit your page containing the YouTube Channel Gallery plugin, they may see the error you see on the screen instead of your videos. (more…)
Day after Day. Week after Week. Month after Month. Year after Year. Where did it all go?
Busy professionals find themselves in the grip of massive amounts of task and time management challenges and it’s really, really easy to allow hours to go by and then sit back and wonder, where did it go? What did I do?
WHERE DID MY TIME GO?????
I found this happening to me so much more after I stopped working for two giant companies which consumed most of my day. Back then, it was really easy to just create two big time entries in my home grown MS Access / SQL Server time tracking database – one before lunch, and one after lunch. I rarely take breaks and when I do it’s less than 5 minutes, so I wouldn’t take the time out of my timekeeping. After all, sitting in front of a computer writing code for six hours justifies a couple of stretch breaks in there. Those days were easy. I worked mostly all day doing one project most of the time.
I accidentally stumbled into this whirlwind of a love hate relationship with computers in the early 80’s when the Commodore VIC-20 came out. I didn’t know anything about computers. It was $299 – a fortune back then. Check this real 1980’s ad out:
I bought one, brought it home, hooked it up to my black-and-white 13″ TV (I couldn’t afford a color TV or anything bigger) and turned it on. There was a white screen with a blinking cursor. Being totally computer illiterate I began my journey into the “abyss” by typing “Who was the first president of the United States?” and hit the enter key with both excitement and trepidation.
Imagine my surprise when the words “Syntax Error” returned on the screen. I thought it was broken. They say that ignorance is bliss, and boy was I ever ignorant. I thought computers knew everything. I brought it back to the store for a refund.
The salesman asked me to explain what was wrong with it, and I told him what happened. He didn’t laugh – he just pointed at the wall behind him and (more…)
I can’t tell you how many times over the years I’ve heard the cry of the user-in-denial. The wailing and weeping over the fact that they’ve lost all of their files forever. All of their documents, all of their precious photos, their accounting files and history, scanned paid bills, scanned receipts, their family videos: All gone. Forever. As if they never existed.
Seriously, this so avoidable that I just don’t feel sorry for them. It’s happened to me, and it will happen to anybody that doesn’t take a proactive approach to safeguarding your digital property.
A lot of times the problem is that the person just doesn’t know any better. They buy computers from a box store and think of it as an appliance, like a TV or VCR. But it’s not an appliance, and (more…)
With WordPress positioned nicely as the de-facto standard for blog based SEO Optimized websites, with estimates as high as 60-70 percent of new websites being built on the very flexible and extendible platform, and professional IT services companies like AppDataWorks offering WordPress site development as the “go to” platform for all small businesses with most requirements, almost anything you can think of other than the most unique and custom type of web application can be built in WordPress. Even totally custom sites with custom data and completely custom (never before seen) types of data and displays, if you want to program all of the php for it.
I created this WordPress Overview Video because my clients are always wanting to try and take over their own blogging and page maintenance, and I can’t blame them. I do a lot of ad-hoc training and so I thought I’d start producing a video series for clients and anyone else that wants a down to earth perspective on wordpress and how regular people want to use it (not the real programming geeks – business owners and web developers that have to develop really awesome websites on a budget).
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For many of us, the extra step of logging on to a windows PC is a drag. Especially when we have a desktop computer and we never go mobile with it. A laptop, on the other hand, should never be configured for automatic logon! That would be security suicide. Laptops should require a password when starting up, when coming out of sleep mode or hibernation, and whenever the screen saver has been running. Laptops should have a 4 digit PIN set up at the BIOS level as well. And to make it even more secure, Laptops should have BitLocker or some kind of hard drive encryption software configured and running so that even if a thief got hold of the machine and couldn’t log in, they would not be able to remove the hard drive and view the contents. (more…)