Tuesday, July 21, 2020

7 Reasons Why You Should Not Use Wordpress for your Small Business Website (I Disagree!)

I stumbled across an interesting argument:

7 Reasons
Why You Should Not Use WordPress
for your Small Business Website

SPOILER: Here is why I disagree with the arguments.

You can read the entire article is at JPW Design Studio.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

3 Types of Websites

What kind of Website Do You Need?
Blog? Informational? ECommerce?

ABCInc and the PickRick brand are rebuilding the MyWordPressWebPage website.

Our intent is to simply the process, yet provide flexible directions. I visited over a dozen sites (see Bibliography below) to collect and distill this information.

Step 1 at MyWordPressWebPage is the basic building blocks, much like the first two years of college. In college, the freshman and sophomore years contain the core class that are required for any/all majors. For example, Step 1 is where I will list/describe the elements of a web page. Moving along, here are the individual pages for our first deliverable:

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Pick Rick | Video Work

Prepend & Append Video Snippets

I continue to explore how to create videos for my "Pick Rick" brand.

I revisited my Wave.video account to select and create video snippets that I can use without further payment or copyright problems. I created a file and downloaded it to my local computer.

Next, I used Windows Move Make to slice it into snippets. Here they are:

Sunday, May 3, 2020

WordPress: Gutenberg, Elementor, Divi

Block Editing is a new way to look at data! 

"Block editing" is a new phrase in WordPress, but it actually describes a massive shift in the way we look at content.

The idea of block editors has been around for a long time (a long time in "Internet time" BTW) with page builders and plugins. Divi, Beaver Builder and Elementor are familiar names within the WP community.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Useful Features for Webmasters

Web-Working Tips

I read a lot. I visit a lot of websites. I watch a lot of videos (mostly on YouTube).

I've built a curated list of tools you may find handy. When I update or add to the list, I will publish/re-publish this article on a Tuesday. ("Tuesday Tips" ~ get it?)

Sunday, April 26, 2020

What are Rick's Key Words?

SEO: What are Key Words?

"The definition of a keyword is a significant word, or a word used to find information when researching. When you are looking for resume examples and you type "resume examples" into Google, the words "resume examples" are an example of keywords."
"Keywords are: words and phrases that identify what people are searching for and words and phrases that describe the topics you write about. In an ideal world, these keywords are the same, bridging the gap between your content and your audience, and helping them to find it."

Uh-oh: What are my key words?

Sunday, April 19, 2020

What is SEO on Google?

Google is
The Book of the Internet

All search engines work alike, but I'm focusing on Google so we don't get into the weeds about the differences between Bing, Yahoo, GoDuckGo or any other search page.

Google visits every site it can find - billions! - and adds every word on every page to a master index. Then it also evaluates the content and context of each page.

What Google considers is actually a trade secret because it wants to return the best, most current information to its visitors.

Google invites you to enter a word, a phrase, or a question in whatever format you choose!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Zoom Meeting Security

Zoom Security Concerns

We are hearing A LOT about security flaws in Zoom. Most headlines are over-hyped to encourage readership. This article explores the major threats and how to easily fix them.

Zoom security is a popular topic because Zoom has become the go-to software-as-a-service application for meetings online.

This article is mostly for people who are hosting/organizing virtual meetings, but it has value for people invited to attend them.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

How to Avoid SPAM Email


Here is how to avoid giving your email address to a website that might not stop sending you follow-up, "unsolicited" email. (That's also known as SPAM.)

The Problem

A frustrating practice is that a website will offer you something that you are curious about, but you haven't decided whether you want to have a long-term relationship with that company.

So, they ask for your email address before they give you access to something, whether that something is a TV show or a free PDF booklet. They do that to put you into their "sales funnel" and follow up with emails that contain "Hey buy this..." messages. But...

When you click on "unsubscribe" they ignore your request!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Copywriter vs Content Writer vs Technical Writer vs Technician

What is a Copywriter?

Content Writer
Technical Writer

Those three titles sound similar, but they have very different views of the same content.

Take, for example, the ever-present coffee pot.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

How to use ZOOM.us ~ How to Join a Zoom meeting

The Corona Virus has pushed everyone into "Social Distancing." All the restaurants in my area offer only take-out and delivery - there is no dine-in dining. Theaters and bars and gyms and beaches are all closed!

Fortunately, the Internet provides us an opportunity to connect face-to-face using video software!

How To Use Zoom: 
Join a Zoom Meeting

First, you do not need a Zoom account to join a meeting that someone else has set up. At the bottom of this article you can see how to join a meeting that I have set up.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Blogging For Money!

I am a SCORE volunteer.  (See the link above.) I recently mentored someone who had a passion for writing, and wanted to eventually turn that passion into cash.

Here is my advice on...

How to Make Money Blogging

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

How to create revenue…

Credit where credit is due!

Barbara Grassey

Barbara wrote a great article titled “Direct and Indirect Revenue Generating Activities” ~ the article is posted on her website (BarbaraGrassey.com).

Barbara starts the article with a quote that I've come to hold dear:

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2020 New Year Resolutions

Start The Year Right!

This showed up on my reading list, and the words inspire me for this next year:

  1. Bring value to the customer.

Monday, October 14, 2019

How To Use A Green Screen

 Green Screen backgrounds:

Here is a 90-second video showing how I can change backgrounds!