Friday, October 16, 2020

WordPress Virtual Meetup Calendar

WP User Groups
WP Meetup Meetings
Zoom Meetings


One positive benefit to come from Covid-19 is that Meetup.com had forced most meetups to go online.

Here is a calendar of upcoming virtual WordPress meetings, mostly using Zoom, for WordPress user groups across the country. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

WordPress.com Vs WordPress.org ~ Again


Kudos to the WordPress gang in NE Arkansas!


What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?

One of the attendees at last night's meetup was close to my age, and she was trying to understand the computer jargon and Internet terms that were being thrown her way... 

A New Analogy:

A Grocery Store ~ A Restaurant ~ A Kitchen 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Book Review: Show Your Work

 


Book Review:

Show Your Work

By Austin Kleon

I do not know who to credit this recommendation, but Thank You

When I stumble across something on the Internet that looks interesting, I log onto my local library's website. If it's available, then I request a copy and continue with whatever reading I was doing. Anywhere from a week to a month later my local library sends me a notification that my book is ready to be picked up. Since I'll have several books in the queue, I usually don't remember why a particular book intrigued me. 

This is one of those books!

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

WordPress: Learn Gutenberg Blocks

 WordPress' Gutenberg: A Practical Review | by Jonathan Bailey | Medium

How To Use
Gutenberg Blocks
in WordPress

I want to share how I learned to use Gutenberg...

The only alternative to Gutenberg and block editing is the WordPress "Classic Editor" It was designed by WordPress contributors and is available as a plugin. 

Unfortunately, support for the Classic Editor will end on December 31, 2021.

What to do by Dec 31?!

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?

Do I have WordPress.com or am I using WordPress.org?


This question is frequently asked by people who are beginning their first WordPress website. 

They are excited about creating a blog or opening an online store, and have listened to all the hype about "WordPress."

Newcomers are sometimes confused about where to find "WordPress" and naturally expect to find it at dot-com.

That's the wrong place to look for it. Let me explain: 

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

The 3 Types of Websites

What Kind of Website
Do You Need?


A Blog? ECommerce? Informational?


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

STOP SPAM!


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?


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 menu 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!

Monday, September 30, 2019

All About Internet Video Hardware/Software

Rick's Internet Video Recommendations

Let's go shopping on Amazon for a web cam!
(Microphone shopping begins at the 2:48 mark.)



I have several software packages to recommend, too. They are listed below, after links to products mentioned in the video.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

"Follow By Email"

On the sidebar to the right is an innocuous box that invites you to submit your email address.

When you do that, you will receive notifications delivered to that address when a new article has been posted to this blog!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Practice ZOOM-ing!

Would you like to meet face-to-face with your customers, friends and family without having to drive there?

You'll need a tablet or a laptop or a desktop PC with a microphone & speakers. A webcam for your desktop PC is a decided plus!

ZOOM will allow two people to communicate from two different locations using the Internet. People can see each other, talk real time and, as appropriate, share computer desktops.

Zoom is one of the few products that works equally well on both Apple and Windows computers.

Now, you can practice and learn with me!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Rick's Reading List - WordPress

I subscribe to many email lists. When I read something interesting, I capture the link.

Now, for YOUR reading pleasure...