Saturday, September 4, 2021

WordPress Tools for Webmasters


Webmaster Tools Review

I subscribe to many mailing lists, and this article showed up in one of them. 

12 Best WordPress Automation Tools and Plugins 

Compared (2021) 

Last updated on September 3rd, 2021

Sunday, June 13, 2021

WordPress Virtual Meetup Calendar ~ Redux

  WP User Groups
WP Meetup Meetings
Zoom Meetings

This calendar was originally posted in December 2020; I am reposting it so you can quickly find it. 
It is still updated daily:

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The Science Behind Limited Menus and Short Sentences

"Remember"

a book by Lisa Genova

For a really long time, I've heard about two "Best Practics" for websites. This advice applies across all Internet sites:

  1. Limit menus to 5-7 choices
  2. Write with short sentences
I've tried to apply them as best as I can without understanding why

The first bullet (menus) "felt" right and I've tried to stick to it.

The second bullet (short sentences) is a challenge because I have always prided myself on constructing long and complex sentences; my engineering/systems administrator background encourages me to write and even talk with parenthesis, quotation marks, and footnotes. 😀 (Whew!)

The Science is In!


Thanks to Genova's book "Remember" I now have the why for those two best practices.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Post-Pandemic Blended-Hybrid Virtual Zoom Meetings #2

Zoom Logo 

Blended / Hybrid
Virtual Meetings 

May, 2021

People are eager to return to live in-person meetings, and many still want to enjoy joining sessions across the country without actually traveling there.

I had previously explored the "why" of having blended / hybrid meetings.

Now I want to explore the "how" to use Zoom meetings

Friday, April 30, 2021

Post-Pandemic Blended-Hybrid Virtual Zoom Meetings #1

Zoom Logo

Blended / Hybrid
Virtual Meetings

April 2021

We have a new challenge as the world moves from virtual online meetings to live meetings. There are several "dots" to connect as I explore what these post-pandemic meetings will look like.

First, there continues to be a strong interest in live meetings that have a Q&A session. That has not gone away. If anything, the demand has increased because so many people have been restricted to the confines of their homes.

This article discusses the background and the why of Blended / Hybrid meetings.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

"Follow by Email" Ends July 2021

 

On the sidebar to the right was an innocuous box that invited you to submit your email address.


When you did that, you received notifications delivered to that address when a new article had been posted to this blog!

That feature has ended.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Playing with Software and Functions and Features "Oh My!"


Playing with Software 

This article is based on a phrase I found in a book by John Cleese titled "creativity" (yes, the title is in lower case). The book was published in 2020 by Crown Publishing company.

The book is actually about the creative process of writing. He tells how specific actions have helped him create the comedy skits he has written.

But there is something I found relevant to people like me who have a technical background! In the book, Cleese describes "play" as...
 

Friday, February 19, 2021

The Email Magic of PLUS ("+")


 Create Unique
Email Address(es)

Here is how to create multiple email addresses and still have only one email mailbox to visit.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Genealogy Societies on EasyNetSites ~ WordPress?


EasyNetSites
is closing
June 30, 2021

This is a HUGE problem for EasyNetSites customers. The customers all appear to be Genealogy Societies in the US.... 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

WordPress Virtual Meetup Calendar

WP User Groups
WP Meetup Meetings
Zoom Meetings


One positive benefit to come from the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic is that most WordPress user groups embraced the change to an online format! You can search Meetup.com for the topic "WordPress" to discover that there are over 1,500 WordPress user groups around the world. WordPress.org directly sponsors over half of those groups: www.Meetup.com/pro/WordPress.

Here is a calendar of some upcoming virtual meetings, mostly using Zoom, for WordPress user groups. Attendance varies in size from 5 to 50, and attendees vary in their levels of experience from "Now what?".to writing code without bothering to look it up.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Zoom Training Videos

 

Zoom Training Videos
on YouTube

Rick's curated video list

YouTube has collected thousands of tutorial videos from Zoom meetings and webinars. Some are excellent and some are terrible. Occasionally these YouTube videos even present bad/wrong information. 

Many videos have a tendency to just ramble as the presenter adds their oh-by-the-way comments. While this is great for 1:1 training, the comments may not be appropriate for a tutorial.

I am building a curated list of tutorial videos for Zoom administrators...

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, October 1, 2020

WordPress: Learn Gutenberg Blocks II

 


More How To Use
Gutenberg Blocks
in WordPress

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

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: 

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!