Goodbye, Facebook. Goodbye, Twitter. Goodbye, Youtube. Goodbye, MySpace. Goodbye, Google+.
For now, I’m keeping my LinkedIN account up and running because I’ve found numerous clients from it, and I have a handful of good recommendations from clients on my profile.
I’ve been becoming increasingly frustrated with my Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ accounts lately. It seems that social media is a great tool, but it’s becoming too centralized. Too corporate. Newsfeed are censored: unlike traditional communications tools, just because you post something, doesn’t mean that people will actually see or read it.
We recently received this announcement from Google, they are replacing the "old" reCaptcha system with a newer, smarter, easier to use system.
Many of our clients have asked about adding a reCaptcha anti-spam mechanism onto their site's contact page (get a quote form, etc) and our advice was typically as follows:
I recently read this article on CNBC about a company called Beepi. It’s middleman company that helps you buy a used car from across the country. It will inspect and take photos of the car you want to buy, and help with delivering it directly to your home. We recently purchased a vehicle from Alabama (from Pennsylvania) without the use of a 3rd party service like Beepi, and I had a great experience with it, so I figured I would write an article to share my experience and provide some pointers.
These steps and ideas are relevant whether you’re buying from a dealer, or from a private party. For our purchase, we were looking for a full-size pickup truck; our requirements were a diesel motor, no rust, manual transmission, extended cab, and 8 foot bed. (Good luck finding a rust-free truck up north.) We found one on AutoTrader or Cars.com but it was down in Alabama. Not exactly close enough to go test drive it!
Building optimized sites has always been a major part of our strategy: they are easier to maintain, easier to upgrade, and they load more quickly. I have never built a site using only Flash, and have always built sites using HTML-and-CSS based navigation menus. They are search engine friendly and easy to expand or rearrange.
With that in mind, I have recently come up with a few other ways to speed things up. A faster site will generally rank better in the search engines, plus it will have less people abandoning the site while waiting for it to load.
I find it ironic that humans are the only animal ‘lucky’ enough to walk upright, when so many suffer from lower back pain. I’ve got a slightly bulged disc in my lower back that was diagnosed in 2007. I went through the whole process: X-Ray, MRI, pain medication, and physical therapy.
Some people suffer from lower back pain due to an injury or accident, I believe mine is mainly due to bad posture and lack of exercise. I seem to go through cycles; one week, I’m doing push-ups and sit-ups, my back feels great, and I start slacking on the exercise. I get lazy. Then the pain comes back and I start doing push-ups again. Rinse, lather, repeat.
I think this might be my first post specifically about Drupal. I’ve been using Drupal for a few years now, but as many know, I’ve been a Joomla guy for a lot longer. One of the nice things about Drupal’s theming structure is their “content” is rendered as a regular block. So, when you’re managing blocks in the admin panel, you can assign a contact form block to the content area block area, and it shows up right below it. No need to tweak the template files create a new block area (in Joomla speak, a module position).
To the right, you’ll see the chicken coop that my wife and I built ourselves. We’ve been working on it over the last year or so, making adjustments and enhancements, so I want to write about what we’ve learned. We refused to spend hundreds of dollars on just their coop so we got some free pallets from down the street and scavenged for scrap wood.
First, a bit of clarification because my clients frequently ask this question: what’s the difference between "social icons" and "social sharing icons”? Social icons are links to your company’s social pages, like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN. On these pages, people can directly engage with your organization by posting photos, asking questions, and the like.
Social SHARING icons are visually similar as well, they will typically include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, Google+, Pinterest… these are used for sharing content from your company’s website on your site visitors’ social media accounts (newsfeeds, or pages). When your site’s visitors share your content throughout their social circles, it translates into free exposure for your content. Assuming that you are producing relevant, high-quality content, this should translate into increased revenues, profits, and market share for your organization.
Before we begin, yes, K2 does have its own, built-in comment functionality. And yes, there are plugins already built and available for this. The reason I like this solution is twofold:
I’ve suffered from seasonal allergies for over 15 years. When I was a teenager, I had prescription-strength nasal spray, eye drops, and pills (Zyrtec, Claritin, Allegra). All of these were somewhat helpful in addressing the symptoms I encountered: sneezing, itchy, puffy, watery eyes. When it got bad, I would rub my eyes so much that they would swell shut.
A few years ago I started paying attention to eating healthy foods (non-GMO, organic, that sort of thing) and one of the topics that came up was that of eating local, raw honey to combat seasonal allergies.
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