As The Computer Spirit and facilitator of the Websites and Coffee workshops, I hear client horror stories – much too often – of working with web designers and developers. You’ve probably heard them too, or worse, experienced them. Ya know, like the web guy who thought he knew everything, was arrogant enough to express it, then fired you, leaving you without any user info about your website so you could move forward. Or, the web person who very suddenly dropped dead, and his office was so disorganized there was no clue that you, let alone your website, even existed. Then there’s the one about the designer who up and decided to relocate to Bali – without leaving a trace.
Yikes – enough already!
Even if you do not or cannot build your own website, it doesn’t mean that your head has to be in the sand. You can still be empowered to some degree in your website project, which will help to minimize the fallout if your web person disappears off the face of the earth for one reason or another, and it seems like your website is hostage to the situation. The number of options available to you when you face problems with your web designer is proportional to the extent of your involvement at the initial stages of the creation of your site. While it would be best for you to personally register your domain and set up your hosting account, that might not be feasible. However, here are some suggestions that should be helpful if things go off course and you need to rescue your website… (more…)
Since there are so many WordPress themes available and it’s so easy to change them, it’s tempting to jump right in and start searching for the “perfect theme.”
However, because there are so many themes, and so many different types of themes, searching for one – while fun – eats up a lot of one’s time. And, soon you realize that you don’t understand much of the language being used, i.e., frameworks, child themes, CMS themes.
Also, you’ll notice that themes, depending on the developer, can differ in Admin pages, layout options, color options, features (i.e., post types, sliders), level of support, etc.
So, even if you do find a theme that you think is just the right one, you’ll never be quite sure it has everything you need. If you start your website building adventure by selecting the theme first, you can’t possibly know what it is you really need.
Never start with the theme. (more…)
Did you know that you can have emails automatically moved into specific folders upon their arrival? This is but one example of managing Outlook messages using Outlook rules.
A rule is an action that Microsoft Outlook takes automatically on an arriving or sent message that meets the conditions that you specify in the rule. You can choose many conditions and actions by (more…)