The Power of WordPress

I’m weeks away from finishing my first eBook! I haven’t yet decided on the title. They (the expert eBook marketing folks) tell me that much thought should go into the title. There are two important reasons for that: 1. You want the title to be alluring and catchy to increase sales. 2. You want the title to accurately communicate what the reader can expect to find inside. I’ve put several months of work in creating this eBook. I think most small business folks who want to create and maintain their own websites in an easy way will find this eBook […]

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Coda, The Developer’s Tool

Every once in a while, someone comes up with a tool that makes you wonder what you ever did before using it. For me, Coda is that tool. If you work on websites, you should take a close look at Coda. Coda has these tools built in: text editor, file transfer, source control system, terminal (SSH), website preview, and resource library for HTML, CSS, Javascript, and PHP. The interface is clean and doesn’t get in the way of doing work. In Edit mode, the code is color-coded for easy identification. There’s a very cool CSS editor built in that allows […]

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MacWorld 2009, A Somber Crowd

I expected a change in mood for this year’s MacWorld, and that is what I found. First came the news that this would be a Steve-less MacWorld. Then, Apple announced that this would be their last year at the event. This double sucker punch to Mac fans couldn’t help but change the normally happy and excited event to a somber and dour chore. Well, ok, it wasn’t quite that bad, but the crowds were way down this year. The MacWorld Expo folks tried to minimize the poor turnout by cleverly pushing in the dividing curtains on either side of both […]

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End of An Era? Or, Apple 2.0?

With the recent news that Jobs will not be delivering the Keynote at this January’s MacWorld Expo, and that this will be Apple’s last appearance at MacWorld, we are left with a sense that a transition is near for the Mac world. It seems that there’s more at work here than a weakened economy. There has been much speculation about Job’s health, and what a change in leadership may bring to the direction of Apple. Speculation and rumor aside, there is no doubt that this will an historic MacWorld Expo. I will be attending with a careful eye, and ear, […]

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Creating The Sustainable Website

Parts of this post were used in an article I wrote for Work.com In my years of website development, I’ve typically seen two scenarios when it comes to small business websites. The first scenario is the do-it-yourself business owner who learns just enough HTML to cobble together a website either from scratch or from some template or model site. Typically, the website is just adequate, and maybe not quite as professional looking as expected. “But it’s just temporary until I get the time to really do it right,” says the owner. Often the site remains neglected because additions and modifications […]

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