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19
Jan

WordPress Updates Failed? Hire Me.

WordPress requires more ongoing website maintenance than simple HTML websites or many custom web applications. Updates are needed all the time within different areas of the application.  WordPress updates can be broken down into different areas: Core WordPress code Plugin updates Theme updates Third party integration updates Server upgrades ( PHP 5.6 is dead ) Updating WordPress is easy right? 

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11
Jan

Website Backup – What, Why and How?

I’m going to get strait to the point here.  YOU NEED to back up your website.  I am stressing the “you” part and the “need” part.  It’s not optional and it should be done by you. Do not assume it will be done by your web designer and not definitely not your web host. (unless you are specifically paying them

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21
Nov

Fix the Error: This page can’t load Google maps correctly.

If your website is using Google Maps and was built before July 2018, you may be seeing an error on top of your map that say “This page can’t load Google Maps correctly.” It will also have a watermark on the map that says “For development purposes only.” I’m going to explain how to fix the error and how to

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22
Oct

Website Development Process

When you are hiring a freelance web developer to work with, understanding their website development process helps set expectations on both sides. I want every project to be a success by delivering what we agreed on in a realistic time frame. I have outlined the steps in my website development process here. Define the Scope The most important part in

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17
Aug

PHP As You Know It, Is Dead

PHP, like any other software, needs maintained, update and upgraded over time. Sometimes it’s a simple tweak, other times it’s a major task.

14
May

Outsourcing Web Development Services

Outsourcing web development services is a great solution for small companies that need the technical expertise but don’t need to hire a dedicated web developer.

24
Feb

WordPress Security Issues

For every new WordPress website I am hired to build, I quote addressing WordPress security issues as part of the website development quote. When I start a new project, the first thing I do after installing WordPress is fully secure it. I do this before installing a WordPress theme or installing any plugins. Is WordPress Secure “Out Of The Box”?

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7
Feb

Maintain Your Website – 2019 New Year’s Resolution

Maintain your site now, so it’s not a problem later. Face it, no one likes doing maintenance. Whether it be your car, house, or your website. Like it or not, it needs done though. If you ignore it long enough, it can create significant headaches and expenses. Website maintenance seems to be easy to ignore since it’s not as visible

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21
Jan

Understanding Domain Name and Web Hosting Transfers

Understanding the connection between domain names and web hosting is hard to grasp. This can complicate transferring a website to a new host.

28
Dec

What is a CMS Website and Do You Need One?

CMS in the field of website development stands for content management system. A CMS website is a type of web application that enables you to manage the content that displays on your website (aka content management system) . Content is stored in a database (often MySQL database) separate from code. Password protected tools are coded to enable users to add,

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19
Dec

Website Security – Secure Your Website Passwords

Website Security – Passwords Website security can be addressed on multiple levels. Web hosting accounts,  website code, passwords…. Passwords are meant to provide a layer of protection in gaining access to a resource. This is a simple concept, and easy to implement.  Many people are lax with utilizing this simple layer of protection on their site and though in all

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7
Oct

PHP Statistics on the Internet

Some PHP statistics and brief history. In 1994 Rasmus Lerdorf wrote logic to track his online resume which he called PHP Tools. In 1995 he released the source code for these tools to the public to use and improve it. The next year Rasmus added new logic to that started to show some features that we see in today’s version of PHP.

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24
Sep

Website Development Costs – Comparing Apples to Oranges?

How much does website development cost? People contact me daily wanting to know: How much does it cost to build a website?  Often the email has 1-2 – maybe 3 sentences describing the project, but no mention of their budget or timeline to complete. I reply back asking questions to try to get specific details of the job so I

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15
Sep

Hire Someone to Build a Website

When creating a website for your business, where do you start? Most of my clients are small businesses needing web development services ranging from simple startup websites for creating a new web site, to proprietary web applications to help run and grow their business. I do work with other types of clients like individuals and B2B support for web design and

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9
May

Help with Review your data retention settings

Google Analytics Data Retention Settings I’ve had multiple clients contact due to the email sent by Google. “[Important Reminder] Review your data retention settings before they take effect on May 25, 2018” Google is asking you to review your settings for how long you want to retain data in your account that has been collected through Google Analytics. As noted

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25
Mar

Overhaul Website or Website Revamp – Which is Best for You?

It’s Time To Do Something – a Full Overhaul or just Website Revamp? If you are a business owner, you know how important it is to promote a positive image about your company. Keeping your customers informed about your current services and products along with new offerings helps your business grow. Keeping your website current requires an occasional website revamp

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8
Mar

Affordable Web Design Packages

Now Offering Affordable Web Design Packages I had not promoted web design packages in the past because most of the work I do is custom web development where every project has a unique set of requirements. Bundling all of the possible options into package is complicated. I have been speaking to more small business owners lately though that are looking

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5
Feb

Website Questionnaire

Questions to Answer for Planning a Successful Website. I often get "website quote requests" that include a sentence or two description of the project.  Then I'm asked can I build it, and how much will it cost? Can I build it? Probably. I have built hundreds of websites with different kinds of unique programming functionality. These projects span over many
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17
Jan

Custom Website vs Template

Custom Websites, Templates and Themes Wth any industry, there is a lot of industry specific terminology used. If you are not familiar, grasping what is being discussed can be overwhelming.  This applies to the field of website development too. When potential clients contact me to build a new website, they need to understand how custom website design differs from starting

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6
Dec

Website Problems After Moving To a New Server

Several people have contacted me recently for help because GoDaddy has been moving websites to a new server. There can be side effects to migrating a website.  GoDaddy does not seem to be addressing these issues, and are leaving it to their customer to deal with. Whether or not GoDaddy has clearly communicated what they are doing and the steps

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13
Sep

Not Secure Warnings on Your Website

Web Browser Not Secure Warnings Simply put, Not Secure warnings when a user/customer visits to your website is bad for business. It can be frustrating, the “rules” on Internet change so often it’s hard to keep up. Being a website owner, you have  responsibility to your users to make sure any data they enter is protected. For the past few

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28
Jun

Google’s New Google For Jobs Initiative

Google released a new “Google For Jobs” initiative recently that enables you to add structured data about your job listings to your web pages. By adding this web code, your job listing will then show up in the Google Search results pages when users are searching for jobs related to the positions you have available.  Your job listing shows prominently

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10
Jun

New Version of WordPress Released – Should I Upgrade?

WordPress version 4.8 is considered a major functional release. Should you upgrade on release day?

19
Apr

Freelance Web Developer Productivity Tools

A career as a freelancer has a lot of great benefits. A downside though is being isolated from other developers and not getting to “chat around the water cooler”. I’m sharing online productivity tools that I use to help my freelance business be successful. If you have anything to add, let me know.

18
Mar

Clear Browser Cache

How to clear your browser cache While building websites, I often tell my clients to clear their browser cache  (“CASH”) as changes are made during the development process. Often the response, is “How do I do that?”. I will explain here. What is a browser cache? A cache is a “container” or temporary location on your local computer that your

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4
May

Will You Partner With My Web Designer?

I partner with web designers, graphic designers and marketing companies to provide web programming support.

23
Feb

Hiring a Freelancer – A Question of Trust

Read a client’s recommendation for my web development services.