Saturday, June 16, 2018

Domains: Choosing Domain Names

"Karol K" wrote several articles that have been published at

I consider two very important: "22 Essential Tips for Choosing the Best Possible Domain Name for a Website (2018)" and "Top 10 Best Domain Name Generator Tools for Finding the Perfect Domain Name in 2018" (both links open in new tabs)

Here are my take-aways from her articles:

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Tidbits: Positive SSL for $8.50

I've used the plugin for several of my sites to protect against SPAM user accounts. I like their product!

They are now selling single-site SSL certificates for $8.50.

The equivalent single-domain certificate costs $75/year at GoDaddy (on sale in June for $60) and $24/year at ABCInc-Domains.

Here is my (successful) journey to purchase and install their certificates....

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Tidbits: TAN-B2 ~ A New Direction

I'm continuing to find my niche!

Technical and Necessary But Boring

It turns out that back-end support is where I excel...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Internet Marketing: A Primer (2nd edition)

Vocabulary Lesson 1: Call-to-Action ~ this is what you expect a visitor to do when they get to your website. If I were assigning homework, I would ask you to name the one thing you want visitors to do.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Webmaster: EMail Scripts and cPanel

If you have a website with a contact form, then this is important information for you!

When was the last time you visited your cPanel dashboard?

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Domain Management: Email Forwarders

I have lots of online responsibilities, each has a different personality, and more importantly, each has a different email address. I am too busy (and too lazy) to visit multiple email accounts several times a day!

And the solution to that handling those accounts is...

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Internet Marketing: A Primer

The tagline for our A Better Computer Inc website is "We Bring Your Business To The Internet."

This 2-minute read, below, represents hours and hours of work. Some work is for me; most of it will be for you.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Connecting New Customers

I've realized how important processes are, and standardizing them is even better! Our relationship with our customers begins here:

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Rick's Reading List - Updated 8/2/2017

I often stumble across an interesting link that I want to remember - and possibly share. The sites are not worthy of a full blog on their own, but....

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Job Titles for Web Workers?!

At a recent WordPress Meetup, admittedly in a moment of distraction, I reflected on the job title of the presenter.

My question:
What single word described my skill sets? 

I was off to Google for my research...

Thursday, July 6, 2017

My 2017 Journey into Social Media

"Social Media" is all the rage, along with SEO.

I'm saving SEO for another blog, but I want to document me getting involved into the depths of Social Media.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Facebook Groups for Business

I first "met" Pam Moore through a SCORE webinar in April about building a Facebook page for your business.

I visited her site and signed up for her newsletter. Today a really neat idea showed up in my mailbox!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

WordPress Assembler: A New Title

Kudos to Tony Zeoli for his article "The New WordPress NINJA: WordPress Assembler." This gave me an whole new perspective on providing support for WordPress web pages.

The running joke about asking an engineer the time of day is that after answering the question he then wants to explain how a clock works. I'm guilty of that. When I'm asked to create a web site, I tend to go into excruciating detail.

The phrase "WordPress Assembler" is a really simple title: it defines a complete skill set!

Monday, May 1, 2017

SCORE Webinar: "5 Pillars for a Facebook Business Page that Rocks!"

Everyone in business is interested in marketing through Social Media, and as a SCORE mentor I want to learn as much as I can.

This is a review for a SCORE webinar I "attended" in April. 

There are several take-aways that I would like to share with you.:

Monday, April 24, 2017

LinkedIn: "How To Start Consulting On The Side"

This was an interesting article I found on LinkedIn, and I wanted to bring it to your attention. Liz Ryan gives nuggets of encouragement throughout the article.

It's a good read, but not the blueprint we could expect from the title.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Blogging, Today

This afternoon, wrote "Let me blow your mind with a statistic: there are over 152 million blogs floating around out there in cyberspace."
  • 43% of those blogs are on Wordpress.
  • 35% are on Blogger.
  • 16% are on Tumblr.
  • Adds up to 94% ~~ (The remaining 6% are sprinkled across random smaller platforms.)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

"Runway" Cash Flow ?!

I wrote an article here at But because my personal volunteer work is at SCORE, I moved the article to my personal blog, Rix Distillery (Rick's Distillery).

After many years of being involved in business start-ups, I learned a new word: ~~ "Runway" ~~ It is a measure of how long a new business venture can last with the existing cash on hand.