Monday, March 18, 2019

"Social media is a tool you use."

I have long believed and advocated that " can’t build the foundation of your business on someone else’s platform...You need a website and to be building an email list. These are assets that are yours..." 

That quote is from a 2019 article written by Kimanzi Constable titled "Facebook and Instagram Going Dark Should Be a Wake Up Call for Entrepreneurs."

This post is based on Constable's words.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Free Blogging and Cheap Domain Names...

It depends on your perspective whether to call this "cheap" - or merely "frugal."

Either way, I like it!!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Internet Video ~ SCORE, TBTC (Tampa Bay Technology Center)

This has been an interesting and productive week learning about using video on the Internet.

  • Wednesday night ~ SCORE workshop w/Pat Huston
  • Thursday night ~ WordPress meetup w/Sam Richardson
  • Saturday morning ~ Tampa Bay Technology Center presentation w/Tony Rockliff

Thursday, October 25, 2018

What Do You Think About An Advisory Board...?

I found this PDF file dated October, 2015. I'm not sure when it was actually written. I'm not sure why/how it ended up on my computer, but this was about the time I was moving my computer skills from my full-time job to create a viable business (A Better Computer, Inc.)

If you're in transition, then you may find this valuable advice, and a worthy suggestion to follow!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

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!