Simple Steps to a Self-Hosted WordPress Site

WordPress is a great platform and has ventured beyond being just a blogging platform as it was traditional known as.

But how do you get a WordPress site? There are 2 different routes to take:

  1. Let them host it – www.wordpress.com
  2. You host it

If you let them host it (check out the steps here) you then are limited mainly by the domain name.

If you want to host it yourself, here’s what you need to do: [Read more...]

One Powerful Shopping Cart

So you want to open an online store?  Great!  Just get your web-guy cousin to hook you up with one…there’s just a few things you have to get figured out first:

  • What store software will you use?
  • How will you host the store?
  • Will your site have an SSL Certificate installed so you can accept credit cards?
  • How easy will it be to update your store or will you have to wait for your cousin to get to it?
  • How will your store get found online?
  • What features do you want and will all those features be covered by the software you have now installed?  What about in 2 months when a new “big thing” is happening on shopping carts around the world, how will you adapt

The list could go on and on.  Honestly, it’s more daunting than you think to host your own store.  Luckily, the folks at www.bigcommerce.com have come through huge with a complete e-commerce solution to have you up and running in minutes! [Read more...]

Desktop Sharing Using join.me – a Review

I recently found the need to share my desktop with a few people and wanted a better option to LiveMeeting, GoToMeeting and Yugma.  I could review those as well, but will stick to one that I found recently that is still in beta but was a great alternative.

After stumbling upon join.me (created by LogMeIn) I was immediately impressed with how SIMPLE it was!  Download this packet and presto!  It assigns you a number that you can email or share and people can just go to that URL and they are on.  For those joining the presentation it’s such a clean experience as there’s absolutely nothing to install. [Read more...]

A Great Restaurant, A Very Good Use of Joomla

Last night my wife and I decided to venture out of suburbia San Diego and head south into North Park/Hillcrest to check out a new restaurant that was recommended by some friends called Urban Solace. I can go on forever about what great food we had, the unique menu selection, the chic decor, the uniqueness – all that was there and then some, you just have to check the place out – but as soon as I saw their website I knew the experience was going to be great. [Read more...]

Some Things I Learned Using Thesis Theme For WordPress

I just finished my first launch of a WordPress install using the Thesis theme (beer money link). I had a fellow web developer who has been not only pushing WordPress but more specifically pushing me towards the Thesis theme. Coming from a pretty basic understanding of WordPress (way more experience/understanding of Joomla) Thesis was quite a fun learning experience. It also opened my eyes to the possibility of accomplishing some of the things I thought were reserved for “larger” CMS platforms.

Overall Thesis is an SEO-feature-rich  dream. Not only is the page code extremely clean, but for each post you can easily control the page titles, keywords, descriptions, and image alt tags all while posting your blog.

[Read more...]

Simple Online Diagram Software, Free

Trying to explain a work-flow idea to someone I ran across www.gliffy.com. Not being a designer myself I was hesitant to try my hand at creating a diagram from scratch (even in PowerPoint/Keynote) and plus, to me those mediums are getting a little played out…I wanted something I could move around, adjust, then snag an image and put into my presentation. Gliffy fits the bill.

[Read more...]

A Cow Helps With My To-Do List

Ok, not really, but their milk sure does. Ok, that’s not true either, but works for a reveiw on a new tool that I have found.
I have been looking for an integrated way of managing my to-do items for a while and found something that almost perfectly fits the bill.

Remember the Milk – www.rememberthemilk.com

Funky name, great product. The UI is very simple to use and in minutes you’re up and running adding you to-do items. [Read more...]