Wordpress 4.7.2 Critical Upgrade

Make sure your WordPress website is updated to 4.7.2, as WordPress websites with the earlier versions are being hacked and defaced by Peshmurga hackers. Institutional and community websites all over the world are normal one day, and appearing the next day with The Kurdistani flag and inflammatory text.

Read the full article here. But before you do, UPDATE

Five Gifts From Google to Promote Your Business

For Small Business Week, Google is offering 5 ways to promote your business:

National Small Business Week is a chance to celebrate your clients: the businesses that give our communities character and clout. This May 4th–8th, instead of giving them three cheers, we’re giving them five, with five simple ways to get any small business online and growing.

With a free business listing on Google Search and Maps, support from a community of peers, and more, we’re helping you take that next step toward making small businesses web-friendly.

I encourage you to check out all the perks now and have a happy and productive Small Business Week. If you are too busy and need help, give me a call and I will be happy to work with you.

Writin' the Blues

Brought to you by Limpin’ Sadie Jicama Jackson*

*That’s Jicama Jackson, not Hicama Hackson (see Rule #20 for explanation)

Rules for writin’ the blues

1 – Most Blues begin, “Woke up this morning…”

2 – “I got a good woman” is a bad way to begin the Blues, ‘less you stick something nasty in the next line like,
“I got a good woman, with the meanest face in town.”

3 – The Blues is simple. After you get the first line right, repeat it. Then find something that rhymes…sort of:
“Got a good woman with the meanest face in town.
Yes, I got a good woman with the meanest face in town.
Got teeth like Margaret Thatcher,
And she weigh 500 pound.”

4 – The Blues is not about choice. You stuck in a ditch, you stuck in a ditch– ain’t no way out.

5 – Blues cars: Chevys, Fords, Cadillacs and broken-down trucks. Blues don’t travel in Volvos, BMWs, or Sport Utility Vehicles.
Most Blues transportation is a Greyhound bus or a southbound train. Jet aircraft an’ state-sponsored motor pools ain’t even in the runnin’.
Walkin’ plays a major part in the blues lifestyle. So does fixin’ to die.

6 – Teenagers can’t sing the Blues. They ain’t fixin’ to die yet. Adults sing the Blues. In Blues, “adulthood” means being old enough to get the electric chair if you shoot a man in Memphis.

7 – Blues can take place in New York City but not in Hawaii or any place in Canada.
Hard times in Minneapolis or Seattle is probably just clinical depression.
Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City are still the best places to have the Blues.
You cannot have the blues in any place that don’t get rain.

8 – A man with male pattern baldness ain’t the blues.  A woman with male pattern baldness is.
Breaking your leg cause you skiing is not the blues. Breaking your leg ’cause a alligator be chompin’ on it is.

9 – You can’t have no Blues in a office or a shopping mall. The lightin’ is wrong.
Go outside to the parking lot or sit by  the dumpster.

10 – Good places for the Blues:

a. Highway,
b. jailhouse,
c. empty bed,
d. bottom of a whiskey glass.

Bad places:

a.  Dillard’s,
b. gallery openings,
c. Ivy League institutions,
d. golf courses

11 – No one will believe it’s the Blues if you wear a suit, ‘less you happen to be a old ethnic person, and you slept in it.

12 – Do you have the right to sing the Blues?

Yes, if:

a. you older than dirt,
b. you blind,
c. you shot a man in Memphis,
d. you can’t be satisfied.

No, if:

a. you have all your teeth,
b. you were once blind but now can see,
c. the man in Memphis lived,
d. you have a 401K or trust fund

13 – Blues is not a matter of color. It’s a matter of bad luck. Tiger Woods cannot sing the blues.
Sonny Liston could. Ugly white people also got a leg up on the blues.

14 – If you ask for water and your darlin’ give you gasoline, it’s the Blues.
Other acceptable Blues beverages are:

a. cheap wine,
b. whiskey or bourbon,
c. muddy water,
d. nasty black coffee

The following are NOT Blues beverages:

a. Perrier,
b. Chardonnay,
c. Snapple,
d. Slim Fast

15 – If death occurs in a cheap motel or a shotgun shack, it’s a Blues death.
Stabbed in the back by a jealous lover is another Blues way to die.
So is the electric chair, substance abuse, and dying lonely on a broken down cot.
You can’t have a Blues death if you die  during a tennis match or
getting liposuction.

16 – Some Blues names for women:

a. Sadie,
b. Big Mama,
c. Bessie,
d. Fat River Dumpling

17 – Some Blues names for men:

a. Joe,
b. Willie,
c. Little Willie,
d. Big Willie

18 – Persons with names like Michelle, Amber, Debbie, and Heather can’t sing the Blues no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.

19 – Make your own Blues name Starter Kit:

a.  name of physical infirmity (Blind, Cripple, Lame, etc.)
b. first name (see above) plus name of fruit (Lemon, Lime, Kiwi, etc.)
c. last name of President (Jefferson, Johnson,Fillmore, etc.)

For example:

Blind Lime Jefferson, Jakeleg Lemon Johnson or Cripple Willie Kiwi Fillmore, etc. (Well, maybe not Kiwi.”)

20 – I don’t care how tragic your life: if you own a computer, you cannot sing the blues.

How Often Should You Blog?

In the beginning, a few times a month should suffice.

But you need to get exposure by getting your name on other, similar or related blogs. How do you do that?

1. Write guest posts

You write the excellent content, the other blog gives you exposure.

2. Invite people to interview you

Interviews are a great way to get exposure.

3. You can land major press mentions

Learn “the drafting technique,” by this guy on Social Triggers.

Derek Halpern has some great ideas!

Monthly Website Maintenance and Update Service

Do you have a WordPress website? Are you too busy to check in fairly frequently to stay on top of your maintenance, updates and backups?

I will do that for you, for $150 a year. Rest easier knowing that:

  • You don’t have to take the time out of your busy life to stay on top of upgrades and updates
  • You don’t have to worry about on-going site maintenance
  • You can focus on your business while your site is maintained to the most up to date standard
  • You have less of a chance of being hacked if your themes and plugins are up to date

Interested? Give me a call or fire me off an email.

Let’s get going!

Google Fonts Plug-in Frees you to be Creative

In the past, if you wanted to have anything other than the most basic fonts for your website, you had to upload all versions of the font to the server to comply with all browsers. It was not difficult, using a web font generator like Font Squirrel. Then you had to assign what tags you wanted to show in what font in your CSS.

\"googleIt has now been simplified for WordPress users with a Plugin called Google Fonts. Install the Plugin. Choose the fonts you want, assign to the tags with a click of the button and you are on your way.

With 632 Font families, you have a lot to choose from!

Graphic Design and Editing

As part of my work over the past 25 years, my graphic design skills have been used for:

  • websites
  • business cards
  • rack cards
  • magazine advertising
  • fundraising fliers
  • book illustration

I can edit your copy, or write your copy for your ad or website if that is what you need. Why not call now for a quote.

Check those Social Media Profiles!

\"linkedin2\"I was snooping around my Linked In account the other day, seeing if I could connect to more people and endorse those I know. It occurred to me that I had not checked my profile for some time.

Imagine my horror when I discovered that my contact email was an address that I had not used for three years! What opportunities have I missed? What potential business have I lost? I will never know.

This has prompted me to review all my profiles on all my social media and on any accounts for any services for which I have signed up. I suggest you do the same.

Facebook vs. Blogging

Too many people spend hours on their Facebook Pages and ignore their Blogs completely. This is a terrible mistake. Facebook is for quick updates and comments. Blogging is where you post thoughtful articles that are well thought out and that possess key word rich text that will help your customers or clients make the right choices.

Here is a great infographic by Patricia Redsicker that spells it out better than I can!

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Having said that, you can have the best of both worlds, by hooking your blog up to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, so you only have to post once. And you can do the quick updates, too. But ignore your blog at your peril!

Wordpress Tutorials

Links to YouTube Video Tutorials

Some of the interfaces on these videos may be slightly different than what you see, since they were done using older versions of Atahualpa and WordPress. The content is still valid, however.

WordPress Blogging Basics 2010

Covers some basic blogging practices, adding photos, correcting spelling etc. this is using an older version of Atahualpa, but the basics are the same.

Adding and Editing pages in WordPress

Adding and editing pages in WordPress could not be simpler.

Images

Adding an Image to Your Post or Page. Video Oct. 1, 2013

Easily add an image to your site. Upload from your computer or use what is already in your media library. If the image is a huge one, be sure to watch the next video about how to scale it down in WordPress.

Editing and Scaling Images in WordPress Video Oct. 9, 2013

How to make images bigger or smaller, add captions or scale the size.

Adding a Gallery to your WordPress Page

Adding a gallery is both fast and easy.

Adding to an existing Gallery Video April 24, 2015

A few simple steps, add to and resize if necessary

Links

How to Upload and Add a Link to a PDF to your WordPress Blog or Page

Create a pdf, upload, name it correctly and link.

Adding a link in the text of your WordPress website or blog

Adding a link is simple in WordPress. Copy and paste.

Miscellaneous

How to add and edit categories for your WordPress Blog

Categories and Tags. What are they, how to add and use.

Comment Settings and Moderation for your WordPress Blog

Getting spam? Here is how to set up and moderate your comments

Embedding A YouTube Video into your pages

Simply copy the embed code and past into your post using the text field

Numbered and Bulleted Lists Created January 23, 2014

How to create numbered or bulletted lists for your blog.

Plug-in Tutorials

Continuous Announcement Scroller

How to Add, Delete, Edit and Modify this simple plugin October 17, 2014

My Calendar by Joe Dolson

You can have different calendars on every page, using categories. The Category \”Holiday\” cancels other events.

How to Add a Category to My Calendar

How To Add a single event to My Calendar

 Adding Regularly  Repeating Events

How to add the calendar to a page

Google Map Builder

How to build and edit a map to add to your post or page

Ajax Event Calendar

Adding and Deleting Events on the Ajax Event Calendar

Adding events is very simple. Repeated events, is simple, too, if you know the trick.