Monthly Archives: October 2014


Learning Can Lead To Dying

People say, if you stop learning, you start dying.  I disagree.  The exact opposite could be true.  If you are constantly learning you may not have time to act.  Case in point.  I have spent the past few days “trying” to learn .xsl, .xml, .xslt and put it in an online catalog site.  I used a large, very large spreadsheet from a client that had over 4000 records in it.  I was able to accomplish getting the spreadsheet from Excel to .xml.  I was able to map the data to it.  I was able to create the .xsl file and see the data in an html page.  What I couldn’t do is sort, filter, group, param, etc the data to be anymore useful than a giant list of 4000 records.

I jumped on dozens and dozens of sites looking for answers or clues on how to correctly do it.  So two days later and countless hours of searching, learning, etc. on how to do all this, I have died a little more.  The rest of my websites suffered for it.  New product development suffered.  Marketing new clients suffered.  And my moral declined significantly for it.

Yes, learning is important, but so is acting.  Acting on what you have already learned and apply it to what you do.  Some business models suggest that you should focus on one thing and do that one thing the best you can.  That to me is the opposite end of the spectrum.  Learning new technologies helps keep you on the cutting edge.  Take Responsive Web Design.  In the past, developers would create two sites, one for desktops and one for smaller devices, if not more for smaller devices.  Now you can develop one responsive site to function on multiple platforms.

Do keep learning but don’t let it consume all your time preventing you from applying what you already know.




The Do’s and Do Not’s of Blogging

Below are a list of Do’s and Dont’s in the blogging world.  It’s only guide of things to do and not do while you are expanding your blog.

43 Do’s of Blogging

  1. Do create a blog that is meaningful to you
  2. Do set yourself some goals and objectives for your blog
  3. Do ‘write’ something every day (note that I didn’t say ‘publish’)
  4. Do as much as you can to get in your readers shoes and understand who they are
  5. Do use surveys and polls to help you understand your reader
  6. Do create content that meets your readers’ needs, answers their questions, and solves their problems
  7. Do write in an engaging voice
  8. Do start an email newsletter
  9. Do pay attention to the design of your blog – first impressions count!
  10. Do communicate clearly what your blog is about into your design
  11. Do spend time ‘off’ your blog engaging in the places where your potential readers gather
  12. Do go to the effort of registering your own domain
  13. Do create visual content
  14. Do model the kind of community that you want your blog to have
  15. Do install analytics and track the results of what you do
  16. Do find some blogging buddies who you can bounce ideas off and have mutual support with
  17. Do make sure you have ‘real life’ friends too – they’ll ground you
  18. Do become hyper-aware of problems (yours and other people’s), and obsessed with solving them
  19. Do create something to sell from your blog
  20. Do think beyond what you’ll write today – develop an editorial calendar
  21. Do set aside time to learn the skills you lack
  22. Do set aside time to brainstorm topics to write about
  23. Do read other people’s blogs – you’ll learn a lot from them
  24. Do share your opinion – it is what often differentiates you
  25. Do share stories – your own and other people’s
  26. Do back up your blog!
  27. Do blog with passion
  28. Do look for ‘win/win/win’ relationships with brands where you, the brand and your reader benefit
  29. Do show your personality – be yourself
  30. Do pay attention to what is energising you and do more of it
  31. Do pay attention to what is energising your readers and do more of it
  32. Do spend time refining and perfecting post headlines
  33. Do think about what ‘action’ you’re calling readers to take in your content
  34. Do make peace with the fact that there will always be more that you can do
  35. Do learn how to prioritise and focus upon activities that take you closer to your goals
  36. Do pay attention to your archives – update and promote them regularly
  37. Do push through bloggers block
  38. Do spend time analysing what types of content are being ‘shared’ in your niche – publish this kind of content semi-regularly
  39. Do use social proof
  40. Do take breaks from blogging – weekends and vacations are important!
  41. Do ask your readers a lot of questions and listen to what they say
  42. Do treat your blog as a business today… if you want it to be one tomorrow
  43. Do create content that Informs, Inspires and Interacts

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What are Custom Headers in WordPress?

Custom headers is a WordPress theme feature which allows theme developers to enable support for customization of the header image. When custom headers support is enabled in a theme, the users can replace the default image used in the theme’s header with their own images. Most themes have limitations as to what the size of the header image can be. Some themes are made so that there is only enough space to put a logo, others allow you to use the entire width of the theme.

Some themes will allow for the use of flexible headers that can expand or contract in size depending on the width of the browser window at the time. Some themes will also allow for the use of pre-uploaded header images that are already present in the theme, such as the ones available in the default WordPress theme.

The option to change the headers is usually present under Appearance, which is located in the left menu bar in the WordPress Admin Panel.

The Header link will allow you to change the header as needed or upload your own custom header. The images can also be cropped as needed to fit the header. Some themes also allow for you to replace the headers with your text instead of an image, or use an image as background and overlay text on top, but these are features depend on the specific theme.




Organizing Google Adsense in Word Press

Here is the simplest method that I have found:

Step 1

Add the plugin: Simple Google Adsense Insertion – One of the easiest methods to get your Google Adsense into your posts, pages and sidebars. There are many Adsense plugins, but I found this one to be the easiest. (installing plugins article)

Once it is installed, go to “Settings” -> “Adsense Insertion”
You should have the following screen

Step 2

In the “Adsense Ad Campaign 1 Code”, put in the code for a leaderboard from your Google Adsense account.

In the “Adsense Ad Campaign 2 Code”, put in the code for a 250×250 box.

Currently I am only using those two code boxes.

Now make one change to the 2nd campaign code (see below)

Adsense-Insertion-Step2After “height:250px” put in (without quotes) “;float:left;margin:4px”.  By adding that code, your ad will align left in the post and give it a little margin so the text of the post isn’t right on top of the ad.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Update Options”.

Step 3

I noted down the 2 shortcodes for the ads.  Go to a post that you would like to add the Google Adsense and click on “Edit”

Edit-PostInsert the code for the leaderboard

Edit-Post-2Insert the code for the 250×250 somewhere in the body of the post

Edit-Post-3Because we had already set the code for the 250×250 to align left with a 4px margin, we don’t have to do anything else with this code.  With the leaderboard code, make sure you are on the visual edit section and highlight the code and center it.

Here’s what your post should now look like with the ads in place:


If you have any questions, leave me a comment.  Thanks for reading.


What is Admin Area in WordPress?

The Admin Area is the administrative area of a WordPress website. Usually it can be accessed by visiting the wp-admin directory in your web browser. Example:

The WordPress admin area is the administration center of a WordPress powered website. An administrator has full access to all the sections within the WordPress Admin Area. Users with other roles such as editor, contributor, or author have limited access to the admin area. Some users such as users with the subscriber role only have access to their profile page inside the admin area.

At the top of each administration screen is the toolbar or admin bar. It provides access to several administrative functions. On the left side is the main navigation that provides access to most of the WordPress management tools. Each major section typically comes with a sub-menu that can fly out and expand to show extra options.

The area in the middle of the screen is called the work area. This is where you can write, edit, and delete posts as well as adjust settings. At the bottom of each administration page is the footer. The footer contains links to WordPress and the version of WordPress that you currently have installed.


What Would You Do?

What would you do?

You hired a contractor to redo your kitchen.  They come in, demo the kitchen and only start to rebuild the kitchen and walk off the job.  You ask when they are coming back and they give your 3 different times and don’t come back.

Contractor Faceoff

After 3 months, you hire someone else to help you finish the job.  After it’s complete the first contractor demands money for the work that they did stating, “Hey I did demo the kitchen, so you owe me for that”. What would you do?  Would you pay him?

What would you do?

You bring your car in for an engine overhaul.  The mechanic tears down the engine, but after weeks of asking what’s up with the car, the mechanic states that they got a promotion at work and can’t finish your car.  So now you have to get your car to a new mechanic to finish the job.  Another mechanic finishes the job Continue reading


Launch A Self-Hosted Blog Using WordPress In 15 Minutes

There are a few free platforms out there for the novice blogger to use, but for the serious writer/blogger, utilizing a self-hosted blog is the way to go. It is affordable and easy to do. Some think that setting up a self-hosted WordPress blog is difficult. Nothing could be further from the truth. After this short article, you will be on your way to publishing your first blog.



Just follow these simple steps:


Gather some necessary information:

  • a domain name (ie: info on creating a domain name
  • an idea for your blog
  • payment method

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