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LETBAD: Domain Names

February 28, 2019

If you’re a small business owner and run an online business (or even a website), as annoying as it is, you should learn enough to be almost dangerous (L.E.T.B.A.D.) about domain names and how they work.

Why I no longer suggest WordPress for (most) new websites

January 25, 2019

After my years of consulting for small businesses and solopreneurs, I've learned there are many situations where a WordPress-driven website is either overkill, too complicated, or overly expensive to run correctly.

Don't Get Caught With Your Security Pants Down! 👖 Web Security Made Easy! 🔐

November 29, 2018

Shopping on the Internet is like wandering around a crowded bazaar or farmer's market. While you can install these security certificates for no cost, there are certain situations where you might want to pay a small fee and do some extra paperwork to gain your customers' trust.

How to find a web developer you won't hate 😅

November 27, 2018

Looking for web site help, we often find ourselves in the same predicament as someone who is inexperienced with cars searching for a new mechanic. Here are some tips you can use to find a web developer you won't hate.

Learn why your site is slow with some Inspector Magic ✨

November 06, 2018

I made a 4-minute video describing a method you can use to determine if and why a website is slow using Google Chrome, Lighthouse, and a little Inspector Magic ✨.

Learn to code from the beginning 📚

October 30, 2018

Understanding how to program or code took me a while. First I had to get around the gate-keepers who said coding was impossible to learn. Programming is hard, but it's not impossible. In this article series, we go through the basic building blocks of learning to code from the beginning.

Brand consistency with Gravatar 🦖

October 23, 2018

It's time-consuming keeping up with brand consistency when you're a solopreneur. Gravatar (Globally Recognized Avatar) is a free service maintained by Automattic, the company behind WordPress. In the simplest terms, it links email addresses to profile images.

Avoid getting trapped by your web host

October 19, 2018

One of the more intimidating choices for non-technical small business owners is the overwhelming number of options for creating and hosting your website and registering domains. The following is a list of 10 tips about web hosts and domain registrars every entrepreneur should know.

My Solopreneur Toolkit: Part 4 - Web Hosting & Email Marketing 🕸 ✉️

October 16, 2018

Web hosts are necessary if you plan to sell anything. In the same way, email marketing services help you keep in contact with your clients and customers. I conclude this toolkit series with Web Hosting and Email Marketing.

My Solopreneur Toolkit: Part 3 - Business & Finance 🗄💰

October 09, 2018

Needless to say, running a business is complicated. Taxes, regulations, permits, contracts, payment gateways, accounting books,legal documents, spreadsheets, ad nauseam. In the third part of "My Solopreneur Toolkit" series, I'll go over the services and tools I use to manage my business and finances.

My Solopreneur Toolkit: Part 2 - Communication & Scheduling

October 02, 2018

Reliable communication is necessary for any business to thrive whether you have a team, clients, or customers. In this post, I go over the communication and scheduling tools I use daily to collaborate with my clients and solopreneur community.

My Solopreneur Toolkit: Part 1 - Project Management & Productivity

September 25, 2018

Freelancers and solopreneurs need a toolkit they use daily to make their business and personal lives more manageable. Doing everything solely in spreadsheets and many Word documents can only get you so far. The easy-win automation provided in existing services is beneficial if a solo business owner is going to have a maintainable work/life balance.

Boost your productivity in 25 minutes with a 🍅

September 20, 2018

Have you ever needed a little extra boost of motivation to get some work done? For instance, I could not convince myself to write this short…

TextMate How-to Book

December 09, 2012

I'm very excited to announce that a book I've written has been published! The book is called TextMate How-to and is published by Packt…

HAML + Javascript

October 20, 2009

I am very meticulous when it comes to server calls. In most of my Rails applications, I make sure to only specify those Javascript files…

Mac OS X Terminal Aliases

May 21, 2009

Partly because I wanted to post more and partly because I transfer computers a lot and I figure a blog is as good place as any to share my…

Setting Themes for Terminal in Mac OS X

February 21, 2009

After spending way too long using a plain black and white color scheme in Terminal and being unimpressed with the theme options under…