The Square

Technology never ceases to amaze me (both the phenomenal ways it positively impacts our lives and the disturbing things people do to others utilizing technology).  This is fortunate for me since I spend most of my day working with people’s shopping carts and websites.  Today was no different.

Today, I went with my Mom and my youngest to the Farmer’s Market.  I meant to drive by an ATM to grab some cash but managed to not see a single ATM on my way to the market.  Farmer’s Markets are one of the few places these days where the currency is primarily dollar bills and coins!  Oh the horror!

As I browsed from vendor to vendor sampling the goodies – I even sampled peach ketchup which wasn’t entirely awful but that’s another story – I decided I needed the yummy black pepper goat cheese enough to borrow some cash from my Mom.  However, to my delight I saw their “We accept Credit Cards” sign.  I whipped out my debit card and the cheese guy whipped out his iphone and “The Square”.

Here’s the amazing part, this little 1″ square device swipes my card, asks me to sign the screen of his phone with my finger and requests either my cell phone or email address.  And……..Viola!  Before the cheese is even in my bag a receipt has been texted to my phone.

It’s amazing to me the number of ways that technology impacts our lives!  Less than a few years ago, I would have sadly left the cheese behind kicking myself because I forgot to bring some cash.  Today, in a matter of seconds, I’ve paid for it, received a receipt and been awed in the process.

The cheese was super yummy.  Technology is amazing.  Life is good.

P.S.  If you are interested in finding out more about The Square – check it out here- https://squareup.com/  (No affiliate link, just a plain ‘ole link to their site)

P.P.S.  The peach ketchup was somewhat like Peach Butter just less sweet and with more of a kick.  Give it a try sometime.

Easy Timer: Great WordPress Plug-In

Today I had a request from a client to insert an auto date script into their salespage.  No problem!  It’s a quick five minute update to a salespage, right?

Only one problem, this salespage is in WordPress and apparently the theme or WordPress doesn’t like the script.  In Firefox it simply ignored the script.  In Internet Explorer, the salespage ceased to display anything after the script, Why the two browsers treated the script differently and the beauty of Firefox is content for another blog post.

So what is a WordPress girl to do?  Find a plug-in of course!  And find a plug-in I did.  Easy Timer is a great plug-in to insert today’s date as well as various countdowns!  All you do is install the plug in and add simple short codes to you post or page.  Fabulous!

Not only will the plug-in display today’s date……

August 1, 2014

It will tell you what time it is… It’s 08:51.

And it will also countdown to important dates. For instance…

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to hear what WordPress plug-ins you find essential. Leave a comment below.

P.S. If you are a client don’t worry – I am not taking off for “National Goof Off Day.” :)

Inspiration In Odd Places

If I’m known for anything it is generally for scrapbooking. A simple google of my name will find lots of scrapbook pages featuring my kids and then other people’s layouts using my digital designs.  This evening I was seeking some inspiration for a scrapbook page and found this fun website with lots of terrific life lessons that apply to life, work and hobby. Here are just a few of my favorites that I thought you might like too.   If you like them or the website, visit and leave a comment or find a post-it that speaks to you and share with your list, readers or followers.

worklikeudont

makethemostofto

knowurownworth

giveitalluvgot

donethingthat

Hope you enjoyed these post-its of wisdom!

The Cobbler’s Children Have No Shoes

I’m sure you have heard the phrase before which basically says that because the cobbler is so busy earning money making shoes for other people, his own children have no shoes.  That is more or less the story of my blog and website.  I am very blessed with great clients who keep me busy with their own work as well as a steady stream of referrals and new clients.  Thus, my own blog and website look terrible.  In the next few weeks, I will be rolling out a new look, new services and packages, a portfolio and more!  In the meantime, please bear with me.

Here are a few recent projects that I am  excited to share with you and will be part of the portfolio being added to the site in May.

Blog Redesign:  The Power Publicist

Blog Layout, Header Design, Wishlist Member Set Up: Parent Coaching for Autism

Header Design: Easy Affiliate Management

Blog Layout and Header Design: Healthy Mom Happy Kids

Designing WordPress blogs and setting up membership programs using WishList Member is one of my favorite things to do. If you are interested in finding out more or working together, please use the contact form and let’s get started!

WordPress Plug-Ins to Protect Your Blog or Website

WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms used by home businesses and entrepreneurs. It’s out of the box robustness, do-it-yourself ease of use and search engine friendliness has meant that many people are also choosing to use WordPress for their main website too.

To protect your blog or website, there are many excellent WordPress plug-ins that you can use. Below are several plug-ins to install that will protect your blog in the event of a server crash, hack or other unfortunate event.

Automatically Update Your WordPress Version

WordPress is constantly evolving. The WordPress developers work feverishly to make WordPress as user-friendly as possible as well as keeping it up-to-date with trends and changes in the Internet and search engines. As a result, a new version of WordPress is released every few months or more. This could be a big hassle, except – as you might have guessed, there is a plug-in to help you stay current.

WordPress Automatic Upgrade is exactly as it sounds. It will prompt you through 5 easy steps to updating your version of WordPress. Previously you had to download the software, upload it to your server and install the upgrade. This plug-in saves users lots of time and frustration!

WordPress upgrades often involve closing up security holes that hackers have unveiled to wreak their havoc. Keeping your WordPress version current is important to the security of your site.

Back Up Your Blog Automatically

Imagine the devastation of having months or years of posts on your blog and losing it all to a hacker or a server crash. No worries if you have the following plug-ins installed!

WordPress BackUp is an essential plug-in for all bloggers and blog administrators. This plug-in automatically backs up your theme, plug-ins and uploads file. You can schedule the frequency of the backups and have the files zipped and emailed to an address you designate. This plug-in should be considered a “required” plug-in for all bloggers.

WP-DBManager allows you to automatically schedule the back up your WordPress database. This plug-in can backup, repair, restore and fix your database. It too should be considered a “required” plug-in.

The combination of these two plug-ins will protect you in the event of a blog disaster.

In general WordPress is a very stable platform. Aside from the automatic upgrade, hopefully you will never need these plug-ins. However, the ease of installing these plug-ins and the value they can provide if disaster were to occur, make them essential for any blogger or WordPress website owner.  I strongly encourage you to protect your site by adding these plug-ins as soon as possible.

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