ACT NOW —> Read the fine print!

Because there are bad guys out there trying to cause havoc, we need to be skeptical sometimes.  We need to be alert for them and be critical of email and snail mail that includes alerts and other warnings.  A couple of my clients recently received  this email:

Attention: Important Notice, DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE Domain Name:
ATT: Website Owner
Response Requested By
11- Sept. – 2016
Attn: Website Owner
As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration. This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your registration.
Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.
Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine registration includes domain name search engine submission. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine listing so your customers can locate you on the web.
This Notice for: will expire at 11:59PM EST, 11 – Sept – 2016 Act now!

Act now for your domain registration search engine optimization.


In conclusion, if you receive this email or paper notice and have questions.  Check with your web developer or domain name registrar before acting on this kind of alert.  Most likely it is spam and you can ignore it.  When in doubt, though, always check with your domain name registrar.  If you are not sure who that is, no need to fret.  Contact myself or another web developer and we can help you get that valuable information.

Editing a Page or Post

You’ve created your first page or post and you’d like to do more than have a bunch of text on your page.  Here is an intro to the WordPress editing bar. When you look at the tool bar, you may have one line of tools or two.

The Editing Bar

If you only see one line of tools there is a quick way to open the second row toolbar. Click the Toggle Toolbar button:


You can click this toggle button to close the second row of the toolbar, too.

The Top Row

Also in the first row tool bar are the Bold, Italic, Strikethough, Unordered (Bulleted) and Ordered (Numbered) Lists, Text Alignment for Left, Center and Right Alignment, adding a Link or Breaking a Link and Spell Check.



The Second Row

In the second row you’ll find Paragraphs (and Headings inside the dropdown menu), Underline, Justify, Text Color, Paste as Text, Clear Formatting, Special Characters, Indent (Decrease and Increase), Undo/Redo and Keyboard Shortcuts.



If you are just starting out with WordPress and discovered this post, I hope you’ll find it helpful.

HTTP Error and WordPress

Have you ever receive the incredibly unhelpful HTTP Error while trying to upload an image to your WordPress media library?  If you have and called tech support, was the issue easily solved?

I purchased a new compuHTTP Error and WordPress.ter and imported my browser settings into Chrome.  While working on a new WordPress website, I found the staging site I just created incredibly slow. Then I started getting HTTP Errors when uploading an image no matter the size, .jpg or .png.  Calls to tech support over several days did not resolve the issue, though support truly tried.

During this process I sent an email to my IT specialist at API Technology and he suggested I make the webhost’s website a Trusted Site with Chrome.  I did make this webhost a trusted site and the issue was resolved.  I thought I’d post the info here in case it is helpful to someone else.

Creating a Trusted Site in Chrome

If you need to create a Trusted Site in Chrome, here are the steps:

  1. Click the Chrome Menu icon on the far right of the Address bar (icon of three short horizontal lines).
  2. Click on Settings, scroll to the bottom and click the Show Advanced Settings link.
  3. Click on Change proxy settings (under Network)
  4. Click the Security tab > Trusted Sites icon, then click Sites.
  5. Enter the URL of your Trusted Site, then click Add.
  6. Click Close > OK.

I hope you never come across the HTTP error, but if you do, I hope this helps you out!

Creating a New Page in WordPress

With sufficient administrative privileges, WordPress gives you a couple of ways to create a page from the Dashboard.

Create A New Page

Creating a new page from the left and side menus.
By clicking on the New link at the top of the page in the black menu bar or by clicking on Pages in the left sidebar, you will have the option of creating a new page.

In the top menu bar, you are automatically telling WordPress to create something new.  In this case, it’s a new page.  With the sidebar, when you click the Pages, you get two choices, see all your pages or create a New Page.

Adding the Title

By choosing the new Page from the top menu or the side menu, you will create a new page that will look like this:

Creating a new page - adding the title.

Adding the Content

When this new page is created, your cursor automatically lands in the first box under Add New Page.  This is where you put the title of your page.  Below the text editing tools is where you add your content.

Creating a new page - adding the page content.

Pages are used for content on your website that doesn’t change too often, your About, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Directions and Contact information.

You can also organize your pages by topic or category.  For example:

  • Trees
    • Birch
    • Fruit
      • Apple
      • Pear
    • Maple
    • Oak
    • Pine

What is a Blog?

wordpressFirst, WordPress can be a bit daunting.  One question that comes up quite frequently is:  What is a blog?

So let’s start with some definitions:

a Web site that contains online personal reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer; also:  the contents of such a site

blog verb
blogger noun
blogging noun

~ Merriam-Webster


“Blog” is an abbreviated version of “weblog,” which is a term used to describe websites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other websites, usually presented as a list of entries in reverse chronological order. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects.

~ WordPress Codex

Blogs have some common features:

  • Articles are listed in reverse chronological order.  Your most current post is at the top.  Since your posts are timely, they encourage conversation.
    • Articles are often organized by category.
  • Blogs will often have an archive of older articles.
  • Blogs will often have links to other related sites or website pages.

What can be in a blog?

Short answer: anything.  Anything you love or enjoy talking about or doing and want to share that information or experiences can be in a blog.  Do you love cross country trips or cross country skiing and want to talk about it?  Maybe you are a history buff and want to share what you are learning about your subject matter.  Are you learning a new skill?  Do you want to share your new found knowledge and lessons learned? Is this is the right time to start sharing your knowledge.

Most of all, if you have a website and want a broader reach on the internet, a blog can be a great tool for you.  Share your knowledge, provide helpful hints.