People Who Love Inanimate Objects

Love.  It’s  a many splendored thing.  Anyone can love anyone, anything, everything even Cannabis and Mother Giia.  We’ll focus in on a hypothetical situation here in Prince George, BC.   There  are two bridges in my community.   One crosses the Fraser river, the other one overcomes the Nechako River near the confluence of the two once mighty rivers.  There is an older Via Rail bridge at the confluence over the Fraser who decided not to have anything to do with this nonsense, and shut off vehicular traffic.  That bridge wanted nothing to do with Humans. It was committed to the rail industry, married to a stronger locomotive for over a century.  Evolution of travel had already outdated the need for it to be a drawbridge, water travel died out.  with the advance of the highway.  It was used only once on the young bridge.

Rocks placed in a love heart formation on sand
No rocks felt violated by using in this manner. All good. WRR Loves them!

One particular telephone post has an unusual scar that caught the attention of our focused individual, and distracted that person from the bridges.  Then along came a power transformer, who electrified the person into forgetting about other objects “X”  found attractive.  Meh, the world is full of inanimate objects and a percent of people actually think like this.  Yes, some of us will find it weird but then the world would be a boring place if we were all the same.  Well in that world of 4 bridges, telephone poles and transformers all caught up in a love triangle (or a square I suppose), things can get ever so confusing.  Ever see a power transformer argue with a bridge?    Not pretty, particularly with a love sick human involved.

The telephone post and the transformer hooked up and are now an  item, lighting up entire communities.  Regionally, nationally in their shared connections, very powerful.   The two bridges dumped X and they now swear off humans totally and had to be forced to return to service.  They went on a tour down Highway 16 and had a threesome with a younger country bridge towards Kitimat BC.  BC transit had to partner with Transport Canada to convince them to come back home or replace them at public expense.  Humans got another form of transportation in a remote area of BC because of that, the route to Prince Rupert does not have a lot of bridges to cross.    Love can also be expensive in that case.   Stay Tuned to see what X does after the Nation catches up.  That person is now intimately involved with a computer, marrage looks possible and could be done through Google I bet.  Technology though, is the mother of the computer and there could be another triangle starting.

Speaking of that, occasionally the naughty romance could lead to a marriage.  Human to Human, certainly and not so uncommon, object to object.  Things get difficult and confusing in every thing human’s get involved with anything .   There must be someone to marry the couple first, then the guests….   Perhaps a webcam so the object can have peers there, as inanimate objects are ridiculously expensive to move just for the 2 hour ceremony and a few ours at the reception, plus it would all have to be done outside.

Source: People Who Marry Inanimate Objects List

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Do I Need An SSL Certificate For My Website, Part 2

Well, if you remember from my previous post about this, about 3 months ago I changed this website to an HTTPS website as a trial. During that time, I was able to see some of the problems with the “Free option” given by my server. Without added funds, it was a shared SSL. That SSL was not respected by a lot of the services such as RSS feeds etc… reported huge security issues for some browsers. I’ll be checking the RSS feeds to ensure those are back and functional, and testing on the remote computer I noticed gave a security warning to my website. You may subscribe to test it with my thanks and let me know you can see my website!

The experiment has ended, it may never return as I have no need (well, little need) of security beyond what I presently employ and keep updated, for multiple websites now! Welcome back to my HTTP website! Onward to bigger and better things! For a little while apparently, both HTTP and HTTPS walknroll.info will work, likely to give the search engines time to adjust.

Plugins for WordPress 2017

Are plugins like apps?

A word about Plugins first

Plugins are one of the best resources you’ll need for your WordPress website or Blog.  I feel a duty to warn you first though, about plugging your WordPress dashboard full of them.  If they all work, great.  I bet your website/ blog looks terrific.  Plugins will be working hard, and be running most of the time behind your visitors experience on your site and sometimes when they leave.  This will lower the quality time they spend on your website, as load time will slow down the more of them run.  It could affect bounce rates.  You may loose subscribers and not attract new visitors.  Not only that, you will spend a lot of your time updating plugins.  Updates, like with any software or phone app must be done for protection.  Some even close the site while they update.  You do not want one that has not been tested in the WordPress version you have and has not been updated for a long time.  You almost certainly are hosting the most recent version of WordPress to begin with, I hope.  I will be offering a service to maintain updates and help SEO functions on your blog, contact me for details!

Of browser tools and phone apps, new subscribers and back to plugins

I’m so talented, Whatup?   Read past this and find out. Ok, imho using this browser tool supplied by WordPress (called “Press This”)  to share posts here is very cool!  It’s in both my Firefox and Google Browsers on my computer and phone.  I wish I could get that App for WordPress to work on my Android phone.  It always refuses to accept my credentials.  Meh. Every WP site I’ve been managing so far, all self hosted. Over several years of trying….  I have browsers on the phone, but even with a scribe, it’s difficult to use on a small screen.  Those apps and browser tools for my computer are like the plugins.  They all are written in the same coding language but with different software and hardware compatibilities.  You subscribers signed up with one I run, as well as those share buttons below that you will use to share this to your contacts with my thanks!

Essential WordPress plugins are plugins that nearly any blog or site running WordPress should have installed. The following WordPress plugins are lightweight, regularly updated and increase the value and functionality of your site. Sometimes it can be difficult to differentiate between which WordPress plugins are current and which ones used to be popular but are […]

Source: 10 Essential WordPress Plugins for 2017 – AnsonAlex.com

Buy local, win big- Farmers Markets!

Buy Local!

What is a Farmers market?  Do I buy local there?

A farmers market is an open air market selling assortments of locally produced meat, dairy and produce enabling the public to buy local fresh food.  Local farmers, ranchers and home urban gardeners all purchase tables to distribute their products in their local community.  There are outdoor locations (Pine Centre Mall and 6th Ave behind the Keg in Prince George) where they set up.  Those run through the spring, summer and early fall months.  Most places operate from May to October with some communities having locations like the 6th Ave location in Prince George, which can be open all year inside a small store which has room for a small percent of the summer or new vendors.  Unfortunately in Prince George, it’s limited to Saturdays only.  Local entertainment via talented street performers can often be heard performing in the area setting a down home atmosphere and a unique, pleasant very local shopping experience at 1074 6th Ave in Prince George.

Where does the produce and meat come from?

So simple…  Grown by the community and offered to the community for consumption.  Be a team player in your community!

Why would I shop at a Farmers Market?

Traditionally, local small operation farmers and urban gardeners produce quality healthy fruit and vegetables free from commercial pesticides, hormones and chemicals.  This is still largely true in 2017 in between rare instances of retailers who deceive the buyers with resold produce purchased from commercial growers.  Most Farmers markets control their own retailers to prevent that type of behaviour from occurring, that’s always easier in communities with tight networks and efficient advisory board management.  The core retailers are all members of a local community, all local home based business owners.  Most are raising their families, putting them through educational ventures and life in your community.  They collectively help community sustainability by providing support for food banks, housing and other basic needs to service their whole community.  When you as a collective force of individuals shop there, you are working as a team within the symbiotic relationship between the collective of individual retailers and patrons supporting the whole community!

 

What can you purchase at a Farmers market?

Farmers markets have all sorts of fresh raw produce like Tomatoes, Radishes, Lettuce,  Potatoes, and other edible plants and prepared foods made from that produce.  There are also meat products from locally grown and grain fed animals, some are prepared into meals.  Pretty much all the food is of better quality and healthier then products coming from commercial sources.  But as stated above, you should be aware of what you are purchasing!

 

In closing…

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Do I Need An SSL Certificate For My Website?

This weekend (23 October 2017), I made walknroll.info into a “https” secure website, by adding an SSL Certificate.  I could, in theory, start a sales website.  Don’t worry, my valued support team providing funds so far and yet to come via my Paypal Me link and all business transactions via Paypal…  Paypal is a very secure website that I entrust to hold your credit card numbers and other financial transactions you entrust online with, not my website at present.  I will not ask you for that information personally, certainly not in my surveys as they evolve on this site.  This website will be rebranded thanks to the Bootstrap training I am taking with the IBDE Specialized Training courses so stay tuned for way more…  Updated URL (returned to HTTP) 02 December 2017

why do I want an HTTPS website?
Why would you want an https website?

But why do I want an HTTPS website to begin with?   It does mean it is secure, any submitted information such as your Email in my subscription requests is held in tight security, the best the internet can offer us sheep at the moment.  Feel free to give me as much or as little information as you wish.  I ask for none at my survey, just non identifying questions specific to the site’s layout at present.  What I heard was about Chrome browsers soon to be blocking non https websites for security concerns, that caused me to put my website to https.   I will likely revert back to the http website in the rebrand, it’s up for renewal around Christmas.  Or keep the HTTPS if it is remaining free at my server with the renewal.   If you happen to want a site and sell things, collect customer information, etc.  You will need a website with https, and the ssl’s are free here with better paid options!

Do I, will I have a login form?

Do I, will I personally collect Credit or other sensitive information?

Source: Do I Need An SSL Certificate For My Website?

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Update – For 3 months, actually sometime in the next 3 months I’ll figure out how to mirage this website back to the HTTP non secure status.  Due to the fact I am on a shared hosting service (*the bargain one) for whatever reason, the RSS feed won’t find my website.  You unfortunately cannot subscribe for this period of time.  This we will overcome. 3 months are not an eternity.  My writings will build and get better, thanks to the subscribers who linked before I tried this experiment.  Onward!

Quest for a plausible direction…

Quest Path

In my quest to find a profitable or at least doable project to fund my final project for my business ideas once I focus on that part of me, I stumbled upon something my Cannabis infused brain thinks is a good idea.  In an email exchange with the Web Development team at Volunteer Prince George who officially employ me me in a volunteer position to maintain and secure their WordPress Website, I had an instant brain flash of the quest that passed though my thoughts.   It got mixed into the collective madness my brain comes up with on an average day.  This I proudly do and how my mind works.  Quite a bit of preamble will happen before I get to this idea, that’s how my mind is working.  It may be a good idea fill your coffee cup, roll a dube if you desire, I don’t mind or fill a bowl even and and enjoy this post with me.

Puff Puff Pass

I am undergoing training between March and December, 2017 from my living room.  I am a Student / Alumni of the IBDE programs hosted by Make A Change Canada as well as their Business Abilities training to develop a viable business plan…  It’s distance training, offered to Canadians coast to coast.     I have completed the IBDE training including the advanced.  It included HTML, XHTML, training on software called Adobe Dreamweaver using those program languages (that is how CareFree’s website was launched, it’s linked below) and Adobe PhotoShop.  The most recent training I got gave me knowledge of SEO tools like MOZ and WordTracker among others, basic Search Engine Optimization tricks and amplified the power of blogging on any platform and website text.  A database language called PHP was taught, which kind of works with the root of WordPress and other blog platforms.  Any static code based website uses some PHP code too, linking to specialized code storing collected customer information on a sales site perhaps but not limited to that.  WordPress was the last course in this series which is why I began these courses to begin with.  Make a Change offered me one more course to top all this up with, I am now learning about a Coding / Framework program called “Bootstrap“.  All training is accredited through Selkirk College, this campus is located in Nelson BC.

A clue, another puff

While I was on my WordPerfect course, I found some cool new plugins, one in particular was a wonderful backup program called Updraft Plus which has a scheduler built in, free.  If you have a WordPress Blog, add it to your collection here!  That link downloads a zip file.  It can be found in the link above as well from WordPress Plugins. If if you have no idea about downloading and installing a plugin, you can contact me or click here for simple instructions.  If you have no website, consider Bluehost then contact me to set it up….  Updates have issues concerning time spent updating and can slow your site down.  Only run a few from trusted suppliers for best site performance.  This Plugin was highly recommend, had a recent update listed and had the options we need in a backup program.  Simplicity has my dollar and the needs of those I manage and it was even free exceeding that.

Ah Ha Puff

I installed it to my collection of Plugins, sent an email to Volunteer Prince George that included instructions to set up a backup location local to their Google Drive.  As far as I can see on their dashboard, it is now working perfectly as I was able to fine tune it on my last visit there.  I then realized I did not need to go back to Volunteer Prince George’s Dashboard to do anything but updates and ensure there were no broken links.  That would happen once a week under the old plugin we used.  Plus, it did not delete old backups.  All that happened when I got to it.  Now, most of that happens automatically.  I do updates after noticing they are needed on my website then do a visual look at Google Analytics and examine the links with other plugins they have.  I then visit the other dashboards I manage where BackDraft is installed.  This was an inspirational moment in my Cannabis infused brain, most of those plugins are running on my website…

Puff Puff

I do this for a few other sites, all volunteer.    One that’s live right now is for the Carefree Transportation Society of Prince George. That site also has a WordPress blog behind it on a subdomain.  They manage our local fleet of HandyDart Buses for BC Transit. I am their Treasurer on the board.   Another one I manage, the Prince George “Save The Dome” Society’s.  That one is on a domain that costs less then 10 bucks a month, on a month to month option.    Right now, it’s being discussed due to changes in Dome Management,  it may go down or it will change soon…  Stay tuned for developments as a plan is made…  They need the website lol perhaps they’ll get it here.  It is a better option then the present demand on the Society.  Where I work, the Handy Circle Resources Society  has a website and a WordPress Blog (with a writer who I will be instructing in the world of Blogging) attached At the moment I have nothing to do with either end of that website other than advising the designer (at the moment…)

About WordPress

WordPress can be used as stand alone website as in Volunteer Prince George’s and this one I’m writing on now.  It also can be hosted on a subdomain if the server’s C-panel like Carefree’s and Handy Circle’s offer it.  Bluehost does, buy that one if you have to.  Or it can even be downloaded from WordPress.com and install it on the domain or sub of your choice if it isn’t available.  Both Carefree and Handy Circle’s websites are set up on their TELUS Accounts that handle the rest of their communication services, WordPress was included with that server.  We need to hire a blog writer on Carefree’s site for that blog.  Do you know a little about transportation issues of people with disabilities?  Are you a parton of those services?  You don’t necessarily have to reside in Prince George but you should be very familiar to the type of service they provide, door to door service for persons with a disability and seniors as part of Public Transit.

The Plan!!!

I will do this service for non-profit societies who want a web presence, organized support self help groups for micro communities within my local area of Northern British Columbia with the updates and WordPress Training.  I have briefly approached the Roller Dome, I’ll try to get away Monday to talk to Handy Circle.  It’s a great tool to bring awareness to your cause.  Guiding you on the best plugins to use and keeping them updated is key to its power.  If you have a website already that needs some SEO work or you want to host a website for your community, I will help you decide what your best options to fit your goals and long term budgets.  We’ll stay connected as you learn.  I just kind of rambled that at a Boutique facilitated by a Non-Profit society the other day like I did for the Roller Dome contact I had a “Walk-N-Roll Meetings” with.  Like their facebook page here and expect them to have a Blog soon!

I’ll always encourage you to purchase your own domain for a long term and if you’re local to me, I’ll give a live presentation to your “Design Team” free about using WordPress, creating a Blog and how it can help your cause.  For other’s I’ll create a subdomain here (linked after) full of SEO tricks and tips and you can view and learn from your location, totally free of charge.  I will try to steer potential development teams towards Make a Change Canada too.    I’ll give you the basic tools for wordpress and keep them secure with updates.  I’ll find & fix your broken links on WordPress.  Those tidbits are what burns bloggers time, affects your SEO and you can continue to do what you do best, promoting your affairs.  If your site makes an income and that is increased with my efforts, I will ask for 10%.   I will also do this service for your business, with some conditions and flat fees attached as I learn that part of business.