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.
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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…
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…)
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.
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.