WordPress Plugins, explained

Plugins. They make WordPress functional. Many users are mystified by plugins. Learn more about plugins with this post, practice on your WordPress blog site!  I am assuming you have a WordPress website on any host server as that’s where this information will lead you.  If you don’t have a website yet, I’ll be inviting you to check out BlueHost here, I can personally testify  that it’s a dependable easy to work with server….  Normally I would recommend the Free server at WordPress.com but in order just to install plugins there, that would cost at least $5 per month with plans billed annually.  A server like BlueHost and others with WordPress has at least the package for the $10/mo, many will offer an option with the Business package.  It’s not uncommon it’s in a package provided by your Telephone or Internet Service provider like Telus and Shaw.

Upgrade from free rates at WordPress.com-$5 (basic), $10 (Professional) and $32.42 (Business) monthly. All rates billed annually
Upgrade from free rates at WordPress.com-$5 (basic), $10 (Premium) and $32.42 (Business) monthly. All rates billed annually.  All you need is to install plugins, included in a paid domain like from BlueHost!

 

A few dangers exist with having with having a lot of plugins, once you have a Blog site that you can download them to.  A minor but troublesome danger is having your entire website slow down, lag because it takes many resources running at the same time to display different features of the page.  The biggest danger, one that discourages many from even attempting to host a WordPress website is that it consumes huge amounts of time to keep up system updates on all those plugins.   If they are not done, a hacker can “hack into” your sever and retch havoc with your website, online reputations and infect it with  all sorts of malicious interference causing problems on both ends (*if that exists) of your website.  Meh, only put in what you can support and not notably slow your website down.  Maintenance won’t be a problem with my offer but website loading time will affect your rankings at  Search Engines!

 


Have you installed an SEO Plugin yet?  That’s Search Engine optimization  Check out my previous post here on that subject!

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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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.

Weekend Plan Idea-one

It’s Friday!

What are your plans for the weekend? (you may need a website to keep you busy!)  Perhaps you would like to begin a new small business online…?  Here’s your opportunity to start this weekend, you can purchase an affordable website here at BlueHost!

Reading this all weekend?

I’m sure you’ll find something else to do…  I’ll make this short.  These posts are being created well in advance and will automatically post on the day I schedule. If you wanted to read all weekend, I am sure I could set up some posts to publish on Saturday and Sunday too, no problem and thanks.  I’ll have to set that up after this weekend though if you let me know you want them.  Let me know in the comments and I’ll set that up for a future weekend project.  It’s a real cool feature built into modern WordPress websites and you should have one of those (it’s free behind that link or installed with your BlueHost purchase here, which is way more efficient for your online business plans) or on another blog platform which are included in every Cpanel with most servers!  I’m going to show you how easy it is on BlueHost below after this short rambling, which is a trademark of mine….  Enjoy.  We still have to get through this day!  Now, read on

Buy a website in this paragraph!

Mine is hosted on BlueHost, a very good server from what I can see… Please consider them if you need a website.  Mine has unlimited sub domains and lots of potential over 5 years!  Use this link, rather than looking for their URL!  Just think…  If you bought one today, before Monday you could have your first sale if that’s what you want to do with it! It’s sooo easy according to the video below!  Woot! You can even have one secured for 5 years to bring the cost down per year which is a way better price than every month, 1 at a time or even every year, 1 at a time! If you do purchase a website, comment below and we’ll set up backlinks!  It could become an educational experience for both of us!

Soooo  Simple, but I can help you and save you time after

 

A word about backlinks…

Even if you know nothing about Search Engine Optimization, you should realize it is a good thing when you have a website, perhaps a blog,  that attracts attention across other websites and helps more visitors come to you at your blog to provide you a view, perhaps a customer.  You talking about me and sharing my link to your blog will get your link perhaps in my sidebar or footer, long as you let me know, as well as being sent to my page as a comment from your website if done right.  Help me, I’ll help you, we will help your customers better.  I’ll provide you some linking text, all keyword rich and I hope you’ll give me one with your keyword rich text. Orrrrr, you can always contact me from here, directly.  Sending Email best contact if you’re serious.  Leave a phone message, send a text first  & bring Cannabis if yelling from across the street!

Keyword Rich text

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Social media sharing

At the bottom of the posts, you’ll see share icons.  You look really smart from where I sit, I’m sure you can figure them out.  If not I’m sorry for misreading you.  Hover over with and click your mouse pointer, or tap the button with your finger, using that new phone you bought, on the feed of your choice below.   If you like my posts and writing, I’m sure others will as well.  Please share them with your contacts at one of those buttons.  Many thanks in advance when you do.  You’re awesome!  Oh and I do have RSS in my sidebar.  It would be sweet if you subscribed!  A couple of you have already, ty for that!  Might not be active until after the SSL expires fully.

Small Business solutions and inspiration

What’s this post about?

These are Online Business ideas for people who want to begin a small business like me.  Having just completed the IBDE program through Make A Change Canada, I sit in transition for a week I think due to an upgrade to a previous course begin date not directly after the WordPress course I just finished.  I’m also sitting on this website host for the next 5 years.  It’s Saturday of a Thanksgiving Weekend 2017 as I am writing this, when I inquired on a launch date on Friday Morning, I was told info would be sent Tuesday.  Meh.  OK back to other studies with my other educational trip…

I took the Business Abilities (BA) program back to back with this last series of IBDE courses that I began in June of 2017.  The BA course runs till about December.  In it I found I need to have some study in what kind of business I feel would be best suited for.  I began a month or 2 back on the second part of that course but got distracted by the PHP course I took.    Having returned to it today after being distracted by the last 2 courses, I recalled I needed to have a basic idea of what I wanted to do, for the business plan I am to develop.    Having this website, I think it would be best looking in this area for what I can use these unlimited sub domains for that I got from BlueHost!

Online Business

Online businesses are diverse in nature, from posting reviews on a website and attracting lots of eyes with basic search engine optimization and good writing styles  to Drop Shipping and some combination of things…  Most are considered “small business”.  Or, I could hold a lot of stock on hand, sell both live pick up, local (regional) delivery and mail order sales from the website.  Smile lots and keep going to work in the mornings till late at night dealing with live customers, stocking challenges and the online stuff.  Meh.  If I did that, I would open a Cannabis Dispensary instead of just building a website for them, perhaps on a sub domain or their own website from BlueHost!  If I’m going to be working outside of home, that’s the only job I want to do.  If I have to hire myself full time once I build capitol advising and building your website, showing you how to update and maintain it, I will!

Small Business Solutions and Inspiration
Small Business Solutions and Inspiration

Interested in starting an online business, but unsure of where to begin? Here are some great ideas you can start right away.Interested in starting an online business, but unsure of where to begin? Here are some great ideas you can start right away.

Source: 15 Online Business Ideas You Can Start Tomorrow

Warning about Windows 7

Basic History:

Imho, it should be a warning about “Uncle Bill“.  Back in the day, Bill Gates created (rather rumoured to have stolen it from a communications company) the program that would become Microsoft DOS 1.0 back in the early days of computing.  DOS came out very early in the 1980s and quickly partnered with Windows with it’s first commercial version of 3.0.  DOS at that time had almost reached it zenith and died out after v 5.1 and Windows took over the operating system with Win 3.11 which was the last version to work in partnership with the dying DOS operating system and Microsoft dominated the market.

Malware and Windows:

This post should be warning you about computer viruses, I hope.  Never forget the importance of updates to protect your system.  Along with Windows taking over the operating system of the IBM computer infrastructure and clones that the public at large was buying in bulk, malicious programmers began to develop viruses and other basic malware attracted to computers which used the emerging DOS operating system then Windows.  An operating system the IBM was using as competition to DOS, simply called “OS/2” with the last version called “Warp” was not widely used due to issues with compatibility hence was not a target of Malware similar to Apple/Macintosh in the early years.   Microsoft itself even developed some viruses that attacked itself and gave registered computers the protection it needs against them via the updates.  It was a security protection measure against piracy of their software.

Those early damaging programs were violent and destructive but easily defeated.  They didn’t evolve that fast back then.  They were easy to detect on the disks and tape cassettes needed to install software in the days before the internet and modern computer hardware was popular.   Just like real life viruses, once they got into the emerging super highway of the online world,  they evolved fast and stronger protection was needed every day.  That’s still very true today.  The Internet opened up, got very popular then full of malware to the unsuspecting and unprotected. Virus protection got expensive, then Windows developed Essentials as virus protection focused on all Malware attacking itself in V7 and slowly phased it out in 8 to slowly evolve into Windows Defender in 10 after Defender shared the spotlight with Essentials in versions between V7 to just before 10 came out.  MS Windows sped ahead with newer versions, making former versions, software, hardware and computers obsolete.  Software developers and computer manufacturers got richer, the way developers always got richer by making their older stuff obsolete and useless.

Today

Access to the computer to access everything else beyond.  From word processing and simple card game playing to complex use with internet operations like adding attachments to email, sending to a contact, searching for information online, FACEBOOK!  Always updating to protect against infections.  We weren’t having real fun until Windows turned 10 then fun was what you made it to be.  Windows 7 was sort of fun, an update to Win M.E. and more stable, faster than previous versions.  Well, that sold it anyway.  Many persons became disillusioned after the Windows Millennium Edition version was flawed, quickly updated to 7 and quite a few quickly replaced that with V8.0 which went through many updates which included “touch screen” technology improvements (it came out in later versions of 7) before Windows 10 was forced upon the market in 2016  and 7 was discontinued and unsupported several months later, early in 2017.  Many people stayed with Win 7 through a few more newer versions but with V10, users of older software were warned that updates for V7 would be discontinued with no more available updates for that operating system at a soon to be announced later date.  The kicker is that updates are needed to provide protection against the infections targeting systems that are not updated, forcing now expensive upgrades on all who refused it when it was forced upon them with the initial free upgrade period If their systems were even compatible.

The Warning

This warning has been removed from the Microsoft community for some reason according to the link but it stands to reason.  Hackers are targeting unprotected home systems behind in their updates.  Microsoft itself targets them too. They always have.  Security updates, patching of software holes need to be done every day.  If you can’t or won’t update you are a target, even offline, with every version.  No amount of expensive virus protection will work 100% of the time as protection.  Your unupdated computer operating system risks infecting other systems it communicates with.  This one move from Microsoft (Windows 10, what’s next?) killed a lot of formerly powerful computers that could not update past 7.  Recycle those older, now dangerous, computers today at your local official electronic recycling place…  Be kind to our planet!

Source: Microsoft Warns Windows 7 Is Dangerous To Use [Updated]<–This is the link to the warning

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