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Can I pay for just 1 month of JetPack/Akismet for WordPress

With 1,846 pending comments I decided to let JetPack check them all for spam – they no longer offer a free version but it’s only $3.50/month. Or so it seemed – as I was trying to sign up it seemed the only option was to subscribe yearly. I struggled to find a way to switch […]

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Privnote vs PrivnoteS and other site imitators or possible phishing

I noticed a client was using https://privnotes.com/ (note the plural “s” in there) and not https://privnote.com/. – I am not sure if this is actually a problem but I found a blog post that suggests being wary of imitations: https://blog.privnote.com/post/187789832972/there-is-one-and-only-one-privnote  https://privnotes.com/ has empty links to social media in the footer so that is one clear indication that it’s not […]

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Transfer 7gig-10gig files online Free

I have been testing options for how to transfer large video files from one computer to another. This is a simple option that needs no download or setup but the files time out after a few days: https://www.sendtransfer.com/ more options: Google Drive is the winner – it offers 15GB of free space: But that 15GB limit […]

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Braintree cancels $50,000 “Ignition” promotion

Braintree is no longer offering their fee-free $50,000 promotion. They called it “Ignition” and it let any new account process the first $50,000 without any fees — no 2.9%+$.30 standard transaction fees. Braintree is a full-stack payments platform that makes it easy to accept payments in your app or website. Their blog post announcing the […]

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How to set up free domain redirect using HTTPS

Nowadays it’s common practice to add SSL to even the simplest site. Google.com and many browsers are prominently featuring “not secure” messages and hint that they will make these message more prominent over time. It’s easy to redirect one domain to another but the tricky part is if you already are using HTTPS and you […]

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Web designers toolkit: server monitoring

MONITOR SERVER UPTIME/DOWNTIME Downtime Monitoring by Jetpack free, every five minutes http://site24x7.com I have been using this service for many years. Can pay for just a limited number of sms messages on an otherwise free account. Or pay for a full suite of other monitoring tools for apps. Their interface gets a bit confusing since they […]

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How to screenshot on Mac and iOS 11 – no software needed

How to take a MacOS screenshot Two options:  capture entire screen or just a portion of it. Where will the screenshot be? Usually the screenshot is automatically saved to your desktop but if you installed Dropbox you may have a “Screenshots” folder in your Dropbox that files will appear in. Also, your screenshots may appear […]

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Free Public Domain Stock Photos – leave your mark

2019 updated list: https://unsplash.com https://pexels.com https://pixabay.com https://barnimages.com https://flickr.com Great photos (public domain) can be found from U.S. government agency websites: USA.gov is a government-operated website that was founded to give access to government agencies and resources. And a bigger list: NASA Images: Space U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Digital Library: animals, plants, nature, and […]

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Best third party Gravity Forms plugins

First make sure to review the mostly free plugins in the WordPress directory: wordpress.org/plugins/search.php?q=gravity+forms wordpress.org/plugins/tags/gravity-form Start with the list of free add-ons by the people who make GF (with a dev license of GF): gravityforms.com/add-ons …and their directory of 3rd party plugins: gravityhelp.com/other-resources Gravity Perks wide variety of add-ons including “Pay Per Word”; “Unique ID”; “Conditional Logic Dates”; […]

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How to use WordPress visual mode and text mode to write HTML

The WordPress visual mode and text mode can be a great shortcut for producing basic HTML. This can be useful for adding links and other formatting to plain text widgets, announcement bars, excerpts or other places in WordPress that don’t support rich text formatting. Steps: Start a new post (or page) Make sure you are in […]

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