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PayPal Here vs Square for “swipes” and “chips”

Lots of options these days for Credit Card processing—you can see their pricing is virtually identical. PayPal used to have per-item fixed fees and that adds alot for small transactions but now they both offer percentage-only fees. 2016 PayPal Here 2.7% Per swipe (or “dip” of an EMV chip card) 3.5% + $0.15 to key in cards   […]

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Mac Sign software for plotters

I wanted to share my research about inexpensive sign cutting software for plotter for the Mac since it was not easy to find online. I’ve had a few plotters over the years (including USCutter and Summagraphics) and the software was always painful to use – never as sophisticated as Illustrator. Recently I was looking to update my software […]

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The importance of keywords for on-page SEO

How often should I repeat my main keyword on a page? Should the keyword only appear on one page, or on every page of my website? What is the importance of keywords in the URL? What about close variants, plural and singular? Fortunately, the over-emphasis on keywords is a thing of the past. But a […]

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The difference between “custom content type” and “custom post type” and how to use them

“Custom Content Types“ (CCT) or “Custom Post Types” (CPT) are the same thing:  ways to group together similar types of content. “Custom Post Types” is the official name since WordPress started with “posts” but I think it’s more useful to think of them as types of  “content”. They are stored just like posts and pages with a unique […]

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PressThis 2.0 › WordPress 4.2 “Powell”

Really excited about the new “Press This” in WordPress 4.2 – just released today. Here’s how it look (and a “meta” screenshot of me making this post). But I found a bug already – dragging an image into the browser uploads to media library but “add to post” button doesn’t actually add it to the […]

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Scam alert – web designers targeted – hearing impaired wants agroamerica site

First read the Forum post here: http://www.graphicdesignforum.com/forum/forum/graphic-design/general/1584508-scam-alert Ultimately, he wanted to send me the amount of the project plus an additional $2700 which I was then to pay his content manager. Post any online classified ad and you’ll get a bunch of quick replies from people “interested in your item” they all use this we’ll send […]

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Safari 7.1.4 Where is “Empty Cache”

Speaking of food metaphors…. an Apple moved the cheese. Trying to clear cache in Safari 7.1.4? It’s no longer under the “Safari” menu. Here’s how to clear the cache in the new Safari. Select “Preferences” from the Safari Menu and then follow these steps… Select the “Advanced” tab and check the “Show Develop menu in menu bar” box […]

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Fake reviews at Yelp, Amazon Books – authenticity engine details

An interesting new report from PBS NewsHour about fake reviews on Yelp and Bazaarvoice: They don’t mention the services that sell Facebook friends and other social media followers but that’s in the same dishonest ball park. Reminds me of Amazon’s decision to delete thousands of book reviews that generated an uproar — the company never […]

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Notes from WooConf 2014

WooConf was full of interesting talks and it was great to meet up with Woo-enthusiasts… I liked that part of the presentations were technical and part were marketing driven – my goal is to help my small business ecommerce clients understand how to use marketing tools to optimize the performance of the websites I build for them. I’m […]

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Creative WordPress Archive Pages – Posts in Grids

I use “Snazzy” Archives (wp.org page) and you can view mine but it is more interesting when you go back in time to view months where I have more posts. It has not been updated in a while but it still works great. Another great option is the JetPack Infinite Scroll + Masonry and some detailed notes on making a […]

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