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DNS toolbox for WordPress web developers

DNS ISSUE CHECKS What’sMyDNS is a useful tool that helps you check how DNS changes are propagating across the world with a neat map view.https://www.WhatsMyDNS.net/ intoDNS provides a report on the state of DNS and mail servers of your domain. It also offers information on errors and suggestions about fixing them.http://intoDNS.com/ DNSstuff has a large number […]

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YouTube vs Vimeo for embedding videos on your WordPress website

YOUTUBE YouTube is the biggest place to promote your videos – so they get discovered when people are surfing around on Youtube watching related content. So it’s good to have a presence there and it’s easy to embed any Youtube video onto your website or other social media. There are some useful options when embedding […]

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Photography Tips for Creating Stock Photos

Did you know that a photo, like the one above, could be an additional revenue stream for budding independent creatives? Even today, stock photos are an integral part of the internet. So much so that The Startup highlights how stock photography is a great way to earn passive income— the photos can be sold to millions of […]

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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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WordPress Popover options and ways to make them less annoying

I have many clients who find that their email list is their most important marketing tool. If someone allows you to message then in their email inbox you have a great opportunity to communicate your ongoing brand messages. The most sophisticated solution requires a member log-in system so the website can know who has signed up […]

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