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USF Launches Mapping Jewish San Francisco

HelloAri is proud to announce the launch of a new education website. USF approached us in September of 2021 with their project to publish these detailed historical studies of San Francisco Jewish communities. We worked closely with the researchers to refine the content and find simple ways to present the data in a clear and […]

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Google Workspace reversal on legacy free G Suite account shutdown

After 16 years of free email at your domain, Google announced users would have to start paying. Now they reversed that stance and say you can keep your free account if it is for personal use. It was 2012 when they no longer offered a free version of what was also called “G Suite”. it […]

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Choose a personal Google Account vs a Google Workspace account

If you get a message like this when you log in, it’s referring to how you had an account already registered with Google using that email. Now you have a new kind of Google account with that same email address. Part of the confusion is that you can register any email as a “Personal Google […]

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1099k and independent web designers

You may have heard that you do not need to send a 1099-NEC (formerly called 1099-MISC) to a contractor if you paid them through PayPal, even if they made more than $600. It’s pretty confusing and you should confirm with your CPA first (this blog doesn’t offer legal or tax advice) but I hope my […]

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How to remove a Google account from “Choose an account” page list

Here’s a quick tip on something very simple that I could not figure out for the longest time. One of those bugs that was somehow thought to be a feature at some point in the development process over at Google. Too busy not doing evil, I guess… The graphic above is very straightforward and familiar […]

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WordPress: adding extra line breaks, vertical space and more

There are issues with all the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editors out there. It’s hard to make a browser-based tool that just works right. Over the years these tools have gotten better and require fewer “hacks” to get them to display what you want them to display. The intutiive solution is […]

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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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Web designers toolkit: QA browser and email client testing

BROWSER TESTING SERVICES updated 10/2022 browserstack.com Screenshots + virtual environment live testing: My current primary QA tool. This is for VNC and also for screenshots and includes a separate responsive test tool. They’ll give you an hour of free testing for signing up so try it. I found it to be very very fast. You need a separate […]

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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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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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