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WCSF: Notes from WordCamp 2011

WordCampSF2011. Lots of great conversations and presentations. Here’s some notes and links… 2 apps for converting a WordPress site to a mobile app. Curiously, they both seem to come from Israeli startups. There’s an entrepreneurial flavor to the fallafel I suppose. wiziapp.com: not free and iOS only uppsite.com: Free and connects to Anroid as well […]

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WooCommerce, WPEC, Gravity Forms and other WordPress Plugins for Ecommerce

Updated 4/2014 So many options out there – how to choose? First, educate yourself on the difference between a self-hosted Ecommerce solution (an Ecommerce plugin like WPEC or a dedicated solution like Magento or Zen cart) vs a hosted Ecommerce solution (like Shopify, Volusion, Bigcartel, Tictail) and decide what features you really need before you select a […]

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Yelp: How to Respond to Negative Reviews in an Age Yearning for Authenticity

  I’ve had a couple clients recently who came to me with the issue of how to deal with negative reviews on Yelp. Yelp is such a powerful resource for consumers and can be a really great tool to build your business. It’s brought me alot of work and I appreciate that. But negative reviews […]

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How to Flush the DNS cache in Mac OSX for WordPress

Mac OSX uses a time-saving DNS cache. It’s generally invisible ot the user and helps speed things up a bit. If you are setting up a new WordPress self hosted site (or other CMS like Drupal) this can prevent you from being able to conenct to your new site – you might have to wait […]

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Go Daddy concurrent processes and Apple Mail

Can someone say “SlowDaddy”? WPMU has an interesting article about how using Apple Mail (aka mail.app) can slow down your site since it keeps a connection to the server open all the time. It might be a hint at why my iPhone mail app only works on 3g and not on WiFi but that problem is […]

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DNS propagation viewable on a world map

I just discovered a great tool for anyone who deals with the arcane world of DNS. It shows how DNS changes are propagating across the world with a neat world map view. It’s great to have a visualization tool for something so abstract. I can dig the command line for its simplicity and power but sometimes […]

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JCSEO: Dirty Little Secrets

The New York Times had a long article about Black Hat SEO they uncovered for JCPenny.com over the last few months. Google has severely lowered their ranking as a result. …the digital age’s most mundane act, the Google search, often represents layer upon layer of intrigue. And the intrigue starts in the sprawling, subterranean world […]

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Building an HTML email is not like building for the web

A great article about the challenges of building HTML for email clients. I had banged my head on many of these challenges and want to reiterate his point below to “keep it simple”. While web browsers continue their onward march towards standards, many email clients have stubbornly stayed put. Some have even gone backwards. In […]

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Plugin notes: Riffly video comments

Riffly: It’s a module/plugin that integrates with an online service that will host video and audio comments. It lets you add video or audio to a comment or to a blog post – or any node. It uses a flash interface that looks for a mic or webcam attached to your computer. But this plugin […]

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Google AdWords beta testing (Feature X) (Google Boost)

I am under a NDA so I can’t give many details but I wanted to share that I am currently beta testing a new Google AdWords feature/service that has to do with a new, simplified system for businesses to buy ads and manage campaigns. I know enough about Adwords to know that although the interface […]

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