Why I Left Facebook (and never really did G+)

So Done With Facebook

Yes, I have posts here discussing how to use Social Media. All those posts also note that you need to really "work it" for social to produce benefits. And, I can attest to that -- when I've been active on social media sites you do connect and find networking opportunities. You have LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, G+ and slews of others -- some more niche and market specific social sites. We are … [Read more...]

How to Update to WordPress 4.1.1 Maintenance Release

How to Update WordPress

02.18.15: "WordPress 4.1.1 is now available. This maintenance release fixes 21 bugs in version 4.1. Some of you may have been waiting to update to the latest version until now, but there just wasn’t much to address. WordPress 4.1 was a smooth-sailing release and has seen more than 14 million downloads in the last two months. If you are one of the millions already running WordPress 4.1 and … [Read more...]

If You’re Not Freaking Out About Net Neutrality….

Net Neutrality and You

Note: I posted about this in May of 2014. Being the FCC is set to vote on reclassifying and regulating the Internet on February 26th, 2015 -- I thought I'd give you another opportunity to get involved to stop this takeover. When I first began helping small businesses succeed online over 20 years ago, the most exciting part about the Web was it equaled the playing field. As the years passed that … [Read more...]

Trust is Gold Online; So is Going Social

Trust is Gold Online!

Trust is not something you can launch with a Website. Well, you can -- by having a credible, great looking site that has the visuals and content that instill a perception that lends to trust -- but that's not enough. Just as in the off-line world, trust is built with consistency -- over time. You can't "buy" trust; you have to earn it. Search algorithms have trust factors. For example, … [Read more...]

Does Your WordPress Site Look Dumb on Smartphones?

WordPress Responsive Websites

I've been moving my sites to responsive designs as time permits. While I'm not 100% satisfied with how every site displays, I have reviewed each on mobile platforms and the ones that aren't yet redesigned, do degrade gracefully. Have you looked at your site on a smartphone or tablet? Mobile makes me feel like I'm in the "way-back machine". Back in the day in a land far, far away, web … [Read more...]

My 10 Most Popular Posts of 2014

The IStudio Best of 2014

At this time of year the "resolutions" articles can get overwhelming and redundant! Being my 2014 Resolutions still apply, I thought this year I would share with you the "best of" from The IStudio®. Each year during the slow week between the Holidays I look at my various site's stats and try to gleam information, discover patterns and most importantly look at what was most popular so I … [Read more...]