One of the pieces of advice I usually give people about their website is to take it seriously. Think about it, your website is the public face of your business to the world if you don’t take it seriously then why would anyone else take you seriously. It can be hard to take your website seriously though when you get busy. Websites tend to be like New Year’s resolutions, when you launch your website you are all pumped about getting new business, or getting lots of pages views, or just having readers. Slowly the time between updates becomes longer and longer and before you know it, it has been months or even years since you last updated your website.
I know how hard it can be to take your website seriously. I recently looked at the stats here for my LGR website and realized the site has been coasting for far too long. I have failed to take my main business website seriously and it shows. Page views and visits are down and while I have made the occasional post here it has certainly not been a regular part of my weekly routine. Not only are visits down to the site the most important part of this website, helping me find new clients are down as well. How can potential new clients take me and my business seriously if the latest post here is months old?
I am here to say it happens to all of us. Things get busy with work and family and well just like that New Year’s resolution, updating and posting to the website slowly fall by the wayside. But that does not mean it has to stay that way and I am hear to say that things here at LGR Internet Solutions and this website are about to get serious.
First off, this post is the first of many more to come. While I am still busy with client work and family life posting here is going to become more regular. I will be posting more about the work I am doing, tips and tricks that you can use and well whatever I think is helpful for people and small businesses to keep their websites helping their business.
Second, I have already started making some major changes to the behind the scenes running of the site and there will be many more changes coming. Two of the big changes already include reworking the structure of the website. Things like permalinks, categories and tags are all on the list to clean up and fix. The domain has also been updated to use SSL across the whole website because I want you to know I am serious about your privacy.
It is time to get serious about my website, and I hope you will consider getting serious about yours. I challenge you to take a look at your website and find ways to start making it better. Start posting again, start editing again and like the photo at the top it might seem like a long a trek ahead but it will pay off.
Let’s face it, it is time to get serious about your website or close the doors. I am choosing to get serious!
WordPress version 3.7 code named “Basie” in honor of Count Basie, is now available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. If it is not yet showing as an update in your WordPress dashboard you can download a copy directly from WordPress to update or install.
This new WordPress release features some of the most important architectural updates they have made to date. Here are the highlights:
Updates while you sleep: With WordPress 3.7, you don’t have to lift a finger to apply maintenance and security updates. Most sites are now able to automatically apply these updates in the background. The update process also has been made even more reliable and secure, with dozens of new checks and safeguards.
Stronger password recommendations: Your password is your site’s first line of defense. It’s best to create passwords that are complex, long, and unique. To that end, the password meter has been updated in WordPress 3.7 to recognize common mistakes that can weaken your password: dates, names, keyboard patterns (123456789), and even pop culture references.
Better global support: Localized versions of WordPress will receive faster and more complete translations. WordPress 3.7 adds support for automatically installing the right language files and keeping them up to date, a boon for the many millions who use WordPress in a language other than English.
For developers there are lots of options around how to control the new updates feature, including allowing it to handle major upgrades as well as minor ones, more sophisticated date query support, and multisite improvements. As always, if you’re hungry for more dive into the Codex or browse the over 400 closed tickets on Trac.
Where I live the closest WordCamp conference is at least a days drive away and well I just can’t see getting to one anytime soon. If you are in the same kind of position I am in there is always WordSesh.
WordSesh is 1 full day of live WordPress presentations from all over the world streamed live to you wherever you may be. And best of all, it’s FREE!
WordSesh will take place on Saturday, December 7, 2013, 00:00 – 24:00 UTC.
There are 24 sessions. 1 session every hour, on the hour, for 24 hours.
Grab some coffee, sit back and relax! All you need to do is be by a computer.
Changes are coming this week to the LGR Internet Solutions email subscribers. Previously I was using Feedburner to deliver my blog updates by email. That worked ok, but it was not perfect and I wanted to improve the deliver of those emails and offer more content on a regular basis for email subscribers. To achieve that goal I am moving all of the Feedburner email subscribers to my Aweber email mailing list later this week.
What this means for you if you are subscribed to the LGR Internet Solutions email list delivered by Feedburner. I will export your email address from Feedburner and import it into Aweber. Once that import is approved at Aweber you will need to reconfirm your email address to be subscribed to receive blog updates. Once you reconfirm you will receive blog updates similar to before along with the occasional other contest and other exclusive content that will only be made available to email subscribers.
People will also notice that I have removed the email subscription form on the website for the Feedburner email subscriptions and replaced it with a new Aweber form. There will be other small changes on the site in the next few days.
I have been thinking about this change for awhile now. I wanted to do this now before the email subscribers with Feedburner becomes to large. RSS subscribers should be unaffected. Thanks for your patience while during this change and I appreciate your trust in me to offer me your email address.
Last year I wrote a post outlining some of my Internet goals for 2009. I thought I should revisit that post again here in January 2010 and see how I did. Here were my Internet goals for 2009 and how I did.
Posting more regularly, hopefully on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays. If possible increasing posting frequency to five days a week.
I was doing alright with this goal until summer came around, then my posting went downhill and has never really gone up again. While I still enjoy writing for this blog, other things seem to come up. In my defense I have been taking part more on Twitter and that is often where you will find me.
Increasing RSS subscribers in the LGR Internet Solutions blog to 500 or more.
Thanks to some stupidity by Feedburner it appears that I accomplished this goal having over 1000 subscribers. But if you take the Friendfeed numbers out of the Feedburner count my subscriber count has remained stable and grown slightly to 300. Not bad considering my posting dropped off.
Diversifying my online income so it is more dependable and less reliant on one or two sources.
This has seen some growth in 2009. While the majority of my online income is still from two main sources I have seen growth in other areas. The majority of the growth has come from diversifying my affiliate marketing into other areas. I have plans to expand this further in 2010.
Increase page views and reader participation on all my websites.
While I would say reader participation has not gone up, pageviews across the majority of my websites have seen significant increases. This has been good for income on several sites.
To learn new skills and apply them.
While I never did finish the Facebook application or the WordPress plugin I was working on, I did learn a great deal more about affiliate marketing in 2009. While I was not a total stranger to affiliate marketing before 2009 I did learn a great deal about how to improve conversions and increase my online revenue through affiliate marketing. Not something that I was planning, but it has been something that I have enjoyed learning.
Overall I would say that I failed on my 2009 Internet goals. I might have failed at my goals, but I had a great year! My business income doubled, despite a global recession, and my client base has remained stable with many of my client work increasing. 2010 is already looking great with work continuing to come in from clients and my affiliate marketing websites continuing to grow here already in January.
I have been wondering what people would like to know more about that read my blog so I thought I would open up the doors to you to ask me your webmaster and blogging questions.
The floor is all yours, what questions would you love to have answered about being a webmaster and / or blogging. Be as specific or general as you would like. Leave your questions below and I will answer them in either upcoming posts.
If you want to know more about the script here is some information that I had up about the script.
This script inserts a random quote from a text file. Includes the ability to define the quote, a quote author, a hyperlink, and hyperlink text.
Easy Installation. A basic install on LGR Quote should only take as long as it takes you to download it, unzip it, define your quotes, add an include to your web pages and upload it to your web server.
Inline Styles used for presentation. Can be easily edited to fit with your website.
Many years ago I wrote a quick PHP script to help me create a simple HTML photo gallery from JPG images. I released it as LGR Photo and gave it away for free. It was a great little gallery and did what I needed it to do. I made it mainly for my own purposes but many others downloaded it and found it useful. I have been wanting to rewrite the script for quite sometime now, but it never seemed to make it onto the list of things to do. That being said I think it is time to simply retire LGR Photo.
If people are interested in using the script I will offer it here still for download. You are welcome to use it, rewrite it, play with it etc, but I can no longer offer support for it.
You might have noticed I have not written much here lately. So much for keeping up with my goals for 2009 and posting three times a week. The main reason for being so quiet here on the LGR Internet Solutions blog is the fact that I have been busy getting a new server online and moving some accounts to that new server.
The new server is actually a replacement server for one of our older dedicated servers that hosts clients websites that has been running for roughly 4 years. I decided to replace that server with a new one since it has been maxing out the ram on that machine and websites were often taking longer to load. I have been slowing migrating sites to the new server and hope to have them all moved in the next week. If you have received an email from me about moving your site then your site will be moved this week.
The move has been seamless so far for the sites that have been moved. I have been moving one website at a time by creating a cPanel complete backup and uploading it to the new server and restoring it. There are faster ways to move several sites from one cPanel server to another but this allows me the opportunity to review the website move, make sure things are working on the new server and in the event that something does go wrong I will only have one website to fix at a time instead of all of them being down or inaccessible.
I hope to be done this week moving all of the websites and hopefully I can get back to posting here more regularly again. I have been fairly active on Twitter if you want to follow my tweets to know more about what is going on with me day to day.
The web turned 20 years old yesterday and I finally took some time to watch the video of Tim Berners-Lee. Amazing how a pet project 20 years ago changed how we connect with each other, talk with each other, and literally changed the world.
How has the web changed your life? I know for me it has made it possible for me to work from home, spend more time with my kids and help numerous organizations and businesses share their information with others.