Changing Times – XSitePro Closes Down

Back in the day there were a number of software systems that helped people make websites.  One of those software systems was XSitePro.  The software was released in 2004.  Sadly, their ten-year run is at an end.  They’ve closed their doors as of today. Why?  The head of the company, Paul Smithson, wrote a blog […]

GoDaddy Down

  GoDaddy is having a massive outage. Early, unconfirmed reports are that the group Anonymous is taking responsibility

The Buzz About Chrome

“Google Chrome Overtakes Internet Explorer,” was big news last week.  But what does that mean for you?  Heck, what does it even mean at all? Internet Explorer (IE), Firefox, Safari and Chrome are all examples of website browsers.  A browser is software used to view website pages.   (If you aren’t quite sure which browser you’re […]

Where Did My Google PageRank Go?

I was doing some Search Engine Optimization (SEO) work for a client today when I noticed something alarming.  His Google PageRank had disappeared!  Yikes!  What in the world happened? It turns out that the folks at Google changed the location of some of the files that online tools use to figure out PageRank.  Whew!  We […]

Self-Publishing and eBooks

Isn’t it amazing  how much the Internet and computers are changing our lives?   Last week I read a news story that  that proved, once again, that we live in exciting times. Amanda Hocking turned to self-publishing when the traditional route of finding an agent and a publisher just didn’t work.  She began selling digital […]

Renew Those Domain Names

I’ve often written about the importance of renewing domain names.  Domain names are registered by the website owner and there’s an annual registration fee.  Once that fee runs out, then another party can register that name. The subject came up recently in the news. Brian McCrary was a disgruntled man.  He’s been caught speeding by […]

Other Ways to Help

Have you been watching the news from Haiti?  It’s heart breaking. If you have a WordPress blog  you can add links to aid organizations (via the text widget) to the sidebar of your blog.  I’ve added one to the right side of this page. To find the code to add, find your favorite charity site.  […]

Amazon and North Carolina

State governments across the country are looking for ways to increase state revenues.  North Carolina is one of the states considering taxing online revenue as a way to increase state coffers.  However their imminent legislation has had some unexpected results.   The Motley Fool states, Amazon is fighting back. It’s threatening to eliminate relationships with all […]

Don’t Know Who To Vote For? Have I Got a Site For You!

There’s a website for everything and everyone, that includes people on the fence about who to vote for during the next presidential election.  If you have any doubts (or even just for fun) head on over to ABC’s Match-O-Matic II.  You’ll be presented with a series of quotes on various subjects but the quotes won’t […]

Does Blogging Pay?

Well, for some people it does.  There were reports last week that Bankaholic was purchased by Bankrate, Inc for $12.5 MILLION dollars.  There is said to be another $2.5 MILLION dollars available to the founder if the blog attains certain performance goals during the next year of operation. Wow!  Congratulations to John Wu the founder […]