Last week I did an emergency website fix for a new customer.  I hadn’t built the site and wasn’t familiar with its functionality.  As I worked on their payment page, I realized what I was looking at.  The page collected credit card information and then emailed the credit card detailsRead More →

I’ve written about CafePress shops before.  They’re fairly easy to set up and it’s one way that website owners can make money online.  The CafePress interface allows you to make a wide variety of products.  There are t-shirts, greeting cards, water bottles, Thermos containers and even thongs.  Too much information? Read More →

A few years ago I wrote a post about Pingdom.  (See below for a copy of the post.)  Pingdom monitors your websites to make sure they’re up and running.  It’s a great service and I still use them today.  I see that they now offer a free account for monitoringRead More →

I can’t believe it’s November already and, gulp, time to start thinking about holiday shopping.  You know what my biggest gift-giving problem is?  The “small” gift.  You know, something thoughtful to give your hairdresser, cleaning person,  petsitter, pen pal, closet organizer, cubicle mate, etc.  These are the women in yourRead More →

I took a small vacation over the Fourth of July. I wanted to take advantage of all the Wi-Fi services available in the airports, libraries and coffee houses on my trip.  However I also wanted to surf safely.  It was time to renew my VPN subscription. What’s VPN?  The folksRead More →

Earlier this week I was doing some CafePress coaching with one of my clients.  Things were going fine.  We went over adding images, making products and setting up her store.  Then we came to the issue of coffee cups. CafePress allows you to make custom coffee cups.  Here’s one ofRead More →

A few years ago my family wanted a family website.   I volunteered to help them find an online solution.  They wanted a place to chat with one another and post photos.  My concern was making sure that my family was safe from hackers and spammers.  And as always, everyone wasRead More →

This is the second part of a response to an article on the Wall Street Journal entitled How to Create a Successful Web Site For Nothing (or Almost Nothing). You can see part one of my response here. In part one I analyzed points one through three of the article.Read More →