I am often asked by Harrelson Agency clients and potential clients if they should use a WordPress.com site or have us build and host a WordPress site for them. Money is often a main concern, as you can pay $100 – 120 a year for a pretty solid WordPress.com site without much fuss. A hosted … Continue reading Should You Use WordPress.com or Host Your Own WordPress Site?
Dropbox just killed a cottage industry of PDF editing apps for me (and I’ve spent lots of money on iOS apps trying to find the right PDF editor for commenting and signing that connect to Dropbox): Now you can edit PDFs stored in Dropbox from your iPhone and iPad | Dropbox Blog: “With the latest … Continue reading Edit PDFs stored in Dropbox from iPhone and iPad
Good thoughts from Om here about the place of having your own website (whether it’s at WordPress.com or a self hosted WordPress installation for more flexibility) and feeding the beast: Some Thoughts on the New WordPress.com and Mac App – Om Malik: “Most of those platforms are built to be silos, Facebook and Instagram being … Continue reading Why WordPress Still Matters
We like to think pictures that we take (of ourselves and other things) digitally are eternal and won’t disappear into the digital abyss. However, is that true it will our JPGs and PNGs (not to mention associated metadata) slip into the digital dark age canyon we’re construction for our ancestors? “If only they had used … Continue reading Will our selfies survive us?
Today we’re announcing something brand new, a new approach to WordPress, and open sourcing the code behind it. Source: Dance to Calypso | Matt Mullenweg I frequently talk with clients or perspective clients about the differences between having a site on WordPress.com and having a self-hosted site on WordPress (I’ll write more about that soon). … Continue reading WordPress Reboots and Opens Up Code Base
It’s an opportunity for visual storytelling that you won’t find anywhere else on the web. Vox’s email announcing their arrival on Snapchat included this: We’re using it to create a new form of deep, visually-driven information-rich explainers that we’re really proud of, and we think you’ll really like. What’s more, they’ll only exist on Snapchat, … Continue reading Visually-Driven Information-Rich Explainers
At the annual Minecraft conferences the young fans are not provided free workshops on how to play Minecraft but on “Video Creation 101″. What will they do when they go back home? Source: 15 Digital Marketing Trends for 2016 That Could Destroy Your Business Last night I dreamed that I had been brought into a … Continue reading What’s Important for Your Website?
The reading exposes you to the state of the art. The reading helps you follow a thought-through line of reasoning and agree, or even better, challenge it. The reading takes effort. If you haven’t done the reading, why expect to be treated as a professional? Important thoughts from Seth Godin. Keep up with the reading, … Continue reading Do the reading if you want to be treated like a professional
Google has actually been indexing the content of mobile applications for two years now, as a move against the search giant’s potential obsolescence as the world of computing increasingly shifted off the desktop and to take place inside native applications running on consumers’ phones. Since its launch, Google has expanded its ability to surface “deep links” (links that point to pages … Continue reading The Web Strikes Back
Sometimes we think that just putting out a consistent number of things will just create some outliers that’ll help us win. Heck, I even believed this for a long time and advised people to just focus on quantity. I don’t think that’s true anymore. Yes, we need to output things at high quantity, but we … Continue reading Quality Means More Than Quantity Even on Social Media
Here’s how to enable Amazon’s Two-Step Verification, a feature that adds an extra layer of security by asking you to enter a unique security code in addition to your password on computers and devices that you haven’t designated as trusted. Source: Amazon.com Help: Turning On Two-Step Verification Amazon finally has 2 Step Authentication. By all … Continue reading Amazon Finally Gets 2 Factor Authentication (Please Go Turn This On For Your Account Now)
At some point in the past ten years, selling out lost its stigma. I come from the Kurt Cobain/“corporate rock still sucks” school where selling out was the worst thing you could ever do. We should return to that. Don’t sell out your values, don’t sell out your community, don’t sell out the long term … Continue reading Don’t Sell Out.
We did not anticipate anything like what has now happened. We did not foresee that all our sequence of innovations might be at once overridden by a greater one: the invention of a new kind of war that would turn our previous innovations against us, discovering and exploiting the debits and the dangers that we … Continue reading Thoughts in the Presence of Fear
Minimize cognitive load by building on existing mental models and reducing the need for users to remember things from one part of text to another. Source: Legibility, Readability, and Comprehension: Making Users Read Your Words | Nielsen Norman Group Continue reading This is an aspect of web marketing that I personally detest (and think is wrong)
It’s not exactly clear what this announcement will be (besides important for the future of computing), but Jurvetson says to “stay tuned” for more information coming on December 8th. This is the first we’ve heard of a December 8th date for a Google announcement, and considering its purported potential to be a turning point in … Continue reading Google’s quantum computing announcement on December 8
Facebook’s Notify is live and ready for your iOS consumption. Apps are moving quickly to be “invisible” and only interact with us in the notification space that is agnostic of the former modes of app badges and alerts. If you think this is just a ploy to flood your phone with news you might be … Continue reading Facebook’s Notify and the New Age of Invisible Apps
“The goal of Facebook Instant Articles is to keep you on Facebook. No need to explore the larger Web when it’s all right there in Facebook, especially when it loads so much faster in the Facebook app than it does in a browser. Google seems to have recognized what a threat Facebook Instant Articles could … Continue reading It’s about the ads
Saving this for when we look back in 10 years on the first mainstream uses of VR in much the same way we fondly look back at web pages from the 90’s today… “Today, The New York Times takes a step into virtual reality. NYT VR is a mobile app that can be used — … Continue reading NYT VR
“It’s all about the data. Under the hood, the Amazon store has a few unusual features. Every book has a shelf tag that includes a capsule review from the website, a star rating, and a barcode. There are no prices listed. To get the price, you scan the code with the camera of your smartphone … Continue reading Amazon’s Retail Store, Uber Surge Pricing, and The Ever Changing Price of Things
You can say a lot with a heart. Introducing a new way to show how you feel on Twitter: https://t.co/WKBEmORXNW pic.twitter.com/G4ZGe0rDTP — Twitter (@twitter) November 3, 2015 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js “We are changing our star icon for favorites to a heart and we’ll be calling them likes. We want to make Twitter easier and more rewarding to … Continue reading Hearts on Twitter and Secondary Orality