It’s Your Responsibility – Not Mine…

Know what one of your most important, if not ‘The Most Important’, online functions is? Whatever your reason for being a part of the Internet community, this function takes precedence over every other one!

It’s backing up your site(s)!

If you’ve ever lost your information or site, you know it can be a harrowing experience to deal with. Whether that loss was due to the site being hacked or your web host losing service, or going out of business suddenly or your own, local computer just fails…

It’s not something you want to have happen – I know because it has happened to me!

I use two services with my information and you need to explore both and see if they will suit your particular situation.

1. Carbonite to back up my computer files

2. BUB to back up my sites

Whether or not you choose to use these programs, at the very least you need to explore what’s out there and chose something before disaster strikes!

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Should You Use A Marketing System?

Are you tired of using outdated business strategies? Then you need to improve your ‘Success Potential’!

With the right tools you can achieve success. Tools that allow you to focus on your goals and the path to reaching those goals rather than the every day, mundane tasks of running an on-line business. The less time you spend on dealing with an auto-responder, lead capture system or blog setup the more time you can spend on working with customers and clients.

In any on-line business, you have to make yourself more visible in order to gain more traffic and customers. You do this by using the best, most cost efficient system out there.

You need more than just a web site hosting service. If you don’t know how to make your business succeed using advanced methods, it’s strike one against you right from the start. You need a good system! One that solves the many mechanical challenges to being on-line.
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Are You An Authority?

There’s a lot of talk these days about being an
Authority” or being an “Expert.” It makes it
sound like we really can’t help people or that
people won’t listen to us if we don’t have
certain credentials.

Not So!.

The word authority is derived from the Latin word
‘auctoritas’, meaning invention, advice, opinion,
influence… from Wikipedia.

Being a so-called  “expert” is in no way required
in today’s world. You just need to understand and
think a little different.

We are authorities because we have what the
world needs – a unique voice. Our knowledge
and experience makes us an authority.

A lot of folks are holding back from getting out
there and using their potential to help others.

We feel we don’t know enough to have the right
to give to others. It’s not easy to adjust our
thinking – I know… I’m always in a adjustment
mode.

Give it go – you just might enjoy the changes
and have some fun.

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Like Free Stuff?

‘course you do

Well I do to, so you might want check this one out. This tip comes from ‘Dave’s Computer Tips’ – davescomputertips.com/2…  I receive Dave’s newsletter/emails weekly. It’s only available until April 7…It’s an Easter Gift.

When you get to Dave’s newsletter you will see a link to the offer, in Dave’s blurb.EASTER300-2

From the offer site:

Make a DVD Copy without Any Quality Loss – DVD to DVD Copy, DVD to ISO Image Clone

WinX DVD Copy Pro is specially designed to meet users’ up-to-date DVD backup demand: clone DVD to DVD disc for safe storage; copy DVD to ISO image for later burning, playing or ripping; copy DVD to MPEG2 file with intact content for further usage in media center, DVD library establishment and DVD playback in PS3, HTPC. Equipped with ISO mounter and DVD burner, this DVD copy software can also help mount ISO to a virtual drive and burn DVD to DVD.

Without any third party DVD decrypter, WinX DVD Copy Pro has unlimited access to all region codes and copy protection systems. It faultlessly supports Disney’s Fake, severely scratched DVDs and Sony ARccOS bad sector, while these three obstacles beat off most of DVD copy software in the current market.

This is not a review. I’ve not started to use my copy yet so play at your own risk.

Please note that these are not affiliate links – I receive no compensation of any kind from anyone…

There is a license code needed so watch for it (it doesn’t exactly stand out). It’s near the top of screen 3 and must be activated before April 9

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7 Burning Questions About Switching To WordPress Answered

Decided to take the leap and convert your entire site to WordPress yet worried about the process? No matter where you’re coming from the process can be a intimidating and I bet you’ll have some nagging questions about it all. Hopefully, this post will help answer some of those questions and put you at ease.

#1 Can I keep my domain name?

Absolutely. Domain names (if registered under your name) can follow you through any web host, site publishing tool or content management systems. The only time a domain cannot be transferred is when the original web host or web design person/company plays dirty and holds your domain hostage by refusing to change where it points to or refusing to transfer to another registrar without payment.

Most of the time, this is not an issue and you will be able to keep your domain.

#2 What will it cost? What kind of investments would I have to make?

WordPress (.org) is open source software which means you won’t have any licensing fees. That does not mean there are no costs. If you’re coming from a platform like Blogger where you’ve never paid for hosting or in some cases don’t even have a domain name, then those are the two costs that cannot be avoided.

Beyond that, additional costs only come in if you decide to purchase a premium theme, hire a designer, buy premium plugins or purchase books and informational guides. If you think you might need or want these, it would be wise to set aside some money so you have room to play.

#3 Can I set up a test site while I move?

If you are starting fresh with a brand new domain the answer is yes. If your domain is currently going to the old site, most web hosts can provide you with a temporary URL where you can access and work on the site before flipping the switch.

#4 My pages are static HTML. Is there an easy way to transfer them into WordPress?

Alas, you may be disappointed here. While there is a plugin that could help, what you have to keep in mind, static HTML importers require your pages to be uniform and well formed. Hopefully yours is. Plan on spending some time to clean up the imported pages as some may look a little strange after importing. If you only have a handful of pages it’s probably simpler to just copy and paste.

#5 Will I lose my readers or content?

WordPress has many importers and converters to help you move your content. Chances are, there will be no loss. You’re more likely to lose some formatting than entire pages and posts.

As for losing readers, followers and traffic, if you were operating on your own domain before and keeping that domain, they will still find you on your new site. In that sense, you won’t lose your traffic nor links pointing to your posts. If you were using someone else’s domain like sittingonmybackporch.blogspot.com and now getting your own, you can’t have them follow you automatically. However, you can and should modify your old site to display a prominent banner to announce and advertise your new site.

#6 What will happen to the URLs of my old pages? How do I redirect them?

If you try to keep your page and post names as similar as possible, WordPress can attempt to guess and redirect people to the right place. Sometimes, the automatic redirect doesn’t work as it should. You can help it along by using a plugin called Redirection to specify exactly which pages direct where.

You should also make sure you have the ‘404 Not Found’ error page set up properly to catch the pages that fall between the cracks.

#7 Can I handle this by myself?

That answer lies in what you know and how determined you are. If you know even a little bit of HTML or HTML/CSS, you’re in a better position. If you know a tad of PHP you’re head and shoulders ahead. If you know none of that but are very determined and motivated, yes you can, but be well prepared to face major frustration. Getting a guide, set of tutorials or connecting to a group of WordPress knowledgeable people will go a long, long way.

A blogger who attempted the switch all by themselves had this to say, “The problem is not the lack of free tutorials but too many of them! It takes huge amounts of time to separate the good and bad ones, and on top of it all, I didn’t even know what I was looking for. Save your sanity, get help.” Great advice from someone who’s been there.

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Lynette Chandler helps entrepreneurs leverage
web technology. She also develops plugins and
tools that help businesses achieve their goals.
Find out more about her plugins at:
http://www.webgroupmarketing.com/9fpf.

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