A shortlist of creative influences

Discovered and enjoyed raptly in my teens, these creative geniuses still hold great influence in my life and the creative work I dream to pursue. David Lynch (film) Luc Besson (film) Clive Barker (film) Frank Black (music) Bob Mould (music) J Mascis (music) Sinéad O’Connor (music) John McCrea (music) Francesco Clemente (art) Frank Frazetta (art) Egon Schiele (art) Alan Moore (lit) …

Information Architects – The 100% Easy-2-Read Standard

Most websites are crammed with small text that’s a pain to read. Why? There is no reason for squeezing so much information onto the screen. It’s just a stupid collective mistake that dates back to a time when screens were really, really small. So… Type Size Comparison Screen vs. magazine: 100% is NOT big; image …

Backing up Gmail for archiving, emergency or reduce space

4 ways and I’m ’em doing all: Mozilla Thunderbird for Offline Use (syncs your main gmail account) Gmail Backup Trueswitch/hotmail – you need to create a live.com or hotmail.com email account first Create a separate backup Gmail account (enable POP and get email from the main account) After everything, I will delete a custom tag/folder …

Using Toys as Productivity Tools – Classic Marvel Figurines

Bought my third Classic Marvel Figurine – Gladiator-  to commemorate completion of Jenni Epperson website. So the idea is with multiple web projects I often delay in completion for one reason or another, I’m using one of my childhood wants as an incentive to finish these projects as soon as possible.  They act as concrete …

Average 1 Year Minimum Costing for Serious Websites (no e-commerce)

Ideal Web Hosting – $85 Domain  Name –  3 domains x $9 = $27 Autoresponder/Email Marketing = $10 x 12months = $120 Custom WordPress theme and installation = $400 Content Writer for initial launch=$300 Web Ads for first 3 months=$150 Freelancer to set  up directory, listings, social profiles=$100 Total=$1182 On the cheap Web Hosting – …

Mirroring a WordPress site (back up and restore to a different hosting)

Tools: PhpMyAdmin FTP client (I use fireftp for firefox) or your hosting’s Cpanel file manager WordPress plugin: WP-DB-Backup WordPress plugin:  BTE’s WordPress Backup WordPress plugin:  Search and Replace notepad for editing Steps A (for original hosting or hosting 1) Turn Off all and any caching plugins (like Total Cache etc.) Use WP-DB-Backup to generate a …

Recent Projects

Development of SHEDmfi.org website. Development of GameOpsInc.com website. Redesign and relaunch of jenniepperson.com website. Facebook ad campaign for Zen Zest Asia.

Emergency High Traffic Website Optimization (for WordPress Sites only)

Tested  only in WP 3.12 Tools CloudFlare.com and its plugin (cloud DNS) imsanity (reduce image file size) Smush.it plugin (reduce image file size) W3 Total Cache or Super Cache plugin (caching but database caching can slow down site by 3seconds) Autoptimize plugin (caching) WP Plugin Organizer (selective loading of plugins)   Tests http://www.site24x7.com/web-page-analyzer.html http://rapid.searchmetrics.com/en/seo-tools/site-analysis/ http://analyze.websiteoptimization.com/wso …

Tools and Software

WinHTTrack – Website Copier Firebug – copy CSS and HTML codes Animoto – video presentation Respoh Notes – simple note taking Evernote – notetake anything Tadalist – list anything Dropbox – online file back up and file sharing DownThemAll – downloader tool for multiple files ina page DownloadHelper – Download Youtube and flash videos