This is a (somewhat) formal announcement of hourly price increases in 2020. After much deliberation and sleepless nights I've decided what the rates will increase to next year. At the start of 2020 I Heart Blank will incorporate the new hourly rates. I Heart Blank will honor all rates for contracts signed before January 1, 2020. Check out the details below: Premier Client Hourly Rate = $115.00 The Premier Client Rate is mostly for corporate accounts. This rate is for on-going clients who need (mostly) continual and instant updates. While I still assure delivery dates for all of my [...]
Great news everyone! Wordpress 5.3 "Kirk" was released yesterday! The biggest change from the release notes are the focus on making the 'block editor' better, which a lot of people have been asking for: 5.3 expands and refines the block editor with more intuitive interactions and improved accessibility. New features in the editor increase design freedoms, provide additional layout options and style variations to allow designers more control over the look of a site. This release also introduces the Twenty Twenty theme giving the user more design flexibility and integration with the block editor. Creating beautiful web pages and [...]
I gave a speech to the local Business Improvement District in Hackettstown titled, "Marketing and Your Online Presence." I thought I'd share my talk in a few parts to everyone! Take a look at Part 1 and Part 2! Campaigns / Promotions Your advertising, marketing campaign and/or promotion is really the sales force of your business. Rather than hiring someone to go sell your business to people, you use a campaign to get the word out and attract people to your business. When coming up with a campaign for your business…remember that it’s for a set amount of time. [...]
I gave a speech to the local Business Improvement District in Hackettstown titled, "Marketing and Your Online Presence." I thought I'd share my talk in a few parts to everyone! Take a look and stand by for Part 2! Introduction With most things in life, everything comes down to either time or money. You can spend either your time bringing your marketing plan to life or pay someone to do it. Dedicating the time to spend on your marketing plan is one of the hardest things you can do as a business owner. Most people, including me, want to [...]
I've had a few people ask me about the new Gutenberg Editor in Wordpress 5.0. Some people, including me, are a little skeptical and some people are diving right in. Change can sometimes be hard, so I thought I'd put together some explanation of what's going on as well as some troubleshooting solutions to the new Gutenberg Editor. What is the deal with Gutenberg?! (in your best Seinfeld voice) Wordpress introduced the “Gutenberg” editor on the last release Wordpress 5.0 'Bebo'. You can read my post about it (a quick overview) or check out the new features on Wordpress' Blog (a [...]
The upcoming week or so brings a bit of work for I Heart Blank. It's time for both monthly updates and yearly updates. I will be updating all I Heart Blank websites with a proper "© 2019" footer. With over 100 sites to update, it's gonna take a few days. If after the next week, I somehow missed your site, please email me and I'll get it fixed right away.
Hello all! Got a message that the .net pricing is going to be increased. That means I gotta increase as well. Good news is they're only going up $1. Not the biggest deal in the world, but I thought I'd keep you posted. This will effect all domains as of Feb 1, 2018. Domain Pricing Changes .net new price's are as follows: 1 - 4 years: $17 / year 5+ years: $16 / year
The upcoming week or so brings a bit of work for I Heart Blank. It's time for both monthly updates and yearly updates. I will be updating all I Heart Blank websites with a proper "© 2018" footer. With over 90 sites to update, it's gonna take a few days. If after the next week, I somehow missed your site, please email me and I'll get it fixed right away.
There will be a vote on December 14, 2017 in which the FCC will attempt to kill net neutrality. A lot of people seem to be against it, but don't know what's really going on. I thought I'd put together a post to help explain what's going on and what you can do. What Is Net Neutrality? Net Neutrality, on it's own, is pretty basic. It simply means that information across the internet (websites, streaming, downloads, etc.) are all 'equal.' It doesn't discriminate. You can stream movies just as fast as you can download something. All websites, streaming and [...]
Often times when creating or entering a new password, Wordpress will determine that they are ‘too weak’ to allow. It can seem random even if you think your password is pretty secure. When it comes down to it, your website should be as secure as possible and will help prevent it to be hacked or come under brute force attacks. The solution? Make sure you're are using secure, strong passwords. I've also come across some passwords that seem strong, but are considered ‘weak’ by the algorithm WordPress uses. There are a few reasons for this. Wordpress is using Dropbox’s zxcvbn library to [...]
It's that time again, but instead of hourly rates, the monthly maintenance plans will be going up. Check out the details below: 2018 Maintenance Plan Rates The Maintenance plans are designed to give your business a little help throughout the year at a discounted rate. I haven't raised the maintenance plan rates since I started over 6 years ago. This year is the year I had to take the jump. I've added another 'tier' to give another option for your needs. In the upcoming months, I'll be contacting everyone on a maintenance plan to discuss what plan best fits [...]
Wordpress is pretty Search Engine (and SEO) friendly. We're going to look at creating (and optimizing) Meta Titles and Meta Descriptions. We'll also go over some tips and tricks using the Yoast SEO plugin to make your website even more SEO friendly! Defining Our Terms So, when you get results in a search engine (SERP's,) you'll see a Meta Title, URL, and then Meta Description. Meta Title / SEO Title / Tag Title - This is the 'blue' part of the search result and is the Title of the Page URL - This is the URL that is displayed as a [...]