Still Dream Chasin’

Thanks to my wonderful hubby, I thought I’d share a little update here.

A lot has happened since January 1st. I lost one of my brothers to complications from a surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. That seemed to through me for a loop that I think I’m coming out of now.

I finally got something up for my business site : BoydPress Solutions. Duck came up with the name and finally I think I have a name that fits me 🙂 I’m officially registered with the state and even have opened a business checking account. I’m starting to feel all grown up!

This week I’m setting up my own server to do web hosting for my clients, and unfortunately the hackers have been busy! So while I’m trying to clean up hacked sites, move them to my new server and try to fortify them so they don’t have hacked again, I’m also working on writing. I’ve got another site in the works where I’ll be writing tips and tricks for WordPress users. Hopefully I’ll be able to announce that here soon.

Until then … update your WordPress and plugins people!

Mister Linky needs some competition

I have seen over the past few months when those of you who use Mister Linky’s widgets on your blogs have absolutely been scrambling. For whatever reason, he’s been going down and when he’s not up it throws you into a whirlwind.

I have been contemplating developing an alternative to Mister Linky that works in a different way — a way that if your blog is up, so are the links. A way that the links could be stored with your blog information and not on someone else’s server. Healthy competition for Mister Linky is needed.

There are a few things I need to know from you before I dive into developing this thing. So please leave me a comment below and answer these questions:

  1. What blogging platform do you use (WordPress.org? WordPress.com? TypePad? Movable Type? Other?)?
  2. If a good competitive widget was developed only on WordPress.org (self-hosted), would you be willing to switch to WordPress.org if you use something else?

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WordPress Wonders

Some of you know I’m working on an ebook about WordPress. I have many people ask me questions about WordPress. It blows me away that people have not written more information about this, or if they have they just haven’t made it understandable. So while I’m gathering ammunition for my ebook, what are the sorts of questions you have about WordPress? If you don’t use it (using something like Blogger), have you ever considered using WordPress? If so, what’s stopped you? I’d love to have your feedback.

One of the cool things about WordPress is you can actually use it for a content management system (meaning the front page doesn’t have to be a list of recent posts). This makes it almost perfect for churches and non-profits since WordPress is open source (meaning free as in no cost to you for the software). I’ve gone to many churches’ websites and cringed at what I see. Something that hasn’t been updated in several years, and we will not discuss the overall design of it right now. I know people are doing the best they can for their churches, and hopefully my ebook will help them do the websites even better!