Favorite Plugins…

Favorite Plugins…

It has been a great week.  I have launched several web sites. I have developed some great relationships with several new clients, I am a lifestyle designer.  Building relationships, is one of my favorite things.  I have build a job directory for veterans.  The client was amazing.  He knew what he wanted and how it was to work.  Next, I had the pleasure of creating a web site for a local author.  She is truly amazing…she has overcome a lot of struggles and has such a great deposition for life.  It is truly amazing to just speak with her for 10 minutes. It will change your life, or at least, it has mine.  Finally, I have been working on a site for a father of special needs child.  He is trying to secure an awesome wheel chair, some of you will be getting an link to help.  We need dollars and not pennies.  I am working on a site to push traffic to this awesome wheel chair.  It is actually better than most autos…whatever you can think about, this chair can accomplish.  You want to fish…you can do it.  You want to go on the beach…it can take you for a ride.  You want to play in the snow…okay, no problem.  Totally awesome…

Well, that is my excuse for the last couple of weeks….

A couple days ago, I was at my favorite watering hole.  I was enjoying  a fresh cup of coffee [ thanks Nicholas] and working on a couple of projects.  I was working on my newest client’s training manual.  I began thinking about what are my favorite plugins…

*Akismet
*Contact Form 7
*NextGen Gallery
*Google Analytics
*VaultPress

Which I will share in my training manual…

Onward and Upward,

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Bloggers Beware

Bloggers Beware

An interesting job proposition came across my email, an wordpress company [ that is what I will call them ] had been soliciting a customer service/sales position.  In a moment of weakness, I apply.

Within three days, I was greeted by an email from the organization.  I had made the 1st cut and the organization wanted me to review the backend of the product and write my pros and cons.  This was going to be the second stage of the hiring process.  I was given log in credentials, like I was a client.  I had a week to provide a detail report.  Having worked in wordpress for close to five years,  it was very easy to write an 1000 word report on the pros and cons.  After writing my report [ felt like I was in school ], I waited a couple of weeks for a response.  Nothing!!!  I email my contact person.  I was advised…that I did not make the cut.  Wow!!! Really!!! Okay, I reached out to several of my wordpress colleagues.  They had applied for the same position.  They had the same experience.  Then one of my colleagues stated “it is the new trend…instead of paying for research and development.  Post a position…asking for wordpress free lance designer…and get them to tell you the pros and cons of the product…make the changes and then launch.”   Guess what, you get free input from experts.

Okay!!!! Beware!!! We are on to you!! And if this continues! Then we are going to put you on front street, buster.  Remember, it is the free lance designers who promote your products.  We are at meets up on a weekly basis, telling our colleagues about your plugins.  We are at WordCamp, talking to total strangers about how we like this new plugin and that feature. It is one of the best part of being an open source…you can create a plugin / theme and we can promote it for free or limited resources.  If you continue to have this hiring or non-hiring  practice, then it will be us to bring you down!  Be afraid, be very afraid!!!

LOL…

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April…

April…

As I slip on some fresh coffee and think about this past month … to say it has been a busy one, is an understand statement.  I had four launches this month.  My goal is to complete at least 6 – 8 projects a month.  Did I forget to mention that I am rolling out Allie Alley? It will be very similar to web.com .  I am looking at small business owners, hobbyist and bloggers with limited cash flow.  Some of the great features…

  • Custom Design Template
  • 7 – 10 Pages
  • 5 forms
  • Gallery Page
  • Event Calendar
  • Social Media Package
  • SEO
  • Hosting included
  • Domain Name included
  • 24 hour / 7 Days a week / 365 day support

All for $100.00 to begin and $25.00 a month.  I have been slammed with request.  I will be creating the sites during the Month of May.   For more information, click here .   Another  product, building my brand…

On my way to Greatness

 

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Post Office Drama

Post Office Drama

I must admit, that I have a post office box.  I use it for getting secured mail. I visit my local post office about once a week.  There is a really nice older black women, who always smiles and greets me with “Good Morning Sir!”.   I learned a few years ago, that she has a weakness for Honey Buns.  I always give her a honey bun…she just smiles and gives me a good old “Grandmother” Hug.  It humbles me and makes my day.

Yesterday, I went to pick up some papers from my CPA.  It is tax season for me.  I had a couple of letters to mail and need to pick up some stamps.  There was two lines open.  One line had a young Hispanic lady, who needed to get some information about getting a passport.  The other line had an older black man, he was a little confused about why his mail was not coming to his house.  Seem like someone had put a hold on it, and never took it off.  The clerk asked him, if he need some stamps or anything from the post office.  Each questions made him go back to why his mail was not being delivered, my heart went out to him…getting old can be cruel sometimes.  He looked back at the line…I smiled and he just wipe his brow almost in shame.  It was five of us in line.  I was fourth.  There was an elderly couple, who were talking about a recent vacation trip.  And there was a young women, she was not happy about the delays.  And behind me, was the rudest person on the face of the earth.   He kept huffing and puffing.  He had two pieces of mail and a small box in his hand.  I asked if he needed stamps, then he could go to the self-stamp section. He asked me if I was a post office employee.  Wow!!! Really…

The young lady finally got all her questions answered.  She apologizes to us and left.  The elderly couple asked for there mail and got some stamps…out the door in 5 minutes.  Next the young lady, she asked for some stamps [ guess, she did not know about self-stamp area ].  My favorite clerk [ older black women ], politely told her about the self-stamp section. She was greeted with “Well if you did not ask so many questions…then we could get out of here in less than 2 minutes!  Gov’t jobs need to be eliminated…”  An officer walked into the Post Office and heard every thing.  The manager, who was in the back sorting mail, came out to help the young lady.  He walked her over to the self stamp section.  He tried to explain the station.  She began laying every profanity know to man…the police officer walked over and asked the lady to leave.   I went up to my favorite, and handed her a honeybun…got my certified mail.  She asked about my family and business.  As we were talking the elderly black man was leaving.  The elderly man went to the next clerk.

The elderly man had a couple of questions about mailing options.  He was confused about which would be the best option to send a birthday gift to his grandson.  It was his 5th birthday.  He was not able to visit them this year…next day, priority mail, certified…does it have any hazardous material.  He was hit with all the standard questions. I finished my business.  I went to my box and got some mail…mainly junk.  I went out side the front door and the officer was talking to the young lady and manager.  The officer’s patience was wearing thin, the manager asked me about my experience.  I responded “IT WAS GREAT!” …folks do not have any patience for anyone, but want special attention for their needs.  The officer smiled.  The young lady stomped off…complaining.  Not realizing it, the elderly man was behind me.  He went back into the post office and apologizes for his behavior.

As I left the post office, I went by one of my favorite watering hole.  STARBUCK.  The elderly man tap me on my shoulder.  He apologized for his behavior.  I told him it was okay…but we have become a patience less society.  I bought him a coffee and we chat for about 20 minutes.  He recently lost his wife.  He is not able to fly.  His only grandson birthday is next week.  He did not feel like his present would make it on time…I told him about a story, my kids told me.  It is the McDonald fries stories.  My oldest son, loves to get McDonald to go.  He will eat everything and then reach into his bag to get the 4 or 5 fries in the bag.  It is like a special treat.  The elderly man did not get my story at first, then I told him.  If your grandson gets his present on time or a day or two late…it is like a special treat.  He smiled, excused himself and came back with a couple of breakfast sandwiches.

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Okay…

Okay…

This past week has really been a rough one for me…first, I was hit with the Flu bug.  It was bad!!!  I had to postpone a launch, and those who know me…I NEVER postpone a launch.  Thankful my new client is GREAT!!!  While I was recovering from the Flu, I broke a molar and was greeted with an abscess.  Not knowing that you can not treat the flu and a toothache with out consulting your doctor, I began taking two types of medicines…needless to say, I had an episode.  Okay enough with my drama…

This has been a really interesting week!!!  I am a transparent designer.  My rates are on my site. My design process is on my site. My clients are on my site.  If you are looking for an reference, then I will give you a list of recent clients.  My prices are a little more than most designers, but I am a lifestyle designer.  I will host your site. I will back up your site. I will place cache on your site. I will give you basic wordpress training session, on how to add and delete pages/post on your site.  I attend wordcamp  and meetup meetings to stay in the norm with my craft.  I have taken courses to shore up my skills.  I feel really good, Okay…GREAT.

Okay…I email a young lady about a potential opportunity.  I sent some recent projects. I gave her link to my site. She inquiry about cost of design. I gave her my price list and links to my site. She inquiry that my amounts was out of her ball park and if I could compromise my prices by 35%.  I almost gave in!!! Temptation is my worst enemy.  I politely told her my price was fair.  I gave an overview of my services.  SEO, backup, Cache, Hosting, Training, Custom Design, Unlimited Pages, Unlimited Forms, Social Media, Photo Gallery, E commerce Store, Marketing …. all included in my package, sorry my price is fair.  We parted ways…well the other day, I get an email.  This time, she wants a 10% discount.  I was just about to give in…then I asked what amount was she referring too, since she only presented me with percentages.  She wanted my basic 5-7 page, no content management, 2 forms package…however, she wanted to be able to make changes, training sessions, seo, back up, cache, hosting, e commerce and marketing.  Okay…when I told her that that was not included. She was not a happy camper…and I decided that this is not going to be a good fit.

Today, I was thinking about that lost opportunity and was greeted with this quote…

Set out each day believing in your dreams. Know without a doubt that you were made for amazing things

-Josh Hinds

As I reflect on some future opportunities, I am reminded that not all clients/projects are ideal for me…OKAY!!!!

 

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