Now Accepting Webmastering Clients

I can’t believe how many times a week we hear about how someone can not get a hold of their webmaster.  Their webmaster won’t return their phone calls.   Or, their webmaster has left town.  Or, their webmaster has allegedly died.  Died?!

Seriously, are there really that many unreliable webmasters (read: unprofessional webmasters) that can’t:

  1. answer an email
  2. answer a phone call
  3. do the work they were contracted to do
  4. do the work they were contracted to do in a reasonable amount of time

Seriously, where do these people get off giving the rest of us in the industry a bad name?  Surely, it can’t be because the clients are THAT demanding.

In any case, in response to all these requests we’ve had lately (it’s not like we weren’t doing the work already, we just didn’t have the plans set out), we’ve set up a number of plans based on the following:

  1. what small business really need
  2. how much time they typically would need per month
  3. restrictive budgets
  4. what the rest of the market is offering

So we took at look at what the “professionals” were charging (and I use the term loosely) for some pretty basic plans and said “seriously?  you’re charging THAT much?”  We figured we could do better.

Check Out Our Plans

You can sign up for monthly, yearly, or quarterly plans.  Bigger price break on the quarterly and yearly terms, but we recommend the quarterly plan for most individuals.

But here’s the deal.  We’re only accepting a limited number of clients, as we are committed to not overbooking ourselves.

Now, I’m sure you’re thinking “yeah right, you’ll take as many clients as will want to sign up” Not true.  We will only take on what we can handle.

And right now, we’ll be evaluating our commitment levels on new signups daily as we reserve the right to shut down the new signup at any time.  Right now, we have room.  Next week, maybe not.

So if you need to have your website managed, visit our webmastering plans page.  Each plan includes web hosting and domain name registration.  Some of the plans even have roll-over hours (you can roll them over to the next billing cycle).

Don’t delay on this one, because when the signup is closed, it’s closed.  If you have any questions at all, feel free to call us toll free 1-866-943-5733.

Nivo Slider Image Display Timing

Hi Folks!

I wanted to share some tips on changing the timing for the Nivo Slider Component. Our Gen10 products include the large Nivo Slider on the index / primary layouts, and ( if you have the Standard or Pro ) package you’ll also have the Nivo Slider Small included with the Secondary Layouts ( which is most of your pages ).

The default timing for the image ( title and descriptions ) to be displayed is 10 seconds. You can alter this as you need. All you need to do is edit the ‘pause’ setting in the Nivo Slider javascript file.

INSTRUCTIONS:

To Change the timing for the Nivo Slider used in your primary layouts ( default slider used on the ‘index.htm’ page ).

Step 1:

The first thing you’ll need to do, is remove the ‘nivo slider small’ component from your page ( index.htm ) or ( primary ) layout page, as the timing variable used for this component ( although turned OFF via CSS ) will still affect the Nivo Slider component if you plan on using different timings for your Nivo Slider ( primary ) and Nivo Slider Small ( secondary ) components.

[ … the reason we include both components in your page, is so you can quickly and easily change your page layout from primary to secondary and visa verse by simply changing the style sheet from primary.css to secondary.css and visa verse … ]

In a Microsoft web editor, open your page.

Switch to CODE view.

Scroll down the page and ‘locate’ your <div id=”nivo_slider_small”>, here’s a screenshot of what that would look like:

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remove the highlighted code.

IF you are adjusting the timing for the ‘nivo slider small’ located in your secondary page layouts, you do not need to delete the <div id=”nivo_slider”> .. Bonus, less work.

Step 2:

Now, you can adjust the timing for your nivo slider or nivo slider small…

  1. open your “Site / javascript” (folder)
  2. open the “jquery.nivo.slider.js (file)
  3. open the “jquery.nivo.slider.small.js (file)
  4. scroll down to the VERY bottom of both files
  5. locate the //Default settings: for

    pauseTime: 10000,

  6. the 10000 is milliseconds, so in real world time that equals 10 seconds… so changing 10000 to 5000 would reduce the image display time to 5 seconds, and increasing to 15000 would change the actual display time to 15 seconds… based on this you should be able to do the math to figure out the timing in milliseconds that will work for you.

WordPress Plugin Review: CAPTCHA Pro by BestWebSoft

Now, I’m not one to endorse a third party all that often.  I’d rather write my own code, and endorse MYSELF!  That’s the proud coder in my speaking.

But that said, I wanted something that worked, and didn’t have time to write a “skill testing question” captcha solution for the comments section and login box for the back end of wordpress.

I had installed the free CAPTCHA solution from Best Web Soft in my wife’s site, and a couple of others, over the last month.    Spambots were driving me INSANE, and I didn’t want to activate the Akismet plugin (call me cheap).

Well, the CAPTCHA plugin from BWS was the best zero dollars I ever spent.

And then I went and installed BuddyPress for our own forum here at i3dTHEMES.com — good grief, within hours of it going up (without any incoming links), I had spammers signing up and creating profiles with links back to their own site.

Do the people that set up these spam bots have nothing BETTER to do with their time?   Ugh.  I guess the answer is it helps them, so it must be worth the time and effort.

In any case, I didn’t want them on my site.  And I thought, hey, lets get this CAPTCHA solution from BWS working on in BuddyPress and bbPress.  Turns out, that extension is a part of their Pro version.

Seriously, I didn’t hesitate on the $9.95 price tag.  Ten bucks to save a huge headache?  Probably less than the extra large bottle of Tylenol I’d need to get from the local drug store if I didn’t get these spammers dealt with.

Took less than a minute via their checkout and VOI-freakin-LA, it’s installed.

And I didn’t have to swallow a pill, just a $10 charge to my CC.

Thanks BWS (no affiliation WHAT-so-ever).