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5 Unrelated Tips

Working with as many sites as we do, we’ve encountered many different situations that we’ve had to ‘work through’. In some cases we’ve tried to save time by making tasks easier. None of these are really related – just odd bits of information that we wanted to pass along – hopefully to maybe save you some time and/or frustration.

Email Address

Consider getting a ‘generic’ email address for your main email, i.e., Google, Yahoo, etc. . You can always forward any of the domain email accounts to this catch-all address. And, if you ever change your ISP (Internet Service Provider) – should you have your email associated with them – you’ll not have the time consuming task of updating all those profiles associated with each different account. (Been there – done this one)

Passwords

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Seems just about everything requires a password these days and the Roboform program makes having multiple unique passwords easy. However, in spite of the fact that you can print out your password list (and User Name) for reference – IF you have used memory-friendly names for convenience, i.e.,

http://www.somedomain.com/log-in/B_AwQ123_llmxyz_345.php is named Bank

What happens if you need the actual URL address? In this case, you may want to consider keeping a separate file with the link address to the password-protected account so that you have the actual link associated with the ‘memory-friendly’ name and password. Print this document out and put in a safe place. (Be sure to keep it current.) In the event your computer should crash, you’ll have the actual link address needed to access the page or account – as well as the password. (Click on the car to for a trial download.)

Business Cards

We like having a business card to hand out and find printing our own is not only easy but also saves us quite a bit of money. You probably know you can buy blank business cards from Avery in a variety of styles and colors with the necessary software downloadable on line. In addition, there are really some good business card programs available that let you design your own card based on the Avery template numbers. Once we’ve finished our card, we find that using the Avery template number in the saved file’s name lets us know which Avery blank template to put in the printer when printing the card. This is particularly helpful if you are using more than one Avery template.

Graphics

We do a lot of image work – especially for our store products where we want the edges clean – no shadows, white background. To accomplish this – once we’ve gone through the sizing, enhancing process – we use either the eraser or the paint brush to finish the edges like we want them. However, being right handed, we sometimes find that working with the left side of the image a bit more difficult – even awkward. To make finishing the left side easier, we use the mirror function in the graphics program to reverse the image. Once the ‘clean-up on the left side’ if finished – we use the mirror function to reverse the image once more – and the image is now back to the original . (This works just as well if you’re left-handed!)

Files

Working with multiple domains means there are a lot of information that is updated on a schedule. With many articles being related to the same topic, it is easy to mistakenly give them the same name. To avoid the risk of using the same name again, we use a date on the end of the file name.

Example:

Original file document: www.yourdomain.com/dailynews.html

would become

Follow-up file documents: www.yourdomain.com/dailynews_datehere.html

In the name,  ‘datehere‘ could be …. year, ….month and year, ….or date, month and year – depending on the frequency of adding new information to the website.

Not only does this keep our file names unique but also makes it much easier to find a particular dated article if we’re looking for it.

Hope you find these helpful – D&J

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