I wanted to get my local development site working with SSL with BrowserSync recently and managed to figure it out.
Here’s what you need to do. Read More »
Passwords suck, but they’re a fact of life. So most people remember 1 or 2 passwords and use them everywhere. You use the same password for Facebook, Instagram, your Gmail … and maybe even your bank?
If one of those sites got compromised, you could be screwed because you used the same password everywhere else. The smart thing to do is to use unique passwords for each site. But nobody can remember so many different passwords!
So don’t. With 1Password, you only remember a single master password. 1Password will remember the rest. I made this video to show you how easy it is.
1Password can literally log you into websites with your fingerprint. (Watch the video above)
I love love love 1Password and couldn’t live without it. I use it to store my passwords, medical information, memberships and lots of other stuff. I hope this video gives you an idea of how 1Password can immediately help you to improve how you handle passwords.
1Password is available for Mac, PC, iOS and Android and only costs $3 a month. Learn more and signup at 1password.com
ClickWP turns 5 years old today. Here are some random, not very organized thoughts in conjunction with the occasion.
5 years is a small milestone, but I’m proud of it anyway because I’m still in business when many don’t even survive the first year. And it feels like it’s just hitting its stride.
ClickWP is my 3rd business – my previous businesses were a freelance web design agency and then an online marketing consultancy. 3rd time lucky right? In retrospect it took me several years to figure out my strengths and develop a compelling business offer.
There is no substitute for hard work to make money online. You need a business model where an exchange of value to happen. “Internet marketing” and other get-rich-quick programs are not legitimate business models.
Being an introvert has been a speed bump in ClickWP’s marketing. We don’t blog or send out emails regularly, don’t have a podcast, have not done guest posts or interviews, so ClickWP is not top of mind when people think of WordPress support companies.
I’ve intentionally kept ClickWP small and flexible. In some cases this has caused me to leave money on the table, but the benefits far outweigh that. Besides, ClickWP has provided for me, my family and my team well enough. I can’t complain about my financial position.
But to be honest, it’s been difficult to grow as well. I’m not very good at managing people and good help has been hard to find and expensive. This means I still do most of the heavy lifting in my business, and there’s only so much I can do myself.
Despite all this, I’m really happy with where ClickWP currently is. I’m not really bothered about ClickWP not being more popular or bigger than it currently is. It serves the needs of our customers well, and most importantly of my family*
Operating an online service business is a great way to make friends around the world. I am blessed to have made new friends in Australia, both East & West coasts of USA, Europe and even way out there in Hawaii.
I started my own business because I wanted to avoid having to work on projects or with clients that I didn’t agree with. This has been a big success. Many ClickWP customers have become personal friends of mine.
But the number one reason why I started my own business was so I could be present and involved in my children’s lives. I’m proud to say that I’ve been working from home since before my eldest was born, and see my 2 boys every day. And my awesome wife too.
The past 5 years have been an awesome ride. I’m looking forward to many more.
* Paul Jarvis articulates this in a much better way than I ever could – I don’t actually care about growth
Last year I signed up with Braintree to process payments for my business. They needed to know my bank details to send me the money. I couldn’t find reliable sources of these details online, so I had to reach out directly to Maybank and an old contact there to get these.
SWIFT Code: MBBEMYKL
Routing number: not applicable, see Twitter conversation below
Your branch number is contained in your account number, specifically digits 2–5. If your account number is 1123530XXXXX, 12353 is your branch number. (The first digit indicates the account type).
Hope you find this info useful!
I love Fastmail. They are a super email hosting provider that I’ve used for years now. They have been rock solid and constantly improving. This week I learned how to do something awesome with their email Rules.
Here’s what I wanted to do:
Here’s how to do it:
My first attempt was to create a filter for each email provider – Mailchimp, Campaign Monitor, InfusionSoft, etc. But there are too many email marketing services and my rules list kept growing and growing.
Then a lightbulb moment: All email marketing service providers include a List-Unsubscribe email header.
A quick support request to the awesome Fastmail team, and they told me how I could filter emails based on this header.
First, make sure you have already created a folder for Subscriptions (or Newsletters, if you prefer). Then go to Settings → Rules → Advanced. Then find the File into Folders tab. Create an advanced rule with the following settings:
Message with: Advanced
File into folder: Subscriptions
Now any emails sent from a email marketing service will be sorted into the Subscriptions folder. Time to create some exceptions for my favorite newsletters.
Now go to your Address Book and create a new group. I call mine “Must Reads”. Add your favorite newsletter senders email address to this group.
Next, create another rule (Settings → Rules → Advanced).
Message with: Advanced
header :contains "X-Spam-known-sender" "Must Reads"
File into folder: Inbox
Important! You must set the order of this exception rule to a lower value than the first rule. In my case, the order for my exception rule is 0 while the subscriptions rule is 1. This way, Fastmail will process the exception rule first and bypass the subscriptions rule.
Here’s what my rules look like:
Yep, there’s another rule in there to filter emails that are just for Promotions e.g. senders who often email about sales that I want to take advantage of.
Hooray! Your inbox is now saner, and you won’t miss anything from the newsletters you really love.
Bonus tip: Unsubscribe from half of all your subscriptions. Seriously.
Who loves a $60 theme with free page builder and slider more than the site owner? The web designer. Their single investment gives them hundreds of possible combinations, all without writing a single line of code. Sites are not purpose-built any more. They are adapted from the starting theme design, limited by the web designer’s grasp of the page builder and slider, his creativity (and technical knowledge).
But all those possible combinations, all the features that came along with the theme add up to bloat. And that bloat translates to WooCommerce complaining that templates are out of date. Or slow performance because the site is carrying along a hundred other templates and features it doesn’t need.
So the website owner buys a website from the web designer, not knowing of all these issues. The site is left to grow outdated as it is not kept updated with new versions of the page builder and/or slider plugin. Then the inevitable security vulnerability rears it’s head. Visual Composer and Revolution Slider were both affected fairly recently, the latter indirectly compromising up to 100,000 sites.
The website owner realizes that their site is hacked, leading to panicked messages like the above.
So, don’t buy themes with bundled plugins. If you do, buy licenses for them to keep them updated.
And if you’re a web designer for gods sake take the time to educate your customer you lazy bastard.
Apple Music is awesome! …but quite difficult to figure out 😞 It took me some digging around to figure out how to find my Loved tracks, but I finally figured it out. Here’s how to do it:
That being said… loving / liking a song only tunes the “For Your” section in Apple Music – it doesn’t affect Apple Music Radio. Learn more: How to properly use “Likes” in Apple Music. Something for you to consider as you curate your playlists.
There are 2 steps to solving this issue:
1. Add your second, non-Gmail email as an alternate email address – Sign in to your Google Account with another email address
2. Setup Google Calendar to accept invitations from the alternate email address – How to respond to invitations forwarded from your alternate email address
Need a step by step guide with screenshots? Check out this article on TechRepublic – Add alternate email addresses for calendar scheduling