Software

WordPress

Web development tools have come a long way from using Notepad or some other text editor in the early days of the world wide web.  Dreamweaver, Frontpage, Freehand, and Homesite are some of the tools I’ve used (or tried to use in some cases) in the past.  They are very robust and professional applications for building web sites.  They aren’t programs that the “non-techie” would be able to use quickly and easily

Fortunately there are lots of options available for “non-techies” these days.  Blogger, Homestead, Google Pages, and just about any web host provide easy to use web page building tools that just about anyone can use to build a web site or blog.  There really is no reason for anyone to not have a web site.  Well, unless they really do not want to have a web site, I guess.

Anyway, WordPress is one of those web development tools/sites that has become quite popular.  Initially it was pretty much strictly for Blogs (short for Web Logs or Journals).  But as the software developed and users found ways of doing it, WordPress is now being used to build traditional looking web sites.

There are two ways of using WordPress.  One is by going to WordPress.com and signing up for a free account.  The other is by installing WordPress software (from WordPress.org) on your own host (made easier by some hosting companies with easy to use shortcuts).

I won’t go into all the differences here, but I will point you to an article that will help.  Using either .com or .org you can build full web sites with built-in content management for very little cost (free perhaps?)

There are lots of WordPress resources available on the internet as well.  Just do a Google search for WordPress ThemesWordPress Plugins (add-ons), or WordPress Help and you’ll get tons of web sites that you will find very useful.

If you’ve used WordPress, or anything else for that matter, to build your web site and you’d like to share it with others submit a comment and include you web address!

Scott

Time Management and Billing

Starting a new business is a challenging and sometimes daunting task.  Start-up costs can be astronomical!   Anything you can do to reduce those costs is huge.

I just started Your Digital Coach late last year.  I’m a big believer that an economical solution to any software  need can be found somewhere on the internet.  I was investigating accounting software and chose Simply Accounting on the advice of several friends, some of whom are accounting professionals.  I was told that all I really needed was the basic version.  For about $50 I thought that would be a great idea.  But when I started looking into it further I realized that the basic version did not include time billing.  Add another $250 to get that option in Simply.

So, I started looking around on the internet.  I found many pieces of software that either didn’t do exactly what I needed or were “clunky” in the way they functioned.  You know what I mean – you have to hold the CTRL key while simultaneously clicking the left and right mouse buttons and crossing your eyes to get it to do a common  task.  Ok, so I’m exaggerating  a little.

Anyway, I stumbled across a program called Fanurio.  Fanurio does everything I need, and more!  Every time I think it can’t do something the tech guy tells me how.  Fanurio keeps track of my customers and projects, income  and expenses, and does all my billing.  All for only $59 (US).

I mentioned their tech support.  This is one of the best companies I have ever dealt with for technical support.  I have never had to wait more than a few hours for a response to my email queries.  I usually hear from them within an hour.

Also, because Fanurio is built with Java it can run on just about operating system.

If you are looking for a time billing solution then look no farther.  Fanurio is the application for you.

Scott

Scheduling for Thunderbird

Are you a Thunderbird user who misses the built in calendar features of Outlook?  Maybe you don’t but you weren’t aware that there was a calendar option for Thinderbird.  If you haven’t already discovered Lightning you should check it out.  Lighting provides everything you need to keep track of upcoming meetings and tasks you are working on.

Downloading and installing is easy using Thunderbird Add-ons!

After downloading Lightning (from here), go to Thunderbird and select Tools->Add-ons.  Click on “Install” and navigate to wherever you saved Lightning on your computer.  Click “Open” and Lightning will be added to Thunderbird.

After the installation you will notice 3 options in the lower left pane of  Thunderbird – Mail, Calendar, and Tasks.  You’ll also notice a new pane on the right of the Thunderbird Mail window which will let you know of any upcoming items posted in your calendar.

Have fun with Lightning!

Scott