Live Chat WordPress Plugin

Question: Do you have any recommendations on live chat plugins for WordPress?  I’m looking for one where a logged in visitor could view a set of people and choose one to talk to.  It would need to allow for multiple chats at once.  Ideally I could associate a WordPress user with a live chat agent account. […]

WWW: To Have or Not to Have

Question: I saw an article today advocating that the “right” way to do URLs is to use the www in front. But I had previously heard many others saying that this prefix was most deprecated and so not to use it. I’m curious to hear what other people think about this. Answer: According to most […]

Custom Application for iPhone and Android from WordPress

Question: I already have a WordPress website but I’d like to have my own mobile app available so that people can place orders with my online store. Is there a cheaper alternative to building a fully custom app for both iOS and Android? Answer: If your WordPress website is built so that it is responsive it should be available to both iOS […]

Reset WordPress Password Challenge

Here’s a more technical and specific WordPress development question where a WordPress application has multiple emails stored for each login. Question I have a WordPress site that requires users to register using an email address as their username.  It also grabs an additional email address during registration that becomes the user’s email meta data.  This all works fine […]

Preventing WordPress Hacking Attempts

Question: In the last two weeks, all of my WordPress websites that are under my hostgator hosting account have been hacked. Hostgator is currently doing a scan for malware – but since that is what they did last week, I need some suggestions for better security. Thanks for any type of “best practices” or links to white papers, […]

Web Video Hosting Options

Question: I have videos I want to be made available online with my web site. I may want some of them to be secure and protected from unauthorized access. Answer: Good news: You have many options! The following five video hosting options all have strengths and weaknesses. The correct choice depends on what your specific needs are for video hosting.  Here […]

Google SEO-Removing Posts

Question: I am taking over an e-commerce site that has 50 or so bogus posts published over 3 months that have smartly crafted SEO drivel for content. The post images are nonsense but have good alt tags.  There is no duplicate content. The author wrote each post for a different keyword phrase. Interestingly,  those posts did […]

Use it or Lose It Year End Tech Budget?

It’s almost Thanksgiving! Often at this time of year we find clients with budgeted technology dollars that are “use it or lose it.” There are several ways we can help you to invest that budget dollar before year-end by doing valuable work or pre-paying work to be completed early in the new year that will […]

What Technology Tool do I use When?

There is a world of choices out there in the technology world. Business owners are faced with the big decision of what software applications are best to run their company. There are a lot of factors involved in making this decision. Here we examine some of those factors that will lead you to an informed […]

Sticking with Apple

If anyone is having a bad day, remember that in 1976 Ronald Wayne sold his 10% stake in Apple for $800. Now with Apple worth $750 billion his stake would have been about $75 billion. Apple is worth more than a lot of big things…for example: the GNP of Switzerland, Google and Microsoft combined, Four Apollo […]

50 Years with Technology

Tim Cimbura, 9/26/15 I just turned 50 years old. I feel as young as ever though I need to wear glasses nearly all the time. About halfway through my life I know there’s a lot more to come. It’s interesting to reflect back on a half century of technology and how it’s influenced my career […]

Help! I have a bunch of WordPress widgets with the same title and I can’t tell them apart…

Widgets in WordPress are very powerful — allowing a great deal of flexibility in sidebars, widgetized home pages, and footer widgets (like we have in Genesis). Sometimes you end up with a bunch of widgets with the same title (or no title)… and it can become difficult to tell them apart. Alternatively, you may just want an internal […]

Understanding the “IMMEDIATE ATTENTION REQUIRED: PayPal service upgrades” email and what it means for your website

PayPal has made everyone’s week a little crazier by sending out a very scary sounding email with the subject line “IMMEDIATE ATTENTION REQUIRED: PayPal service upgrades.” Relax. It’s not as scary as it sounds. If you’re a customer, simply fill out a support request and rest easy: we’ve got you covered. If you need a new web […]

Should you use WordPress to create the MVP for your startup or business?

Earlier this year I spoke at Minnebar, Minnesota’s annual barcamp on Using WordPress to Create the MVP for Your Startup or Business. My co-presenter was Zack Steven of BuyTheChange. The overview: WordPress is everywhere (powering over 25% of the internet). Should it be powering your next MVP (Minimum Viable Product) or prototype? Maybe. I briefly covered my experience helping several local businesses […]

Do I need to escape the output of WordPress template tags like get_the_title()?

It came up at the Minneapolis WordPress User Group that I spoke at last night and on the Genesis Slack chat this morning. It appears to be the question of the day… So should I escape it? Yes! You should (late) escape (or sanitize) all output, all the time. But… Always and forever — ignore this advice at your […]

Windows 10 and FileMaker / WordPress

Windows 10 was released yesterday…and for many people it is a FREE upgrade so the temptation is great to upgrade right away. Take a moment to consider what this might mean for you. Breath deeply, slow down, and read on. Can I use FileMaker with Windows 10? The official supported Microsoft OS versions for FileMaker […]

WordPress and FileMaker – A Match Made in Heaven

WordPress Every business needs to have a strong public facing website to be viable in today’s market. WordPress is our recommendation for the best tool available to build that website today. WordPress powers 28% of the internet, it’s easy to update, provides responsive themes that work on mobile devices, ranks highly with SEO, and has […]

Fixing Failed Emails from WordPress and WooCommerce

Q: A client’s site running WooCommerce does not send their customer email notifications after an order has been placed or when the order changes status. The backend runs just fine and clients receive email notification that an order has been placed. The customer should get a notification as well when their order status changes but they also do […]

HTML Email Signatures and Free FileMaker Tool to Create Them

Email has proven to be a critical part of running a business. Whether it’s a small shop that monitors a single inbox or a large corporation tasked with maintaining thousands of accounts, everyone uses it. We, along with many other professionals, have been guilty of attaching images as part of our signatures. Here’s what my […]

Great User Interface (UI) Design Example – RSVPs

We recently came across a web application that takes RSVPs to reserve spots at the Easter service for a large church in our area. The application is a great example of clear process and clean spot-on user interface design. The application is fully responsive so that it works just as well on mobile devices. We present […]

Rick Cornish Sports a Stylish New WordPress Web site

After 23 years of running a leading creative production studio, Rick Cornish found it was time to re-invent, re-brand and re-boot his creative offering. He came to for help with a website and social media strategies… and got much more. In Rick’s words “At the outset, you challenged me with some fundamental questions about my business concept and positioning […]

Google Maps vs. Apple Maps

Update 11/12/13 – Apple Maps has come a long ways. Report: Apple Maps dominant on iOS after a year of improvements As predicted, it is now a much more viable application. Update 7/22/13 – Apple is acquiring companies to improve their Apple Map capabilities to compete with Google. Update 12/18/12 – Google released Google Maps for iOS…so just download […]

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Abbott Northwestern Hospital Uses FileMaker to Assist with Leading Edge Technology Training

Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health in Minneapolis Minnesota, is the largest non-profit hospital in the Twin Cities. US News ranked it in the top 50 hospitals in the United States. The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Abbott Northwestern is on the leading edge of making use of medical technology including new portable ultrasound […]

MN State Fair Competitions Live Results

The Minnesota State Fair now has live competition results courtesy of the custom FileMaker application created by, Inc.! (as of 8/2012)   Scan the following QR code on your iPhone to get live results of the horse and livestock competitions from the Minnesota State Fair via the data collected by fair officials on the custom […]

WordPress and Genesis

Most of our custom websites are built on the Genesis WordPress Framework. This provides you as a client with many benefits that ultimately save you time and money: Consistency and standardization so that we can more easily make technical revisions to your site as necessary over time with the minimal amount of time charged to […]

WordPress Post-it Note Pull Quotes

I wanted to create post-it note like calls to action on this WordPress-based web site. Here’s what I came up with… First off, I found the Simple Pull Quote plug-in from The Mighty Mo Design Co and installed it on my WordPress site.  This did part of the job in making it easy to identify the […]

FileMaker Custom Web Publishing

Updated 7-2015 to include some new options Quite often we want to take much of the data included in a FileMaker database and make it available to a large public audience without the need for them to own the FileMaker application and have it installed on their computer. To do this, we can utilize custom […]

Lion and iCloud and Upgrading Your Mac OS/MobileMe System – Do It Now

Apple recently announced their new operating system Mountain Lion (Mac OS 10.8) to be released later this summer. It will move the Mac OS and iOS closer together so that you have a more consistent experience across your Mac and iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch devices. It will also make even more efficient use of iCloud. Motivated by […]

Apple’s Tremendous Financial Success and the Future of FileMaker Technology

Apple’s fourth quarter of 2011 was amazing (APPL). Here are a few incredible statistics: Apple is now worth more than the GDP of Greece….literally an entire country. Apple’s revenue was $46.3 billion, representing year-over-year growth of 73%. Apple sold 5.2 million Macs, 15.4 million iPods, 37 million iPhones, and 15.4 million iPads. With a market […]

Easily Share Large Files With Dropbox

I have found Dropbox to be one of the most useful tools I depend on each day. I use it to easily backup and share documents with co-workers, clients, and between my iPad/iPhone/Mac. This particular feature is just one more way it proves its value. Sending large attachments via email is a mess. Many times […]