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5 Easy Steps to Get Started Blogging in WordPress

Even though the initial blogging fever of a decade ago has cooled off, it’s never out of style to create a blog of your very own. The great thing is: now it’s easier than ever to get set up and started writing, and there are a variety of platforms out there to launch your musings into the electronic world. WordPress is a classic and established choice, having been around long enough to have fine-tuned the art of the blog, so naturally I wanted to highlight them here. There are only five easy steps between you and your very own professional writing space, so let’s get started!   1....

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Top-Visited Sites Reflect Our Increased Web Usage

Looking back at 2012, it’s amazing to think about how much time I spent using technology. The average American spends an hour a day on the computer and almost two hours a day watching television, according to Comscore.com. In fact, according to one study by Education.com, 65 percent of Americans spent more time with their computer than their spouses in 2012. I know I’m well above that average, spending more like five to six hours per day on the computer. I can’t help but think, what was I looking at all this time? Alexa.com releases a list of the top 500 used websites for the year. At...

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Reasons to Never Use Internet Explorer Again

[This article was originally published in The Coloradoan on 8/24/12] For years, I’ve avoided Internet Explorer at all costs. It’s a poorly written Internet browser application with numerous security flaws. The fact that these flaws are well documented has always been a point of confusion because I’d think that a mega-company like Microsoft would surely have the resources and brain power to fix them. But, alas, I’ve been saying that for a long time and Microsoft continues to fail on all accounts with Internet Explorer, or IE. Why is IE so bad? Let’s begin with the obvious. In today’s...

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Search Engine Optimization a Must

[This column originally appeared in The Coloradoan on 6/29/12] If your business has a website, it’s important to get it atop the results for search engines such as Google and Bing. In fact, 94 percent of shoppers research a product online before making a web purchase, including to the Complete Shopper Intelligence Study. Shoppers overwhelmingly turn to search engines for information, with 61 percent of shoppers say they often or always use a search engine while researching a future online purchase. With more business being conducted online, search engine optimization, or SEO, is becoming...

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The Great Debate: HTML5 vs. Flash

[Originally published in The Coloradoan on 3/2/12] For more than 15 years, Adobe’s Flash has been at the forefront of bringing rich, interactive multimedia content to web browsers and standalone applications. About 98 percent of the world’s computers have the Flash plug-in to be able to view Flash content with ease. However, the recent HTML5 specification from the World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, has begun to change the game for multimedia content developers. With HTML5, the W3C has replaced the need for Flash altogether, creating a controversy over whether Flash will be as...

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