Posts by David Innes, RealBasics.com
Plum Seattle – Complete Redesign/Rebuild
We were really happy to work with the great designers at Chalkbox Creative on a full redesign of Lora Poeppings’ PlumSeattle.com website. Lora and her staff at Plum are awesome HR and career-coaching professionals. We appreciate Lora’s kind words on LinkedIn too. We think it’s a big deal… After more than 11 years in business, Plum…Read More
New website for One Step Further Flooring
JD Jarmer does meticulous flooring work, specializing in natural, LEED-certified floor coverings. My contractor friends appreciate his expertise and his clients applaud his ability to create large, precision-cut patterns in Marmoleum-brand linoleum. One of his unsung keys to success is waterproofing and leveling surfaces before laying down his flooring.Read More
Bogus DMCA infringement notices may be the product of “black hat” PR agencies.
Have you received an email claiming you’ve infringed the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) recently? For people with screen readers here’s the relevant text from the screenshot Cloudflare received a DMCA copyright infringement complaint regarding: realbasics.com The information we received was the following: … Work: I, XXXXXXXXXXX, would like to draw your attention towards https://www.realbasics.com/…Read More
Fix missing Ninja Forms on your WordPress website
So, about the WordPress Ninja Forms plugin and missing forms. If you use NinjaForms and got that forced security update in mid June, 2022, your forms may have disappeared from your Contact page or other places on your site. Chances are the site isn’t really broken. Instead the plugin may have disabled the forms by…Read More
Read the “fine print” before sending money to Domain Authority
I’ve discussed this issue before but a lot of my clients get this “Renewal Notice” from a company called Domain Authority. Looks like they’ve updated their stationery but they’ve been sending these things out for years. Almost everything about the letter implies it’s an invoice to renew your domain name until you get to the…Read More
Digging deep to find an SQL error in a WordPress site migration
We were approached to help a remote client recover their website after their in-house servers crashed. They had all the files and a recent database backup, which is great! We routinely reload websites from files and databases, so we didn’t see any problem walking the client through the steps over Zoom. But what could have…Read More
Paying $289 to “US Domain Authority” won’t renew your domain name
I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries from clients asking “do I need to pay this bill?” This morning in a business meeting four members said they’d received one of these notifications from a company called “US Domain Authority” in Hendersonville, North Carolina. In a nutshell: You don’t have to pay “Domain Authority” a penny…Read More
Should you get your website ready for a return to “offline” sales?
The short answer is “you probably should.” A number of larger industries like lumber and car-rental agencies are said to have been caught off guard by a resumption of demand as the COVID-19 pandemic is finally beginning to wind down. The problem seems to be more that they weren’t prepared than that there isn’t enough…Read More
GrowthZone Member Management for Associations and Chambers of Commerce Websites?
Does your website use one of the GrowthZone membership managers (including ChamberMaster and MemberZone) for your professional association, chamber of commerce, or other membership-oriented organizations? If so did you know you can integrate your membership pages with your website? If you have a WordPress website there are two ways you can do this: By creating…Read More