The Changing Web Hosting Industry

The Changing Web Hosting Industry

Oakley Studio is certainly not known as the Walmart of web site hosting — we provide a very secure, expertly managed, bandwidth unlimited web and email hosting service for small businesses, with a consulting webmaster on call at all hours. We offer the...
At the Genius Bar

At the Genius Bar

My 2008 MacBook Air laptop died over Thanksgiving weekend, and I was pretty sure it was a hard drive failure, so Friday over lunch I took it to the Apple Store that opened in late 2010 at University Park Mall in Mishawaka, Indiana. Bad idea. You’ll recall that...
DNS Failure and Twitter Success

DNS Failure and Twitter Success

As I am writing this post Wednesday morning, several Oakley Studio client web sites are unreachable. (Don’t worry — they’ll likely be back by the time you read this.) These sites became unreachable because  Domain Name System (DNS) servers providing...
Growing Pains

Growing Pains

Oakley Studio is experiencing growing pains. Here’s an update. I’m always pleased when any of my client’s web sites “graduate” to a higher level of hosting. Sustained increases in traffic to your site indicate you’ve attracted more...
Using Gravatars

Using Gravatars

The more lively WordPress blogs around the internet develop a community of regular visitors participating in ongoing conversations in the comments section of every post.  You’ll often see small “thumbnail” images representing each person as they add...
Akismet Knows Spam

Akismet Knows Spam

One of the essential first plugins to activate in your WordPress web site these days is spam comment filtering. As soon as you start a new WordPress site, it will begin attracting spam comments — comments designed to link to other sites and sell stuff; usually...
Is Your Mac Infected?

Is Your Mac Infected?

One reason behind the steady rise in Apple Macintosh computer usage over the past several years is that Microsoft Windows has been fraught with so much malware, spamware, trojans and viruses, surreptitious keyloggers and identity theft. If your credit card has been...
How To Recover from Spillage

How To Recover from Spillage

Eeeek! I just spilled my [insert favorite drink here] on my laptop/keyboard! Sure wish Macs were not so vulnerable to this sort of accidental spillage. If it’s only water, you may have lucked out. Immediately unplug the computer. Yeah, just yank that cord out of...
Keys To Successful Email Marketing

Keys To Successful Email Marketing

Email is an important part of your online advertising/marketing efforts. All Oakley Studio web sites include an Email Lists module and simplified autoresponder* in your OS Control Desk. Here are some tips to guide you: Always use a permission-based email marketing...
Face Your Fear

Face Your Fear

Procrastination is often caused by fears – many of which are blown out of proportion. Fears that my work won’t be good enough, that a client won’t be satisfied, that people will make fun of it or ridicule me or talk behind my back. Fears that it will be rejected or...