House Bill 2 a year later – now even dumber than ever

HB2 a year later - now even dumber than everouse Bil

It’s been almost a year since the North Carolina general assembly passed the controversial, stupid and discriminatory House Bill 2 (or HB2) also infamously known as the “bathroom bill”.

Since the bill passed in late March 2016, millions of lives of innocent bible thumping North Carolinians have been saved from evil transgender terrorist attacking and harrassing our women and children in bathrooms. Think goodness HB2 was passed by the Republican majority in the house and senate and signed by then governonr Pat McCrory to keep people safe! All is good and merry now in North Carolina thanks to the passing of the overwhelmingly popular bill!

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The dreaded “C” word and the inspiring “C” word

“Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. ”
-Jim Valvano

The dreaded

When you hear about the “C” word it is often a word no one wants to hear, one that touches almost everyone in their lifetime either personally or through someone you know. That dreaded “C” word is cancer. Cancer is often a death sentence. Sometimes sooner, sometimes later. Many do survive and defeat cancer, so a diagnosis doesn’t mean a 100% death sentence.

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Content is King when it comes to SEO

content is king when it comes to SEO

Overview

When it comes to Search Engine Optimization (SEO), the old saying is “content is king” meaning if you have the right content for your website then you will be found via Google, Bing, etc. Not just any content will do though. You need to have the right content pertinent to your business and marketing efforts and you need to ensure that content is filled with keywords in the right places.

Visits are definitely important for your website, but it is not the most important measurement for success. If you have a million views in a month, but those views don’t result in an increase in business, well then those views haven’t amounted to much. That’s great that search results are resulting in traffic for your website, but you want to convert those visitors to customers/clients.

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WordPress vs. Drupal overview

WordPress versus Drupal

Introduction

WordPress and Drupal are two common open-source Content Management Systems. By open source I mean they are free to download and use, and they are powered by PHP and MySQL on the back-end. These systems are constantly evolving and being improved upon by a community of developers.

WordPress was started way back in the dark ages(2003) by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little and has come a long way since it’s early humble beginnings. The latest version of WordPress as of this blog is 4.7 and this what you are reading now is being run on the latest WordPress (or WP).

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Welcome Roy Cooper, a governor for us all!

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

The Good

The new Governor of North Carolina officially takes office this month. I have supreme confidence that Roy Cooper will be a governor of the people in North Carolina (and I mean ALL the people). He will get the state back on track after helping to repeal HB2, bring back businesses and entertainment events that left the state due to HB2 and overall his leadership will make North Carolina great again (MNCGA).

My favorite part about North Carolina is the pro-economy, the diversity of the people of North Carolina and the over-all friendly-ness and progressive nature of the State. We took a hit from the last four years of Pat McCrory and the Republican legislature, but as Roy Cooper himself said, he will make it a priority for businesses, events, and people to “Come Back to Carolina” after the disaster that was Pat McCrory.

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so long 2016, welcome 2017!

Get your website ready for 2017

2016

2016 wasn’t the best year for me. In fact, 2016 was down-right terrible in a lot of ways. I didn’t progress as much as I wanted to professionally or socially. In a lot of ways I took some steps backward in 2016 as opposed to moving forward.

2016 was also a bad year for my home state of North Carolina. A discriminatory law was passed by the state legislature early in the year called HB2. I felt this bill was wrong and stupid from the beginning. The fallout from this bill made North Carolina a joke to the rest of the nation and also resulted in lost jobs due to companies such as Paypal and Deutsche Bank deciding not to expand. There were also scheduled entertainment and sporting events canceled such as Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and the NBA All-Star Game. If that wasn’t bad enough a damaging Hurricane Matthew blew through in October and caused major flooding in the Eastern part of the State.

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Semantic HTML and Modular CSS

Semantic HTML and modular CSS

The definition of semantic is relating to meaning in language or logic. Semantic elements are not only smart when coding HTML, but also are important for other reasons as well. In this blog post I will elaborate more as to why it is important to create semantic HTML markup.

First off it is easier to develop and maintain semantic HTML code rather than to create junked-up code. Some examples of HTML semantic elements are:


    <header> – Defines the header of the document or section
    <main> – Defines the main content of a document, excluding global items like nav or footer
    <nav> – Defines navigation links
    <article> – Defines a self-contained piece of content within a document (blog posts, comments, etc.)
    <section> – Defines a section within a document
    <aside> – Defines content that is aside from main content; should be related to surrounding content
    <figure> – Defines self-contained content that is independent (photos, illustrations, videos, etc.)
    <mark> – Defines highlighted or important content
    <figcaption> – Defines the caption for the figure
    <hgroup> – Defines a group of header tags
    <footer> – Defines the footer of a document
    <time> – Defines the time

It is way better to use a semantic element for a page header for example than span junk.

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Give your website a face-lift and checkup in 2017!

2017 website checklist

O.k, first things first. You have a business or portfolio website. Maybe you have had the same site for a while and it is working well for you or maybe you have a snazzy new redesign. Either way, there are quite a few steps to take to make sure your website is the best is can be and can meet the expectations of your users. After all, the more users visiting your website, the more chances you have to convert those users to be a customer or a client. If visitors don’t like your website or if they cannot find what they are looking for quickly, then they will leave and may never come back.

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website accessibility is a right, not a privilege

website accessibility is a right, not a privilege

Accessibility Overview

There are 285 million people with visual impairments. If you have a website or web application that is not accessible then you are limiting your audience by at least 285 million people. It is a requirement that all government related websites meet section 508 accessibility guidelines, and your business website should as well. Accessibility is a right, not a privilege.

Common visual problems are due to cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, corneal opacity, diabetic retinopathy, childhood blindness, trachoma and onchocerclasis.

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I’m not with him…

Donald Trump- I'm-not-with-him

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” – United States Declaration of Independence

Soooo…. the election is now over and it didn’t exactly go as I thought it would (for that matter not like most people thought apparently). I wanted Hillary to win. Not because I am a huge Hillary Clinton fan, but because of the two candidates, I agreed with her policies more than I did with Trump, I thought she would be a better person to bring together a divided country and additionally she had much more foreign policy experience than Trump. After the election results, I was stunned, disappointed and maybe even a little butt hurt.

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