Why I Recommend and use WP Engine for WordPress Hosting

by Lorenzo Orlando Caum on March 6, 2013

WP Engine is a premier managed WordPress hosting provider.

They host my blog and several of my other WordPress-powered projects. In this post, I’ll highlight exactly why I use them as my managed WordPress host.

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How I Got Started with WordPress

My journey with WordPress started a couple of years back in winter of 2010. At that time I was using basic shared hosting. While the hosting solution worked, there would be times when I would be unable to reach some of my sites. This was rather frustrating and the issue could certainly be described as “sporadic.” I then subscribed to an add-on for the hosting service which did make my sites a little faster. However, I still had minor issues pop-up now and then.

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The Glif for the iPhone 4

by Lorenzo Orlando Caum on July 10, 2011

The Glif is a product of Studio Neat. It is a simple iPhone 4 accessory that allows you to prop up your phone at different positions or use it with a tripod. It was funded via a project on Kickstarter with over 5,200 backers. Their original goal was $10,000 and they vastly surpassed that ending at $137,417!

It is made of recyclable rubberized plastic and will work with any iPhone 4 — GSM, CDMA, white, or black. Click here to continue reading →

Setup the Buffer bookmarklet on the iPad

by Lorenzo Orlando Caum on June 6, 2011

Buffer is an online service that allows you to tweet to your followers through out the day. You focus on adding tweets to “keep your buffer topped off” and Buffer manages the scheduling. It runs on any of the modern browsers via Bufferapp.com. In this post we will teach you how to add the Buffer bookmarklet to your iPad so that you may share content with your followers on the go.

We will need to create a bookmark and then go back and edit the bookmark to include the Buffer bookmarklet JavaScript code. The steps that we will be following are similar to the install steps for Instapaper on the iPad–only we will be inserting a code unique to the Buffer service.

How to add the Buffer bookmarklet to the iPad

  • First be sure you’ve had a look at the install steps for Instapaper via the link above so that you are comfortable with the steps.

The remaining steps will be completed via the iPad only but keep it open on your computer browser so you can continue to follow the steps. Click here to continue reading →

Does your company embrace and stimulate a unique culture?

by Lorenzo Orlando Caum on June 1, 2011

Recently, on a flight out of Las Vegas, I had the opportunity to fly with Southwest Airlines. The entire experience was rather unique and I believe that it is a story that business owners can learn from and apply to their own businesses…

Don’t miss the flight

While waiting for my flight, I received a text message to let me know that there was a gate change. Yes, I know that gate changes are usually announced via the loud speaker system as well as on display screens but airports are very busy and full of “noise.” This is the same noise that consumers have become accustomed to tuning out.

Boarding the plane

The boarding process is also different as compared to other airlines that I’ve traveled with. Southwest Airlines doesn’t have standard seating — rather, you board by groups. Group “A” boards and then group “B” and so forth. Consider this approach as priority-based access. The members of group A have first access to seating successive groups are allowed to board after. Click here to continue reading →

Simple tips to avoiding the freshman 15

by Lorenzo Orlando Caum on April 1, 2011

The freshman 15…

The WHAT?

The freshman 15 refers to the amount of weight a freshman will “gain” as a first year student. Is it valid? Yes to a point–studies across the world have various results (a range of variables) but when analyzed they show that the average weight gained is typically less than 15 pounds. It appears that the “freshman 15″ is somewhat of an outlier or an extreme. The truth is that most students will put on a few pounds.

Why am I gaining weight?

The list for reasons for why a student may gain weight could be infinite so we’ll explain it in few cause and effect examples that are easy to understand.

  • Stress from “…” → eating more → bad habits
  • Stress from “…” → drinking alcohol → bad habits
  • Stress from “…” → less exercise → bad habits

As you can see from the examples above, there is a trigger that causes something that ultimately leads to a bad habit. We know that bad habits are difficult to change as we tend to unknowingly become comfortable with them. Click here to continue reading →

When things go wrong…keep the customer in the loop

by Lorenzo Orlando Caum on March 30, 2011

This post is focused on customer service and why more businesses need to embrace it.

Late one evening while browsing this site, I noticed that some pages were slow to load and some did not load at all. I decided to try a different browser but that didn’t solve the issue. I also tried a few of my other sites and noticed that they were displaying similar behaviors. I thought perhaps WordPress was having some issues but I couldn’t access the backend to check. Then I opted to check my web hosts (MediaTemple) status page but did not find anything that applied to me. I decided that I should open a support request since I was now out of options and then proceeded to do some reading and complete a few other tasks.

When I came back to my computer, I fired up Outlook and sure enough there were some emails from MediaTemple:

  • The first acknowledged that they received my request and would be in touch shortly with an update.
  • The second let me know that there was a bigger issue at play and that I could track updates via a weblog post.
  • Consecutive emails provided updates to the weblog post.

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The Eye-Fi Pro X2 is a must-have product for anyone with a digital camera. It makes taking pictures more enjoyable because it will automatically upload your photos for you. No more searching endlessly for that USB cable just so you can connect your digital camera to your computer and download and finally upload to the web to share. The Eye-Fi takes the busy work out of the equation. Although Eye-Fi offers several versions of their wifi-enabled SD cards, it is recommended that you get the Eye-Fi Pro X2 as it has the most features which means more benefits for you! It effortlessly offers the following:

  • photo sharing
  • photo backups
  • endless memory

Installation of the Eye-Fi Pro X2 software

The Eye-Fi Pro X2 requires you to set it up before it can be used. Here are the basic instructions:

  1. Plug-in the SD card w/ the card reader into your computer.
  2. Then navigate to the mounted SD card on your computer and go to the START HERE folder.
  3. Choose the appropriate folder for the operating system that you are using — Mac or Windows.
  4. Then run the installer.
  5. After install, the software will ask to update itself. I recommend you allow it to do this.

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The four stages of group development by Bruce W. Tuckman

by Lorenzo Orlando Caum on March 15, 2011

Bruce W. Tuckman is a well-respected psychologist from Princeton University. He created and developed the 4 stages of group development after analyzing the behavior of small groups in a variety of environments. He believed that these stages were all needed in order for groups to achieve maximum effectiveness.

1st stage: Forming

In this first stage, individuals strive to be accepted by each other. Conflict or controversy is often avoided. Major feelings and related issues are also avoided. People within the group are focused on creating routines such as the organizational structure of the team, who is responsible for what, when the team will meet, the location that they’ll meet, etc. Additionally during this stage, individuals are taking in information and creating impressions of each other. This is also being done for the task to be accomplished. As you can expect, during this time, not much is accomplished in terms of driving towards the goal (the task the group was created to complete).

Application to student organizations –> Students desire to get involved. They check out some student organizations that may appeal to them. If a student was a member of a particular organization in high school, they may seek out one with similar core values. Click here to continue reading →

Read it Later is now Pocket: View tutorial for Pocket

Read it Later is a service  for creating and saving a reading list that can be accessed online or offline. It is available for a variety of platforms–a web-based version via Readitlaterlist.com as well as for iOS, Android, Blackberry, S60, Web OS, Windows Mobile, and eBook readers. In this post, we will show you how to add the Read it Later bookmarklet directly to Safari on your iOS devices. This will allow you to save web pages to your Read it Later account for “reading later.”

We will need to create a bookmark and then go back and edit the bookmark to include the Read it Later bookmarklet JavaScript code. The steps that we will be following are similar to the install steps for Instapaper on the iPhone or install steps for Instapaper on the iPad–only we will be inserting the Read it Later bookmarklet code.

Steps for installing the Read it Later bookmarklet on the iPad

  • First be sure you’ve had a look at the install steps for Instapaper via the link above so you are comfortable with the steps.

The remaining steps will be completed via the iPad only but keep it open on your computer browser so you can continue to follow the steps. Click here to continue reading →

The Diigo diigolet for the iPad

by Lorenzo Orlando Caum on March 4, 2011

Diigo is a web service that allows you to collect and highlight and remember the information that you want to across the web. It runs on any modern browser, as well as the Android and iOS platforms. In this post we will show you how to easily add the Diigo diigolet to your iPad so that you may use the fun features of the Diigo toolbar.

We will need to create a bookmark and then go back and edit the bookmark to include the Diigo diigolet JavaScript code. The steps that we will be following are similar to the install steps for Instapaper on the iPad–only we will be inserting the Diigo diigolet code.

Adding the Diigo diigolet to the iPad

  • First be sure you’ve had a look at the install steps for Instapaper via the link above so that you are comfortable with the steps.

The remaining steps will be completed via the iPad only but keep it open on your computer browser so you can continue to follow the steps. Click here to continue reading →

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