As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, the availability of broadband in rural areas is critical to economic success. A recent post on Wirecutter.com titled Moving to the Woods Killed My Internet put it this way: The result is that rural communities are seeing an exodus of younger families, partially because these families don’t have the ability to live modern lives in poorly connected towns. The older folks who remain don’t have access to vital services, like telemedicine, or to services that are … [Read more...] about Rural Broadband Follow Up
As most of you know, I’m writing this from a small, rural community in the foothills of the Sierras. Next year, three of our five county supervisors are up for reelection and the debate about how to address the county’s many issues is well underway. One issue that comes up in all of the candidate’s remarks is the lack of widespread broadband service throughout the county. (Broadband is defined by the FCC as connection speeds of at least 25 mb/s download and 3 mb/s upload.) This problem is not … [Read more...] about Who needs the internet?
In November of 2018, I wrote in my newsletter about the Contract For the Web, an initiative started by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the World Wide Web Foundation. This project is intended to “bring governments, companies and citizens together around a shared set of commitments to build a better web.”With our collective online experience being degraded every day, there is precious little opportunity for ordinary people to speak up for a World Wide Web that meets their needs. This is an opportunity … [Read more...] about What will you commit to?
As I write this, I've just released the 190th consecutive weekly edition of the Webdancers Newsletter. I don’t think I’ve skipped a week since May of 2015, although I’ll admit that I didn’t check the archives closely enough to verify this. Let’s just say that I’ve been doing this for a while now and it seems like a good time to review. Who is this newsletter for? Primarily, people who own and operate websites. Most website owners are occupied by running their business or organization, not … [Read more...] about What in the world is the Webdancers Newsletter?
I don't know why it took a year and a half for WordPress.tv to post this video of Chris Lema's keynote at WordCamp Sacramento 2017. I'm just glad they did, because he provides some great insight into communicating with different types of people you'll encounter through your marketing materials, on your website, in proposals, even in person. Without adapting your message to these people, you may unintentionally be causing them stress. And stressed people rarely click the "buy" button.Chris' … [Read more...] about Communicate without creating stress
The Domain Name System (DNS) is like the ancient boiler in the building basement. Everyone knows it does something important but only the building Super ought to mess with it.Still, there are things that every website owner should know about DNS. The first is the difference between DNS and domain registration. Domain registration is the process by which you reserve a domain name (like webdancers.com) for your own use. DNS is the system for directing requests for that domain name to the … [Read more...] about What little you need to know about DNS