5 Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas from Pod Creative

Not usually a fan of being told what to do, this post is stepping outside of my comfort zone. That having been said, the following 5 ideas for Holiday Gifts bring value beyond the product you are left with. Have a look, hopefully you will agree. If not, leave us a comment to let us know about some of your personal favourite Holiday Gift ideas. Pieter Vorster 1.) Unpave Paradise by Donating to Kus-kus-sum “Not done Christmas shopping yet? Do the charitable “alternative giving” with us – either online or at the office. Studies show that the majority of Canadians prefer a gift like this, rather than a traditional one.” Kathy Haigh, Project Watershed Director You can find our more about the Field Sawmill Restoration project and how you can contribute at:  kuskussum.ca 2.) Buy a copy of Tales of Kona the Guide Dog “Kona will quickly find her way into the hearts of children of all ages, while teaching everyone a bit about how to behave around guide dogs while they’re on and off duty.” A portion of the sales from this book will go towards BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Services. Another portion will go towards Comox Valley Project Watershed Society. 3.) Become a Member of Tidechange.ca (or donate) “Tide Change is continually adapting to the changing face of the Internet.  Knowing full well that people are deluged with news from around the world, leaving local stories and events overlooked. That’s where Tide Change comes in.  Our primary focus is the Comox Valley and surrounding areas.  Our news is updated regularly, highlighting local events and local interest stories.  We also post stories...

Where the Heart Is: Benefit for Supportive Housing December 14th

The Comox Valley is warmly invited to be part of a special benefit night dedicated to supportive housing efforts in the Comox Valley on Thursday December 14th at the Waverley Hotel.   Join Elevate the Arts and a host of musicians, friends and neighbours for a night of music, compassion, kindness, joy, knowledge building and connection! 100% of funds raised go to Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness and the Comox Valley Transition Society.   Did you know there is currently NO publicly funded supportive housing in the Comox Valley for those dealing with mental health, disability, addiction, recovery, or the formerly homeless to live with dignity in our community? Join us in raising our voices, raising funds, and focusing our advocacy for change. The closest thing we have to supportive housing in the Comox Valley (housing with staff support) is managed by community organizations with bare bone budgets who rely on donations and goodwill from local property owners. This is a massive load for local non profits to carry alone and they need our support.   ‘Where the Heart Is’ will feature non stop music from 7:00-12:30. Admission by donation. $2 from every Philips or Hoyne Beer goes to the pot. Performers confirmed for the special community event include PK Tessmann, Henri Fabergé, Chad Pabianek, The Wits, Helen Austin, Amy Muloin, Tereza Tomek, Reesa Schorno, Jilli Martini with Farley & Kat, Kevin Jay Flesher, Anela Kahiamoe, Emily Cars and Perseverance Creek. Stay tuned for other special surprises to come!   Cash donations of any size are requested at the door. In-kind donations for special draw baskets can be delivered to Rare Bird Books or Tarbells Deli in Cumberland up until end of day December 13th. Larger items ($200 + value) for Online Silent...

Expanded Elevate Bazaar this Weekend!

For the sixth year in a row, lovers of art, crafts and the curious will gather in the dark belly of the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay for the annual Elevate Winter Bazaar!

This Friday and Saturday, December 8th and 9th, 40 carefully selected creators of beautiful, breathtaking and bizarre art and craft will descend on Downtown Courtenay. This highly anticipated craft fair offers attendees the opportunity to discover enticing, intriguing and unusual works from inspired local artisans.

A NEW special Friday evening event features the sounds of DJ Selector Sproutsonic, delicious elixirs, a card-making cavern and a unique night-time craft fair shopping opportunity! The Elevate Bazaar runs Friday Dec 8th from 5-9 pm.

25 Things You Don’t Know About WordPress

Considering that WordPress is our CMS (Content Management System) of choice over here at Pod Creative, we thought we’d share some of the lesser known facts about this amazing online publishing software. Thanks to Website Magazine and the folks at WP Beginner for the infographic...

Hosting: What is the difference between shared, dedicated, VPS and managed hosting?

Originally published on aspengrovestudios.com by Lisa-Robyn Keown, Oct 11, 2017 This article from the folks at Aspen Grove Studios provides a decent outline of the hosting options available out there. As you start reading, keep in mind that we at Pod Creative provide dedicated, managed hosting at $30 per month. This includes: hosting on our dedicated server, daily backups, regular required updates, and 24/7 tech support. Web hosting packages come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The various hosting solutions are able to cater to just about any business or individual’s specific needs. Generally, bloggers and small businesses will find their needs perfectly met with a shared hosting package. As well as shared hosting, there are other forms of hosting, including dedicated hosting, VPS and more. Managed hosting adds another layer of service supply to a hosting package. What is the Difference Between Shared, VPS and Dedicated Hosting? Each of the various hosting options functions in essentially the same way: they store your website’s files and deliver them once they are requested (as a user enters your URL into a browser bar). The difference between each of the hosting solutions boils down to the capacity, speed, level of user control and depth of technical operation.   Shared Hosting: As implied, shared hosting sees the sharing of resources. With shared hosting, a number of websites will all occupy one single server. The actual quantifiable number of sites per server can vary, ranging from a few websites to hundreds or even thousands of websites. Here, all of the websites on the individual server will share the resources (including data, space, and...

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