Why you should use Google Calendar

Calendars and scheduling are an unfortunate part of modern life. Thankfully, Google has made the complex much more simple with its online calendar tool. You can keep your own personal schedule and add an infinite number of other “calendars” that you can then color code to keep track of a busy life. Sharing is much easier with Google Calendar too, both giving and receiving. I’ve got calendars shared with other individuals, my entire family, and with groups like my summer kickball team. Chances are, these days, people use Google for at least email; if they’ve got that, sharing a calendar with them is a breeze. If you have a Google account, you have access to Google Calendar. You just need to go to calendar.google.com or open the Calendar app on your Android phone in order to use it.  The Google Calendar Web Interface Google Calendar’s interface is everything you’d expect from Google. It is simple, with Google’s characteristic pastel blues and yellows, but it hides a lot of powerful features. Quickly jump to different sections of your calendar by clicking on a date. On the upper right corner, there are tabs to switch between day, week, month, the next four days, and agenda views. The main area shows the current view. The top of the screen has links to other Google services you’ve registered for, so you could schedule an event and check the related spreadsheet in Google Drive or fire off a quick email from Gmail. The left side of the screen lets you manage shared calendars and contacts, and the top of the screen offers a Google search of your calendars, so you...

A Step by Step Guide to Updating Your WordPress Website

Updating a website is not an easy task: there are loads of moving parts to keep track of, especially if you manage more than one site. Even if site updates may seem daunting, keep in mind that it’s 100% worse to leave a website alone and not update anything at all. As a solution, set up a system that works for you Tired of never ending website updates? Pod Creative offers dedicated, managed hosting for $30/month.  That means you never have to worry about the next update. Read more about our hosting service In What Order Should I Run Website Updates?  The order of updates is subjective and differs from developer to developer. We recommend plugins first, themes second and WordPress core files last. While not every web developer shares the same views, these steps are highly advised when updating your website or those of your clients. Step 1: Make a Back Up of Your Website The single most important aspect of managing websites is to run regular backups. To do this, manually access the website’s server to export the SQL database from the phpMyAdmin console, and also export the site files from the File Manager. Step 2: Test the Update on a Staging Site Set up a testing/development/staging server and load an exact replica of your clients site here. Use this live staging site to test everything from trying out new plugins, testing code changes, and assessing trial runs of updates etc. Step 3: Run the Updates on the Live Site Once you’ve tested the updates and everything is in good working order, head on over to the live site and run the updates. The website...

Google Drive and why you need to start using it.

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. Google Drive allows users to store files in the cloud, synchronize files across devices, and share files. Google Drive is include with all Google accounts and users get an automatic, free 15 gigabytes of free storage.  Through paid plans storage can be increased to 100 gigabytes or to as much as 30 terabytes.  Drive allows the user to upload files and set the privacy settings for individual files or folders. Google Drive is a key component of G Suite, Google’s monthly subscription offering for businesses and organizations. As part of select G Suite plans, Drive offers unlimited storage, advanced file audit reporting, enhanced administration controls, and greater collaboration tools for teams. Google Drive is changing—here’s how to prepare File storage service Google Drive is ending support for its desktop apps in March. But what exactly is changing, what will happen to your data, and most important, what do you need to do to get ready? We’ll answer all those questions and more. Here’s a rundown of Google’s plans for its cloud-storage service, and how you should prepare for them. What won’t change Don’t be alarmed if you see headlines about Google killing off or deprecating Drive—it’s one of the tech giant’s core products, and it isn’t going anywhere. That means the main Google Drive service and office suite, where you store files and work on documents, will remain in place. On the whole, you can carry on using Google Drive as usual, creating documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, streaming videos from the web, and uploading files from your computer via your web browser. You...

Getting testimonials using Google Maps

If you want to get Google reviews for your business just ask. But ask the right way.  We’ve found a great video by Ranking Academy that walks you through the process of getting Google reviews for your business. Generate your Google review link Use this free tool to easily find your business and generate your unique Google Review link. Then share the short URL with your customers and grow your Google reviews. Visit whitespark.ca Google reviews are essential to your ranking and buisness’ online reputation.  Without them your business is unlikely to be clicked on when your target market is searching for your product or services. Read the Google review...

Google Maps and why you need to be on there

Google Maps is a web mapping service developed by Google. It offers satellite imagery, street maps, 360° panoramic views of streets (Street View), real-time traffic conditions (Google Traffic), and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle (in beta), or public transportation.   Why Should You Bother With Google Maps? If simply getting more exposure on an emerging Google tool isn’t enough here’s what Google provides freely with this map listing:   Google allows you to offer coupons to visitors of your map listing. These coupons are touted as a way to “reward loyal customers and attract new ones”. (At the moment, coupons are only available to businesses located in the US.) Once your address is fully verified you have full control over your listing. You can add or delete non-address information at will. You can add all of your business locations from a single account. All that your client or prospective client has to do to find your office is click on a link on your website and they are taken to an accurate road map with directions. They can even click a button and see the satellite view of your location. Google Maps can tell you the best time of day to travel to your destination Google is adding a new feature to Google Maps that not only tells you how to get somewhere or how long the trip should take, but when the best time to leave is (via Android Police). The new feature is only available for Maps users on Android, and it pops up when you input directions. Along with showing you the usual estimated time and distance, a new bar...

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