Archive for February, 2011

Need to do updates on your own manufactured home website?

February 27th, 2011 No comments

You’ve just had your website reviewed and you just need to tweak a few posts or pages to improve your Search Engine Optimization (SEO). So, what do you do next?

Well, you could just call or email your web developer and ask him or her to make the changes for you. Then next week, when you notice something else that needs updating, you can do it again.

But there’s another way.

Using professional-grade CMS Builder software, your current website can be retrofitted so you can easily update your own site. If you can login to a website and if you’re familiar with working in a word precessor, such as Microsoft Word, updating your site is within your grasp.

Even if you never touch the website yourself, your web developer will make your changes in less time and with less chance of making unwanted changes to your template. That’s a important consideration these days when the person maintaining your site is often not the person who designed it.

If you sell or rent homes, lots or land, CMS Builder has optional List Manager (LM) module that is a huge improvement on their old, standalone listing system.

No matter who designed your site, if it not a modern Content Management System (CMS) now, it can be in just a few days.

CMS Builder logoThe beauty of separating your content from your website template (what it looks like) is that if you decide to change the look of your site in the future, it is a simple precess to change the template than to rebuild the entire site, content and all.

And having the ability to make updates to your site on a regular basis will extend the useful life of the site.

We can retrofit your site using CMS Builder for far less than the price of rebuilding it. Give us a call at (847) 730-3692 and find out more.

Mortgage Calculator Plugin for WordPress

February 24th, 2011 No comments

If you’ve taken my advice and begun a new website using WordPress or have added a self-hosted WordPress blog onto your traditional website, I have a plugin here that will help your home buyers get a handle on the possible costs of a loan to purchase a home.

Mortgage and Loan Calculator Plugin tabs

Mortgage and Loan Calculator Plugin tabs

Called the Mortgage and Loan Calculator plugin, it places a widget in one of the WordPress sidebars with an attractive tabbed calculator. In the settings panel, you can set the Mortgage or the Local tab as default (the one in front when the widget loads) or specify that only the Mortgage Calculator or Loan Calculator are available.

Mortgage and Loan Calculator Plugin Graph

Mortgage and Loan Calculator Plugin Graph

This means for instance that a real estate agent, broker or investor could choose to just offer the Mortgage Calculator, or a manufactured home community or retailer or an auto dealer could choose to offer only the Loan Calculator.

Mortgage and Loan Calculator Settings Panel

Mortgage and Loan Calculator Settings Panel

Other settings include choice of the widget calculator title (seprrate from the widget title), width of the display, language and currency symbol.

Choosing which Mortgage and Loan Calculator to add to your site

To see a working version of the Mortage and Loan Calculator, visit the website.

You can download the plugin from the WordPress Plugin Directory or you can install it directly from your WordPress admin area. If you install from the admin area search for “Mortgage Loan Calculator”. The one described in this article is marked in the illustration below, although both listed calculators have 5-star ratings.

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GPS in cameras and phones creates privacy issue | Video |

February 23rd, 2011 No comments

Just posting a photo of a home taken with your phone, can give almost anyone the exact location that the photo was taken at.

This video from WABC-TV in New York explains the problem and shows just how easy obtaining information you may have regarded as private can be.

GPS in cameras and phones creates privacy issue | Video |

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WordPress 3.1, lots of fun

February 23rd, 2011 No comments

This release features a lightning fast redesigned linking workflow which makes it easy to link to your existing posts and pages, an admin bar so you’re never more than a click away from your most-used dashboard pages, a streamlined writing interface that hides many of the seldom-used panels by default to create a simpler and less intimidating writing experience for new bloggers (visit Screen Options in the top right to get old panels back), and a refreshed blue admin scheme available for selection under your personal options.

via WordPress › WordPress 3.1, lots of fun.

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New Hacking Tools Pose Bigger Threats to Wi-Fi Users –

February 21st, 2011 No comments

New Hacking Tools Pose Bigger Threats to Wi-Fi Users –

If you use unsecured wireless networks or even secured wi-fi that is shared with others, like in your local coffe shop, you will want to have a look at this article by Kate Murphy in the New York Times.

Using a simple and free piece of software called Firesheep, that person sitting next to you can see what you are doing online, then login to sites you’ve visited using your login and password.

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