Earthkeepers II

Earthkeepers II promote energy conservation

Earthkeepers II is an environmental initiative of the interfaith community in northern Michigan that now has a professional logo and website. I recently had the honor of designing their identity and giving them an official home on the web.

Earthkeepers II consists of ten faith traditions involving 250 faith communities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They are partnering with the US Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Forest Service, and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community during 2013-14. The Cedar Tree Institute, a nonprofit organization which provides services and initiates projects in the areas of mental health, religion, and the environment, is coordinating the Initiative.

Earthkeepers II website

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Stop Spam on WordPress Comments

Stop Spam: WordPress Comments

Stop Spam: WordPress Comments is the first in a three-part series called Stop Spam. The unfortunate reality is that there is no way to stop spam entirely. This series deals with how to minimize and filter spam, and the trade-offs between anti-spam techniques and usability. Different types of spam include email spam, blog or comment spam, and social network spam. In this post, I’ll explain how to use Akismet to filter WordPress comments for spam.

  1. Stop Spam: WordPress Comments
  2. Stop Spam: Email
  3. Stop Spam: Social Networks

Stop Spam on WordPress Comments

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Aaron Kippola shares his musical endeavors

Aaron Kippola is a multi-talented musician who is known for his saxophone, guitar, drums, and more. He is currently working on several self-produced albums on which he sings and plays most of the instruments. Several years ago, I designed a logo for him and began work on his Album Covers. I also created a simple splash page in lieu of a proper website. After a long wait, I’m glad to announce the launch of his new website.

Aaron Kippola

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How To Blog: Topic Tips

It can seem daunting at times, but it’s very important to learn how to blog effectively by choosing better topics to write about. Do you suffer from writer’s block and have difficulty generating ideas? Or have you experienced information overload and just couldn’t seem to narrow down your ideas? It happens to all of us at times, but if you keep in mind the following tips, you should be able to generate engagement and interest in your blog.

How To Blog: Topic Tips

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Free WordPress Theme “MEM Core” released

Word­Press is a pop­u­lar, open-source, Con­tent Man­age­ment Sys­tem built by hun­dreds of com­mu­nity vol­un­teers around the world. Although, I’ve been devel­op­ing Word­Press Themes for years, I finally got around to releas­ing my first free WordPress Theme for pub­lic use. I call it MEM Core which is short for “Middle Ear Media Core” because I plan on creating many child Themes for it. Each child Theme will inherit the functionality of MEM Core, and will modify, or add to it in different ways.

Free WordPress Theme 'MEM Core' released

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How to Blog: For Beginners

This post will help you learn how to blog. So, you finally have your own blog. Now what? You’ve been anxiously awaiting the moment, and now that you have the ability to share your thoughts with the entire world, you can’t think of anything to say. Maybe you feel intimidated by the whole concept of a world-wide publishing system at your fingertips. Maybe the user interface of your blogging software or CMS (Content Management System) is confusing and difficult to use. Maybe you’re second guessing your own ideas.

How to Blog: For Beginners

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Dead River has a pretty good cup of coffee

I’m very pleased to announce the roll out of an e-commerce website for Dead River Coffee. They are located downtown Marquette, Michigan and are the area’s premiere coffee roasters. Go ahead, ask anybody. For years, the only way to get your hands on their fresh roasted coffee beans was to drive down to their shop and pick it up. Now this great coffee is available to the world at the click of a button.

Dead River Coffee
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Terracotta half-life gets a new look for 2010

Terracotta half-life is a tropical funk band from Marquette Michigan that I founded over five years ago. I created the first website for the band in 2005. It was a static site built with HTML and formatted the “old” way with lots of nested tables and inline styles. It was a real pain to update. Over the years, its been evolving with the band and now looks like this.

Screenshot of Terracottahalflife.com 2010
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Dynamic Content: Why it’s Essential

There are many reasons to have dynamic content on your website, but the two most important are to increase traffic and to increase sales. Dynamic content will drive traffic to your site by helping give you a better ranking in search engine results. It can drive sales (assuming you’re selling something) or conversions by giving your visitors a better user experience.

Dynamic Content is Essential
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