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Evernote Memory Clip my Blog!

The great folks over at Evernote are making life a little easier for us to clip the content we need. Recently, they announced the new Evernote Site Memory clipper. Evernote is part of my Web Professional toolkit and I can’t get enough of it. I plan to post more about the features, function, and benefits of the app soon.

The app is free for Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and in the Android market. I’m a subscriber to the Premium version, which gets you a ton of features and no ads for only $45 bucks a year! Read more here.

In the meantime, go ahead and clip this page to get started. This will show you how easy it is to use the app and start saving the important information you need!


Thinking for the Weekend: Google Instant

I find it fitting that my first “Thinking for the Weekend” article is being written on my iPhone at one of my favorite Sushi bars.

Google Instant is creating quite a stir with SEO professionals and Web Professionals alike. Many people are wondering how their google ads will perform now that Google is predicting user searches before they finish.

I’m concerned too and I’ll be thinking about it over the weekend. Looking for the dust to settle on Monday and begin a plan of attack.

What are your thoughts?

Read more about Google Instant here.

Update: typos using the wordpress iPhone app.

Website Maintenance 101: Backup. Backup. Backup. Did I mention, Backup?

Just a quick blurb about how important backing up your website data is for recovering last well known states.
Not just from a disaster standpoint of losing data in the event of an “outage” but also before upgrades or maintenance. I have been working to get a bbPress installation integrated into my blog for support and discussion purposes. Integrating bbpress with WordPress is not as straightforward as one may think (more on that later.)

Luckily, right before rendering my MatthewM.org blog database useless, I made a complete site backup using my web hosting control panel. After realizing I could no longer login to my WordPress back end, I quickly restored from my complete backup. My site was back up and running within minutes and it’s back to the drawing board.

There you have it. Backing up your files is not just for major outages or catastrophes anymore. It’s also for when you do stupid things without reading the entire manual!

I’m near celebrity status and apparently a Swedish trading post?

Consider this a “prequel post” to my endeavor of relaunching my blog. This little snippet of information is some insight into good Search Engine Optimization practices, the importance of maintaining your website, and sharing a similar name with a celebrity. While reconfiguring my Google Webmaster account I discovered that the keyword “matthew m” ranks 3rd in Google search results. Interested to see what I was up against, I googled away.


Sure enough, Matthew McConaughey takes the top spot, with MatthewM.org coming in a cool third. I’ll take it! I also share the same name of a CEO at a top technology company and have mistakenly received his personal e-mails before. Such is life when you carry the torch of a familiar name.

What I also found interesting were the keywords that Google crawled in my old website. As discussed in a previous post, I recently moved from Drupal to WordPress. I fully admit, I did the one thing us Web Professionals constantly remind clients – I didn’t keep my site updated.

Drupal, in my professional opinion, is not for a personal blog. Scratch that. It’s not for a personal blog if you have ZERO time to keep the Drupal modules and core updated. Thus, my old site was plagued with spam and comments in other languages. Obviously, a tremendous hit on my SEO and search rankings.

So what have we learned? Use Google Webmaster tools to learn great information about your site and keep your CMS (or web code) updated. On the bright side, I’m still 3rd place to major celebrity Matthew McConaughey!

Turning the switch “on” – Migrating from Drupal to WordPress

I’ve recently decided to get back into updating and advancing my blog. For the last few years, my site has run on Drupal. I have been (was) really active on the local community boards and really pushing the use of Drupal with many projects. Drupal is a great platform for building robust online applications with a lot of content and many users.

The last full on project I developed with Drupal was DrupalRealEstate.com. It is an example of how flexible and powerful the core Drupal system is matched with great user contributed modules. It is also an example of how intricate and time consuming Drupal can become. The overhead of maintaining a site like DRE is extemely costly. I compare it to supporting a mini operating system. There is the core system and then a large amount of “programs” or modules in the case of Drupal. Each piece has it’s own development cycle, patch cycle and security fixes. Building out a powerful app not only takes a lot of front end time but also a lot of support and maintenance time.
I don’t want to make this a Drupal vs WordPress article (you can find that here and here). I think both applications are great at what they do. At this stage in the game, I’m finding WordPress more geared to what I need to accomplish. Having an iPhone app is also a plus!
Getting the new MatthewM.org up and running as fast as possible was a must for me. This also meant a lack of “real” design. I’m using the Thesis theme which allows me to control the column layouts, colors, and some other minor theme properties. I didn’t want to start creating something from scratch. It takes too much time and I’m not a designer. Moreover, I’m never satisfied with anything I design. Like any great blog, it’s about the content, not the flashy graphics. I want to focus on building *useful* content for readers.
More to come!