Adding a Line Break in WordPress

Posted by Marty Dickinson on Jun 27, 2014

Here’s some quicky code I’ve been using a lot to add a line break in WordPress:

Why Do I Have Insomnia?

Posted by Marty Dickinson on Jan 21, 2014

If you were up half the night last night, tossing and turning in bed, finally exiling yourself to your Siberia living room to watch endless hours of worthless early morning t.v., here’s a website you will want to know about. Checkout this independent study about 5 causes of insomnia among its participants. A link to the entire sleep study is available on the page too.

Why am I featuring this website on Website Waves? For three main reasons:

Plus, we engineered the affiliate program and the payouts are very generous! Keep tabs on this one. It’s starting out from ground zero but in the next six weeks or so it will have national attention.

5 Steps to Remember When Adding SSL to a Website

Posted by Marty Dickinson on Sep 6, 2013

Financial institutions will typically need https: in front of their URL for every page on their website. Here are a few things to remember when you need to add SSL to a website needing https: for their core pages.

  1. Static IP – You might have one or two as part of your hosting package that are not being used. If not, you’ll need to upgrade your account or buy them individually or in a small package group.
  2. Register SSL Certificate – These are typically registered and installed through your hosting company.
  3. Manual renewal annually is required – Yeah, that’s the sucky part. Really no way to automate this one. You just have schedule 11 and a half months before your renewal date so you know to manually renew.
  4. If you want the .com to be SSL, you’ll need an additional static IP and SSL Cert if you want the .com or .biz or whatever to have https: too.
  5. If you want the .com to point to the secure .org (must choose only one domain extension for the SSL Cert), you need to add the following to your HTACCESS file* just after RewriteEngine On,:

    you need to addRewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
    RewriteRule ^ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

*Note: This instruction is for a WordPress site. Your HTACCESS could have different functions so consult your web person before implementing.

My Favorite HTML Tags

Posted by Marty Dickinson on Aug 10, 2013

Just a quick list for myself so that I can keep track of the most common HTML/style tags I use when wanting to position text and images in WordPress websites.

<p style=”text-align:center;”>


<p class=”blueunderlined”;>


<p font-style=”italic”;>


<p font-style=”italic;”>


<p style=”float:right;”>


<hr id=”system-readmore;”>


<ul style=”text-align:left;”>


<ul class=”bullets”>


<h1 align=”center”>


<h1 style=”margin-top:-23px;”>


&#151; for emdash


&nbsp; for line break

How to Change a WordPress Password if You Don’t Have Access to the Admin Email

Posted by Marty Dickinson on Aug 6, 2013

When you setup WordPress for a website, you’re prompted to add an email address so that if you ever need to change the password, you can just click the “send change password” link and change your password from there. But, what if you don’t know the admin username and you don’t have access to the email address?

1. Login through cPanel
2. Click phpmyadmin on the control panel home page after login
3. Click the correct database link on the lef, usually something like yourwebsitename_blog  (If you see a bunch of “wp” files on the left, you’re in the right place)
4. Click wp_users
5. Click “Edit” to the left of the line of the user you want to access
6. Change the email address to something you DO have access to
7. Check your email and reset the password

If you don’t have cPanel access, well, you shouldn’t be in that account anyway!

My New Year’s Resolution for My Business

Posted by Marty Dickinson on Jan 1, 2013

It’s one thing to claim your New Year’s resolution is to “not be so busy” or “spend more time with the kids,” but to make a New Year’s resolution for your business is a whole different animal. It means more to more people when your business is involved. One decision could have ripple effects in many different areas involving many people.

Plus, I think with a business New Year’s resolution, a person is more probably to talk about it with others. You tell your spouse, your clients, your staff, your social networks. You are more bound to accomplish the goal you set when it’s involving your business.

My business resolution is going to be to involve video a whole lot more. I resolve to have a video introduction for every product I sell. We’ll see if it sticks.

Have you chosen something to aim for or change in your business in 2013? Maybe you’re New Year’s resolution for your business needs to be larger than just a resolution that could fizzle out in a few weeks. Maybe what you need is more of a New Year’s Evolution. If you follow that link, you’ll see a guest post I made about making a New Year’s “evolution” for a more major life change.

Happy New Year 2013 and we’re looking forward to an amazing year! Join us!

New SEO Instructions Coming from HereNextYear

Posted by Marty Dickinson on Nov 1, 2012

HereNextYear will announce to its Level 1 members tomorrow, Friday, 11/2/2012, what changes Google has made this time. Yes, it’s that time of the year again where Google is changing their search engine results positions (SERPs) ingredients for organic search.decides to throw us all off kilter by  I call them ingredients because getting any and every page of your website is like making a cake. You have to have chocolate in a chocolate cake or you can’t call it a chocolate cake, right?

Well, Google changes their recipe every month it seems so that no one can ever seem to make the same chocolate cake as the next guy. Get signed-up if yo’re not already a member. It’s free and it’s free for life.

WordPress Security Getting More Attention

Posted by Marty Dickinson on Sep 19, 2012

WordPress tip imageWhenever I bring up the idea of WordPress security in my workshops, I can just see the audience start to drift their thinking to whatever they have planned for after the workshop. People in general are just not worried about their websites being hacked…until it gets hacked of course; and then of course we get the frantic call.

The problem is that hackers are getting much more creative as to how they break in to WordPress websites and the numbers of websites they can break into…at the same time, thanks to their ever-growing sophisticated hacker scripts.

One thing’s for sure. More and more website hosting companies are finally starting to take WordPress security more seriously.

Here’s a very interesting article by a website hosting company that seems to focus on WordPress hosting like we do at HereNextYear.

What particularly stood out with me in that article were three things you might not know:

1. Your WordPress website has many more attempted unauthorized logins than you might realize. The author of the blog post I pointed you to above claims his hosting company gets 50,000-180,000 unauthorized login attempts every single day.

2. WordPress plugin updates are being released faster than ever before because there is so much competition between plugin developers. Keeping all of your versions current is even more pressing than before because with every outdated update lies an opportunity for security breaches.

3. Security itself is constantly changing. So, any website hosting company you use had better have constantly evolving security for their servers and, in particular, WordPress hosting clients.

I just had a long-time client move their hosting from our dedicated, WordPress-secured, constantly evolving security hosting platform….to GoDaddy. NOOO! Anything but GoDaddy! Why did he move? Because the client is looking for any and every way to cut costs right now.

Why shouldn’t he have moved? Because big website hosting companies are failing to evolve their security standards.

This is a rising problem I see across the board how people are choosing to save as little as $50-$75 up front and run the risk of losing thousands of dollars down the road. Restrain the urge to downgrade. Question your website hosting company to see if they have all of the author’s security measures in place.

For those of you reading this in the HereNextYear member’s area, I will be posting our 30-step WordPress security process by the end of the month so stay tuned.

Problems Sending Email?

Posted by Marty Dickinson on Mar 8, 2011

I’m pretty sure the most complex function on the Internet is the process of sending email. It seems like such a simple thing. But, if you’re experiencing problems sending email, you know first-hand how all of a sudden this seemingly easy function can become extremely difficult to handle. I’m no email expert, but I’ve certainly had my share of problems sending email. And, that’s where the problem always seems to be…in the “sending” of the email rather than the receiving side of things.

If you’ve proven emails you send are not getting to their recipient, try these 3 steps to make sure your bases are covered.

1. Setup reverse DNS on the IP your domain name runs off of. Don’t worry, I don’t have much of a clue what this means either. Just call your hosting company and have them check on if this has been done.

2. Set the SPF record. On my server, I would login to my WHM account to change the setting.

3. Make sure you’re not on any blacklists by performing a quick (and free) blacklist search.

Another Great Turnout at Profit Again in 2010

Posted by Marty Dickinson on Jun 25, 2010

Zakary Barron from Constant Contact and I had another great turnout at Profit Again in 2010. Our workshops are typically just 3 hours from 9 to noon during a weekday so you can get your work done during the rest of the day. Looks like we might start doing these once a month as we always have a waiting list. Keep checking our Denver Internet marketing workshops page on the site and sign-up for the Tuesday Triplet and receive notices whenever we have another upcoming workshop.

At every session, we cover social networking, blogging, WordPress, SEO, video, email marketing strategies and other essentials. And, yes, that’s just 3 hours of jam packed content. Hope to see you at the next one!