9 07, 2018

Future of the Automobile

By |2018-07-11T11:05:46+00:00July 9th, 2018|Technology|0 Comments

The Los Angeles World Affairs Council and the Petersen Automotive Museum collaborated on a day long conference about the future of the automobile. Held at the Petersen museum in May 2018, the conference brought together leading voices from manufacturers, technology companies, urban planners, and regulatory agencies for a day-long discussion about the ongoing shift in transportation [...]

6 07, 2018

WordPress Maintenance/Security Upgrade 4.9.7

By |2018-07-06T16:08:14+00:00July 6th, 2018|WordPress|0 Comments

WordPress has issued a maintenance/security release to WordPress core, which fixes a few bugs. You can read more about this in WordPress’ official release post. We will be updating all customers to this latest release.  Because you are a Blacktower customer, you do not have to take action at this time. Our team will apply [...]

28 03, 2018

Email Service Recommendations

By |2018-06-23T13:59:48+00:00March 28th, 2018|Tips|0 Comments

Blacktower does not provide email as part of the hosting package. We just host WordPress sites, so we fully commit all of our resources to doing WordPress Hosting. So what should you do about email for your domain name? At Blacktower we use the G Suite service from Google. This service allows you to use [...]

9 03, 2018

A Settings Link for My WordPress Plugin

By |2018-03-11T18:30:47+00:00March 9th, 2018|Technology, WordPress|0 Comments

While developing my Thematic Maps WordPress plugin I wanted a Settings link on the Plugins list page for quick access to the plugin options page: By default, WordPress displays Activate, Delete, Deactivate, and Update links on the Plugins page. To add additional links I had to leverage filters and hooks! I found a great reference [...]

22 02, 2018

Sending Email from WordPress

By |2018-06-09T14:24:37+00:00February 22nd, 2018|Tips, WordPress|0 Comments

There are many reasons why you may want to use a 3rd party email provider to send email from your WordPress site, such as if you are having deliverability issues on our platform, or if you are sending newsletters or other bulk email. Being a Blacktower customer means having many aspects of managing your site [...]

28 04, 2017

Consolidate Email Accounts with GMail

By |2017-07-12T13:15:30+00:00April 28th, 2017|Tips|0 Comments

Are you using a dozen different email accounts to separate your personal / work / shopping / spam / etc.? Is it driving you, your friends, and family bonkers? There is hope! Using the Send mail as and Check mail from other accounts features in G Suite/Gmail you can receive email from all your accounts [...]

24 04, 2017

Goodbye Robots

By |2017-04-24T15:08:28+00:00April 24th, 2017|Technology|0 Comments

Decided to stop including robots.txt in my WordPress sites for the time being. With Google presenting fully rendered pages in search results I prefer not blocking those webcrawlers and preventing them from finding required css and js files. The smart people at Yoast wrote up a good article explaining in more detail.

1 12, 2014

Residential Solar Power Becomes the New Disruptive Technology

By |2017-05-03T09:19:32+00:00December 1st, 2014|Awareness|0 Comments

When I contemplated installing solar panels on my home the last thing on my mind was how it might impact my neighbors and my community at large. Until now, I knew little about how the electrical grid works and never imagined my tiny solar panels would be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel's back. The rapid growth of solar [...]

8 02, 2014

Don’t Let the Robots Control What You See

By |2017-05-03T09:19:32+00:00February 8th, 2014|Awareness|0 Comments

Have you noticed how website advertisements seem to know what you been looking at in your browser? I started noticing it more frequently when I was shopping for smoke detectors for my house. After browsing a few on Amazon nearly all the ads I saw, across multiple sites, where ads for the same smoke detectors. It was [...]

7 02, 2014

Resisting Success

By |2018-05-17T09:05:39+00:00February 7th, 2014|Leadership|0 Comments

Every one of us, including you, has an almost infinite potential to create, to be successful, and to advance our lives. We each have within us a seed of greatness that is pushing to be realized. When we resist this pressure if feels painful. As we try to hold back our own potential we feel [...]