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GoDaddy’s previewDNS – A Thorn in my side

This is for anyone who has had issue with the Mootools (popups) not working in Joomla and using GoDaddy’s previewDNS option which basically lets you preview a site in development if the domain is pointed to another host. It would be like yourdomain.previewdns.com.

So I’m working on getting Joomla set up for a client. I have it on my server and I get it to a point where I really need to get it on their end for additional development. I install on their site. I copy over my database and all files using a backup extension for Joomla. It looks fine. Then I notice the popups for preview and the menu select article not working. I think perhaps it’s because of my loading the backup. So I delete it and do a fresh install. Still not working. So I delete it and download Joomla again thinking one of my files got corrupt. Still not working. So I call GoDaddy. Apparently they’ve never had anyone call about Joomla that had been using previewDNS. They suppose that is the root of the problem. The guy does tell me they don’t really offer support for any of their applications. So I have to get the client to buy another domain to test with (something they can use in addition to their current domains for additional SEO).

It works.

2 days later! In 2 days the site could have been DONE. You know the great thing about my host, 1and1? It comes with a testing domain already so you don’t have to use some complicated mask.


Making money with YouTube

video content for YouTube and you have an AdSense account and you haven’t signed up to their partner program, you are missing out on advertising revenue.http://www.youtube.com/partners

The minimum qualifications are simple

  • You create original videos suitable for online streaming.
  • You own or have express permission to use and monetize all audio and video content that you upload — no exceptions.
  • You regularly upload videos that are viewed by thousands of YouTube users.

You get the benefit of branded channel options, analytics tools, plus with the funds you make from the AdSense ads, you can make your own ads.


Apparently my eye graphic is too "corporate"

So there is a Ning site for my high school. I saw it linked on Facebook. I thought, hey another way to get connected with alumni so I joined. I had everything set to default – the icon is the eye (from my website) that I have on all my other ning sites as well as a lot of forums. It’s an illustration I did and I’m proud of it.
I figured I’d also link my design blog on there since it has some useful information as well as freebies.
Well I got an email from the administrator

I’d like you to change your profile pict to something more real and less corporate logo and move the RSS feed to the side bar and put your profile questions back in the center column.

Now the reason why the RSS feed is in the center is because the profile questions are short and the blog is longer. I didn’t want people to scroll (assuming they even visited my profile). I have my RSS on every ning I’m on and in fact the Dayton Marketing Community has it in their blog roll list because it’s helpful, not because I’m advertising myself.
So I left. If they want to be so persnickety then there is no reason for me to be there. The content was ONLY on my own profile page. I wasn’t posting anything about my company in the community.


A response to spec

Someone on LinkedIn posted a design contest and got a lot of heat about it from people including me. They had written me back

Actually, people do it all the time at http://99designs.com/ and http://www.designcontest.net/

My reply was this

People sell marijuana and crack on the street, that doesn’t make it right. The only difference is that these contest sites can get away with it because it’s not illegal in itself although there is illegal activity going on. It’s still damaging to those around including the clients (if you would check out SpecWatch, many logo winners designs make use of copyrighted imagery they have no claim to, clients then have to have the design redone because they can’t use what was included in the design).People who don’t value themselves or the industry are the ones entertaining the contests. Any successful person can’t work that way./blockquote>


My Breaking Point

There are very few things that I can’t do that are design related. One is making a photo manipulated collage (i.e. bits and pieces of things cut out that look really neat together).
Stuff like this:
http://www.istockphoto.com/design_spotlight_details.php?ID=28099
or
http://www.istockphoto.com/design_spotlight_details.php?ID=27805
Why? Because I think either abstractly or realistically. I can’t meet in the middle. If I try to do it, I think it doesn’t look natural. It bothers me. It’s like I try to hard. So I don’t. I like clean lines. I don’t want things to look placed.
Another issue I have is making cartoons (because I can’t think that way). Even in college I had to have the illustration teacher help me.
So if you ask me to do any of the above I will say no. I would rather say no and be confident I can’t do it than try it and make it look bad.
We all have our limitations. We shouldn’t be afraid of them. We should accept them. What are yours?