Making the switch to Yammer

Yammer Apple Watch

Making the switch to Yammer is the right move to increase productivity and collaboration within your company or organization. Yammer is also a great way to work with your clients and others outside your organization with the use of private networks. Watch the video below for more information on making the switch to Yammer.

In a Yammer group your community of staff, clients or guests can work together on documents, while chatting in real time and catching up on posts relating to last week’s meeting.yammer logo

Making the switch can be done quite easily especially if you are already on Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud. If you are not already there, consider making that transition as Yammer is included in even the most basic Business Essentials subscription.

I can help make the transition for your organization and help setup your Yammer instance very quickly so that you can begin working together as a community with either your staff or with your clients.

Have a question? Leave a comment below or send me a note.

P.S. Oh yeah, Yammer works with the Apple Watch too.

 

5 Reasons to use WordPress.com

WordPress.com Apps

WordPress.com is a different product from WordPress.org. It is the same great WordPress Content Management System but in a managed environment by the creators of the WordPress platform, Automattic. Here are 5 reasons to consider using WordPress.com.

#1 | No cPanel

Yes that’s right. No WHM, no Plesk and definately no cPanel. I apologize to whoever is reading this and loves cPanel. For anyone who is not a Systems Administrator or Web Developer, cPanel is just not an intuitive tool to use.

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Courtesy of cpanel.com

If you don’t know what cPanel is, it is a Control Panel for your hosted environment. cPanel is a software layer that stands between you and your installed WordPress software. It’s only useful for when you want to manually customize your hosting environment which most environment don’t need to do. WordPress.com takes care of this for you and let’s you focus on your actual web site.

#2 | Secure Socket Layer

Today, when you visit this and many other websites, you will notice an https:// in front of the site name. Other hosting providers do offer the necessary SSL certificates to enable HTTPS access to your site. Usually it is for an extra fee but sometimes it is included. And in most cases, that certificate it is not automagically installed. You have to do it yourself.

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To see what it would be like to install an SSL certificate, check out these instructions from another hosting provider. After you have generated your new CSR code and cleaned up the mess from smashing your screen, you can start over with WordPress.com and boom, it’s already done.

SSL on WordPress.com

#3 | Support

Support is very important for anyone looking to use a paid service and being able to reach a human being quickly for help is essential. In addition to real people being available, their support page is packed with help articles, tutorials and forum entries with just about every scenario you can think of.

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Courtesy of WordPress.com

If you do need to speak with a live person, you can click on the Get Help button and enter a live chat with one of their Happiness Engineers.

Visit WordPress Support

#4 | JetPack

JetPack is the one-click simple security service for WordPress sites. Yes, JetPack is available for self-hosted WordPress sites, but it is part of the WordPress.com environment. Website security can be cumbersome, but it shouldn’t be and that’s where JetPack comes in.

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Provided by JetPack.com

JetPack adds all the extra stuff that is necessary for your website to function well. It covers Content Delivery Networks, Point in Time Backups, Malware protection, Brute Force Protection, SPAM filtering, Software Updates and much more.

Learn more about JetPack

#5 | Apps

This is not something exclusive to WordPress, however, it does require you have a WordPress.com account in order to use their apps. There are only a handful of other web services who support desktop applications to update their sites. Now, for a web developer writing their own code, they can use IDEs, FTP clients and Creative Suites that run natively on the desktop. But for Content Managers using Web Builders, there isn’t much out there.

WordPress.com Apps
Provided by apps.wordpress.com

WordPress.com provides apps for Windows, iOS and Android. You can run the app from just about any device and make updates or changes on the fly.

Learn more about WordPress Apps

Thoughts?

Let us know what you think in the comment section and let us know if these reasons might be enough to move your business or organization to WordPress.com. If you are looking to make a switch, start a new site or have a question, let us know.

Office 365 in Windows Store

Now anyone using Windows 10 can download the Office 365 suite of apps via the Microsoft Store. Microsoft initially launched its Office 365 suite in the Microsoft Store (then called the Windows Store) several months ago as a way for Windows 10 S users to get their hands on the desktop versions of Word, PowerPoint,…

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New OneDrive for Business feature: Files Restore

Microsoft’s new Files Restore is a complete self-service recovery solution that allows administrators and end users to restore files from any point in time during the last 30 days. Woo hoo! If a user suspects their files have been compromised, they can investigate file changes in Restore my OneDrive.

For anyone who has fallen victim to some crypto locker attack or has just completely emptied their OneDrive recycle bin, this is restore gold! Below are a few screenshots from the announcement page at Announcing New OneDrive for Business feature: Files Restore.

This puts the end user back in control and will reduce the amount of requests to administrators for simple restores. This update begins rolling out over the next few weeks. Let us know in the comments section below what your thoughts on this new feature are.

Selling on Your Site: Tips on Using the Payment Button

Using the Payment Button with our WordPress.com site makes selling products and services a snap! Take a look at this feature by Cheri Lucas Rowlands on how to make the most of this utility.

Cheri gives some great examples from real users and businesses who are hosting their sites and using PayPal for payment services. Let us know in the comments below what you think about this feature and if you are selling products or services with it.

These successful sellers use the Simple Payments button in effective ways.

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Free Microsoft Whiteboard Preview

Microsoft has released the Microsoft Whiteboard Preview app—a freeform digital canvas where people, ideas, and content can come together for collaboration.

This is a great tool for collaboration and visual planning. The app is free to use for anyone with a Windows 10 device, but one participant with an Office 365 personal, work, or school account is needed for multi-party collaboration.

Get the app here: https://www.microsoft.com/store/productId/9MSPC6MP8FM4

Source: Microsoft Whiteboard Preview—the freeform canvas for creative collaboration – Office Blogs

Cloud Babble: The Jargon of Cloud Storage

Andy Klein, the Director of Product Marketing at Backblaze, wrote a great article explaining and demystifying some the jargon that we use in the IT field. I find it helps others when we DON’T use these terms but often fail in doing so because it has become so engrained in the language and terminology.

Words like Cloud, Hybrid, Fog, and Edge have all become part of the babble in promoting products and dealing with services that sometimes you forget what you were looking for. Oh yeah, I remember, I need to ‘back up my data’. Even that phrase seems to cryptic if you tell someone to back up their data, they might look at you cross eyed. Do you mean, go in reverse? And what data are you talking about? All my stuff is right here in Word. (and we know that is not true)

For anyone interested in learning more about what some of these terms mean, read the article linked below and leave a comment about your experiences with cloud babble and other tech speak. Enjoy!

One of the things we in the technology business are good at is coming up with names, phrases, euphemisms, and acronyms for the stuff that we create. The Cloud Storage market is no different, and we’d like to help by illuminating some of the cloud storage related terms that you might come across. We know this is just a start, so please feel free to add in your favorites in the comments section below and we’ll update this post accordingly. Clouds The cloud is really just a collection of purpose built servers. In a public cloud the servers are shared

Source: Cloud Babble: The Jargon of Cloud Storage

Modern Tools to Boost Up Homeschooling

Have you ever wondered how kids perceived learning? We want this to be a pleasant experience for them. We want them to be inspired by all the things they learn. We want them to keep wondering and exploring. With all those expectations, we tend to make learning a stressful experience for our kids. They are […]

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Column Formatter for SharePoint Online

Applies To: Office 365 Modern listviews support the addition of custom formatting for most field types. This is an awesome feature designed to make custom formatting simpler and less administratively difficult than packaged solutions. Unfortunately, the tooling is still very minimal. Users are given a simple text field within a panel to paste the JSON code and a preview […]

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