Tips, Web Design, Web Development

How to Change Drupal Administrator Password

Earlier this week we were presented with the challenge of doing some work on a Drupal site. The issue with this was that the client did not know the administrator username and password. After spending a few minutes poking around the database we were able to get the following commands to work.

To recover your Drupal username type this into the SQL section of PHPMyAdmin:

SELECT name FROM users WHERE uid = 1;

To recover your Drupal password type this into the SQL section of PHPMyAdmin:

UPDATE users SET pass = md5(‘password’) WHERE uid = 1;

When doing the password change just change the password to whatever you want your new password to be.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us and we’ll be glad to assist you in changing your Drupal administrator password.

Small Business, Tips

What do you do when your Web Site Hosting Company closes?

This week we learned about the closing of HIT Web Design and hosting in Provo, Utah. After 972 Better Business Bureau complaints against their company it was probably the right decision. However, what if you’re one of their clients who depend on their servers to host your website. You’re probably wondering what to do to make sure your business is not impacted.

  1. Back up all of your website files and databases.
  2. If you currently only use webmail to check your email, setup a desktop email client such as Microsoft Outlook or Mac Mail and download all of your email.
  3. If your current company is known to run unauthorized charges against credit cards then change your credit card immediately to prevent them from charging you one more time before you get away.

If you don’t know how to back up your website or configure a desktop email client feel free to contact us and we’ll be glad to assist!

Project Management, Site Launches, WordPress

The Field House Website goes live

As February came to a close we were able to wrap up months of hard work and put the new website for the Field House of Shelburne, Vermont live.

The Field House was referred to us by the great staff at Shelburne Health and Fitness after we re-did their site a few months back.

The Field House staff had inherited a site when they bought the business that wasn’t easy for them to update, wasn’t easy for the user to navigate, and lacked an easy way to accept payments from its customers. When we began the journey of developing the site they stressed that these three pieces were the most crucial to any new website.Read more

Site Launches

Visibility Center Website Goes Live

Another week comes to a close and another web site is complete. The Visibility Center was referred to us a few months back when they were looking to update their site.

Their old web site had served them well for years but the design had become stale and was no longer conveying the message they were looking for.

Using Basecamp to manage the project and WordPress as a content management system we were able to put a new design together that we hope you’ll agree is vibrant and fun!

We are not done with the Visibility Center just yet as we now are working on phase 2 of the project which includes adding e-commerce functionality so keep an eye out for that.

Tips, Web Design, Web Development, WordPress

WPNG Calendar Not Working – Loader Spinning

This morning I was researching a variety of plugins to integrate a Google Calendar to display on a WordPress page. I came across WPNG Calendar, a very easy solution for adding a calendar to any page within WordPress.

All smooth until I went to go preview my page. I had entered the:

  1. Google GDATA API Key
  2. Google Calendar Feed URL

And the page drew a JavaScript error and kept spinning the loading animation. Did some digging and I found the solution.

The Fix

By default the Google Calendar Feed URL will give you (XML Format):

This URL is valid for a XML feed, but for this plugin that doesnt work, if you use the “full” URL. Your problem will be solved!. Use this format below:

Hopefully that will work for you as well and save the headache of debugging and hoping.

If you have any issues feel free to contact us.

Tips, Web Design, Web Development

How to transfer a domain from Microsoft Office Live

A few weeks ago one of our new clients came to us about transferring their domain before we began our work. After gather all the proper credentials we sat down to do something we had done hundreds of times before. However, we quickly learned that having a domain with Microsoft Office Live means you lose all control over your DNS. If you want to control your DNS you actually need to go through the process of canceling your account with Microsoft Office Live. When you do that your website is taken down, your email is gone, and you are left wondering what to do next.

Thanks to this great post by Peter Vatistas in which he outlined all the steps to cancel your Microsoft Office Live account our job was a thousand times easier. Here are the steps that Peter outlined which worked so well for us:Read more

Random, Site Launches

New Website for Rothbard Law Goes Live

This week we were able to wrap-up a new website design for the Law Offices of William I. Rothbard. One of our clients was nice enough to point Bill in our direction when he mentioned he was looking to upgrade his web presence. His old site was built many years ago using a free site builder provided by Microsoft Office Live so needless to say it was time for an upgrade. The site was built on the WordPress platform as Bill will be posting new articles on a regular basis and we find WordPress to be the easiest CMS for our clients to use. Feel free to check out Bill’s site at and let us know what you think!

Marketing, Small Business

Social Marketing for your Business with Facebook

Is your business on Facebook? If not, you might want to take some time and consider the advantages of marketing your business through the social media giant.

Most business owners we encounter aren’t fully aware of the possibilities that Facebook offers in terms of social marketing.  Take, for example, some of the following:

Facebook Contests and Voting Application for Interaction

If people love your product or service, your chances are good that they’re willing to enter a contest or cast their vote to win it. Some benefits of Facebook contests and voting applications:Read more

Project Management, Small Business

Five Ways to Keep Your Website Growing in 2011

With the New Year already underway, we thought we’d give you some advice about how to keep adding content to your site throughout 2011.

Add/Expand Your Press Room

Granted, not every company needs a press room, but if you find yourself getting inquiries from the press, or you’re eager to get more exposure in the media, a press room is a great place to add the kind of content that journalists feed on. A few ideas for content in pressrooms include:

  • Press releases that incorporate video – whether it’s to announce a new product, new location, product demonstrations, or even executive announcements, video content is perfect for a press room.
  • Podcasts that set you apart as a subject matter expert. Broadcast your industry knowledge on a regular schedule, and have it produced so that holds some branding value as well.
  • Background information and executive bios that will help journalists write stories with the most accurate information.

Read more

Project Management, Small Business, Time Tracking

Choosing the Right Invoicing Application for Your Small Business

When you’re a small business like us, you learn to find and pick the tools that make doing business as easy as possible. Invoicing is no exception. While businesses of every size can outsource this important task, there are many that decide to keep invoicing tasks in-house.

The good new is there are a lot of invoicing applications out there to help. The bad news is that because there are so many, you may find yourself spending countless hours weighing the pros and cons of each one before you finally decide on the application that’s best for your business.Read more