Technical Project Management:  Do You Need To Be Technical?

Technical Project Management: Should Technical Project Managers Be Technical?

This is a question that challenges many technical consulting companies: Should technical project managers be technical? In other words, if you are managing a technology project, do you need to be well-versed in the technologies of the project or do you just need to be a great project manager?

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Career in Technical Training

A Career in Technical Training: Is It For You?

Not everyone is cut out to be a great technical trainer.  In fact, the industry is littered with sub-par technical trainers who do little more than recite text from a book.  The industry needs great trainers, but is it a career that is right for you? There are two characteristics that make someone a great technical trainer:  Most trainers have …

Richard CummingsA Career in Technical Training: Is It For You?

PHP: Return First Character of a String

In this quick post, I will tell you how to return the first character of a string in PHP.

Richard CummingsPHP: Return First Character of a String

Convert External CSS to On-Page (Inline) CSS for Emails

If you are looking to convert your CSS to on-page (or “Inline”) CSS for use in email campaigns, I will tell you how I did it. The Problem: Effective HTML in Emails Most websites now-a-days use CSS to style their web pages and, in doing so, they typically call an external style.css file. Ideally, you could then structure all of …

Richard CummingsConvert External CSS to On-Page (Inline) CSS for Emails

PHP: Capture Referring URL And Truncate It To Domain Name

This is a quick technical post on how to use PHP to capture a referring URL and truncate it to a domain name. In other words, we want to determine the exact domain name from which our visitors arrived. The reasons for doing this are numerous. Many use this referring information for statistical analysis while others use it to perform …

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Google Panda Webspam and Exact Match Domain Searches

There are a couple of new updates to the Google algorithm that have just been released, one a Panda update and the other labeled the “Webspam” update, and these latest algorithmic changes are affecting several sites that use exact match domain searches…among other things.

Richard CummingsGoogle Panda Webspam and Exact Match Domain Searches

W3 Total Cache WordPress Plugin Review – Beware – A 350GB Caching Directory!

The W3 Total Cache WordPress plugin is one of the most popular caching plugins for WordPress. However, you will want to be careful with this plugin because it may cause more headaches than it cures. In this quick article, I will tell you the headache that it caused me with the size of the cached files.

Richard CummingsW3 Total Cache WordPress Plugin Review – Beware – A 350GB Caching Directory!

Google Panda Update and Article Marketing

With every iteration of the Google Panda update, we see big changes in the SERPs and one of the groups of sites that has been particularly affected is article marketing sites. In this article, we’ll investigate whether article marketing sites have been adversely affected by the Google Panda update and, if so, we investigate the question: Does article marketing still work to promote your website?

Richard CummingsGoogle Panda Update and Article Marketing