Freelance Web Designer Blog

Time to Catch Up on Blog Posts

We had a tornado or a “macroburst” last week that took down trees and took out power. Design to Spec was back in business the same day after starting the generator. Electricity was restored within 5 days and we’re all good.

Last summer I discovered what happens when you don’t post. People think you’re dead. Well maybe not that extreme, but they do think you’re out of business. I slowed down on posting over the summer and new queries started off by asking if I was in business!  During that time…

  • I got new glasses from an online service. (They are awesome!)
  • I continued to go to CrossFit 3 times a week.
  • My family put up with me implementing the The Life‑Changing Magic of Tidying Up
  • As part of tidying I started posting old photos to a Facebook group (share them with the world rather than store in boxes)
  • Went to a fabulous wedding
  • Saw a punk rock concert in New York City
  • Supported Houston Flood relief

And yes, I was still in business taking on new clients and launching websites. While I was living and working (still alive and in business), the bulk of my projects were “for hire” from marketing agencies, so much like my new glasses — they were awesome, but agency gets the show-off rights.

Let your customers and clients know how you’re doing and what you’re doing. Let’s stay in touch. Catch up on blog posts. I promise I’ll write more. Will you?


9 Easy Steps to Delete YouTube Video in 2018

Do you need to delete a YouTube video but need instructions? I recently found that I had a video that had not aged well. If found lots of what claimed to be easy steps to delete youtube video, however none of them looked like the 2018 YouTube pages.

Before you delete YouTube video look back to your blog. Have you used the video in any WordPress posts? Once you delete the video it will no longer be accessible to someone who finds and reads your post. You can either delete the post or remove the video embed code from the post. Another reminder is to search your website pages for the use of the video.

So here are the steps relevant to 2018…

How to Delete YouTube Video

1. Login to your YouTube account
2. Click your round profile image in the upper right, this opens a dropdown menu
3. Click on MY CHANNEL in the dropdown menu
4. Click the CREATOR STUDIO button on the upper right
5. Put an X in the box next to the video you want to delete
6. Click the arrow next to the word EDIT. This opens another dropdown menu
7. Click the word DELETE in the dropdown menu
8. You’ll be given a warning that you are PERMANENTLY deleting your video from YouTube
9. Click the word DELETE and IT’S GONE!

WordPress Privacy: Check For Unsupported Form Plugins

I’ve reviewed several websites for new clients to assist with their Privacy Policy. Form Plugins seem to be a consistent issue that pops up in the review.

A form usually appears on a WordPress site by using a plugin. Its important to keep these plugins updated. Updates may contain privacy or security patches that protect you and your users.

I’m recommending to clients to go beyond looking at their WordPress dashboard for plugin update alerts. Why? — because if a plugin developer has gone out of business or stopped doing updates to keep up with the latest version of WordPress you’d never know. Abandoned plugins will never show you an update alert!

I’m concerned about these abandoned plugins not because they aren’t working just fine, but because if the developer is out of business and there’s not developer website, there’s a good chance there’s no Privacy Policy to explain what data is collected by the plugin.

If a form plugin is no longer supported how will you know how it handles your privacy or your website users’ privacy?