How to plan a website

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There are many steps in planning a web site. I would like to take you through the process.

  1. The first question is why do you need a web site? This is one question you must answer first and clearly before spending a penny to have your web site built.
  2. Create a business plan – this will take time, but it is extremely useful. The reason a business plan is useful, is because it becomes a blueprint of your business. This will provide the information about products and services for the keyword analysis. I think it is important to understand the cash flow forecast from the website as well.
  3. Select a Domain Name – Using your Main Keyword Phrase and develop many combinations of names that you would like to use. Then begin the task of checking if the domain is available. Network Solutions, Go Daddy and many other Domain registration sites are available to register a domain. You may find that your ideal domain may be taken.
  4. Locate a reputable web hosting company. This is a tough one, but speak with people whom have web sites to see if they are satisfied with the service they are getting. Pay for a yearly hosting plan – it can save some money. You may wish to get a SSL certificate that helps with Google’s Rankings algorithm .
  5. Who will build your web site? Will you undertake this task or is it easier to pay someone to create and maintain the web site. If you need a web designer, you are welcome to contact me.
  6. How will you market your web site? Will you spend the time to study how to market the web site or will you hire a search engine marketing company? Remember, people do not just show up once you build a web site. It’s not like the movie – “The Field of Dreams”, where they say “if you build it, they will come” – that is not going to happen. You need to spend the time to market a website like any other business.
  7. For more information about planning a website visit: http://www.smittysholdings.com/pages/How-to-plan-a-web-site.php

If wish to discuss Website Design and Internet Marketing, Let’s talk and I will be happy to provide a quote.

South Florida Web Design and Internet Marketing by Smitty’s Holdings
(954) 423-2785
http://www.smittysholdings.com

FDA Approved: Toxic Decayed Meat Being Sold As “Fresh”

“After reading this you may never trust Congress or the FDA again, let alone corporate chain grocery stores. This toxic practice makes seriously decayed meat look fresh for weeks and is banned in many countries including the European Union and Japan.

Many consumers are unaware that over 70% of beef and chicken in the United States and Canada is treated with poisonous carbon monoxide gas and the FDA allows it, despite the known public health risks.”

The American government does not care about the citizens of this country to allow this type of illegal behavior

If you are as upset as I am – contact your Congressman and Senators and tell them to protect the public and stop placing profits over our health!!!

http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/gassed-meat.html

Amendment 1 betrayed

Editorial from the Miami Herald

Our state political leaders should be ashamed. In twisting the intent of Amendment 1, they have brazenly ignored the will of Florida voters.

But the ballot initiative, born of a wish to keep lawmakers from raiding money set aside to purchase and preserve Florida lands, was subverted and misappropriated by state legislators.

Now state environmentalists are fighting back with a lawsuit to stop this from happening next year. They deserve our support.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article25718059.html

‘Bernie Sanders Can Become President’

How many times have you heard the phrase, “I like Bernie Sanders, but he can’t win,” uttered by people who identify themselves as progressives? The facts, however, illustrate that “Bernie Sanders can win” and nobody in politics foreshadowed the Vermont Senator’s latest surge in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/bernie-sanders-can-become-president-has-replaced-i-like-him-but-he-cant-win_b_7733476.html

Reflections on Earth Days Past and Present by White Crane Healing Arts

White Crane Healing Arts of Broward, FloridaBy Micki Iborra

Wednesday, April 22nd. Is Earth day and one holiday I can really relate to. The first Earth Day celebration I remember was at a food co-op that Frank and I were members of in the  early 1980’s. Robert, one of the co-op founders constructed a rudimentary solar oven which we set up on the sidewalk in front of the co-op. Within a very short time, the oven  was successfully cooking and we were serving free samples of solar cooked food to passers by. This demonstration generated a lot of interest and also educated people; myself included, about sustainability and natural resources. Thinking of that day, I became curious about Earth Day’s history, so I searched the web and here’s what I learned.

The seed was planted during President Kennedy’s administration. A senator, Gaylord Nelson, suggested a five day conservation tour around the country as a way to bring awareness of environmental issues to the general public. Kennedy subsequently did the tour, but, apparently, not a lot of attention was given to this event and it seemed that not much would come from it. However 7 years later, in 1970, the slowly germinating seed flowered into the first bona fide Earth Day celebration. At that time there were massive demonstrations against the Viet Nam war, which often included teach-ins. These teach-ins evolved to include environmental issues which resonated with a large segment of the population. As earth awareness grew, people like John Gardner, who was then the head of Common Cause, a grass roots organization and other grass roots organizations became involved. The movement took on a momentum of its own and continues to grow.

As Earth day approaches, there are now worldwide observances and celebrations. Schools, corporations, retailers and governments all participate, and some certainly cash in on earth day. While I am grateful for any progress, even superficial demonstrations, towards recognizing the challenges for humanity and our home, I believe there is something more profound beneath the surface occurring. To many of us, a mountain top removal or toxic ocean has become personal. It’s difficult to ignore the abuse and disrespect of the planet, or ludicrous to think that the environment has little effect on our health and well-being. We are the earth and the earth is us.

Inherent in Taoist tradition is the concept of self cultivation. Tai Chi, Yoga, meditation and the I Ching are among the disciplines that people are attracted to generally with the purpose of creating a healthier body and mind. When practiced consistently, these disciplines can improve health and well being; but as they become integrated and habitual, they become a true catalyst for change. As change takes hold, awareness grows and every action and breath one takes becomes nourishment for the seed of evolution that resides within. You still eat, sleep, work and play, but how you navigate comes from a deeper more connected understanding, and as understanding grows, each awakened individual becomes a catalyst for change within the collective consciousness and soul.

The greater number of us that pursue an enlightened path, the better the chances are for creating a balanced existence. A planet where people help more than hurt each other, respect each other and have reverence for nature and all that is seen and unseen. Master Ni once told our group to “watch comedy“. I didn’t realize how profound that simple statement was at the time, but I now know that what we hold in our minds and thoughts manifests into reality. If the majority of humans believe some terrible catastrophe of biblical proportions is going to occur or some natural disaster will wipe out humanity, then it’s possible it could manifest as a self fulfilling prophecy.

So, what could any of us do? Have clear intention to grow in awareness. Surround yourself with what nurtures you, and don’t let inertia, stubbornness or excuses deter you from moving more, eating better, sharing good thoughts, helping others or watching comedy. There are two creative primal forces in the universe, yin and yang. They sometimes oppose each other, but at other times they complement and support each other. Will we be able to work together collectively to create positive change for ourselves and the earth? Will enough of us reach critical mass in time to bring earth back into balance? I have no answers or facts, but I see human potential as infinite. Yin and Yang will always be, but even if some of the dire predictions for our future manifest, it will simply be a detour because the human spirit is indestructible.

By the way, I am proudly proclaiming to be a tree hugger, but hey, I’ll take wisdom where I can get it. I wish all my fellow tree huggers a healthy planet with many more Earth Days to come!

In TAO,
Miki

The White Crane Healing Arts Center is located in Broward County, Florida
7071 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 2C, Tamarac, FL 33319
Phone 954.721.7252 – http://www.whitecranehealingarts.com

February 2015 Hillsboro Light Station Tour

Saturday, February 7 from Sands Harbor Resort

8 shuttle boats, starting at 8:30am mark the February 7th tour of the Hillsboro Light Station.

Deerfeild Beach Inlet LighthouseA current Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society (HLPS) (single, family, business or lifetime) membership or a $25 per person transportation fee payable at the dock is required for the boat ride from the Sands Harbor dock in Pompano Beach. Alternatively, you can prepay via Paypal (please bring a copy of your receipt to the dock with you), for one of the following levels (one-year membership, except as noted).

  • Individual – $25
  • Family – $50 (for up to two adults and their children (age 18 and under) – Please Note: grandchildren are not eligible for admission under a family membership)
  • Business – $100
  • Lifetime – One-time payment of $500 or more.

Parking is across the street from the Sands in the Pompano Beach City (pay) lot.

Membership includes boat transportation to and from the lighthouse on tour days, our quarterly newsletter, and free admission to all HLPS programs and lectures.

Tours are first-come, first-serve, and the first boat of the day usually fills up, leaving the dock at approximately 8:30am, and again at the bottom of every hour until the tour ends, returning from the lighthouse at the top of each hour. Sailing times for this tour are available on our Web page.

The tour does include the boat ride to and from the dock, a walking tour of the grounds, access to the beach (some choose to picnic) and the lighthouse tower, along with your option to climb the 175 steps up the circular stairway to the observation platform, which has successfully been done by lighthouse enthusiasts from age 6 to 93. However, since the lighthouse is an active aid to navigation, the lens room is locked and is inaccessible. There are also chairs on the property for sitting and a gazebo as well, but feel free to bring beach chairs. HLPS also sells water, but does not sell food.

In addition, the following rules apply to climb the lighthouse:

  • No bare feet – no flip-flops or clogs
  • Appropriate closed-toed footwear (USCG requirement) must be worn and must fit firmly on your feet
  • No back-packs – but we will safeguard yours for your trip to the top
  • Camera cases are allowed, but we recommend that they be worn across the chest to prevent accidental damage
  • Children must be 48 inches tall and be accompanied by an adult.

The HLPS Museum is also open on Tour days from 9am to 3pm, which is located at the Hillsboro Inlet Park on A1A at 2700 N. Ocean Boulevard in Pompano Beach. You?ll need to stop by the museum separately, before or after your visit to the lighthouse. In addition, the museum is also open Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10am until 2 pm on most days, or you can contact Judy Knoebel, our Lighthouse Museum Manager at [email protected] to arrange a private visit.

All dates and times, and the tour boat location are subject to change, including cancellation due to inclement weather, Any updates to the schedule can be found at HLPS web site at www.hillsborolighthouse.org/tours.

About Tours

Hillsboro Lighthouse is an active aid to navigation, and it is only via special dispensation from the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Coast Guard that the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society, an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is able to have up to 12 tours per year of the Hillsboro Inlet Light Station and open the grounds to the public. Future dates and details can be found on our Web page.

Sands Harbor Resort and Marina

For over 50 years, Sands Harbor Resort has been a South Florida landmark and a premier vacation destination, and is a long time friend of HLPS.

Parking for HLPS tours is across the street from the Sands Harbor (125 N. Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, FL 33062) at the Pompano Beach City Lot (pay lot). Sands Harbor can be reached by dialing toll-free at 800-227-3353, or via email at [email protected].

Click here for Google maps.

Marine Fisheries Monthly August 2014 – FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management

From FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management

Red Snapper – Gulf, Workshops

Action: Recreational workshop Aug. 11 in St. Petersburg

Information: The public is invited to attend the Aug. 11 Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper workshop in St. Petersburg. Discussions will include state and federal management of recreational red snapper and potential future approaches to managing this fishery. The workshop is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 3rd floor conference room, 100 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg.

Links for more information:   Workshops [MyFWC.com]


Lionfish

Action: Management changes effective Aug. 1

Information: Lionfish are invasive species that negatively impact Florida’s native wildlife and habitat. Several management changes go into effect Aug. 1 that will help the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) combat the growing problem by making it easier for lionfish hunters to remove the spiny predators and limiting further introduction of these species into the waters.

Changes include:

  • Prohibiting the importation of live lionfish;
  • Allowing lionfish to be removed when diving with a rebreather, a device that recycles air and allows divers to remain in the water for longer periods of time (currently, you cannot harvest any fish when using a rebreather); and
  • Allowing participants in approved tournaments and other organized events to spear lionfish or other invasive species in areas where spearfishing is not currently allowed (such as certain state parks). This will be done through a permitting system.

Links for more information:  Lionfish [MyFWC.com]


Greater Amberjack – Gulf

Action: Season opens Aug. 1

Information: Recreational harvest of greater amberjack opens Aug. 1 in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters.

The minimum size limit is 30 inches when measured from the lower jaw to the fork of the tail and the daily bag limit is one fish per person.

Links for more information:  Greater Amberjack [MyFWC.com]


Gray Triggerfish – Gulf

Action: Season opens Aug. 1 in state waters

Information: Recreational harvest of gray triggerfish opens Aug. 1 in Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles). Gray triggerfish remains closed to harvest in Gulf federal waters through Dec. 31.

The minimum size limit is 14 inches when measured from the lower jaw to the fork of the tail and the daily bag limit is two fish per person when the season is open.

Links for more information:  Gray Triggerfish [MyFWC.com]


Spiny Lobster

Action: Season opens Aug. 6

Information: Spiny lobster opens to recreational and commercial harvest in state and federal waters Aug. 6.

The daily recreational bag and possession limit is six per person.

Spiny lobster must be measured before they are removed from the water and must have a carapace larger than 3 inches. The carapace is measured beginning at the forward edge between the rostral horns, excluding any soft tissue, and proceeding along the middle to the rear edge of the carapace. (see illustration)

Harvest is prohibited in Everglades National Park, Biscayne Bay/Card Sound Lobster Sanctuary, Dry Tortugas National Park and the no-take areas of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Links for more information:


Blue Crab

Action: Trap closures slated for Aug. 10-19 and Aug. 20-29

Information: In an effort to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps, the FWC has established regional blue crab trap closures. These closed seasons only apply to standard blue crab traps. The harvest of blue crabs by other gear, such as dip nets and fold-up traps, is permitted during the closures. Traps that are attached to private property such as a dock are not included in the closures.

All waters of Brevard through Palm Beach counties, excluding the St. Johns River system, will be closed to the use of blue crab traps from Aug. 10-19.

All waters from the Georgia/Florida state line, excluding the St. Johns River system, south through Volusia County will be closed to the use of blue crab traps from Aug. 20-29.

Links for more information: Blue Crab [MyFWC.com]


Permit

Action: Season reopens Aug. 1 in Special Permit Zone

Information: Harvest of permit inside the special permit zone reopens Aug. 1. The daily bag limit is one fish person and two per vessel and the minimum size limit is 22 inches fork length inside this zone. The Special Permit Zone includes state and federal waters south of Cape Florida in the Atlantic and south of Cape Sable in the Gulf.

The harvest of permit from areas north of the Special Permit Zone is open year-round with bag limit of 2 fish per person and size limit of not less 11inches or more than 22 inches fork length.  

Links for more information:  Permit [MyFWC.com]

Provided by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission