Sliced Invoices — WordPress Plug-in review

I have been doing consulting for many years. For the past few years my desktop of choice has been Mint Linux. Both my wife and I work almost exclusively on our Linux machines. I have been looking for a Linux friendly client contact and invoicing alternative for a while. I have been torn between writing my own solution vs finding and using an existing one.

One alternative I found is Sliced Invoices a WordPress Plug-in from Melbourne Australia that adds invoice related features to WordPress. Like most WordPress plugins, Sliced Invoices is opensource and free to use. There are a few paid extras that might be useful but the basic Sliced Invoices plugin does a lot.

Low-Cost Web Design and Hosting — My Prices for Bloggers and Small Businesses

Site Design Cost

responsive-design-400pxThe cost of launching or relaunching a website can can range from nearly free to thousands of dollars. Various things can legitimately add to the cost of developing a site. Custom graphics, message crafting and advertising assistance, and features such as on-line purchasing can be expensive.

That said, the days of the high-priced web site and needing a full time web-master are pretty much over. Basic site hosting and much of site design have become quite affordable. Not quite as easy as some advertising might make it look, but adding and updating site content does not require skills much beyond basic word processing. Here are the prices for some of the packages I offer.

Two Sites for Two Artists

Earlier this year two artists, whom I knew casually, asked me to help them design a new website for them. Actually two sites. Chris and Tom Higgins had been sharing a commercial artist site, and they wanted to have separate and more unique sites. Designing a site to represent artists and their work takes on a special focus. A website for an artist can enhance or diminish the appreciation of the work displayed. How the art is “hung” is important.

Windows 10 has got you, ready or not

ScheduleUpgradeDialogI have heard from a number of folks in the last few days that their Windows 7 computer updated itself— uninvited— to Windows 10. First comes a pop-up that asks you to schedule the upgrade with no option to decline. Then ready or not, Windows 10.

As my daughter put it, “At least it is not as bad as Windows 8.”

Here are some tips to help you make your Windows 10 a bit more livable.

No geek talk computer assistance.

hal-800pxIs your computer starting to seem a bit like HAL? Assistance for the non- tech savvy—I understand that for many the young nerds at the big box stores can be a bit overwhelming. I provide affordable friendly at home and in office assistance. I will take the time to explain in real English what is needed and what I am doing. Many computer fixes require no new hardware. If you need new hardware or software, I will help you find the lowest cost option that will do the trick.

If you are within 50 miles of Augusta / Winthrop and need help with computer issues, I can provide assistance at your home or office. A one hour in-home or in-office visit will cost just $35. (Depending on distance, a small travel charge will apply.)

Clif Graves 3.0

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I do custom Web Site design using WordPress. I am also available to do work to support individuals, nonprofits, and small businesses around the efficient use of Windows, Mac and Linux computers and use of common software on each platform.

Local to everywhere: While working face to face and on site is great, from my office located in Winthrop, Maine I can serve web-design clients anywhere in the U.S. Technology makes that possible. Phone, GoTo Meeting, e-mail, electronic document sharing make physical location somewhat irrelevant to providing consultation, support, and technical assistance.

As the sign at my dentist says “We are now accepting new patients.”