Remote working post Covid-19

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For those of you building a website, to escape the 9 to 5 treadmill.

Here is a quote from an email I received today,

The way we work has changed forever. The remote work revolution is here to stay. But have YOU adapted your business?

More and more businesses are turning to freelancers to get work done quickly, efficiently and inexpensively.

In fact, more than 40% of executives expect to increase their use of freelancers over the next five years.

You can’t afford to get left behind by the remote work revolution.

So post your first project today. Start your business on the road to success and get ahead of the curve.

The world is changing. Will you? (source:- Freelancer.com)

Covid-19

We know remote work has been around for a while as a smaller part of the world we live in. In 2020 the Covid-19 phenomenon broke a lot of previous conceptions about was and was not possible. We could never have conceived that things like international borders, flights and trade, could ever be shut down the way they were.

We could never have believed governments in so many countries would dare impose the restrictions they did.

It just broke every preconception we had of what was possible.

There are many side effects depending on what viewpoint you take. Lots of positives as well as the obvious negatives.

The biggest positive of all? We are capable of change. We can jump off the treadmill. We choose our destiny. Group-think can be broken free of.

Remote workers and Expats

What does this mean for the Expat who by definition is a remote worker. It means it’s time to change gears.

The opportunities to work while you travel or live in a wide variety of countries are opening up.

More employers have been looking hard for ways to insure themselves against future events like Covid-19.

They are more receptive to having remote workers.

Once they get to that conclusion, its not a big step to consider that distance is now not a factor.

Their remote workforce can be in local suburbs, the other side of their home country, and you guessed it the other side of the planet.

Doors previously closed to the Online Expat are opening. It also opens the door for people looking to escape the 9-5 treadmill.

Freelancing

The statement I quoted above was from an email newsletter from Freelancer.com. They were were highlighting what they call “The Gig Economy”.

If you have ever spent any time curious about that working for yourself, you will be aware of Freelancer and quite a few similar platforms.

These pay per task based platforms support a lot of remote work from home entrepreneurs. 

These are usually fixed term “Gigs” for a particular task. But there are regularly tasks that can span many months.

Maybe someone wants a Website developer on staff but not permanently. A Freelancer is the ideal solution.

The future landscape

With more employers thinking about the structure of their workforce, they will be more inventive and open in their options.

The trick for Expats and Treadmill defectors is to stay informed, follow the shift in thinking. It will never be the same again.

The need to be connected with sources involved in this discussion is an important step.

Watch how the changes manifest. Watch the wording of Position Vacant adds – these will all change.

Identify positions that may also accept a remote worker. 

Write a convincing argument in job submissions as to why a particular job may be handled remotely.

And don’t forget, a lot of us Expats have chosen to live in countries where the cost of living is significantly cheaper.

We can still ask a comfortable salary less than it would cost the employer in their own economic area.

There can be a lot of cost savings for the employer.

They are spending a lot of time crunching the numbers – Where are the costs? where are the savings?

CHANGE IS INEVITABLE  – GROWTH IS OPTIONAL

Websites – This is How they work

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Websites – This is how they work

Most people don’t know what is actually  going on when they visit a website. They don’t care to know. But when it comes to running your own site it is important to understand the mechanics of how it works.
It starts by getting over the commonly used word “visit” a website. It is an unfortunate use of words because it masks the reality of what is really happening.

For those of us that own or manage a website, we need to be very aware of the actual process. 

So what actually happens. 

In the same way that we watched a concert on TV, we did not actually go to the concert.
It came to us on our TV screen. Our TV whether cable, satellite or via antenna, picked up a “signal” that contained all the digital data to display the concert. As motion occurs, parts of the screen refresh and change.

We all use web browsers in a similar way to TV channels. Sure its a loose comparison but it works.

We download a batch of digital files. Then our  browser builds a representation of a website on our computer screen. We generally mistake the complexity of what a web browser does and take it for granted.

Covid-19, site security and speed.

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Covid-19, your site security and speed.

I know Covid, site security and site speed sounds like a strange combination of words for a Post title. Read on. During this period when so many things are disrupted from normal, the internet is also feeling the impact.We all know that the internet traffic has skyrocketed because more people have been stuck at home because of work closures. More people have been turning to the internet to fill those hours of boredom. 

Sadly, the opportunists, hackers and spammers have seen this as a boon for them. They have ramped up their efforts to take advantage of this situation. Covid opportunists. At the same time, the services that run to make the internet safe, are taking a heavier load also. We mostly believe all this technology is fully automated, so whats the problem? The problem is the support services that make this all possible are human beings, monitoring and maintaining these systems. Closing the cracks when they appear. They are in overload.

I see people with websites asking for help on Forums. Regular topic where people are looking for simple advice for basic problems. But I also see people terrified by sudden increases of attacks during this Covid period on their websites, trying to gain access to their admin accounts. Mostly they are aware of this increase because the security firewall on their site is reporting them. Sure, they should revisit the settings and check their firewall is set at optimal configuration. That is always good practice. Beyond that, just be vigilant and move on. This is all part of this same theme. 

Update WordPress, Themes, Plugins

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Update WordPress, Themes, Plugins

You do need to update WordPress , it’s Plugins and Themes. Keeping your website up to date goes a long way to ensure it works seamlessly. It helps to keep the wheels turning without unnecessary friction. 

From time to time WordPress introduces new code into the core files. These are intended to make the whole system run better. They introduce new capabilities, fix compatibility issues and fine tune security. Depending on your settings the WordPress updates will auto install or alternately appear in your dashboard for you to manually install.

In the case of major updates, you may need to manually click to install even if you have set to auto. This is just a safe guard giving you opportunity to do any housekeeping or backup first.

Just as WordPress has updates, so do your installed plugins. WordPress makes the core file updates available to developer before release to the general public. They do this to give plugin developers and authors time to test their plugins with the changed WordPress core files. They can then decide to release updates for their plugins to accommodate the WordPress changes if necessary. This is how they stay ahead of the game. So when we update WordPress on our sites, their plugins are ready to go.

While there may not be any conflicts to fix, many plugin authors may take the opportunity to release any incremental updates they were working on. It also allows for their plugin to report compatibility with the latest version of WordPress.

Let’s update WordPress 

How to use Google Drive as a CDN

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How to use Google Drive as a CDN

Don’t worry, its really not hard to use Google Drive as a CDN. You see I have broken it down to 16 steps but in truth its only half a dozen. I broke it into such small bites just to make it perfectly clear and transparent. It will only take a couple of minutes in realtime. You only have to do it once. There after you just add whatever you need to this one folder. So let’s get started

 

Google Drive as a CDN

  1. Login into your Google account. If you use the google chrome browser you may already be logged in.
  2. Now access Google drive.
  3. At the top left of the window you will see a “+New” button. Create a new folder.
  4. Once created, right click on it, from the list of options select Share.
  5. A Dialog Box will appear. Click on Advanced.drive new folder
  6. (Another Dialog Box Will Appear).
  7. Click on Change in front of Private – Only you can access.change share
  8. (Another Dialog Box Will Appear).
  9. Select First Option On-Public on the web and hit Save Button.on the web
  10. Now your new folder is effectively a CDN folder and it can accessible without login.
  11. Upload your files to your new “CDN” folder.
  12. To use or share files out of google drive you need File ID or shareable link of each file.
  13. Go to each required selected file (inside the folder)and click on Share (a Dialog Box will Appear).
  14. Here you can see File ID & sharing link.
  15. Just Copy That and Use it Wherever you want.

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