We were in the midst of reviving our e-newsletter when this virus thing happened. We really were, I promise. After buying three web companies over the past 18 months, our game plan was to get back in touch with all of our customers and stay in touch. We are extending our high-touch approach to all of our customers now, at a proper social distance, of course.

Working from home is a great solution to this worldwide problem. Some professionals will find that they get more done because of fewer interruptions. Others will find that isolation makes them less productive or at least makes it harder to be as productive. The two main types of workers challenged by work-at-home are those with less discipline (me) and those whose work requires more connection and collaboration (also me). Here are a few thoughts:

Make sure all of your systems are up to date: email, chat, online video. We like Google’s products for all of these, but others will do as well.

  • Include the telephone frequently. Email and chat apps are fine but hearing the other person’s voice — and them hearing your voice — adds more to the communication than you realize.
  • Online video is even better than the phone. If you routinely engage in video chats, you know what I mean. If you don’t see the need, try it for a week. Just tell the other person you’re “old school,” and that you like face-to-face conversations. This will work even if you’re 24.
  • Learn how to set up group video chats and do it. It’s easy in Google Chat, and your groups will be there for future visits.
  • Consider all of your other channels as well, especially if your company just mandated “work from home.” These include the company website, company Facebook page, Facebook Messenger, LinkedIn, etc.
  • If you need help with any of this, call your web company! In Wilmington, and Charlotte, call 910-452-6345. In Myrtle Beach, 843-368-7340.

Coronavirus humor: What’s fair game?

Covid 19 is a serious issue. That said, some levity is inevitable, and maybe even helpful if it’s done in good taste, and on the right topics. At my most recent Rotary club meeting, before we suspended meetings for six weeks, I told this one that I found online: “I know we have to be careful with Coronavirus jokes. And I know we don’t get political in Rotary. But I’ve got this really good one about the Coronavirus: (long pause) … Well, you probably won’t get it.”

You might have noticed the updated graphic on the home page: https://joomlatowp.com. Let me know what you think. And if you need a Joomla website converted, or know someone who does, let us know.

Is your website still “Not Secure”?

We sent emails to our customers in 2018 explaining the need to add an SSL certificate to all websites. Most complied. Since then, we have added about 200 customers to our family. This is a reminder to everyone that all websites should have an SSL certificate installed to remove the “not secure” or “?” indication in the address bar.

This fix will give more confidence to anyone visiting your site. It will make you look more professional. And it is a one-time cost of $60-$120. Give us a call or send us an email and we’ll take care of you.

One more for Coronavirus humor?

A man walked into a bank wearing a mask. Everybody inside panicked. The man said, “Don’t worry, I’m just here to rob the place.”

Even though we’re all working at a distance now, we plan to make extra efforts to stay in touch and be helpful. This situation is unlike any we’ve seen in recent memory, and it’s a hardship. But it’s also an opportunity. We’ll keep reaching out to you, and you do the same, especially if we can help. We’ll get through this together, and maybe even be better for it.

Your WordwrightWeb & JoomlatoWP Team
Michael Byrd, Johannes Behmer, Brian Chandler, Stephen Vorwerk, George Gordon