Hello Happy Site Owners! Welcome to the BlogAid Tips Tuesday Podcast for July 12, 2016 and I’m your host MaAnna.
Tips this week include:
- How to Run a Performance Test – BlogAid Live Ep. 2
- Testing FireTalk
- New VaultPress Webmaster Videos
- Why You Need a Disaster Recovery Plan – including one for both big and small disruptions
Listen to the podcast
Today’s podcast is going to be short, but power packed. As y’all know, I’m selling my house and we’re coming into the last phases of that month long process. So, I’m crazy busy with that.
But, the big story is that we had major storm damage in the area to local power lines and I was without service for about a day and half. That meant also having to deal with the aftermath of it, like defrosting a little frig and dealing with broken tree limbs and other things that were affected.
So, I was short on time anyway, and that just put me further behind.
All the house and storm stuff has caused a disruption to my schedule. How to prepare for such events is what I mainly want to talk to you about in today’s tips so you don’t lose your shirt when such things happen.
Upcoming BlogAid Live Show
But first, I want to tell you about this week’s BlogAid Live show.
How to Run a Performance Test – BlogAid Live Ep 2
Wed July 13 at 1pm ET / 10am PT
Join me this Wed. to see how I run a performance test and all the things I look for during a site audit.
When you attend live, we can run a test on your site.
You can subscribe to this one event to get notification and reminders.
Or, you can subscribe to all BlogAid Events and get notices when shows are scheduled, plus reminders when I go live.
But, I have yet to find a way to broadcast into the event itself, so the show will be live on the BlogAid business page on Facebook.
The video broadcasting platform FireTalk has made changes recently that most definitely make it a super contender as a Blab substitute. I was hoping to have checked into it deeply over the weekend, but alas, Mother Nature had other plans.
But, I’m hoping to do that this week and it is very likely that I’ll be establishing a solid presence there, and doing some BlogAid Live shows from there, especially when I do interviews and just hang out with my peeps, like still do randomly on Blab these days, at least when I can get it to run.
Subscribe to the BlogAid FireTalk Channel to get notified of new shows there.
Before the power went out, I did finish up the new tutorials for the Facebook Live course last week. And, I’ve got a couple of new ones on the way for ways to make your presentation better. One of them includes smiling while you talk.
I’m betting every one of you listening to the podcast can hear that in my tone of voice right now. It matters, especially when you’re on camera.
And, I have another new tutorial or two planned for that course as well.
That also means the price will be going up soon. Now is the time to get into the course.
I started uploading the new VaultPress video tutorial series last week and got interrupted with the power going out. I’ve got 2 more videos I’ll be uploading today.
The new VaultPress series includes:
- Install VaultPress
- Create FTP Restore Connection
- Create SSH Restore Connection
- WhiteList VP IPs in CloudFlare
You’ll find them in Level 2, in the Backups section.
I’ll be creating a new tutorial on how to migrate a site to a dev site with VaultPress very soon too.
That’s all the news from around here. Let’s get into this week’s tips.
Why You Need a Disaster Recovery Plan
All this hoo haa with finding a new place, the sale of the house, and now the upcoming move, plus storms randomly knocking out power frequently for the last month have definitely taken a toll on my business.
First, I had to spend an inordinate amount of time looking for a new place.
While showing the house, I had to take the time to make it showroom ready looking.
And then I had to literally vacate the property for 3 days because we had back to back showings.
Plus, through all of June and July we’ve had super strong storm bursts here that brought down massive trees, and those took out a lot of power lines with them.
All of that added up to a huge amount of time away from my desk. And that meant a serious disruption of work.
Fortunately, it didn’t mean a total lack of work because I had a plan in place.
Working Away From Your Desk
I have my iPad set up to connect to my GApps account.
That way I have access to my email and Google Drive, which is where I moved my entire back office.
I find that my iPad has an easier time of connecting to other wi-fi than my laptop does. And I have a Bluetooth keyboard for it too.
I can do at least all the basic work I need to do from there, but it is no substitute for my desktop, which has a lot of the other files and applications I need to run my business.
I also made prior arrangements to camp out on a friend’s couch on the days I had to be away.
That gave me access to secure wi-fi.
You absolutely, 100% don’t want to rely on free wi-fi from places like a coffee shop or McD’s in those situations. The risk of man in the middle attack is way too high. Same with using free wi-fi from a hotel.
If you travel a lot, then get a VPN service. They cost very little compared to getting hacked or having someone spy on everything you do online.
Coping with Small Disasters
Now, all that was fine. But when the power went out, I had a whole other issue.
That meant my computer was down, but so was my wi-fi, and my ability to recharge my iPad, or even my cell phone.
With something like the power being out, it can be tough to make other arrangements because it’s sudden and random. And you never know how long it will be out.
Most of us can probably get by with a 4-6 hour outage, which is most of what I’ve experienced over the last month.
But this latest one was a 26 hour outage and required me to have to shift a LOT of meetings and plans. I could have gone to my friend’s house if need be, and would have if the outage had lasted any longer.
I have car chargers for my iPad and phone, so that’s how I got around that problem in the short term.
But it has taken me another couple of days to catch back up on all the work I had scheduled so that I don’t have to rearrange the rest of my week.
Do You Have a Plan?
Losing even a day or two unexpectedly from your desk can be very disruptive to your whole week, or even your month.
Have you made arrangements ahead of time for a spur of the moment backup plan?
What about a long term plan?
Coping with Major Disasters
What if your computer fries?
Do you have a backup of your data that you can easily access?
I use Carbonite, which is an offsite cloud service. I’ve heard it’s a slow recovery.
There are also local backup applications that save to an external hard drive. One of them is Acronis and I had fits getting it to work well, so I went back to Carbonite.
What if you are injured?
It doesn’t even have to be a major injury to knock your business for a loop. It could be such a way that you can’t be at your desk for a spell.
Does anyone else know how to access your email or such, even just to create an autoresponder?
Shutting it All Down
And last, of course, what if you are permanently incapacitated or die?
Does anyone know how to shut down your business properly, including all of the accounts you have online?
Did you know that social media platforms and other online entities will not share log in info with your next of kin even if you die?
Make a Good Arrangement
I’ve made plans with two of my teammates to take care of different parts of my business should I no longer be able to run it.
And I’ve given my estate executor all the info she needs to access the accounts and give these two industry knowledgeable people the info they need to do the tasks.
I don’t expect my executor to know how to do all that. And besides, she’ll have enough to handle with just my estate, plus any emotional upset that may come with the situation.
Now is a Good Time to Get This Done
At some point, you just have to make getting a plan in place a top priority, else you’ll never get it done.
It was a lot faster and easier to do than I thought. And it brings me and those around me amazing peace of mind to know it’s all taken care of too.
Plus, even for little disasters, a plan can keep you from losing money that month.
So, just make it happen. You’ll be glad you did.
That’s a wrap for this week’s Tips Tuesday.
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