Miller Insurance

Written: February 28, 2013

Ryan Miller really knows how to throw a party. On Tuesday they celebrated with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony after moving to a new location in Tualatin. We had Lou Ogden, mayor of Tualatin, Linda Moholt, CEO of the Tualatin Chamber and dozens more interesting business people in attendance.


I help Jim Ruiz at Miller Insurance with their WordPress web site questions.



Staples – That was Not Easy

Written: February 19, 2013

I’m a big believer in making backups of my computer hard drive so that I can run my business with the minimum of disruption when the main hard drive fails and I need to recover it. Staples offered my a $25 Coupon when spending $75 or more, so I went online and tried to order a Western Digital 1TB hard drive that support Firewire 800.


The first challenge that I encountered was that logging into is separate and not related to finding and adding a Rewards coupon. I found my login for but couldn’t remember my login for Staples Rewards. They had a link for forgotten username and I was able to supply an account number, so they gave me my forgotten username. Of course I didn’t know my password, however they let answer a challenge question, so good, now I have my proper Staples Rewards login and password.

I was able to find my coupons, add the $25.00, then start shopping for the hard drive. Western Digital had good reviews so I easily added it to my cart, then started the checkout process. Here’s where it gets frustrating. I typed in my Visa card info, but the web page came back saying that it didn’t match the address of the card. Uggh. I removed the company name, nope that didn’t work. I next removed the zip+4, and I got one step farther.

WD 1TB hard drive

Now it wanted to show me the complete order, for a final review, I accepted, uh oh, another error message about an address mismatch. Re-entered my address and card info three more times.

Fed up I called the 800 number for Staples, pushed the 1 button to get help with online sales, then waited. While waiting I gave the online checked two more tries, on the fifth try it finally accepted my credit card. Folks, that was Not easy.

I could’ve just jumped in my car, drove 2 miles to the Tualatin Staples, bought the hard drive and been back home in less time. I won’t use the Staples online system ever again, never, ever.


Moral of the story: Staples needs to review their online checkout experience because it is sorely lacking. Also, they need to have a single login, not two that are independent and unrelated.


Elution Technologies

Written: February 15, 2013

Elution Technologies

  • A business-to-business web site in the food industry
  • New layout designed using the colors from the corporate logo of purple and gold
  • Three main messages on the Home page
  • Products page with over two dozen products
  • Contact form
  • Searchable site
  • Uses Google maps for easy directions
  • Built in WordPress allowing client to make their own web updates using a browser

Tualatin Library Foundation

Written: February 12, 2013

Donna volunteers with the Tualatin Library Foundation and we met tonight along with Wayne and Hamish to have a tutoring session on how they could update their own website. Each person brought a laptop, signed into their WordPress site, and then the group learned how to:

It was a very productive working session and now they have the confidence and experience to grow their web site and reach their audience effectively using the web.

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