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WordPress for beginners: .org or .com ?

If you are thinking of starting a blog or creating a website, probably you’ve considered WordPress. You search on the web and come across wordpress.com AND  .org. Why are there two? Are they both official? Is one only for blogs? Is just one free? For beginners, this can be a bit confusing. To help you understand the differences, I suggest reading WordPress.com vs WordPress.org: Which Is Right for YOU?, by Jazmine Betz at G2 Crowd:

“Before getting into the differences between .com and .org, it’s important to understand what WordPress is. WordPress is a free, open-source CMS based on the MySQL database management system and the PHP scripting language. While it can be used for any type of content, it’s a popular option for web content management. Web content management systems are used to build out websites, notably ones that frequently post fresh content, such as blogs, news sites and online stores.

WordPress has been so successful because it’s easy to use and offers users mobile- and SEO-friendly websites and hundreds of plugins. And since WordPress isn’t owned by a company — it’s maintained entirely by volunteers — the software is completely free.”
Keep reading the article on G2 Crowd

If you need a bit (or a lot!) of help to get your website designed, I can help you with that! Feel free to get in touch — I’d love to work on a project with you.

Swan Christmas display relfecting in a pool

Milner Gardens Christmas Magic 2018

Since the summer, I’ve been the Twitter Lead for Milner Gardens & Woodland in Qualicum Beach. I’m on the Marketing Committee and figured doing the Twitter would be the best way for me to help since it was being neglected a bit because the social media marketer was focusing on Facebook and Instagram. I’ve been enjoying increasing Milner’s Twitter presence and have been quite surprised how quickly I’ve increased engagement and relevant followers. But I still have a ways to go!

Well, enough about me and more about Milner Gardens. Each December, Milner Gardens runs a fundraiser Milner Christmas Magic. It is truly magical. A lot of gardens have a light festival for the holiday season, but what makes Milner’s special to me is how the massive Douglas Firs in the forest are lit up with projection lights. It’s enchanting.

If you haven’t made it yet this year, it’s on Dec 9th & Dec 14th-19th from 5 pm-8:30 pm (last entry is at 8 pm). I hope to see you there.

Here is a lovely video of the festival:

Lights, Santa and more in Qualicum Beach’s Milner Gardens and Woodlands

Source: VIDEO: Milner Gardens Christmas Magic 2018 – Parksville Qualicum Beach News


The poster for Milner Christmas Magic 2018

Brian Middleton's digital artwork of a mountain and lake in green hues

Brian Middleton and Diane McCarten “Still Evolving” Art Exhibit at the MAC in Parksville, BC

I’m excited about an exhibit at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville. (By the way, I had the pleasure of making the new website for the MAC).  Brian Middleton & Diane McCarten are partnering up for an exhibit called “Still Evolving”. It opens October 16th and runs until December 1st, 2018.  I haven’t yet seen Diane’s work, but I have seen Brian’s.

I am picky about art. Sometime earlier this year or maybe last year, I was at The Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach and there was a group exhibit on upstairs. My mother, who has a studio at TOSH, had said matter-of-factly “Brian does digital art now. He has a piece in this.” I found it, a landscape of angular mountains like crystals with rainbow colours above—was it titled “Where You Will Find Me”? I couldn’t stop analysing and talking about it and it’s title. I was impressed!

Brian Middleton, who is based in based in Parksville, BC, does art he calls “Virtual Impressionism”. He uses an iPad to create it. More from his website:

“”Virtual Impressionism” is the term I use to describe the essence of this work.

Originally, the term “Impressionism” was used to describe a movement in painting in mid-nineteenth century France.  It was characterized by a focus on depicting a visual impression of the moment, especially in terms of the shifting effect of light and colour.

“Virtual Impressionism” continues to focus on the changing effects of light and colour, but using the illuminated screen as canvas and virtual tools as brushes and paints.”

Hope this exhibit is well attended and good luck to Brian and Diane.


Brian Middleton & Diane McCarten – “Still Evolving”
October 16 – December 1, 2018
Opening Reception – Sunday, October 21 from 1-3 pm
McMillian Arts Centre: 133 McMillan Street, Parksville, BC