A Veteran Web Developer without a Portfolio

I was talking today with a client that we did a small gig for about a year ago. He runs an an agency and called with a partnership opportunity. Wow,

Virtual Team Members and Clients

[photo: Andy Schulkind and Shane Larrabee meeting in Costa Rica] A Truly “Virtual” Company I’m not sure if this is all that unique, but people are often very interested in

We’ve Got Swag

Yes it is true… I was once a model. If it’s not completely obvious from the photo above, I used to be a professional model. However I have to admit

Site Speed: Server Timing and Render-Blocking Scripts

Server timing and render-blocking scripts: Two items that seem to cause the most concern when working on site

Pros and Cons of WordPress Visual Editors

WordPress Visual Editors can be powerful tools but I hate them! The pros and cons of such tools.

State of the Biz: 2017 (Annual)

2017 was a growth year for FatLab Web Support. We strengthened our service offerings and successfully grew several areas of the business. We had some fun along the way as

Business Meetings Don’t Have to Suck (Costa Rica)

We had the pleasure of welcoming Ritz Penaranda and our client Dolores Alonso of FPSA in to the shores of Costa Rica for some "business"

(Another) New Website

I did it again, I said a website would last 2 years and I published a completely new website long before hitting the 24 month

A Happy Agency Partner

Congrats. Thanks for a great client meeting. Things are really coming together. Working on content and design. Love working with you and your

The “New” FatLab… Or New Logo Anyway

As much as I liked our previous logo, it was time for it to go. Out with the old and in with the new as someone wiser than myself once

Moving Your Site to SSL (the short version)

Just the facts on moving your site to SSL/HTTPS for our

Google Plans to Scare You into SSL this October

Starting in October of this year, the Google Chrome browser is going to start scaring your website viewers by showing them a warning for non SSL

I (Finally) Released an Ebook on Website Security

I say “finally” because this thing was actually written two years ago and sadly I just never got it completely finalized and posted. It’s something that I remembered from time

PHP Update Roadmap

Updated: September 6, 2018 What is PHP? Let’s geek out a little bit here, if you don’t mind. For those who don’t know, PHP is a programming language that popular

State of the Biz (Q1 – 2017)

2017 Q1 Report In my continued effort from the end of 2016 when I posted “State of the Biz 2016 (Annual)“, I figured I would post another State of the Biz

Introducing High Availability Databases

"High Availability" means that each database has 2 replicas and if one of those were to have a problem the other two remain online and the hosted websites are unaffected.

Moving a WordPress Site to SSL (Updated: 2017)

An update to an article I wrote exactly 2 years ago. Many of the challenges remain the same but the stakes are much higher as Google penalizes those sites that

We’re a 2017 American Express® Card Member Favorite

We are happy to announce that we’ve been named a 2017 Card Member Favorite. We work with a lot of clients and thanks to American Express® Card Members—who continue to choose

RIP: The Original “Fat Lab”

A dog's legacy is typically limited to the memory of its family. However back in 2011, I named this company after the most prominent physical trait of my black lab

State of the Biz: 2016 (Annual)

2016 Annual Report Nothing formal here, just thought I would write up a quick report on the state of the business at the end of 2016. I also figured it

Our First Formal Advertising Campaign

In 2017 one of our focuses will be growing our association client base. To kick off this new focus, we have just launched our first advertising campaign.

Wrapping Up 2016

Every year for over 40 years I have found myself making new year's resolutions, acting as if the end of current year is some kind of critical deadline and of

Yet Another New Web Site

As a company that handles many marketing based tasks a day, one of the absolute hardest tasks is to market our own company. I don't think this any different for

Coworker Picks Fist Fight In Video Chat

A Photo is Worth… That headline of course makes no sense, but yet it still seems worthy of a tabloid, FaceBook meme or some other not-to-be taken seriously medium. Oh