Hosting Business Blog Sites in Denver and Beyond

Wed, Dec 24, 2008

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Blog Crater

At Blog Crater, we are dedicated to providing professional, high quality hosting resources to assist you in hosting your new blog site or re-host your existing blog.

The purpose of this blog is for discussion of such topics as how to create a blog, blog hosting, blogging best practices, themes, plugins, and what’s new in the blogging world.

We’ll host your custom blog site using the highly acclaimed WordPress platform.  Use your own domain name, so you can maintain your unique Internet name space and web presence.

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Google Gets Involved with Real Estate Investment

Mon, Sep 20, 2010

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Google recently announced plans to contribute $86 million into a Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), which will assist with funding 480 low-income housing units throughout the Midwest and West Coast.

Through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, which will be managed by U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation, builders and developers will receive tax credits when creating homes for low-income families and for senior citizens. While the tax credit is certainly welcome news to builders and developers, some are wondering why Google might want to get involved with the real estate industry.

While the answer to this question is one that only Google executives can answer, one clear explanation is simply because the company can afford to do it. With Google being worth more than $30 billion in terms of short-term investments and cash, the company has plenty of funds to dedicate toward additional investments. Clearly, shareholders don’t like to see a company sitting on piles of cash that can be used to help expand the company even further. As such, Google has been trying to determine what to do with the cash for some time now. With that in mind, the decision to investigate in real estate doesn’t seem to be so unusual. Furthermore, investing in housing for low-income families and senior citizens fits nicely within the company’s informal motto of “Don’t be Evil.”

“In recent years there has been a void in affordable housing investment,” said Google treasurer Brent Callinicos in a recent press statement. “Our investment with USBCDC allows us to further our goal of providing relief to people who otherwise may not have access to quality housing.”

Currently, the developments being planned through USBCDC include:

  • Waukegan, Illinois (located outside of Chicago)
  • Apple Valley, Minnesota (a Twin cities suburb)
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Fontana, California
  • Palm Springs, California
  • Salinas, California

The stability of the markets included in the program vary greatly, with Des Moines being quite stable to the shaky market of Salinas. As such, this program could potentially help spur real estate development as well as investment in these markets. In addition, since the homes are to be modest rental units rather than condos, the new units are not likely to contribute to the high vacancy rates seen in many of the cities that are currently struggling. Furthermore, the housing developments in these areas will help to boost jobs in areas where employment opportunities are greatly needed. So, while Google’s involvement in the market may seem a bit strange, it is likely to be a win-win situation for the company as well as for the economy as a whole.

About the Author: Brian Kinkade is a broker and team lead with Brokers Guild – Cherry Creek Ltd, one of Denver’s fastest growing full service Denver real estate firm. Brian’s team of Internet savvy agents service the Denver Metro area while specializing in Denver luxury homes, Colorado equestrain property and International real estate.

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WordPress 3.0.1 Released

Thu, Sep 9, 2010

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WordPress just keeps getting better! The story continues…
Latest WordPress Stable Release v3.0.1:
Get more information WordPress 3.0.1 Release News
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WordPress just keeps getting better!

Fri, Feb 26, 2010

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WordPress just keeps getting better!
WordPress Security Release v2.9.2 released:
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WordPress releases security update

Thu, Aug 27, 2009

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New update for WordPress v2.8.4: Security Release

Once again, this excellent product continues to get better and better.
This update addresses a security vulnerability that could allow unauthorized users to request a password reset. See full detail WordPress 2.8.4 Release

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WordPress 2.8 Release

Wed, Jun 17, 2009

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Great news!! Yet another new and improved WordPress release. Released to the public on June 10th, 2009.
WordPress Version 2.8 offers many, many new features as well as improvements on existing feature sets.

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Denver Knox – iPhone WordPress Template

Tue, Jun 2, 2009

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If you haven’t already using this awesome WordPress template by Denver Knox, you are missing out!

Read more at Knox’s website

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cforms II gets even better

Tue, Jun 2, 2009

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delicious days releases another more robust release of cforms

cforms v.10.5 requires PHP 5 and above, be sure your web server and/or hosting provider is using PHP v5.x before you install this update.
If your web server is running PHP 4.x you can still download and use the latest compatible version of cforms v10.4.1

Get all the details on the author’s website

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cforms II v10.4 now available

Mon, Mar 9, 2009

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Another release of this terrific WordPress plugin “cforms II” is now available v10.4
Please see author’s website for more details.
Author Website

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WordPress 2.7.1 Released

Wed, Feb 11, 2009

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WordPress released their first maintenance release of v2.7, now v.2.7.1

The release contains fixes for 68 tickets. This release can be upgraded automatically (Tools->Upgrade menu) or downloaded and perform upgrade manually if you wish to do so.

If you choose the Automatic method, make sure you have a folder called upgrade within your wp-content folder that has public ‘write’ permissions.

As with any WP upgrade or patch install, you will want to make sure you have proper backups your existing WP site, all web folders and MySQL database(s).

Please visit WordPress’s official site for the list of fixed tickets and the full set of changes between 2.7 and 2.7.1 for details.
Download WordPress 2.7.1
Information on WordPress 2.71
Upgrading WordPress Guide

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In need of a highly qualified Pet Sitter?

Wed, Feb 4, 2009

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Puppy

Our daily schedules are much busier today than they have ever been in the past.  Work schedules are longer and many of us are more spontaneous when it comes to taking vacation or even a weekend out of town.  And we are faced with finding a relative or neighbor to watch our pets while we are gone.

If you are like me, I don’t feel comfortable leaving them at a kennel or troubling the family or neighbors, once again to come take care of the critters.  Maybe this is fine and they don’t mind or maybe you would like to try something new, but who do you trust to take care of your extended family members while you are gone?

Avid pet lovers are the first to recognize the risks involved and have started to seek quality pet sitting services as an alternative. When one stops to consider the benefits of hiring a pet sitter, it is a win-win situation. You gain the flexibility to take those spontaneous out of town weekends or travel for vacation, with the peace of mind that your pets are in good hands… the hands of a qualified professional.  A quality pet sitting service does for a living what they love most… taking care of animals.  Your pets get to enjoy the same care and attention that you provide to them even while you are gone.

One such qualified and trustworthy company based in Highlands Ranch and serving the surrounding vicinities is Katy’s Creature Comforts.  A locally owned and operated pet sitting service that offers affordable, high quality care for your pets, so you can rest assured that your pets are enjoying your time away as much as you are.
Visit Katy’s Creature Comforts for more details

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