Beneficial Resources

There are a few things that aren’t needs, but will dramatically benefit your lifestyle. Most of these items are pay once, and then only when you need to replace them. There is a resource that you will have to pay annually, but it is worth it, and the annual price is very minimal. Another resource will add a monthly bill to you, but again – I feel that this will be beneficial to you as it will improve your presence on the Internet.

Cellular Smartphone

A smartphone is like having a computer in your pocket. However, smartphones are for minimal media consumption. Their small size makes creating media such as writing a letter, or a webpage nearly impossible. I would write a reasonable sized email on a smartphone especially if the person I am writing to writes a reasonable amount to me. A smartphone is also good to play games on, and watch videos on Youtube. If you are into social networking, then you can install respective apps on your phone, and have a cleaner look on your phone. Also, if you have to have a SIP phone for some reason, the smartphone will handle that as well.

Computer

To me, a computer is the ultimate media consumption, and creation machine. If you buy a desktop, you can decide the size of your screen (unless you get an all in one). You can also decide your keyboard and mouse. If you are into making your own websites, but you don’t know all of the web development technologies, WordPress will be right for you. It is how I develop my own websites, and all I need is a web browser, and an FTP client. The FTP client is to upload the WordPress platform, while the web browser helps in creating the content pages.

A computer can also be used to write to friends, and handle messaging services such as iMessage, and Telegram. Both iMessage, and Telegram are used by me when the person I am chatting with supports one of those platforms. As for email, most OSes will have an email client, and using that one should be fine for most people. Since I hadn’t used a Windows PC in years, I don’t know of email clients for them. An internet search for a Windows Email Client should bring some results up.

Contact Profile

There are a couple of options to consider when deciding on a contact profile. The first option will be to create a web page with all of your public contact information in it. The page name should be Contact so people will know what the page is about. If you take my suggestion on a WordPress driven website, a contact page might be something like https://you.com/contact/. Obviously, you would only want information that 7.5 Billion people will see.

The second option will be a dedicated contact website. Again, if you followed my suggestion with regards to a website, you could create https://contact.you.com/.

In either case, I will recommend an email address where the visitors can reach you. I will also recommend a telephone number. One option will be to acquire a SIP service provider. One example will be Callcentric. You would get an account, add a $1.00/month phone plan, and acquire a SIP client to connect with your service. Incoming calls will ring to your SIP client. Another option will be a voicemail number with Number Barn. They are more expensive, and they only offer voicemail or forwarding. I would suggest Number Barn only if you want a voicemail number. Number Barn is $7+tax/month.

Tablet

A tablet is a good in between device. It can do emailing easier than a phone, and offer a larger screen for games and applications. I have an iPad, and use the iPad to handle Twitter streams, and light email. A tablet with a cellular connection will allow you to use the tablet on the go, and you can use the larger screen while waiting for your doctor to call you in the back. If you do have a tablet with cellular capability, T-Mobile’s 1GB plan will meet that occasional need at a reasonable price of $10+tax.

Website

This is for anyone who wants a better than Facebook internet presence. For example, it will be hard to have a site like this one on Facebook. However, this site provides valuable information, and might make one’s life easier. If I just had a Facebook presence, and nothing else – then this site will not exist. I personally use Dreamhost for my hosting needs. They cost less than $15/month, and cheaper per month if you are able to pay for a year or three years. Also, when hosting with them, you would get a free .com/.net/.org domain. If this will be a personal site, I would recommend a .com followed by .org, and then .net. If you are willing to pay more per year, you might be able to get all three, and have the other 2 redirect to your primary site. For shared hosting, Dreamhost offers 1 plan. This plan will give you unlimited domains and sub-domains. Almost all of my websites are hosted with Dreamhost. Another option, especially if you want auto-replies, might be Host Gator. Their auto-replies work for me whereas Dreamhost doesn’t/

Assuming you use Dreamhost for you website, you would want to create a MySQL database with your domain name as the name. For example, if you have frankpilone.name (this site), then your database might be frankpilone_name. WordPress uses tables, so your table for www.frankpilone.name (your main site) will be www_. Even if you aren’t going to promote your primary site with the www, still used it with your database table. If you decide to add a new site (such as contact.frankpilone.name), then you table will be contact_. The WordPress engine will create the necessary tables, and with this method for your subdomains will make managing and editing your SQL database easier as well. If you decide to drop contact.frankpilone.name, then you could go into your database and delete all of the tables that begin with contact_.