Fundamentals of Getting Your Website Online

The process of getting a website online has never been easier and more complicated than it is now. There are so many options to help you get a site online that it can be overwhelming. One of the biggest pain points my clients have is understanding all of the moving parts that are needed to getting and keeping a site online.

This isn’t unique to new website owners, but also to those that already have an existing website. Untangling what was done to get their site online can often be an impediment to growing an existing site. Small business owners, freelancers and those in the ‘gig-economy’ that find themselves in need of an online presence beyond social media are tasked once again at wearing another hat that may not fit well with their skillset.

Before you have a conversation with any developer you should have a basic understanding of two things I always talk to clients and potential clients about. 

1. You should always register your domain name yourself. This is the single most important piece of advise I can pass along to clients. Owning your domain, as in registering it yourself, is crucial. Having it in your name allows you to control what you do with it, what is displayed when people type it into their browser, and gives you complete control of your website for as long as you own that domain name.

2. Web hosting comes in many forms. A ‘web host’ is someone that maintains or has access to maintain a server that your website is stored on and served to the internet from. There are a lot of options, free and paid, when it comes to hosting a website. There are also advantages and disadvantages when it comes to choosing the right hosting company.

It can be complicated, but it shouldn’t have to be. Understanding these basic concepts and working with a developer (not a designer) that understands both them and your needs can make getting your project online a breeze and ensures that your existing site has a solid foundation for success. If your website needs a facelift or complete re-do, give us a call. We’d love to help!

Dominion Energy Ohio Payment Plans & Energy Assistance Programs Can Help Customers Stay Warm This Winter

Dominion Energy Ohio offers a variety of payment plans and energy assistance plans to better manage your energy costs this winter and help area families stay warm. Customers who may not be able to afford their heating bills are urged to contact Dominion Energy Ohio immediately at 800.362.7557to inquire about these programs. Hearing-impaired customers with Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf can call 711.

Dominion Energy Ohio offers the following payment options to residential and small commercial customers:

• Budget Billing allows customers to pay a fixed budget amount each month, based on annual gas usage. Dominion Energy Ohio periodically reviews the budget amount and adjusts it, if necessary, so that the customer will not have a high balance or large credit at the end of the budget year. Customers should call the company for more information.

• Current-Plus Plan: Customers with a past-due balance pay their current monthly bill, plus one-sixth (1/6) of the total account balance at the time they enroll in the plan.

• The One-Ninth Plan allows customers to pay one-ninth (1/9) of their total account balance each month plus a calculated budget amount.

• Under the One-Third Winter Heating Plan, customers pay one-third of their total account balance each month for bills that include gas used from November 1, 2018, through April 15, 2019.

• Short–Term Extension grants up to five additional days to pay before the next bill date.

State and federal governmental energy assistance programs also can help income-eligible customers keep warm this winter. You can apply for all programs with one application at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov, which provides income guidelines as well. Applications are also available at libraries, some banks, and your local home energy assistance provider, or by calling the Ohio Development Services Agency at 800.282.0880.

For example, under the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus), participating customers can maintain their natural gas service by paying 6 percent of their total gross monthly household income, or $10, whichever is greater. To qualify for this year-round special payment plan, developed by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), a customer’s yearly gross household income can be up to 150 percent of federal poverty guidelines.

PIPP Plus has special benefits for participating customers. Each time customers make their required PIPP Plus monthly payments in full by the due date, Dominion Energy Ohio will credit their accounts for the rest of that month’s current charges, plus a one-twenty-fourth (1/24) credit toward their prior account balances. After 24 months of on-time and in-full PIPP Plus payments, their accounts would become current. The new PIPP Plus maximum yearly household gross income levels for the 2018-2019 program year are: $18,210 for one person, $24,690 for two people, and $37,650 for four. Add $6,480 for each additional person.

The company reminds customers that under PUCO’s annual Winter Reconnection Order, all residential customers, regardless of income, may avoid a shutoff or restore gas service once during the heating season between now and April 15, 2019, by paying the lesser of: the entire past-due balance on your gas bill, the past-due payments if you are on a special payment plan, or $175.

For more information on Dominion Energy Ohio’s programs and services, visit www.dominionenergy.com.

Holiday Survival Guide: How to Get Through the Holidays with No Regrets

By Jeff Tomaszewski, Chief Life Transformer, MaxStrength Fitness

Let’s face it: it is hard to stick to a healthy eating and exercise plan during the holidays. Everywhere we turn there are tempting foods and drinks—from treats at office parties to our own traditional family favorites. When you add in a busy schedule filled with shopping and get-togethers that make it tough to squeeze in exercise, you have a recipe for disaster as far as our scales are concerned.

The good news is that you really can get through the holidays without gaining weight. It will take some effort, but you will thank yourself a thousand times when January 1 rolls around and you have no regrets!

Your Goal:  Maintenance

In order to greet the New Year without tipping the scale, it is wise to try to maintain your weight during the next few months instead of trying to lose. Remember:  you want to enjoy the holidays, not be miserable from deprivation. This means that you will allow yourself occasional treats and splurges and keep the scale where it is rather than trying to actually decrease your weight.

There are several ways to accomplish this:

• Don’t skip your workouts. To get the biggest bang for your exercise-buck, do regular strength training moves. Even after your strength training session has ended, your metabolism and calorie-burn remains high when you do strength training! You need this calorie-burn to keep up with the richer food that you will be eating. You will also be less likely to overeat if you have just pushed through a hard workout!

• Eat breakfast. People who eat breakfast consume fewer calories throughout the day than those who skip this important meal.

• Keep a food diary. Write down every single thing you eat—even if it is only one bite of shrimp cocktail. It is a proven fact that keeping a food journal results in better weight control than not keeping one. (Tip: don’t want to write it down? Snap a picture!)

• Monitor your hunger. Never show up at a party or buffet ravenous—you will most certainly overeat. Drink water and have a protein-filled snack (such as nuts, yogurt, cottage cheese, or cheese) before arriving. This will help you have more self-control around the temptations.

• Weigh yourself twice each week. Normally it is not a good idea to step on the scale too often, but during the holidays it’s a great way to stay on track with your goals. If you see the scale start to creep, you can immediately take steps to correct it, such as backing off your calories for a day or two, drinking more water, and adding in a little more exercise.

• Watch your portion size. If you have an idea of how much food you are putting on your plate, you will be less likely to overdo it.

• Deal quickly with leftovers. If you have unhealthy leftovers in your home, you are likely to indulge. Don’t leave them sitting around. Freeze them, give them away or toss them. It’s not worth the temptation!

• Check in with your future self. Every day, speak to yourself from the future—say, from January 1. Thank yourself for doing the tough work of self-discipline during these holiday weeks. You might say something like this: Thank you! I feel great! I’m no heavier than I was in November, I’ve stayed on track with my exercise, my energy is incredible, and I’ve got the momentum to spend the rest of the winter getting in even better shape before spring gets here!

• Go public. Sound scary? It’s supposed to! Let others know what your current weight is and check in with them each time you weigh yourself. That kind of intense accountability will give you will power when the cheesecake and fudge starts showing up at the office!

You can survive the holidays with no added weight gain. Remember these tips and keep a vision of what you want to feel like on January 1 in mind. It’s going to be a great holiday season!

Be strong, eat clean, and live well—BONUS: Download our FREE Holiday Survival Guide at www.maxstrengthfitness.com/holiday.

Do You Want to Look Younger?

Advancements To Facial Cosmetic Surgical Techniques Offer Improved Results

By A. Lawrence Cervino, M.D.

In the last 20 years, the practice of plastic surgery has really evolved, becoming extremely popular with more of an emphasis on cosmetic surgery. Patients used to be very quiet about undergoing cosmetic surgery and now it is more in demand and acceptable than ever – especially among younger people. Cosmetic surgery and treatments are now more accessible to more people, and newer, less invasive techniques offer less expensive alternatives which encourages you to change things about your appearance that you might not like. Improved surgical techniques now offer you improved results for three of the most popular facial cosmetic surgical procedures – endoscopic brow lifts (forehead and eye lifts), neck lifts, and facelifts.

ENDOSCOPIC BROW LIFTS (FOREHEAD LIFTS) AND BLEPHAROPLASTY

An endoscopic brow lift, or forehead lift, is the most current and state-of-the-art method of forehead and eyebrow lifting. The procedure, which is minimally invasive when compared to traditional surgery, involves making very small incisions behind your hairline and uses endoscopic surgical techniques to perform surgery. While most cosmetic procedures make you look better for your age, the brow lift actually makes you look younger. A brow lift reduces wrinkle lines, improves frown lines, raises sagging eyebrows and places the eyebrows in a youthful position. Recovery time for a brow lift is usually 10-14 days.

Many times a forehead lift is done in conjunction with eyelid rejuvenation surgery, or blepharoplasty. As you age, your eyelids stretch, and the muscles supporting them weaken. Blepharoplasty surgery repairs droopy eyelids and may involve removing excess skin, muscle and fat. Blepharoplasty offers you a refreshed, rejuvenated eye, unobscured vision, and an overall more alert and awake appearance.

NECK LIFTS

A neck lift, or lower rhtidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck to re-establish the jawline. The first signs of aging are often seen in your neck. Modern techniques and technology allow surgeons to perform neck lift surgery using extremely small incisions, usually placed discreetly behind your ears and under your chin. Through these incisions, excess fat is removed, either via liposuction or through surgical excision, restoring a smoother, firmer and youthful appearance to your neck. Neck lift surgery is typically done as an outpatient, with recovery taking a week to ten days.

FACELIFTS AND FACIAL FAT GRAFTING

You may think you are familiar with the traditional facelift but even that procedure has changed.

Remember that caught in a wind tunnel look facelifts used to have? Not any longer. What actually ages your face is a loss of facial volume. As we age, our face thins out and leaves us with sagging skin. One of the most popular facial rejuvenation procedures today is a combination facelift and facial fat grafting, which restores facial volume and leaves your face with a fuller, rounder, and younger look. In this procedure, tiny amounts of fat are removed from your abdomen or thighs, immediately refined, and carefully injected into certain regions of your face that have started to lose fat, such as areas around your eyes, cheeks and jawline. Fat grafting allows the plastic surgeon to give you a softer, natural appearance with long-lasting results. Recovery time from a facelift with facial fat grafting can last anywhere from two to three weeks.

When considering any type of cosmetic surgery, your most important decision is choosing a qualified, experienced surgeon. A good cosmetic surgeon must be grounded in plastic surgery, and at Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons all six of our plastic surgeons have extensive core training with residencies and fellowship training. You can be confident in your surgeon if you choose Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons.