How to Get Lynda For Free in Tampa

Here’s great news for those who love to learn: If you live in Hillsborough County you can get Lynda.com for free. Readers in other cities, stay tuned. There may be a solution for you, too.

I went to a class on database marketing a couple of weeks ago at John F. Germany library in downtown Tampa and I learned about a couple of great free resources.

The class was moderated by a gentleman from Info USA. I learned that if you have a library card, access to Info USA is FREE. Info USA is a database of addresses for businesses that can be used for direct mail of marketing brochures, etc., so having access to it for free is pretty cool. I’ll write a blog post later on ways to make money with Info USA. But I learned something more exciting that made me say “YAY” out loud, to the bemusement of the teacher. Who thought I was the nerd I am.

If you have a Hillsborough County library card, access to Lynda.com is FREE!! I had been paying for Lynda, so this saved me some cash right away. It was worth the price of admission which was my time, cost of parking at the Straz, and paying off some old late fees to get my library card back in good standing. And, if you don’t live in Hillsborough County, you can pay around $100 for a library card, which is less expensive than paying for Lynda for 4-5 months.

The only thing I had to do after that was to figure out how it works. I thought I would share the process to make it easy for you.

Getting Free Lynda

You will need your library card number and a password. Your default password is the last four digits of your phone number associated with your account.  If you want to change your password:

Go to http://www.hcplc.org

Click on my account (green button on the left on the Hillsborough County library home page) to update your information.

Add your library card number and click on create user. (HINT: If you store your library card number in your contacts, you can copy and paste it instead of typing it in every time.)

Add your pertinent info and save.

Hey, did you know you could search for music and books on this site? Cool!

Here’s the way to Lynda

To get to Lynda.com, go to the main library site at

http://www.hcplc.org

Click on Learning and Research, towards the top.

Click on See All Resources, under Resources A – Z.

Check out all the cool stuff that’s in there!

Click on Lynda.com

Enter your library card number and PIN.

You’re in!

NOTE: When you want to return to Lynda.com, start by going to the Hillsborough County library site, not Lynda.com. It remembers where you were the last time you were in the site.

OUT OF TOWNERS: You can pay for a Hillsborough County library card to gain access to all services. Or, check with your local library to see if they have a similar offer.

Have fun learning lots of great info on Lynda.com, but beware- it’s addictive.

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Squarespace or Wordpress? That is the question.

After a year of ignoring my website, it was obvious it needed an upgrade. Anyone facing the daunting task of redoing a website has a lot of work ahead of them. Questions need to be asked about how the website will be used by the company and those who view it. New content needs to be created. Developers, designers, contributors need to work together, and a project manager needs to hold everyone and everything together ad keep the project moving forward to completion. 

When the challenge is posed to a small company like Veranos, the decisions may be made faster, but there are still the same options to consider. In this time of on demand. software as a service (SAS) options, good companies like Squarespace, WIX and Wordpress have made the work of bringing a website to market easier, but choices still need to be made that aren't easy. 

Our previous website was a Wordpress site. I recently built a website for a garden club, Moonlight Garden Circle, on Squarespace, and I found the process really enjoyable. Here are a few thoughts about the differences between them and why I chose Squarespace for our new site.

  • If your business relies on the phone ringing every day to bring you new clients, choose Wordpress. You need to SEO your site like crazy, and your site  needs to appear in Google at the top of the list, or as close to it as possible. Wordpress is the choice of most SEO experts. 
  • Squarespace is slower because of 'bloated' code. It takes a lot of coding to make it easy to drop and drag, add content easily and add all the beautiful DIY features of Squarespace. That means pages load at micro seconds slower than Wordpress, and Google cares about those things. Squarespace pages show up well in search, but Google needs to present what opens fastest first. 
  • If you are a small company and you want complete control over adding, changing or moving content around on your website, choose Squarespace. It's a dream to work with, and a lot of fun. 
  • If you don't have a lot of time to learn Wordpress, choose Squarespace. It's one of the most intuitive software solutions I have ever worked in, their support system is amazing, there are videos for everything and you can figure it all out yourself. 

So, we'll be giving Squarespace a go. I'll get back to you in a year or so with my thoughts on how it all worked out.