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Why Blotter moved from New York City to Greenville, SC

Blotter first recognized Greenville’s potential in 2012 as Greenville was being hailed as the next big thing in Tech by Fast Company, calling it a “world class, diverse and hidden gem.”

Blotter’s decision to relocate to Greenville was also helped by a United States Conference of Mayors in 2016 where it was reported that GDP growth from aggregated data confirmed the robust nature of growth in technology for the Greenville-Spartanburg areas. Nearly all of the nations’ 381 metro areas were projected to experience real economic growth, but Greenville stood out for its unique mix of business potential and urban awesomeness.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also provided persuasive statistics to support Blotter’s decision to relocate offices from New York City to Greenville, SC. Add to that the record loss of business in New York City because of the pandemic, and you don’t need to read Bloomberg to realize the decision for Blotter to leave was the correct one.

Greenville is behind Charlotte, Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, Columbia and Charleston in regard to projected job growth this year. But the tech industry is a different ball of wax.

Although Columbia (#43), Charlotte (#27) and even Myrtle Beach (#20) are ahead of Greenville (#82) in overall job growth, Greenville’s tech scene offers both intimacy and access to inexpensive and highly-qualified talent. (Incidentally, Charleston (#19) ranks higher than any other Southern town in job growth except for Atlanta (#14), according to that same study on job growth.)

Knox White brings technology jobs to Greenville

Greenville Mayor Knox White is helping to ensure the infrastructure for supporting technology growth in Greenville can be sustained. He  heralded the AT&T GigaPower expansion:

High-speed broadband not only connects people and opportunities, but it is the foundation for precisely the kinds of clean, high-skilled, 21st Century jobs we want our city to be known for. I am excited to see AT&T is planning to bring its AT&T GigaPower network to Greenville and look forward to the positive impact that this new fiber-optic network will have on our community. –Greenville Mayor Knox White

The Iron Yard was another good example of how inspired space have accelerated the appeal for inspired young minds to build the next Facebook, educating people on the core elements of web development, from design to databases. But it’s this collaborative environment that means more than anything else to young minds seeking financing for their bright ideas. Here are Greenville’s most popular shared spaces being talked about:

Web Design in Greenville Jobs Summary

Development of downtown Greenville has given visitors and new residents something to brag about. With a large number of restaurants on Main Street giving the Fortune 500 companies Michelin, Mitsubishi and BMW something to brag about when hosting multi-national investors in the upstate, the tech-savvy sector appreciates the great environment for collaboration that has been added in regard to workspace.

Who’s hiring for website manager positions in Greenville?

Red Ventures is rumored to be seeking website managers and willing to pay top dollar to get them in Greenville, South Carolina. Most of the top jobs for website managers in Greenville, according to, are coming to Greenville, South Carolina:

What are the different website manager jobs in Greenville?

There’s been a lot of questions regarding the evolving roles of website manager jobs, what they entail and how to differentiate between designer, implementer and developer. There’s a good reference to the generic term “Webmaster” used in the past which can be found on, but the below guide may be more exhaustive for those uninitiated with the term:

  • Web Architect ($) – A non-programming job, this position considers the design and theory of a website in regard to the structural aspects, including user interface and workflow.
  • Web Developer ($$$) – Specialize in HTML/XHTML, CSS JavaScript, Server-Client side architecture, Programming in Perl, Python, Ruby, PHP, Go, CFML-ColdFusion, Java, ASP, ASP.NET or other database administration responsibilities.
  • Website Administrator ($$) – Also knows as a Web Systems Engineer or Website Coordinator, is responsible for making the whole website work together and run properly. Admins run the show while the Developers and Architects influence the infrastructure.

A shout out goes to Hank Hyatt from the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, recently quoted in GreenvilleOnline:

I always love to see us do better,” Hyatt said. “But where Charleston’s strong, Greenville’s strong, South Carolina’s strong. It’s all part of the same state.

JOKE OF THE DAY: So, how bad is the job market for website managers in Greenville, SC? The National Hipster Association issued a press release announcing that Greenville members will no longer be barred from the organization for owning Samsung Galaxy phones. Evidently, thrift has made them reexamine their founding principles.
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How your LLC can get free government money during Covid-19

Many self-employed workers have set up an LLC (Limited Liability Company) to deflect exposure to debt while creating easier tax and accounting practices. Another benefit is easy access to government money that will not have to be paid back provided you continue your payroll.

Benefits of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for LLCs:

  • Loans that are 2.5 times their monthly payroll costs
  • Loans do not have to be repaid if you use at least 60% of it for payroll
  • Ideal for companies who have some work coming in but the ability to replace lost revenue sources
  • Great for paying sub-contractors to bridge the gap
  • Health insurance costs are in the calculation of the PPP loan
  • Use a portion to cover rent and utility bills

For example, if...

Domain name value predictions for the 2020s

There is good indication .coms and .nets will return a steady 5% yearly growth for premium names during the next decade. The new and healthy market in one-word .io and .co domains will continue upward. But older gTLDs will not see a hold in value in this new decade. It's also time to sell lesser combo-word .coms and reinvest in one-word paradigms. Here's Blotter's domain name values predictions for the 2020s:

  • Owning 2 or 3 one-word .coms will yield a bigger return on investment than 20-100 combo-word .coms

  • One-word .io or .co domains have better value than combo-word .coms

  • International financial market indices will heavily influence domain name values

  • One-word .com names sell...

Is web design like brickwork?

Our company's developers are located in South Carolina where one of the most prominent architectural characteristics in South Carolina's upstate is the brickwork in Greenville used for walls, buildings and pathways. The production of bricks in South Carolina increased dramatically during reconstruction following the Civil War. Today, one can hardly drive through a Greenville neighborhood without seeing bricks used in every construction, whether on pathways, in walls or for the foundations and facades of the buildings themselves.

History of brickwork in Greenville

During the 19th century's industrial revolution in the United States more than 10 million bricks were being made annually. When it came time to construct the factories and mills to fuel the booming economy of a prosperous Greenville, bricks were the material of choice. Greenville had long been a refuge for Charleston gentry who bought...

Should I upgrade to WordPress Gutenberg? No.

Should I upgrade to WordPress Gutenberg? No.
The WordPress 5.0 Gutenberg upgrade will change how the current page editor handles. There have been no schedules released for when the 5.0 forced upgrade will occur. WordPress developers are building out a new way to engage content that promises to improve visual elements of pages and eliminate the need for shortcodes. Called “blocks”, WordPress 5.0 promises to allow designers to style images, videos and other media content with a true WYSIWIG (What You See Is What You Get) experience, further dumbing down the methods for publishing good design on WordPress.

WordPress Gutenberg aims to eliminate the need for custom code

There is the option to immediately upgrade WordPress Gutenberg by installing a new plugin on your website; however, Blotter will await the WordPress 5.0 upgrade when Gutenberg is scheduled to be a forced upgrade. Rumors have it that the “classic” editor will be available until at least the end of 2021.

WordPress Guttenberg is not currently finished.

WordPress Guttenberg is not currently finished. We do not recommend installing the Gutenberg plugin unless a website manager is designing a new website.

There are no security benefits to early adoption and the upgrade primarily focuses on design of a website. At this point, WordPress says there is no need for reorganizing existing designs; however, there is indication that infrastructure changes may be needed in the future to stay compatible with WordPress versions. We will update you when an announcement is made as to its forced adoption.

Adoption of WordPress Gutenberg is something that early-adopters may want to explore, and anyone building new websites should use it out of the gate. Blotter plans to develop all new websites utilizing WordPress Gutenberg as it expects this standard to replace earlier versions of the visual editor.

Planning your Website

Similar to the adoption of new operating systems on your mobile phone, just because WordPress Gutenberg is offered as an upgrade doesn’t mean website managers should move forward with the new technology. WordPress Gutenberg is likely to create conflicts in table design elements, especially. And within the next five years shortcodes will be a legacy item that may be ignored in future WordPress releases.

About WordPress Gutenberg Upgrade:

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