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This Just In… My Latest Articles In Your Inbox!

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Website Info | 0 comments

You’re in luck!  Now you can get my latest blog posts in your inbox automatically.  Now I know that your email usually gets filled up just as fast as mine does, but this is one of the many great ways to never miss a post from derekswitzer.net! So, signup to my list today by clicking below!  Short And Sweet, you’re...

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Throwback Thursday – Remember Geocities?

Throwback Thursday – Remember Geocities?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Throwback Thursday | 0 comments

We all had one, even though it would take a Klondike Bar to admit these days, at least…  I was just brainstorming things for my site today, and MY geocities site popped into my head since it’s “throwback Thursday.”  C’mon, who had one?  Chime in below!! How far have we come?!  Wow, to think how hard – well, hard may be the wrong word; perhaps more like how many more steps and lines of code it took todo certain things on our free sites that were hosted by the variety of geocities-type providers…  Like the image above depicts, oh the possibilities! And in case you didn’t notice it right away, this is a DOUBLE throwback Thursday treat of a picture… Do you see it??  If not, just “navigate” around the picture until you see it. With this throwback in mind, I can’t help but think what I know now compared to back then, and what is available. How fast you can get your site up, running and secure is amazing.  And the ways you can pick, select, updating the look of the site with ease now – whether you know little or a lot about code.  “Thanks WordPress!” I would highly recommend checking out the below link if you are looking for great tools for a website of your own – or a website update.  I trust you don’t still have a geocities site – unless you are living in Japan – but a website facelift isn’t an uncommon things these days. How Fast and Conveniently Do You Want Your Website Up? Any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or visit me on Facebook and leave a comment on this post link on my Facebook Fan...

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How Fast and Conveniently Do You Want Your Website Up?

How Fast and Conveniently Do You Want Your Website Up?

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Web Design, website content, wordpress for websites | 0 comments

Whether you are just starting out online, looking to promote a new book, product or service, finding the right tools is crucial. If you don’t have a website yet, or aren’t happy with who/where you are using now, it’s always time-consuming to research, find and setup new web hosting, website URL, and site. A few things to consider: How fast do you need the site installed, setup and live with content ready for your many visitors? Do you want to have a WordPress site, so it’s easy to update, add features to, and something you can update most content on yourself? How many website URLs (domain names) will you need to manage under your one account? Do you need your site to be secure? (so it starts with https://…  and the browser identifies it as a secure website) Google’s Chrome browser, which many of us use myself included, has also started displaying warnings of non-secure sites which can be a deterrent for our site visitors.  Click Here for more info… Check the company’s Terms and Conditions relating to violations, suspensions, and specific “use policies” Does the company provide great customer service?  (google for company reviews) Do you want or need scheduled backups, or even the ability to run online backups on your site and site database? (an example for WordPress sites) In my experience developing and working on several websites, both from my freelance clients and my current and past employers, I like certain companies above others, for various reasons.  And, I’m soo pleased to tell you that I have some good news for you!  You don’t have to scour the internet, and page through several Google results to find the tools that work the best, because I have done most of the work for you! So, here we go… I would use WordPress 11 times out of 10 for the website software platform, and the best company/service I found for WordPress sites is WPEngine. When you consider the above questions, WPEngine has the following awesome features: Just one WordPress website or multiple installations under one account Automatic website backups (files and database file) Free SSL certificate, so your website will show as secure (https://…) Quick and knowledgable customer support (including 24/7 chat support) Ready to signup with WPEngine?  Click Here Now! With any WordPress site, you need a great WordPress Theme, to set the layout/look/color scheme of your site to make it your own.  For this, I really like the Marketer’s Delight Theme Customizable sections that are easy to update quickly and easily Automatic updates when the developer updates the Theme with fixes, updates and new features Great customer service and online documentation if you ever have any issues Ready to signup with Marketers Delight?  Click Here Now! And last but not least, if you want to do any sort of marketing to give your customers/visitors the best information about...

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Video Embedding: Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook. Oh My!

Video Embedding: Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook. Oh My!

Posted by on Dec 31, 2016 in website content | 0 comments

I have used Youtube and Vimeo mainly for embedding video on websites, but have used all 3 for uploading video to share with the internet. This is not to say there are others out there, as I write this post that are better, etc. With that in mind, I am not condemning other video uploading services if they are not mentioned below. ** End disclaimer ** Here is my take on uploading videos for your website/clients’ websites and your business promotions/events. In my experience, Vimeo offers the most quality, has a professional looking ‘player’ and is quite easy for even the non-technically savy. Youtube is where I upload my personal videos mainly because of the over-population of all kinds of videos posted to Youtube daily. While on the topic of Youtube, it is also worth saying that after the video is done, sometimes the ‘suggestions’ for other videos to watch may not be something you want to be “associated” with your video if it is for a professional purpose. Facebook video uploading is not something I have used extensively, but I would just as soon upload the video to Youtube and link to it on Facebook, as your friends/fans still have the option to comment on the video link on Facebook also. What do you think? The sound board is...

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WordPress for Websites: Setting the homepage (old screenshots, same awesome feature)

WordPress for Websites: Setting the homepage (old screenshots, same awesome feature)

Posted by on Dec 31, 2016 in wordpress for websites | 0 comments

As many of you know, WordPress is one of the best blogging platforms out there, but you can also use WordPress as an amazing CMS (content management system) for creating a beautifully laid out, interactive, fast loading website which can be updated by computer geeks like me, or non-technical people. This series of posts, WordPress for Websites, should serve as a basic setup to get you started, after you install/have WordPress installed through your website hosting company. Right out of the box, WordPress is setup to be a web blog, so the first page it displays when you goto your website URL is a page that lists the recent blog posts – which will just be the sample post and comment if you just installed WordPress.  Most people, including myself, prefer to have a “home page”/”welcome page” be the first thing that gets seen. If you have just installed WordPress, then we need to create a “welcome page” and a “blog posts page” and then tell WordPresss what to load. Login to the WordPress administration section for your website. This URL is usually www.yoursite.com/wp-admin, where “www.yoursite.com” is the location where you installed WordPress.  Check with your hosting company if you are unsure. (You should see a login screen where you put the username and password you setup when installing WordPress through your hosting company) To add a “home page” to your new site, click the “Pages” menu tab on the far left of the screen which will bring up the Pages section. Click “Add New” button beside where it says “Pages” Type the title for the page Enter some text/content into the large text box in the center of the screen You can either click the Preview button in the top left to see what it will look like or click the Publish button when you are done. Now, we need to create another page there your blog posts will go. (You can simply follow the steps in bullet point #2 and name this page sometime that references blog posts) Except leave the large content textbox blank With those pages created, it is time to change the WordPress settings Click the Settings tab on the left-hand side of the page Click Reading On that page, you will see at the top where it says “Front page displays” you want to click beside where it says “Static Page” Then, you need to tell WordPress what pages to load for the Front Page and Posts Page (the pages we just created above) Click the dropdown boxes for each and select the appropriate pages Scroll down and click the Save Changes button Now when you goto www.yoursite.com, the first page to be displayed will be the “home page” you just created, instead of the recent blog...

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