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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1-page website, almost

1-page website, almost

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

I’m sure you have all been to a website like the title implies… The page loads in your browser, and you notice the scrollbar on the right getting smaller and smaller… and smaller. What does this mean, you may ask yourself at first.  But then as you are moving down the page, and down some more, you start to have an appreciation for what Alice must have felt like, falling down the rabbit hole. For those of you web designers out there that want to pack as much into the page as you can, here are some simple tips that I have found/used in my developing. Depending on the size and resolution of your user’s browser window/monitor/graphics card, it is quite difficult to set a standard ‘page height’ for all of your audience, so when it comes down to it it’s a matter of similar content, text flow, and other page elements. As a rule of mine when adding content to a site, I do not make pages longer than 1 full page scroll on my 15″ laptop screen at 1280×1024 resolution, which is tweaked based on client needs/wants of course. If a longer page is warranted, I also add “back to the top” links after so many paragraphs that link to an anchor tag I put at the top of the page contents (or even the very top of the page). Another option I have done in the past is to have a set ‘content height’ on the page – if for example the text is surrounded by a set width picture. In that case, you can set that section of the page with scrollbars.  But also, in this case, I would particularly be careful of how much scrolling is needed since you are working with a smaller...

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