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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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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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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