Wordpress

Mar 152014
 

Simple websites can easily be on-line in an hour using website creation sites. But if you want the next level of sophistication without going into coding, it is hard to beat WordPress. The key factor which allows you to get complex functions deployed quickly is the plugin facility built into WordPress. Examples of the functionality includes social buttons, contact/sign-up forms, membership sites, security, spam rejection, light boxes, SEO optimisation and much, much more. In fact it is hard to find something that the right WordPress plugin cannot do. This plethora of functions does have a downsides. This is that some plugins do not play well together. But due to multiple choice availability, if some plugin does not work well with your favourite one, you can likely find an alternative one that does.

The disadvantage of the immense popularity WordPress has gained means that more cyber criminals are targeting this ever growing platform. Once they manage to penetrate your site, they will use it as a base to infect your visitors with malware. Or use your site as part of thousands of other infected sites to attack other sites. So to prevent this, the video suggest ways in which you can use security plugins thwart the cyber robot from securing a foothold. However, the most important security measure is actually very simple. Don't use "admin" as your username and make sure that your password has more than 10 characters and include upper and lower cases, numbers and non-alphanumeric symbols.

 

Apr 122013
 
  • WordPress – Powerful framework originally a blogging platform but can be used forBlogging-Resources
    almost anything
  • Namecheap – Namecheap is who I recommend for
    registering domain names
  • Bluehost
    Excellent features at a reasonable price. If you are a beginner, I
    suggest steering clear of the really cheap web hosts with non-existent
    or rubbish customer support.

Mailing Resources

  • Aweber - The autoresponder/mailing list
    service that most Internet Marketers use
  • Benchmark Email - Another autoresponder, scales up
    better than Aweber

Keyword Research

Accepting Payments

PrintingMoney

  • Paypal: The easiest payment processor to get started with.
  • Clickbank: One of the largest marketplaces for digital goods. This is a great option for selling your products and having an affliate program that they fully manage. They take care of ALL payments. Takes longer to get your money, but it’s relatively stress free.

Membership Site

  • S2member Wordpress plugin for creating a membership site

Outsourcing

Outsourcing

Testing and Tracking

  • Google
    Analytics
    : For any kind of blog/website, use this to track
    your traffic stats. Free and powerful.

Podcasting

Video

Video

  • Screenflow:
    Screen recorder for Apple Mac.
  • Camtasia:
    For the PC, this is for recording the screen.
  • Keynote:
    It’s like powerpoint but MUCH better.

Social

social-media

  • Facebook Like Box: If you have a fan page, this allows you to add a like box to your blog
  • Facebook: No description necessary
  • Twitter: Once again, nothing needs to be said

WordPress Plugins I use and recommend

  • Akismet: Akismet will help you eliminate spamPlugin men
    comments.
  • Google XML Sitemaps: This allows you to create an
    xml sitemap for your blog that is automatically updated when you
    post. Google uses this for indexing your site.
  • WordPress Database Backup: Allows you to
    automatically backup your blog database. Better to be safe than
    sorry.
  • Downloads Manager: This is what I use for
    providing pdf downloads when I
    want to actually keep track of the number of downloads.
  • Articles: This allows you to set a page on your
    blog that lists all the articles you choose

 

Mar 192013
 

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Video Transcript

Okay, the world wide web is a great resource for images, and what we would like to do really is on our website have as many relevant images as possible, and as you can see this is a WordPress page using the weaver theme as I've shown you before with our covered posts and pages. This is actually a post that I've added something text to. Now just imagine that you would like to add an image to your post here. How would we do that? Okay, let's get back to the administration dashboard! Which is here. And I've loaded the page, or post actually, that will have the image that we want. So let's now put the cursor at the beginning of the text. My plan is to have an image on the left-hand side, and this text here would then wrap around the image. So, let's add media. I will, at the moment, show you how to upload media from your hard disk. So you clicked "add media" and you go to "select files", and as you can see, I've got quite a few pictures here to get to the website, so let's choose one of them... And just open it... And it loads it up. If you want the text that I've added to wrap around this picture you have to actually go over to the right-hand side. It's always a good idea actually to have an alt text. So I'll just go ahead and copy the title and add it to the alt text. It's good for SEO, it's good for people with impaired vision, and so it's well worth putting in an alt text. And alignment now if you want the image to be on the left-hand side just align it to the left, and you can actually add a link to that image, but generally you probably don't need a link. So you can set it to none, and then the size. You can have the original size, which is a fairly large size, or a medium one, which is 300 pixels by 193 pixels. Which is probably about right, so you'll have a look in a minute so we'll insert that into the post. And there we are! Shows us an image with our text on the right hand side of the image. Now let's update this and go have a look at the website to see what it looks like. Alright, so we move over now. I've already loaded the website on another tab, so we click on the tab and refresh. And here we are. You can see that the text is actually on the right hand side of the image. If there were more text there you would actually have this wrap around underneath as well. Let me show you that as well, and you can see how simply the text just wraps around the actual image. And it does leave the right amount of margins that looks quite good. Now you might say, "Okay, the actual image looks good on the left hand side, but I'd like to change it to the right hand side." So, it's fairly simple, all you do is go over to the image that you've entered in the dash board editing page and then just click on the image and you get these two little symbols at the top of the image. It sort of goes a little bit blue, and so what you do is click on "edit image", which is the left hand side. Click on it and then you have the choice now to actually put this image on the right hand side instead. So go to this radio button and click right hand side and then update it. Now it shows the image on the right hand side. You then update the website. We have to reload the website. And it has moved to the right hand side! So that is quite simple, adding an image. There are other possibilities as well. You might like to add an image right below this, but not wrapping any text around it. Just below the text. So we will go and add another media. So scroll down to the bottom and you will put the cursor at the end of the text. If you type in "return" cursor is now on another paragraph. And go and add media again, and again you can load files into the media library. Perhaps you have a new picture, so we go to upload files, select, and let's choose another picture. What about this one? Let's go with that one and load that one as well. Now this time we're not really interested in aligning the actual image anyway. So we'll have it in the center. So go to alignment, center, and as usual it's always a good idea to copy the title into the alt text to make sure everybody understands what this image is about. And perhaps this time we will still not have any links associated with it, but we will go with the full fize one because we have a lot more room. We're going to go for the whole span of the post. There we are. That is a full size image and you can now go up to see that we still have the original text and image and then we update. As soon as this is updated we can shoot over to our actual web page and then reload the page. And as you can see now, we have our original image with text and we can actually scroll down to see the full picture that we added. And as you can see, it's all about cats and pets. Which is a great theme anyways. So perhaps your theme for your wordpress website would be about your pet. And you can take pictures and load it up. Now while I'm on the subject of taking pictures... Most phones and camera phones and cameras these days have an incredible size photographs. The photograph taken with them will be quite large. It'll be probably in the megabytes of actual digital size, which will slow down your image loading on your website. So if you're using your camera to take pictures for the web, my suggestion is first to actually see if you can turn down the resolution of your camera. And also if you can reduce the actual size of the photographs, that will help. Secondly, down below the video I will list some software that you can download and you can use the software to reduce the size of the image files that you end up with from your camera. So the combination of the two, you should end up with an image file that's below 200 kilobytes. My suggestion is below 100 kilobytes is even better. And it won't keep your visitors hanging around if they have to hang around too much, they'll go and look at another site. So that is a little trick that you can do is to use software to reduce the size of your web photographs.
Mar 192013
 
After setting the WordPress theme, you would obviously want to add content to your site. The two basic types of content are posts and pages. The following video explains how to do this.

Video: WordPress Posts and Pages

WordPress posts and pages
Mar 132013
 
Here we will first look at changing the theme of your WordPress site and a few basic adjustments including headers, plugins, users and settings. To get to your administration area, just type in in your browser address box, your URL (domain name) and add /wp-admin to it eg. www.myurl.com/wp-admin and then hit return. Then log in with your username and password. Your username would be "admin" unless you've changed it during install. Similarly your password will be determined during install. Then just follow the steps in the video below.

Video: WordPress Basics and Themes


Basic WordPress and theme installation

The theme featured on the video is the Weaver theme. Since the video was published, Weaver itself has been discontinued but an even better Weaver II can be used. Of course you can choose a different theme but Weaver is simple to use and is pleasant in appearance as installed. Paid for themes are also available but you will have to use the cPanel or FTP to install (as supposed to using the WordPress admin dashboard as shown).

To clarify, the Akismet spam filter plugin can be free but you still need to go their website and sign up to get an API Key. Then come back to your WordPress administration plugin page and click "Akismet Settings" to enter your API Key. This is well worth it as otherwise spammers will target your comments area and fill it up! Typically, just after setting up, I got over 30 spam comments within a week and then the spam voulume built up from that pretty fast.
Mar 042013
 
So lets install WordPress on our Bluehost web account using cPanel. This part only works well after you have allowed the nameserver propagation to be completed. However you can still install before propagation is complete, only that further work on your site can't happen before then.

Video: Install WordPress from cPanel

Install WordPress from cPanel