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WordPress is Simple: Online WordPress Training

Save Time and Money: Learn to Build Your Own WordPress Websites, Sales Pages, and Landing Pages

This is a concise and simple to follow WordPress Video Course that will have you building your own WordPress sites in a very short period of time.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

WordPress Basics

* Installing/activating WordPress
* Overview of the WordPress settings and the dashboard
* Plugins: * Installing, setting up and activating vital plugins

Tweaking the Theme

* Managing sidebar widgets
* Customizing settings for Pages, Posts, Categories, and Tags
* Creating and managing pages, posts, categories, and tags
* Changing the settings on your WordPress website

Bonuses and Resources

* A 6-part SEO for WordPress series (for non techies)
* A WordPress Tutorial ebook (35 pages of a complete how-to)
* Access to my YouTube Channel that is all about WordPress

Click this link to learn more about this very thorough WordPress training program.  WordPress is Simple 

Available online now. Price just $149

Your Online Presence

Creating a very powerful online presence is THE most important step you can take in building your online business.

And the most important aspect of your online presence is not Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. The hub of all your business and online activity is your website (or should be), and preferably WordPress.

If you have not invested in a site that you own outright, you are putting your business and lifestyle in jeopardy.

Taking this a step further, a brochure type of website is not going to cut it any longer. At one time, they were good enough, but no more. And when you think of all the competition you have online, you’ll see why a site that looks amateurish won’t work either.

You need a dynamic site and this means that you have to be able to make changes when you need to, (and that might be everyday).

Dynamic and changing sites are what attract interest and have people coming back. Is your site up to the standards of what shoppers and clients are expecting in 2011?

Are you getting the traffic you need to build your business and make enough money to support your lifestyle?

If not, you are probably making one or more of these very common and costly mistakes:

  • You’ve got a website that you’ve spent a lot of money on and you don’t get any significant traffic
  • This same site brings you no ranking or visibility in the search engines (Google)
  • You believed, or were lead to believe, that just having a site would bring traffic automatically
  • You aren’t using an autoresponder service to capture visitors’ information (name and e-mail addresses)
  • Your website is not easy for visitors to navigate, and most people just click away rather than explore it
  • Your website is not automatically connected to your social networking accounts
  • Your site doesn’t include a blog, so you aren’t getting the benefits of regularly updating your site
  • Basically, you can’t or don’t know how to use your website to your advantage

The good news is that with a WordPress self-hosted site you can have and do all of the above.

Start getting the traffic, exposure, and the sales you deserve for the hours you are currently putting into your business. Contact me via the form below, and let’s discuss a WordPress site for your business.

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How did my feed become invalid?

Feeds can go bad when they start hanging around with the wrong group of kids.

Feedbuner iconsActually, the most common cause of feed problems is the content that you post. A lot of folks like to use Microsoft Word (or other word processors, we just know this one has caused us a lot of headaches) to write up their blog posts.

When they do, sometimes these word processors can sneak in characters that are very difficult to render in XML. The most likely culprit is the dreaded Smart Quote, especially it you are putting quotations in your feed posts. Also, Word (we think) likes to put in special tags for formatting paragraphs, as well as address information. We don’t always know where these things come from, we just know that when they are introduced, they cause problems.

So how do I keep that junk from coming into my feed/blog?

Our best advice is to compose your postings in a straight text editor, like Notepad on Windows, or TextEdit on the Mac. You can get away with putting HTML tags in your posts, as most blogging engines correctly format those tags for placement inside a feed.

Source:  Feedburner

See this earlier blog post with an explanation on how to add your Microsoft Word content to a post or page without taking down your site:  Why Can’t I Copy and Paste Content Directly From MS Word?

Open ID and API’s. What Are They And How Do They Work?

This is a guest post by Trevor Tye of  http://www.optionkey.ca/

APIs and OpenID: What are they?

In today’s wonderful computing world you have a number of really popular companies (such as Twitter, Google and Facebook to name a few), and they have a huge user base. To allow these users access to your web services you can use something called an API or Application Programming interface.

An API allows a programmer to integrate a product or service into their particular product or service (such as a WordPress blog). An example would be having a Gmail account and creating or accessing your WordPress account. This is made possible by their APIs (which is why you see buttons like “Connect with Facebook” or “login with your Gmail Account”).

OpenID

Plugins such as the WordPress Open ID plugin allows users to login to their local WordPress account using an OpenID. This also allows the enabling of commenters to leave authenticated comments using OpenID. The plugin also includes an OpenID provider, enabling users to login to OpenID-enabled sites using their own personal WordPress account. XRDS-Simple is required for the OpenID Provider and some features of the OpenID Consumer.

Since the focus of most OpenID providers (such as Google, Yahoo and AOL) is in identity management, they can be more thorough about protecting your online identity. Most website operators are less likely to be as dedicated to protecting your identity as the OpenID providers, whose focus is on securely hosting user identities.

A good API that most people should have integrated into their website is Open ID.  OpenID is a safe, faster, and easier way to log in to web sites.  Check here to set up an account: http://openid.net/. You will then be able to use an account you already have (so long as that account uses OpenID) to login and join your site or web community without having to fill out an additional sign up form.

OpenID is very useful when setting up a website with a CMS like WordPress as well.  The web developer that sets up such a site can then allow you to use an open ID login to access the site.

What are some benefits of using OpenID?

Most websites ask for an extended, repetitive amount of information in order to use their application. OpenID allows you to sign in to websites with a single click. Basic profile information (such as your name, birth date etc) can be used to pre-populate registration forms, so you spend more time engaging and less time filling out annoying registration pages.

Allowing the user to use Open ID will help reduce frustration and keep the user to a minimum number of multiple usernames and passwords which they may find difficult to remember. Since password recovery process is tedious the user will be more inclined to use the site that makes it easiest for them to use. However using the same password at each of your favorite websites poses a security risk. With OpenID, you can use a single, existing account (from providers like Google, Yahoo, AOL or your own blog) to sign in to thousands of websites without ever needing to create another username and password. This makes OpenID is the safer and easier method to joining new sites.

OpenID is a decentralized standard, meaning it is not controlled by any one website or service provider. You control how much personal information you choose to share with websites that accept OpenID. Multiple OpenIDs can be used for different websites or purposes. If your email (Google, Yahoo, AOL), photo stream (Flickr) or blog (Blogger, WordPress, LiveJournal) serves as your primary online presence, OpenID allows you to have a portable identity across the web.

Many web users deploy the same password across multiple websites. And since traditional passwords are not centrally administered, if a security compromise occurs at any website you use, a hacker could gain access to your password across multiple sites. OpenID is more secure because passwords are never shared with any websites, and if a compromise does occur, you can simply change the password for your OpenID, thus immediately preventing a hacker from gaining access to your accounts at any websites you visit.

Use of APIs to share content

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Api

The practice of publishing APIs has allowed web communities to create an open architecture for sharing content and data between communities and applications. In this way, content that is created in one place can be dynamically posted and updated in multiple locations on the web.

  1. Photos can be shared from sites like Flickr and Photobucket to social network sites like Facebook and MySpace.
  2. Content can be embedded, e.g. embedding a presentation from SlideShare on a LinkedIn profile.
  3. Content can be dynamically posted. Sharing live comments made on Twitter with a Facebook account, for example, is enabled by their APIs

If you have any questions or comments about APIs or OpenID,  please tweet them to me @trevortye on Twitter or email me here

Favicons


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What is a favicon?

Short for “favorites icon”, a favicon is an image that distinguishes your site from others. It sits up in your browser’s address bar beside your URL (website address). It’s also known as a shortcut icon, website icon, URL icon, and/or bookmark icon.

Why would you want to use a Favicon?

What’s really cool about having a favicon? It allows people to quickly identify your site from other bookmarked sites in their Favorites folder.

What is the origin of the Favicon?

Microsoft was the first to introduce the favicon in Internet Explorer 4. At one time, favicons could only be seen in IE. Now all browsers support the images.

My own favicon is a tophat which you can see beside my URL if you are using Firefox as your browser, and on the window tab if you are using Chrome.  They are important for having a consistent brand across all areas of your online visibility.

Why not stand out?

Contact me today to have a WordPress favicon created and uploaded to your hosting server for you.

Why WordPress: The Top 9 Reasons

Make Your Business Building Efforts That Much Easier With a WordPress Website

How? Well first and foremost, WordPress sites are great looking, easy-to-navigate, and super optimized for the search engines. After that,

  • WordPress helps to build your business quickly and easily. With WordPress, you will start getting traffic immediately after clicking the “publish” button. Why? Because the search engines love WordPress. Click on ‘Publish’ and the search engine bots go into action. Your content will be crawled and available on the market shortly thereafter.
  • WordPress causes every post, new page, and any new content in general, alert the search engines that you’ve posted it. With them crawling your site regularly, you get higher page rankings, and therefore more traffic.
  • WordPress is a super simple time saver–easy to move around in and get stuff done quickly. It’s extremely user friendly. You don’t have to be a computer expert to use it. You can create content rather than mess around with your server settings. Most people find it pretty easy to work in after they’ve had a chance to play around in the dashboard.
  • WordPress is free, regardless of whether you are running a personal website or a business site, and saves you tons of money. And you get the same, no, even better exposure on the internet for a fraction of the cost of a website. All you need is a domain name and hosting.
  • WordPress is used by some of the largest companies in the world. If they trust this platform with their multi-million dollar businesses, surely you can.
  • WordPress content is delivered via an RSS feed, simply and easily.  As an example of all the great plugins, the Feedburner plugin is an aggregate for all RSS readers–no matter which reader someone is using, Feedburner can manage that reader.
  • WordPress is open source, meaning that there are people out there who are constantly tweaking its performance, features, and any vulnerabilities. You will always have the latest version available to you, and for free of course. Up-to-date software is secure and stable software.
  • WordPress is a very secure platform to build your site on. Any WordPress security issues are usually related to not updating to the newest versio of WordPress, or to using passwords that are easy to guess and therefore, not secure. If you keep your site up to date, there won’t be any issues with security.
  • WordPress allows you to create user accounts that have different levels of privileges, making it easy for those who need a site with multiple authors. Have you been looking for a platform for your group blogging aspirations?

Contact me today to get yourself online with a WordPress site. Click here to check out my WordPress packages

WordPress Is Affordable On Virtually Any Business Budget

This is a guest post by Sophia Zollmann

When I started my business last October, I was literally running on a shoestring budget. I had been working as a part-time freelance transcriptionist up to that point and had minimal income at that time. Credit cards and loans were not an option.

As a new business owner, I knew I needed a website. It is imperative to have a website to be successful in today’s business world. Fortunately, there is WordPress. It is affordable and easy to use for creating a website. It allowed me to get online quickly without much monetary investment. After registering my domain name and purchasing hosting, I was on my way.

My WordPress website allowed people to see me and my business. They could get to know me and learn of my expertise in my field. After a few months of marketing myself and my site on Twitter and Facebook, I was bringing in new clients and income regularly. By February of this year, I was able to expand my business to include a team of VAs to offer more services to more people. By May, I was asked to be the Certified VA Team for Ladies Who Launch.

Without WordPress, I would not be where I am today. In less than a year, I have quadrupled my client base and income. If WordPress was not affordable, I don’t know how I would have created my website to build my business. If you are starting a business or need an affordable way to get your business online, I highly recommend WordPress. It is affordable and easy to use to get you going. Take time today to check it out for yourself.

Sophie Zollmann of SophieZo Virtually There For You is a Virtual Assistant committed to working with online entrepreneurs to increase their productivity and income potential. She provides virtual assistance in blog/email/social media management, 1ShoppingCart set up & maintenance, contact management, newsletter/ezine management, internet marketing, event planning, Real Estate support, schedule management, proofreading, article submission, social bookmarking, dictation/transcription and much more. Find out more at http://sophiezo.com