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WordPress Resources at SiteGround

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WordPress tutorial and knowledgebase articles

WordPress is considered an easy to work with software. Yet, if you are a beginner you might need some help, or you might be looking for tweaks that do not come naturally even to more advanced users. SiteGround WordPress tutorial includes installation and theme change instructions, management of WordPress plugins, manual upgrade and backup creation, and more. If you are looking for a more rare setup or modification, you may visit SiteGround Knowledgebase.

Free WordPress themes

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2018-02-13T01:02:38+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on WordPress Resources at SiteGround

Content Marketing and Social Networking

I was chatting with a friend over at planetoseatravel.agentstudio.com about how to understand how social networking should work. Keep in mind we all do it in different ways, but at the end you really should be driving your customers to your website.

RaShonda Gibson of www.abundantjourneysblog.com mentions that Facebook is like a dinner party with close friends. Twitter is a cocktail reception ( small talk, current events ). Instagram is a showcase of where you have been or what you ate (nice photos are key). Pinterest is separate boards for different topics. Snapchat only for Generation Z (late teens or early 20’s). Vine appeals tomillennials and videos should be funny. LinkedIn is the professional platform and consider it your ‘best dressed’ platform.

In all out these social network platforms are great tools to let others know about what you have but keep in mind you should be trying to draw you customers to your home base where all the info is located which is your website/store/blog. Blogging is key for your website, having a site up and just letting it sit there doesn’t really do anything. Thanks to www.3mediaweb.com for introducing me to Content marketing which is something to think about, it is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action. Once you draw your potential customer to your site that’s when you can display as much helpful info in hopes to grab their attention and generate a leads and collect emails so you can send out newsletters and any other info, we use www.rapidology.com and http://www.infusionsoft.com

Trying to market yourself on these platforms doesn’t work for everyone but understanding how to use them is key for your business.

I’m still learning new stuff everyday and the web is a place that can be overwhelming and tricky to master, but knowing this info can guide you towards the right direction.

Frank Pereira
Freelance Graphic and Web Designer of Providence RI
www.ten12designs.com

2016-01-12T19:00:36+00:00 January 12th, 2016|Weddings We Design|Comments Off on Content Marketing and Social Networking

Beyond Yoast: 7 Critical SEO Steps You Are Probably Missing

7 Critical SEO Steps You Are Probably Missing

1. Measure Your Results
You cannot improve what you do not measure! Before you begin optimizing your WordPress site, make sure you understand where your visitors are coming from and how they behave. You want to understand what channels and keywords drive traffic, which content is most popular and how long your visitors stay on your site, how many pages they view and how many immediately bounce from your site.

2. Make Your Site Accessible
It is important to make your site easily accessible for both search engines and your visitors. The first step is to make sure that the search engines are not blocked from easily finding the content of your site. You also want to make sure that none of your content is duplicated and that your site navigation and page structure both have a logical hierarchy – think like a librarian for your site and URL structure and a journalist for the content of each page.

3. Post Great Content
At the end of the day, websites are just a collection of content – so make each post count! It is important to relate and engage your audience, so be sure to measure the bounce rate and time on each page so you can understand how to improve your content. One easy way to improve your engagement is by leveraging video. Also be sure to plan out your content strategy by leveraging a content calendar.

4. Leverage Links
Links are still a critical component of SEO. There are two main categories of links – internal and external. Internal links are links contained within your site. External links are from other website and are seen as an endorsement for your site. With WordPress, it is easy to improve your internal links by using breadcrumbs, leveraging related post plugins and by linking inside posts.

5. Create & Share High-Quality Content
Create some high-quality content that your audience will want to share. After you have planned out your content (using a content calendar as mentioned above), make it easy to share by leveraging social sharing plugins. Leverage re-targeting to drive visitors back to your site to learn even more.

6. Optimize for Visitor Behavior
It is important to optimize your WordPress website to ensure the best experience possible for your visitors, this includes making sure your site is responsive, mobile friendly, loads quickly and has an attractive design that keeps your visitors engaged.

7. Secure Your WordPress Site
One of the most important things to do for your WordPress is to make sure it is secure. Be sure it is kept up-to-date and leverages security plugins to limit login attempts, keep it secure and prevent spam. Also remember to install Google Webmaster Tools (now Search Console) so that Google can notify you if it sees that your site has been compromised.

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2015-10-22T18:49:43+00:00 October 22nd, 2015|djpaulmichael|Comments Off on Beyond Yoast: 7 Critical SEO Steps You Are Probably Missing

What Are Vector Smart Objects and How to use with Photoshop

What They Are

Adobe says: “Smart Objects are layers that contain image data from raster or vector images, such as Photoshop or Illustrator files. Smart Objects preserve an image’s source content with all its original characteristics, enabling you to perform nondestructive editing to the layer.”

[Magic Container ] I say: Smart Objects are magical containers. They can hold an image, a vector graphic, or a complex set of layers. You can duplicate a Smart Object many times within your file and update the Object once to change all instances. You can apply filters to a Smart Object non-destructively, so you can remove them at any time. You can also transform Smart Objects (scale, rotate, skew, distort, etc etc.) without losing the original image data or quality.
How They Work

Like everything else in Photoshop, there are multiple ways to create a Smart Object. You can:

Start With A Vector. You can use File > Place to pull vector graphics (made in Illustrator) into your Photoshop file. Alternately, copy the artwork in Illustrator and paste it into your Photoshop document. A dialog box will come up with options for pasting – select “Smart Object”. Once you’ve placed it, Photoshop maintains a direct link to the original graphic. If you try editing a Smart Object made from a vector it will open up right in Illustrator.
Grab A Layer. Sometimes, a single layer might be a good candidate for Smart-Objectness. Say you have a bitmapped image you want to resize – but you’re not sure what size you want it to be yet. Scaling things more than once (say, down 20% and then back up 20%) can ruin your pixel data fast, but making the image a Smart Object before you transform it will avoid this problem. Making one is easy – just right-click on a layer and select “Convert To Smart Object”.
…Or Multiple Layers. This is my favorite way to use Smart Objects. You can turn a group of layers into a Smart Object, creating reusable components and cleaning up your layer palette. Again, right-click and “Convert to Smart Object” from the Options menu.

Once you’ve created a Smart Object, it’ll look like this in the layer palette:

Vector Smart Objects

To edit a Smart Object once you’ve created it, double click on the layer. It will open up in a new window. Make your edits, then be sure to hit Save before closing. Once you save the Smart Object all instances of it will be updated in your main Photoshop document. Don’t forget to save! If you close it without saving you will lose all your changes.

2014-08-14T13:17:22+00:00 August 14th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What Are Vector Smart Objects and How to use with Photoshop

Adobe Illustrator Tips and Tricks

Creating Columns of Text in Illustrator

Any area type can easily be divided into columns, or even rows, whenever needed. First, create the area type, and then select it. Go to Type → Area Type Options. In the box that appears, you will see options for changing the settings of both rows and columns, as well as for resizing the area type.

Change the number of rows or columns by changing the Number settings underneath the Row or Column settings. The “Span” changes the width of individual rows or columns, and the “Gutter” changes the distance between each row or column.
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If you select the “Fixed” box, then you can resize the area, and the number of rows or columns will change, not their width.
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With the Fixed box deselected, the size of the rows and columns will increase or decrease when resizing, but the number of rows or columns will remain the same.
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If you break the text into both columns and rows, rather than just one or the other, then you will want to choose the way text flows between columns and rows in the Options section. Selecting “By Rows” will cause the text to be read from left to right, first in the top row and then in the bottom row. Selecting “By Columns” will cause the text to be read left to right, first in the left column and then in the right column.
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2014-06-09T19:11:19+00:00 June 9th, 2014|Design|Comments Off on Adobe Illustrator Tips and Tricks