31 January 2017

URL Redirects

: : for domains registered with Crazy Domains : :

If you have your domains registered with Crazy Domains, you will need to upgrade to Premium DNS to allow URL Redirects to be set up.  You can do this via the Account Manager.  I believe the cost is $19.95 per domain.

More about Crazy Domain's DNS Hosting here »

Once you're logged into Account Manager:
  1. Click on Domains
  2. Locate the relevant domain name in the Domains List
  3. Click on the double circular arrow icon (Premium DNS) under Addons
  4. Click Add to Cart
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for second domain name
  6. Checkout
If accurate expressions is setting up URL Redirects on your behalf, please notify us once your DNS Hosting has been upgraded.

19 December 2016

stock image libraries

: : for stock images : :

There are lots of online stock image libraries out there, here are a few of my favourites:
pexels.com (FREE)
unsplash.com (also FREE)
pixabay.com (yep, FREE)
imcreator.com/free (the name says it all FREE)
freeimages.com (you get the idea!)

This guy allows you to search 47 websites from one place: librestock.com

These guys aren't free, but their libraries are usually easier to search and generally larger which of course means more variety ... so if you have the money and specific needs, you'll most likely find what you're looking for here (and no, I don't get any kind of commission if you buy from them):

If you want to go down the rabbit hole ... take care ... and we will see you on the other side ...

Here's a list of free stock libraries from Entrepreneur Magazine ... with a bonus "Attribution and licenses explained" section: entrepreneur.com/article/238646

And another list from them: entrepreneur.com/article/237094

And here is the most overwhelming list of royalty free stock image libraries I've ever seen ... knock yourself out! web-tools.club/royalty-free-images/

01 October 2016

20 Hidden WordPress Features You Might Not Know About

 : : for WordPress : :

from the Elegant Themes Blog, written by Shaun Quarton ...

20 Hidden WordPress Features You Might Not Know About

If you use WordPress regularly, you probably have a good handle on how everything works.

However, a little digging is required to access WordPress’ functionalities in full. You might not realize there are plenty of “hidden” WordPress features – some more hidden than others.

In today’s post, I’m going to uncover 20 of these hidden WordPress features, so that you can get the maximum from the world’s most popular CMS.

This post is primarily targeted at WordPress beginners. If, however, you consider yourself to be a WordPress dab hand, you might still learn something new or at least refresh your memory of commonly underutilized features.

Read the full article here ...

08 June 2016

replace a media file

: : for WordPress : :

This method uses the plugin Enable Media Replace
  • From your WordPress Dashboard, click on Media in left sidebar
  • Search for the file you want to replace
  • Click to select the file
  • In the right column you'll see a bunch of fields, look for the button "Upload a new file" next to Replace media
  • Click to display the Replace Media Upload screen:

  • Click on Choose File to select the new file (ensure new file is the same file type, ie, .pdf, .jpg, .png etc)
  • Ensure "Just replace the file" is selected
  • Click Upload

Once you've replaced your media file, double check your site to ensure the new media is visible/downloadable.

14 December 2015

setup TextEdit to save HTML files

: : for TextEdit on mac : :

from Chris Thomson on Quora ...

There isn't any way to set the default extension for files in TextEdit -- you'll always have to type .html at the end of the filename manually. I'd highly recommend using an alternative text editor for editing any sort of code files (see What is the best text editor for writing HTML and CSS?), but if you must use TextEdit, here's a few tips to make it as painless as possible to save HTML, CSS, and other code files constantly:
  • Set the default filetype to plain text. You cannot save code files when you're in Rich Text format. Open up TextEdit, and go to the TextEdit menu and select Preferences, then change the Format option to Plain Text. If you ever need to save a file as rich text, you can change that on a per-document basis using the Format menu.
  • Tell TextEdit not to automatically add the .txt extension to plain text files. In TextEdit preferences, go to the Open and Save tab, and uncheck the Add ".txt" extension to plain text files option.

28 October 2014

add a blog post

: : for squarespace v7 : :

adding content to a blog page

The following article from the Squarespace (v7) knowledge base explains how to:
  1. Add or Open a Blog Page
  2. Add a Post
  3. Add Content
  4. Add Categories and Tags (Optional)
  5. Enable/Disable Comments (Optional)
  6. Add Thumbnail Images (Optional)
  7. Add an Excerpt (Optional)
  8. Add a Location (Optional)
  9. Push Content to Social Media (Optional)
  10. Save
  11. Manage Blog Posts (Optional)
Read the article here »

how do I configure a post to publish in the future?

You can also schedule a post to publish in the future (or backdate it).

Read the article here »

12 September 2014

optimising posts/pages in your wordpress site

: : for WordPress using Yoast SEO : :

optimising individual posts

Use the snippet preview added by the WordPress SEO plugin:

optimize wordpress article general tab

This preview will automatically take the values you’ve already filled in in your blog post and apply them to your template, but you can also override the title completely using the title field just below it:

wordpress seo title input

The input will show a warning below it if your title is becoming too long. The title length is not a fixed amount of characters but rather limited to the length of the display in the search results.

For titles the following things are important:
  • They should always contain your brand, preferably at the end, so people may recognise you in consecutive searches.
  • They should always contain the keyword you think is most important for the current post or page, which we’ll call the focus keyword from now on. The focus keyword should preferably be at the beginning of the title.
  • The rest of the title should entice people to click.

optimise your descriptions

Now that we’ve got proper titles, we should start to focus on meta descriptions. The meta description can be used by search engines to show in the snippet, it’s the black piece of text shown beneath the URL. The meta description is usually only used when it contains the keyword the searcher was searching for.

Some plugins, most specifically the All in One SEO plugin, use so called “automated descriptions”. They use the first sentence of a post to fill the meta description by default. That’s not very smart. That first sentence might be an introductory sentence which has hardly anything to do with the subject.

Thus, the only well written description is a hand written one, and if you’re thinking of auto generating the meta description, you might as well not do anything and let the search engine control the snippet… If you don’t use the meta description, the search engine will find the keyword searched for in your document, and automatically pick a string around that, which gives you a bolded word or two in the results page.

Auto generating a snippet is a “shortcut”, and there are no real shortcuts in (WordPress) SEO (none that work anyway).

So, use the meta description field you find in the WordPress SEO plugin to write a meta description. Make sure it entices the reader to click through and make sure that it contains the focus keyword of your post or page at least once.

You’ll notice we do not mention meta keywords. We don’t use them and neither should you, for an explanation, read this article by Joost: meta keywords and why I don’t use them.

This is an excerpt from the WordPress SEO Tutorial which you can read here »