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 »

21 August 2014

getting started with squarespace v7

: : for squarespace v7 : :

The best place to get started with Squarespace v7 is here: Getting Started and then Using Squarespace 7

But if you're keen to jump straight in with adding content, I highly recommend you read through these guys first:

28 July 2014

Configuring an e-mail program (Outlook Express, Apple Mail, Thunderbird, etc)

: : for ICDHost Control Panel : :

If you up your mail as IMAP, you can access your mail from just about any device.  To set up your device, follow this link:

then click the link of the appropriate device/email reader.  For example, if you have an iPhone 4, you'll probably want to click on "Apple iPhone & Apple iPod with iOS 7".

The next screen will list 4 different options - POP3, POP3 & SMTP over SSL, IMAP or IMAP & SMTP over SSL.  Select whichever is most appropriate.

You'll need some if not all the following details:
  • your email address
  • your password
  • your domain name
  • your server name
All these details are available in your Welcome email (except your password).

Follow the instructions step by step!  It may seem daunting, but if you follow each step (there are lots of pretty pictures!) you'll have your email set up in no time.