Register Your Domain and Host Your Site in One Place to Simplify Your Life

Having recently come to my senses, I dropped two hosting companies and moved all my Websites to one (you can host multiple sites under one package by adding them as add-on domains). I also transferred domain registrations to that same company.

The Way It Was

I had registered two domains with GoDaddy, one with Network Solutions, and the others with BlueHost. I was using three different Web hosts (Network Solutions, LunarPages, and BlueHost) because I didn’t want all my sites with one company in case something would happen to one of them, I’d have something else going on with another one. That was crazy, especially since I have all the sites automatically backing up to DropBox (I don’t think I had that when I started out so maybe that’s why I set them up separately).

What I Changed

I just went through a multi-step process to change my domain registrars and Web hosts. What a process! You have to get authorization codes from the current domain registrar to move, verify and reverify. Then make changes with the hosting. I won’t bore you with the details, but take my advice and register your domain and also host your sites with the same company.

The Results

Now that I’ve simplified my life, saved some time, and cut my costs, I feel much more organized with the whole mess.

I’m going BlueHost all the way and feel so much more organized. Their customer service is just better than any other company I’ve tried, and I’ve had no problems with the sites I was hosting there.

Resources

BlueHost. Web hosting and domain registration.

Dropbox. My online vault for automatically backing up/synching my files.

WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin. Set it and forget it.

PEACE.

 

 

Online Video – How to Create Posts for Multiple Blogs Using Microsoft Windows Live Writer 2012 (with video)

Blogging with Windows Live Writer - video tutorialPainless blogging! One reason you might put off blogging or making updates to your site is the technology behind it. Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer is a free, easy, WYSIWYG desktop application you can use to create and publish blog posts and pages whether you use WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, or TypePad. It syncs with your sites, and you can create posts and pages online or offline at the park. It’s included in the full download of Windows Essentials.

Are you maintaining multiple sites? No problem! You can access all of them from this one interface.

The timesaving features in this FREE software from Microsoft® are built for people who would rather do it themselves but don’t know how. Here are some of the things you’ll be able to do right from your Windows desktop.

  • Manage multiple blog accounts from one place and publish from your desktop.
  • Insert pictures or simply copy and paste them onto the page.
  • Set default properties once for objects you insert and forget it.
  • Insert videos from your computer or YouTube and other services.
  • Download its own set of plug-ins that make enhancing your posts easy.

Webmasters – You’ll be able to create your client’s blog or Website, direct them to this training, and move on to your next project.

Site Owners – You won’t have to wait or beg anyone to update your site because you’ll be able to easily do this yourself!

Learn How – Online Course Available

I’ve recorded an online course with multiple videos to show you how to use this timesaving software. I broke the information down into bite-sized chunks, and put them all in one place on my membership Website, TheDBI.com (short for The Digital Breakthroughs Institute, my company). For only $47.00, you’ll have lifetime access to the video series so you can learn and do refreshers at your convenience.

Sample of What You Will Learn

The video below demos how to create a blog post in Windows Live Writer and insert a video from YouTube. To help you learn how to use everything Windows Live Writer has to offer, check out my video series that breaks everything down into small chunks that make learning easy!

PEACE.

How to Submit a Web Page or Site to Google for Indexing Using Webmaster Tool Google Fetch

I created a Webpage announcing a workshop I’m giving on building a YouTube channel. Google will index this page pretty quickly, but I wanted to hurry it along. I sent the page to them instead of waiting for them to index my site.

I don’t do this every time I add something because Google will take care of it pretty quickly. But I wanted this indexed right away because it’s time sensitive.

PEACE.

How to Blog with Windows Live Writer – Create a Blog and Maintain It with Ease


Painless blogging! One reason you might put off creating a blog or making updates is the technology behind it. Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer is a free, easy, WYSIWYG desktop application you’ll use to create and publish blog posts and pages whether you use WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, and TypePad. It syncs with your sites, and you can create posts and pages online or offline at the park.

I’ve learned the ins and outs of Windows Live Writer and have recorded everything, step by step and in plain English. I’ve uploaded the tutorial on my new membership Website, and hope you’ll check it out.

This training dives deep into this software and its timesaving features for people who would rather do it themselves but don’t know how.

  • Manage multiple blog accounts from one place and publish from your desktop.
  • Insert pictures or simply copy and paste them onto the page.
  • Set default properties once for objects you insert and forget it.
  • Insert videos from your computer or YouTube and other services.
  • Download its own set of plug-ins that make enhancing your posts easy.

Webmasters – You’ll be able to create your client’s blog or Website, direct them to this training, and move on to your next project.

Site Owners – You won’t have to wait or beg anyone to update your site because you’ll be able to easily do this yourself!

How to Find Old, Deleted Websites or Blog Posts: WayBack Machine and Google’s Cache (video)

The WayBack Machine Internet's ArchiveI’m creating a new Website that’s similar to one that I had years ago…a site that’s long ago deleted. I have the files from this site saved on an old laptop that barely boots up, and when it does, it lasts for no more than a minute or two.

Two Ways to Find Oldies

I went to the Internet’s archive, the WayBack Machine. I typed in my old URL, and my entire site came into view. I copied the text on each page, and pasted it in Notepad (to strip out any trashy code that may have been added by publishing the site in FrontPage), and pasted that text onto pages in the new blog. Worked great.

In a previous post, I’d written about how I’d deleted an article in my blog by mistake and how I was able to retrieve it in Google’s Cache (storage from the last time my site had been indexed). I’ve included instructions on how to do that in this video.

Good luck finding what you need. If you have some other ideas, please leave a comment below.

PEACE.

 

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Avoid Broken Links When You Change the Title of a Blog Post – WordPress

If you change the title of a blog post (after it’s published) by only changing the title block, the link to it will be broken wherever anyone has linked to it. There is an easy way to avoid this in WordPress.

  1. Sign into the back-end of your blog and find the published post you want to change.
  2. Make desired change to the text in the title block. Copy all of this text.
  3. Look just under the title of your post. You’ll see “Permalink: http://yourblogdomain/title-of-your-post/”
  4. Click the Edit button to the right of your blog URL.
  5. Delete the ENTIRE blog title, and paste the new one. If you don’t delete all the text before pasting the new title, this will not work. (If you type the new text instead of copy/paste, do not type the hyphens that WordPress added between each word.
  6. Click OK.

WordPress will redirect the old link to the new one. That’s it.

Check Broken Links Within Your Blog

On another note, you can monitor your blog for broken links using the Broken Link Checker plugin. Once it’s activated, it’ll check your blog on a regular schedule that you set and email you with the results. You’ll be able to view, edit, unlink, or otherwise change the links.

PEACE.

 

Create a Video Channel on Your Site With Viddler's Vidget

In a previous post, I wrote about using the little-known YouTube Video Bar to create the look that big news stations and other company sites with the big bucks have for displaying their videos (UPDATE: YouTube discontinued the Video Bar). I mentioned that customization of the video bar required adjusting the computer code behind it. This is not an option for me to use and maintain my sanity.

I found another free service that was exactly what I wanted at Viddler.com — a vidget, no programming needed. A vidget is a collection of videos inside one video player. Just fill out the form and copy the resulting embed code into your site.

As I load new videos, my vidget updates automatically everywhere it’s embedded. Give it a try and leave a comment to let us know what you think.

PEACE.

Add Shadows to Your Graphics to Give Them More Depth

To add more depth to images, I usually add some type of artistic elements to it instead of having a flat graphic on a page. Whether it’s an image on a PowerPoint slide or here on my blog, I’ll add a shadow, soft edge, border, etc., to add another dimension to it.

When I needed to dress a graphic in WordPress, I would fix it in PowerPoint, resave the new style as a new graphic, then insert it into a blog post. After a few times doing this, I looked for a better way. And with WordPress, this is usually in the form of a plugin (computer code).

Image Shadow Plugin

After a quick search, I found one that automatically adds shadows to any jpeg I insert into a post. Check it out at http://rmarsh.com/plugins/image-shadow/ and let me know what you think.