Websites

  • William Nicholls posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 2 weeks ago

    Why do blogs sometimes register as sticky in the wordpress back office?

    • Hi Will, There is an option, when you are working on a new WordPress blog or editing an old one, to make it ‘sticky’. This word almost always means something like: ‘keep it at the top of the screen’. In this case it means, keep it at the top of the stack of blogs, so that visitors to your blog page will see it first. You have to manually select…[Read more]

  • Nigel Temple posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 3 weeks ago

    Are you looking for free-to-use images?

    Free images

    • I’m not a fan of stock images – I appreciate that my business is a very visual experience and so I’m not short of a photo or two, but I can’t help feeling that spending the time to capture the special image you need to support your business, is time and investment well spent!

    • Hi David, you take amazing photos. 🙂
      Time is indeed a key factor, in that many of us are pressed for time.
      If you have the skill and the opportunity to take your own photographs this is the way to go.

  • William Nicholls posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 3 weeks ago

    In conversation with Nigel yesterday I mentioned I am using a professional cloud / APP based email system called Flockmail, who are changing their name to TITAN.

    Free for year one then £2.99 pcm

    It has lots of features including a notification that the email you have sent has been opened.
    Here is their latest BLOG…[Read more]

  • Margi Ross posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    I mean the small picture. Mine only ever says Margi Ross.

    • Yes, understood. If there is no profile picture in Zoom it would display your name against a black background. Please see my response to your previous post.

  • Margi Ross posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Hi Nigel, I’ve watched lots of Zoom tutorials and no-where can I find the answer to my questions re being a participant at a meeting. 1. If I want my face to be visible as a still photo what do I do? 2. Or as a video what do I do? Thanks Margi By the way, I suggest another category for posting comments and queries ‘How does Zoom work?’.

    • Hi Margi, You will need to access your Zoom profile: sign in to the Zoom web portal and click Profile. You can view and edit the following settings: Profile Picture: To add or change your profile picture, click Change, then adjust the crop area on your current picture or upload a new one.
      This page goes through the…[Read more]

  • William Nicholls posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    Hello Nigel
    I have been diligently changing my website in preparation for a sales team to sell for me but also build relationships with SEO experts for a new reciprocal revenue stream for them. I blog regularly and have noticed a 400% increase in visitor numbers up to 1400 visits in 4 weeks which is encouraging.
    Today I published a new guide page…[Read more]

    • Please share some of the keyword phrases that you want to be found for, Will.
      It would be helpful to decrease your website loading time.
      I suggest that you simplify your webcopy. What you do and deliver must be crystal clear in the first paragraph.

    • I am focusing properly on keywords now and I will let you know.
      I have changed copy on home page and PWA APP examples so far, much better i think

    • Thanks for this, Will. I imagine that you will build a Maltix PWA App and let us know where can can view / download this?

  • William Nicholls posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 1 month ago

    How do you add sitemaps to a word press site ?
    How important is it for google?

  • davidsmestratgy posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 1 month ago

    Afternoon Nigel

    A client is about to launch a series of monthly podcasts on the ‘Meaningful Life’. He will do so using the Patreon.com platform.

    I am drafting the content for his Patreon page and also drafting a landing page (which will also be a page in his main existing website) for him.

    What is the key messaging I should include in the Pat…[Read more]

    • Hi David, Patreon https://www.patreon.com is an interesting platform that I have previously looked at. I think that the copy needs to be engaging, conversational and relaxed. I suggest that you click around the site and read quite a bit of their content in order to absorb their style.
      Use outbound anchor text links to FB etc.
      With regards to…[Read more]

    • Thank you Nigel!

  • Margi Ross posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 1 month, 1 week ago

    Hi Nigel, What advice would you give to someone starting to build their own website using Word Press. Thanks Margi

    • Hi Margi, I would begin with your marketing strategy and plan. All too often, people leap into website design without a clear understanding of where they are placed in the market, what their key messages are and how they are going to attract and keep customers.
      With regards to WordPress try and use as few plugins as possible (see my recent…[Read more]

  • Philip D posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 1 month, 1 week ago

    Thanks Nigel -worked a treat! I’m going offline for a couple of weeks -will be in touch when I get back.
    Thanks for all the great help -so far so good!

  • William Nicholls posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 1 month, 1 week ago

    Nigel has mentioned a British product called Powtoon as a tool for distributing videos, presentations, explainer videos, remote learning etc.
    As an example I have used 2 videos in my blog today mirrored on the homepage of my website https://maltix.co.uk/chat-today-about-your-exciting-new-social-media-app

  • dkl posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 1 month, 1 week ago

    I am starting to tidy up my websites, but before making any changes I want to get them to load more quickly. Where should I start?

    • * If possible, cut down the number of WordPress plugins.
      * Make your images smaller and use few images if you can.
      * Do not use inexpenisive hosting as this is a false economy.
      * Check the loading speed here:
      https://www.uptrends.com/tools/website-speed-test

    • Thanks for this, uptrends produces a very thorough analysis. Ben recommended that I move from Fasthosts to TSO, so I don’t think that hosting is a problem. However, other than by reviews how do I benchmark a hosting company.

    • Benchmarking a hosting company is a challenge, David. I have looked at dozens of them. We have used TSO Host for a long time, however you could take a look at: https://premium.wpmudev.org/hosting

    • @dkl I recall Nigel suggesting the use of tinypng.com to reduce the size of the image file in terms of MB, but not the size you see, important distinction perhaps. Oh, and it’s easy to use and works well – just upload images the download the reduced size ones. Thanks Nigel.

    • Thanks David

  • dkl posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 1 month, 1 week ago

    What is the average lifetime of the visual aspect of a website? There seems to be a fashion thing going on where substantial sites modify their look every three years.

    • Interesting point, David. I have visited a few websites recently which looked like they were created sometime in the last century. IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) a business website should load quickly, use a consistent set of colours, work properly on a smartphone and have a clean, modern look. I realise that the latter is subjective.
      PS An update…[Read more]

  • Philip D posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 1 month, 1 week ago

    Thanks for your help Nigel – it is now live, but, no doubt a big work in progress!
    How long does Google take to do its stuff?

  • Philip D posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 1 month, 1 week ago

    You show up in MC, as does my test! I have changed the click through website button. Also changed the MC account to Lamplight Books for consistency. Do you think it’s nearly ready to publish?

    • Glad to hear that the MailChimp subscription process works. Yes, I would go live now. Over time, I am sure that you will be updating your website.

  • Margi Ross posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 1 month, 1 week ago

    Hi Nigel, What’s the best way to approach making a video for my web site? Thanks Margi

    • Start with a DIY approach, Margi.
      I suggest that you Mind Map the key points that you want to get across.
      Position the Mind Map so that you see it during filming.
      Experiment with filming short clips using your smartphone.
      You should be able to email these to yourself, which will mean that the files can be transferred to, say, Youtube.

    • Thanks, that’s so helpful.

  • Philip D posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 1 month, 1 week ago

    Thanks Nigel. Have gone to white, and logo works.
    I have facebook etc links to do , and not sure if Mailchimp link works.
    Any big issues from your side?
    Thanks !

    • It is looking good; I have just filled in the MailChimp subscription form, however, I have not received the double opt in confirmation message. If you take a look within MailChimp, you should be able to see whether I am there (or not!)

    • I have received the ‘double optin’ email from MailChimp. A small point: the ‘click through to our website’ button didn’t work. If you go to Signup Forms in your MC account, there is a drop down menu which will include this email. (You can edit it).

  • Philip D posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Thanks Nigel -very helpful!
    Have changed colour and titles, and hyperlinks open in new window.
    Having trouble with the logo -it’s not showing -will I need to change themes? Any other pointers welcomed!

    • Hi Phil, I can see the logo in the upper left hand corner, so all good, I think.
      I suggest that you use a white background colour, behind the text.
      No, I would not change the theme.

  • Philip D posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Very interested in what you think of the website so far, Nigel?

    • Hi Phil, Goodness – the website has moved on in the last few days. 🙂
      I am not sure about the light yellow background behind the bodycopy text, as this makes it a little hard to read the words.
      I suggest that you change the word ‘Home’, which appears at the top of the homepage to: Lamplight Books
      Hyperlinks to, say, Amazon should open up in a new…[Read more]

  • Philip D posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Making slow, but sure progress with the website. Two issues to solve are:
    -How to generate internal links for key words
    -How to get rid of the template garbage at the bottom of each page.
    Any help appreciated!

    • With regards to creating internal links: highlight the relevant text and then click on the chain icon and insert the full URL (i.e. include the http part) of the post or page that you wish to link to.

    • With regards to the various items that are appearing towards the foot of your pages, login and go to: Appearance / Widgets and delete the items in Footer 1 and 2.

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