Category Archives: Websites

I believe in creating simple, attractive, well-functioning WordPress websites, and that you be empowered to control your own WordPress website.

How to Turn Comments Off in WordPress

Here’s how to turn comments off in WordPress for a specific page or post:

1. Log into the back end.
2. Click on the menu ALL PAGES (or ALL POSTS).
3. Lay your mouse on the page/post you want to change.
4. Under the title of the page, choose QUICK EDIT (NOT Edit).
5. You’ll see a screen similar to the one below… Click the check box once to remove the check mark for ALLOW COMMENTS.

Turn Comments Off in WordPress

6. Update (save) the Quick Edit.
7. Voila!

WordPress Workshops February 2015

WordPress Workshops February 2015
With the holiday distractions behind us and folks back to focusing on their business or other organization, I’ve ramped up the number of WordPress workshops being offered in February 2015. Space is limited to just 4 persons per workshop, so don’t delay in registering.

 

Date Day Time Event Town
Feb 5 Thu 6:30 – 8:30P “Intro to WordPress:
First Steps”
Sedona
Feb 17 Tue 6:30 – 8:30P “Intro to WordPress:
First Steps”
Sedona
Feb 23 Mon 6:30 – 8:30P “Intro to WordPress:
Going Deeper (Part Two)”
Sedona

My intent is always to help empower you to take control of your marketing tools to foster relationships, thereby growing your business/organization… be it with training in Microsoft Office, developing a WordPress site, publishing a Constant Contact e-newsletter, or some other means to help you to better connect with people – clients, staff, volunteers, and colleagues.

For more information and to register for a WordPress workshop, visit Websites and Coffee.

Google Analytics Reports

Google Analytics Reports

Google Analytics is a service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about a website’s traffic and traffic sources and measures conversions and sales. The basic service is free of charge and a premium version is available for a fee.

Google Analytics can track visitors from all referrers, including search engines and social networks, direct visits and referring sites. It also tracks display advertising, pay-per-click networks, email marketing and digital collateral such as links within PDF documents. It’s really amazing what info gets tracked when you visit a website!

The Audience section of Google Analytics reports is full of information to help you make strategic decisions about your business. To understand your users better, check out these areas in your Google Analytics account:

  • Demographics of your audiences. Go to Audience > Demographics.
  • Mix of new and return users and the level of engagement of your users. Go to Audience > Behavior.
  • Browsers and networks being used to access your site/app. Go to Audience > Technology.
  • Mobile devices being used to access your site/app. Go to Audience > Mobile. 

Custom Menus in WordPress

These days when building a website, I always use custom menus in WordPress to order my pages and to add a category(ies) to my navigation bar. You can do this by going to the main navigation menu APPEARANCE -> MENUS. Note: The availability of this option is dependent on the theme you are using.

Sometimes you may want to add an item to the menu and have it open in a new window/tab (in code it shows as target=”_blank”). Here’s how to do it:

After going to the APPEARANCE -> MENUS screen, click on the link for Screen Options in the top right of your screen.
Custom Menus in WordPress

In the dropdown there, below the usual Show on screen checkboxes, is another line of Show advanced menu properties checkboxes. Click the box for Link Target to add a checkmark.

Custom Menus in WordPress
Now all your Menu Items will have the additional option of opening the link in a new window/tab.

Custom Menus in WordPress

Which CMS to Use? WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla?

Which CMS to UseAre you still trying to decide which Content Management System (CMS) to use for your business? There are three popular ones: WordPress (of course!), Drupal, and Joomla. I’ve been using WordPress for five years, about ½ the time it’s been around. I used Joomla briefly years ago on a very limited basis; I’ve never touched Drupal. So, obviously I’m not the expert to compare these platforms! However, there’s plenty of info out there on the Net…

Although these platforms differ substantially, they do have some commonalities:
– They are free to download
– They provide constant updates making them increasingly easy to use and customize
– They offer access to online communities to a growing base of online technical support.

WordPress is considered the easiest to use and was built with non-techies in mind. It started out as a platform exclusively for blogging, but has grown and advanced significantly over the years, and is considered the most popular of the CMS platforms based on the number of users (22.3% of all websites). Drupal is more complex than WordPress; it was designed to provide web developers the opportunity to build complex websites. Joomla falls somewhere in between WordPress and Drupal: Joomla can be described as a user-friendly version of Drupal when it comes to design and maintenance.

Fans of each of these three content management systems will argue fiercely that the one they prefer is the best option out there. The fact is, each situation will require something different, and taking the time to look at all your options is the best way to go.

Attention to Details Fantastic!

attention to detailsSat 5/17/2014 10:21 PM

Buckeye, AZ

Hi Joyce,

Thanks for doing such a thorough job developing and designing my website. I love it!

Here’s a testimonial you can add to your website:

“Joyce Kaye of The Computer Spirit developed and designed my new website well within the time-frame we discussed. I love it!

The first time I spoke with Joyce about my website, she asked me a few questions and took time to fully explain what features a great website must contain and how she could make it happen. She then followed-up with a written proposal.

During the entire process, I was impressed by Joyce’s professionalism. She was very knowledgeable about developing and designing websites and how to make them interactive and user friendly. Her attention to details was fantastic.

If you want a great-looking, user-friendly website, or marketing materials (one-sheets, e-newsletters), I highly recommend Joyce.”

Edna Lawrence,
Founder/CEO of Divine Health Solutions, Intl. LLC and author of “My Journey to Vibrant Health…and how you can get there, too.”

Your Social Media IQ

Social Media IQ

As you probably know, people use social media to create, share, and/or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks.

Let’s have some fun! Here’s a brief quiz to test your Social Media IQ…

Match the site name or form of social media with the description. The answer key is located below the quiz. No peeking!

A. Instagram
B. LinkedIn
C. Wiki
D. Facebook
E. Pinterest

___ 1. This business-oriented site is mainly used for professional networking. Its goal is to allow registered members to establish and document networks of people they know and trust professionally.

___ 2. This web application differs from a blog in that the content is created without any defined owner or leader, and there is little implicit structure, allowing structure to emerge according to the needs of the users.

___ 3. Through this site, you can share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever.

___ 4. People use this visual discovery tool to collect ideas for their different projects and interests like planning trips and projects, organizing events, and saving articles and recipes. It’s like a virtual cork board.

___ 5. This online social networking service was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg. Its name comes from a colloquialism for the directory given to students at some American universities.


Answer key:

1. B | 2. C | 3. A | 4. E | 5. D

How’d you do?

WordPress Security

WordPress Security

WordPress security is serious business and what you don’t know can actually hurt you! A hacked site can wreak havoc on your search engine rankings for weeks or more without you knowing about it. And, you can lose sales if your customer notices your hacked site before you do.

After I was notified that a visitor to one of my client’s websites had received a message from her anti-virus program about malware being on the site, I installed the Wordfence Security plugin in order to have the site scanned to see what was going on. I’m so glad I did – and I’ve since installed it on all the WordPress sites I manage! It’s easy to use, can prevent your site from being hacked, and provides information about troubleshooting if it finds something amiss. I get an email message when a user logs into the site, as well as when someone attempts to log in – like a hacker.

Wordfence Security is an enterprise class security plugin that is 100% free although a premium version is available.

It starts by checking if your site is already infected. When you run a scan, the source code is compared to the Official WordPress repository for core, themes and plugins. Then Wordfence secures your site and makes it up to 50 times faster.

To learn more, visit the Wordfence website.  It includes an informative, one-minute video, not to mention a map showing the plugin protecting WordPress sites in real-time.

Unique Holiday Gift

Unique Holiday GiftDon’t know what to give a loved one, friend, colleague, or employee? Holiday gift certificates are available from The Computer Spirit! Purchase whatever number of hours you like, and the recipient can use them for coaching and consulting services related to:

  • WordPress websites
  • Constant Contact e-newsletters
  • One-sheets
  • Brochures and flyers
  • PowerPoint slideshows
  • Microsoft® Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook)

To purchase and/or learn more, contact me via email or phone (928.301.7292).

Using a WordPress Child Theme

Thanks to my business colleague Paul McNeese, who through OPA Author Services provides services that every self-publishing author or small publisher will need in order to transform a manuscript into a printed book, I recently worked on a robust – and fun – author project. For Karyn Rashoff, M.S., I created a website, an announcement e-newsletter, and a one-sheet for the launching of her first book “Parents in Highschooland: Helping Students Succeed in the Critical Years.”

WordPress Child ThemeChoosing to use WordPress’ TwentyTwelve default theme, I created a child theme. A WordPress child theme is a theme that inherits the functionality of another theme, called the parent theme. It allows you to modify, or add to the functionality of that parent theme. A child theme is the safest and easiest way to modify an existing theme. Instead of modifying the theme files directly, you can create a child theme and override within.

I think one of the best reasons for using a child theme is that if you modify an existing theme and then it is updated, your changes will be lost! With a child theme, you can go ahead and update the parent theme and still keep your changes.

In the case of Karyn’s website, I created a child theme to modify such things as the:

  • site title and subtitle’s font family and font size
  • amount of white space between the subtitle and nav menu, and between the bottom of the header image and the top of the page content
  • sidebar titles’ font size and font color
  • font color on links, and on page and post titles.

To learn more about WordPress child themes, including how to create your own, visit wordpress.org.