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How to Install WordPress on GreenGeeks

How to Install WordPress on GreenGeeks

Green Geeks makes WordPress installation nice ‘n easy with the Softaculous installer. We will walk you through the steps to complete setup so you can get your website up and running pronto!

Once you have registered and set up a user account with GreenGeeks, you will find the Cpanel, which is your dashboard to access all your website features.

1. Click the blue cpanel button at the bottom.

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2. Once you are in cpanel, scroll all the way down to “Softaculous Apps Installer” and click the WordPress icon. You could also search “WordPress” in the top search bar to find the icon.

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3. Click the “Install Now” button. The latest version of WordPress will automatically apply.

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4. Now it’s time to get your settings configured. You will find the following sections, which are pretty straight forward.

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Software Set up
Latest version will appear at top. Enter https if you have an SSL. Otherwise, http://. The next is your domain, “yoursitename.com”, which will automatically appear unless you have more than one domain. Unless you’re technically-minded, you can ignore the “In Directory” section. This simply helps you organize your web directory.

Site Name
Enter the title of your website. The title appears in search engines as well as the top of the browser window tab.

Site Description
The site description one is an important one to fill out. The site description determines how likely you will show up in a search result. Keep it simple but accurate and including your location is helpful. Example: Title: Das Studio — Making Brands Better.

Description: Das Studio is a remote, full-service design agency. Specializing in branding and website designs for small businesses with big dreams.

Admin Account
For security reasons, be sure you remove the “admin” and enter your own unique username and password. Make the password Is complex. You can click the little key icon to automatically generate a new password. Voila!

Choose Language
This is self-explanatory. Select your language from the drop down.

Select Plugin
Here you have the option to automatically install some of the more popular plugins.1. Limit Login – protects your site by limiting the number of login attempts. 2. Classic Editor – the original WordPress editor, which was recently replaced by Gutenburg. Select this if you prefer the original look or you’re using a builder/plugin that requires the old editor. Elementor Page Builder – a popular drag and drop WordPress page builder. WPForms Lite – best free WordPress contact form.

Advanced options
This section includes advanced options, including auto updates and backup. We recommend automatically upgrading to the latest version of WordPress, theme, and plugins.  Also, be sure to backup your site at least once a week.

Select a Theme
And finally we have our theme options! You can choose a free WordPress theme if you desire, or allow the installer to automatically pick the default theme for you. This can be changed at any point and custom/paid themes can be added once logged into your WordPress site.

Now click the blue install button and you’re done!

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You’ll see a notice that your software was installed successfully at your domain. It’s a good idea to bookmark your WordPress login address (www.YourSite.com/wp-admin) for easy access.

That’s it! You’re ready to begin working on your new website. Let the fun begin!

Contact us if we can be of assistance in your web building.

 

 

How to Install WordPress on GreenGeeks

Hosting Provider We Recommend

Is it possible to find a hosting provider that provides quality service in ADDITION to being budget-friendly?!

As you may be well aware, there are a plethora of web host providers out there promising to deliver the best service… How do you choose?

Several years ago, DasStudio discovered GreenGeeks hosting, and we’re not looking back! We recommend them to all of our clients. Here are some of the qualities we GEEK out about….


EcoFriendly Environment

It may surprise you that the web site hosting industry is indeed harmful to our environment! The average web hosting service produces 1,390 lb of C02 per year with predictions that it will use as much energy as the airline industry by 2020!

GreenGeeks is the most eco-friendly web hosting service in existence today. You can find them on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partners. GreenGeeks uses environmental foundations to purchase wind energy credits to put back into the grid three times (3X) the amount of energy they consume. Other hosting providers run on fossil fuels or other harmful sources of energy.

High Performance

We’ve heard nightmares of clients having their sites down repeatedly for hours at a time! This is especially common with some of the cheap web hosts out there. With GreenGeeks’ 99.9% service uptime, you can be assured your site be up and stay up! They also offer complimentary CDN (Content Delivery Network to help speed up your site.  To increase security, account isolation is another excellent feature, protecting your website against hackers. Their secure cFS framework allows them to protect against malware in real-time.

Superior Customer Service

Do you cringe when you are only given the option to call customer support with 45+ minute wait times? GreenGeeks offers 24/7 online customer support (email or live chat) in addition to being available by phone 7 days a week (M-F 9Am-12AM; Sat-Sun 9Am – 8 PM). Generally, we never have to wait more than 5 minutes for a representative to respond.

Cost Effective / Budget Friendly

Who doesn’t want to save money? At $2.95/month GreenGeeks is one of the lowest cost providers out there. GreenGeeks offers a free domain for an entire year and will even provide one free web transfer, free of charge! So if you’re looking to migrate your existing site (from another web host provider), you can have the professionals handle it without lifting a finger.  When you select a 2 or 3-year plan, it works out to be about $5-7CAD a month which is way cheaper than other host providers. They currently have a 60% off which will be automatically applied as you go through the steps.

If you want to go ahead sign up you can by following this link… ( Das Studio tracking link)  https://www.greengeeks.com/track/dasstudioeve/cp-default

Just follow these steps:

  1. Click button (Get Started)
    2. Select Hosting Plan & choose a domain name (I Need to Register a new Domain)
    3. Fill out all your contact info
    4. Best coupon value will automatically apply
    5. Once complete, you will receive 3 emails total (With an important account and hosting information for the last 2)

Any questions? Just ask us! We’re happy to help.

Do I need a Privacy Policy on my website?

Do I need a Privacy Policy on my website?

If you are collecting any type of personal information on your site, you need to include a privacy policy page to protect yourself legally. This includes your users’ name, email, mailing address and credit card info.

The privacy policy informs your visitors about the information collected and why. It should include the following:

  • The information your site collects from your users The purpose of collecting this info
  • How the information is obtained
  • Who has access to this information (i.e. Google Ad sense, newsletter services or any other third-party device)
  • Instructions on how to disable cookies and third-party ads
  • How users can contact you if they have questions

A privacy policy not only protects you from potential legal issues, it helps you gain trust from your visitors and establishes you as a professional.
Adding a privacy policy is quick and painless once you know where to go to generate it.

Creating a Privacy Policy in WordPress

If you are using WordPress 4.9.6 and up, you can generate a custom privacy policy from your WordPress dashboard. This is by far the easiest way to create a privacy policy for a simple website. If you have an older version of WordPress, be sure to update it by clicking the refresh icon at the top of the screen.

Once you are logged into WordPress, go to Settings > Privacy.

Then select “create a new page” and you find the generated policy page. Edit as desired, adding new content as it pertains to your site. For instance, if you are using Google Analytics, you’ll need to add a clause about data usage.
The default policy includes a blurb about Cookies, Embedded content from other websites, how long data is kept, etc.

Once when you’re happy with the policy, click publish. Now you can add the new link of the policy page (default address of www.yoursitename/privacy-policy) and add where desired (i.e. your site home page, menu, footer). We recommend a place that is highly visible.

Privacy Policy Generators

Alternatively, there are numerous free privacy policy generators you can use to create a policy page. They policies can literally be generated in a few minutes. For more advanced features, like additional  clauses or a pdf download, you will likely have to pay a small fee.

Here are a few of the more popular generators:

PrivacyPolicies.com

Shopify.com

Termsfeed.com

Privacypolicyonline.com

We hope you found this article helpful.  Remember…Prevention is worth pound of cure.

 

What happened to WordPress?! Here’s a quick rundown for using the new Gutenburg Editor

What happened to WordPress?! Here’s a quick rundown for using the new Gutenburg Editor

WordPress recently launched their latest version of WordPress 5 on December 6, 2018. You may have noticed a striking difference in how the page editor appears. Don’t let it intimidate you! We will walk you through–step by the step–the basic editing process using the new WordPress default editor (AKA “The Gutenberg”) and you it’s not so scary after all.

After you are logged into your WordPress site, find the “posts” section on the left side of your screen.

Click on the page you wish to edit and you will see the new editor screen, which looks like this:

Here is the old editor in case you need a refresher…

The editing screen is now made up of “blocks”. Blocks are a great way to quickly add content (text, images, galleries, videos, buttons and more) to your web page. Whether you’re a newbie or an expert designer, the new platform allows you to arrange and edit blocks of content to create an attractive website. 

You will see there are two tabs on the right: document and block. Document is where you’ll find your publishing settings, featured image and page layout options. Block is where you’ll find your block settings (for instance, text color and size options).

Type in your title in the bold area and then type your content right below. Simply click enter to go to the next section.

Images can be quickly added from your media library or directly from you computer by clicking the plus (+) sign then simply locate the image icon.


You can style your text by using the settings on the right panel under the “block” tab. 


Once you are ready to publish your web page, click that familiar blue publish button! 

4 Current Web Design Trends

4 Current Web Design Trends

I could list a few design trends that are ‘cool’ in web design that will surely make your site look hot. Instead I’m going to take you past the obvious and pin point some real important trends that you should be aware of if you are planning on launching a new website.

1. Clicks vs. Scroll

Do you remember how hard it was scrolling webpages? Painstakingly you had to move the mouse over to the right edge of the screen to something ancient called the ‘scrollbar’. Puke. If you were ahead of most users you probably used a mouse wheel, cursor keys or even a track-pad.

Now it’s far easier to scroll than it is to click. We all scroll, all day, on our mobile devices using our thumbs or index finger. However, clicking has actually become more difficult; total opposite of how it used to be on the good old desktop.

So remember to design around scrolling first, clicking second. This trend is bound to stick around for a long time. Modern sites will have fewer things to click and include much more scrolling. Expect to see less links, more buttons, larger clickable areas and tall pages that are designed with an infinite scroll page.

2. The fold is irrelevant.

In case you don’t know what ‘the fold’ is… The fold is the top part of a website (aka ‘the first impression’)
Now that scrolling is so easy, the fold has become completely irrelevant!

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Instead of cramming most important content near the top of the website, graphic designers are now able to use this space in a more create way. Most popular trend visible is the full screen image or video with a bold title excluding content until you start scrolling. Magazine like tall webpages are now filled with large beautiful imagery.

3. The pixel is dead.

What is a pixel? Nowadays fewer people know what a pixel is because it no longer is a ‘issue’ in the web world.
A pixel was … a pixel. If you take 1 square inch of your desktop screen you would have a total of 72 pixels in that square. So images uploaded to the web should be no more or less than 72 pixels per square inch for best resolution.

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Now, with responsive design we have moved towards grids and percentages rather than pixels. With Retina displays and modern browsers, website loads faster and automatically scales the images to any size without losing quality.

4.E-mail Subscription lists

Social media has become a huge success for consumers but on the flip side the producers are so happy.

With billions of posts every day, Facebook saturation has become so advanced that it learnes which users are most likely to enjoy the post and only show it to a select few. This mean over time based on your audiences likes and interests, your posts are increasingly seen by a smaller percentage of your followers. Annoying Right? Well there is a solution; if the budget allows. You can pay Facebook to release your posts to a larger group of people.

Clearly social media is going anywhere but instead of paying for a larger reach on Facebook posts you can invest a little elbow grease into email marketing. Email lists have one huge advantage over social media; a significantly higher percentage of people will see what you sent them and since they singed up to receiving your email they are more likely to view it.

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You can create a free account with MailChimp to start your email list today. It is easy to navigate and provides you with code that can be integrated to your WordPress website as a sign up form. From there you can set up automatic RSS email blasts directly from your blog to the consumer without ever having to think about it ever again!

Of course if you need some assistance with staying on top of current trends don’t hesitate to contact me. If you have a question please post in the comment area below and I would be happy to answer you.

Best Regards, Eve

What The Heck is WordPress?

What The Heck is WordPress?

Often business owners question… “What the heck is WordPress?” If you are wondering the same, you are reading the right article. Here are a few reasons why you would want to use WordPress and how you and your business can benefit from it.

Why WordPress?

WordPress is often mistaken as just a blogging platform. Although that used to be true, it has evolved over the years into a versatile content management system. While WordPress is still a great blogging tool you can also use it for fully functional responsive websites.

The best part about WordPress is that it is so simplistic and easily understood by many users. 22.5% of websites on the Internet are powered by WordPress. Many of the top brands use WordPress to power their websites including but not limited to: Time Magazine, Sony, Jay-Z, LinkedIn, eBay, and more.

WordPress is Easy To Manage

WordPress comes with build-in updater feature that sends reminders when a plugin or a theme is out of date. Keeping your wordpress theme updated ensures your website has a backup version and will run smoothly.

From a client perspective, using the WordPress platform is very beneficial. It allows you to login to your website and make changes with ease without having to hire a developer/graphic designer to make changes to price tables or text on your about page.

What type of website can I launch with WordPress?

The possibilities are endless. If you have a business, an artist or simply have something to say WordPress is the right choice for you.

You can use WordPress as the following:

  • Arcade
  • Blog
  • Content Management System (CMS)
  • Gallery
  • Portfolio
  • Rating Website
  • Shopping Store
  • Video Collection Site
  • Membership Site

To see how other top brands use WordPress to their advantage you can visit the WordPress Showcase.

Hopefully I was able to clarify what WordPress is and how it can benefit you online. If you have more questions, please comment below.