Written: June 27, 2015
I first met Ruth Hardie at a networking event with the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce, and then learned that she was an artist creating watercolor prints. A few months after our introduction she contacted me about creating a brand new web site to showcase her art work. Some of the things that I learned about how she wanted to be portrayed on the web were:
We used WordPress as the Content Management System so that Ruth can update the site herself by using any web browser and logging in. Here’s the Home page layout with a slideshow:
The Gallery page shows seven watercolor prints of dogs, where you click the thumbnail to see the full size image:
Clicking on the Black Lab thumbnail shows me the large version, and I can browse forward and backward through the entire gallery:
Art Prints is a page with links to Fine Art America, which has the e-commerce for visitors to shop and purchase prints.
The Merchandise page is similar to Art Prints, however the links are different:
For visitors to contact Ruthie, we are not showing her personal email address because that would invite spammers to flood her inbox with unwanted email. Instead, we use a contact form:
Another useful feature is a Newsletter Signup and Social Media in the left sidebar of each page, inviting visitors to keep updated on the latest artwork from Ruthie.
When a person subscribes to the newsletter form, they receive an email with a confirmation link, this is called a double opt-in to verify that person’s identity:
Ruth can now send out newsletters to all of the names by logging into WordPress, instead of having a totally separate newsletter system with another username and password, this just makes business easier to run with fewer accounts to remember.
Finally, we knew that smart phones are commonly being used to browse web pages, so we made her site mobile-ready by choosing a responsive theme:
Notice how on a mobile device the menu is activated by clicking the icon with three horizontal lines.
Enjoy viewing Ruthie’s artwork on her new web site at www.ruthhardie.comTags: Ruth Hardie, WordPress
Written: May 22, 2015
I graduated high school in 1975 and recently connected with former classmates on Facebook, and that’s when I learned about our 40th reunion planned for this Fall, back in Minnesota. First off I helped setup a group on Facebook for our reunion, then I set about to create a web site based on some requirements from the volunteers organizing the reunion. I decided to used the Free version of WordPress and selected an appropriate web name of https://slp1975.wordpress.com/ where SLP stands for: St. Louis Park.
Some of the features of the reunion site are:
The RSVP page uses a contact form built with the JetPack form builder:
Our Contact page is similar to the RSVP page in that both use the JetPack form builder:
Our theme choice is called Chateau, and it has a very simple set of options:
Six widgets fill out the right sidebar:
The Home page and Blog pages are defined in WordPress at: Settings> Reading
Well, there you have it, in just a few hours I’ve built up a reunion web site for my 40th reunion, making the site attractive, functional and free (except for my time).Tags: reunion, WordPress.com
Written: May 16, 2015
I use Facebook every day for both personal and business use, and recently saw something odd on a business page that I manage for the Tualatin VFW. It turns out that visitors can use Facebook to check-in to your business from a mobile device when GPS is turned on, and that is exactly what a visitor did, they checked-in at the Tualatin VFW and left a link to a YouTube video. Somehow, when you clicked that YouTube video link it redirected me to a pornographic web page instead. Big surprise.
As an Admin for that Facebook page I was shocked to find such an offensive link, and then went back into Facebook, located the offensive check-in with link, clicked in the upper-right hand corner and selected: Report post
Within several hours of reporting this offensive post with link, I did receive confirmation from Facebook that they have indeed removed that post from our Page:
The final confirmation from Facebook was a notification of what happened, and their action to remove the offensive post:
If you ever see a Post show up on your Facebook Page and it is offensive, or contains a link to offensive content, then please go ahead and report that post so that Facebook will remove it. The last thing that you want is for visitors to your Facebook Page to be offended.
This is kind of a rare occurrence because this is the first time it’s happened to me after using Facebook Pages for years. It may be that this person who posted the offensive link had his Facebook account hacked, and that the thieves were really at fault here. In either case I have acted quickly to remove the offensive content.Tags: Facebook, Facebook Page
Written: April 21, 2015
I used LinkedIn for both a personal account and a company page, so one of the first things that I do after meeting a new person and receiving their business card is to connect with them on LinkedIn. Yesterday I met Kate Johnson from LegalShield, and sent her a request to connect which she did. When I used LinkedIn and searched for her profile this morning, I expected the status to say that we were connected however I saw the familiar blue Connect button still displayed indicating that we weren’t connected yet.
Looking at the fine print under the Relationship tab it does indeed say that we were connected on 4/21/2015, but the bug persists in showing the blue Connect button. So even high-tech companies like LinkedIn have bugs in their cloud-based software as a service.
I recommend that you consider using LinkedIn as a way to showcase both your own professional accomplishments and those of your company also. Even with the occasional bug LinkedIn is still quite a useful networking tool that builds awareness for both you and your company.Tags: LinkedIn