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Vaughan – Welcome to WordPress 4.7

Vaughan – Welcome to WordPress 4.7

Welcome to WordPress 4.7


Presenting Twenty Seventeen

A brand new default theme brings your site to life with immersive featured images and video headers.

Twenty Seventeen focuses on business sites and features a customizable front page with multiple sections. Personalize it with widgets, navigation, social menus, a logo, custom colors, and more. Our default theme for 2017 works great in many languages, on any device, and for a wide range of users.


Your Site, Your Way

WordPress 4.7 adds new features to the customizer to help take you through the initial setup of a theme, with non-destructive live previews of all your changes in one uninterrupted workflow.

Theme Starter Content

To help give you a solid base to build from, individual themes can provide starter content that appears when you go to customize your brand new site. This can range from placing a business information widget in the best location to providing a sample menu with social icon links to a static front page complete with beautiful images. Don’t worry – nothing new will appear on the live site until you’re ready to save and publish your initial theme setup.

Video Player

Edit Shortcuts

Video Player

Visible icons appear to show you which parts of your site can be customized while live previewing. Click on a shortcut and get straight to editing. Paired with starter content, getting started with customizing your site is faster than ever.

Video Headers

Video Player

Sometimes a big atmospheric video as a moving header image is just what you need to showcase your wares; go ahead and try it out with Twenty Seventeen. Need some video inspiration? Try searching for sites with video headers available for download and use.

Smoother Menu Building

Many menus for sites contain links to the pages of your site, but what happens when you don’t have any pages yet? Now you can add new pages while building menus instead of leaving the customizer and abandoning your changes. Once you’ve published your customizations, you’ll have new pages ready for you to fill with content.

Custom CSS

Sometimes you just need a few visual tweaks to make your site perfect. WordPress 4.7 allows you to add custom CSS and instantly see how your changes affect your site. The live preview allows you to work quickly without page refreshes slowing you down.


PDF Thumbnail Previews

Managing your document collection is easier with WordPress 4.7. Uploading PDFs will generate thumbnail images so you can more easily distinguish between all your documents.

Dashboard in your language

Just because your site is in one language doesn’t mean that everybody helping manage it prefers that language for their admin. Add more languages to your site and a user language option will show up in your user’s profiles.


Introducing REST API Content Endpoints

WordPress 4.7 comes with REST API endpoints for posts, comments, terms, users, meta, and settings.

Content endpoints provide machine-readable external access to your WordPress site with a clear, standards-driven interface, paving the way for new and innovative methods of interacting with sites through plugins, themes, apps, and beyond. Ready to get started with development? Check out the REST API reference.


Even More Developer Happiness 😊

Post Type Templates

By opening up the page template functionality to all post types, theme developers have even more flexibility with the WordPress template hierarchy.

More Theme API Goodies

WordPress 4.7 includes new functions, hooks, and behavior for theme developers.

Custom Bulk Actions

List tables, now with more than bulk edit and delete.

WP_Hook

The code that lies beneath actions and filters has been overhauled and modernized, fixing bugs along the way.

Settings Registration API

register_setting() has been enhanced to include type, description, and REST API visibility.

Customize Changesets

Customize changesets make changes in the customizer persistent, like autosave drafts. They also make exciting new features like starter content possible.

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9 Hidden Features in the WordPress Media Library Only Power Users Know

9 Hidden Features in the WordPress Media Library Only Power Users Know

Discovered amazing article written by Tom Ewer of wpmudev! Solid resources & tips here. READ BELOW!

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-media-library-hidden-features/
Published on September 12, 2015

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Can use as FREE image compression tool
  • Create central repository of all images for project
  • Quick editing tools for work on the road (vs using Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, etc.)
  • Using FREE downML – Download Media Library plugin and you’ll be able
    to download a zip file of your entire library!

9 Hidden Features in the WordPress Media Library Only Power Users Know

The WordPress media library can do a lot more than just store your media files. It is a powerful tool that covers all of your media management needs and more, and I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about it.

In this article, I’ll explain how you can leverage your library to its full potential – discussing everything from image uploading to image compression and uploading limits to the effects of cropping.

I’ll also cover media management in WordPress and image editing using the library. Finally, I’ll present you with techniques on how you can organize and download your entire library without having to use an FTP client.

Let’s get cracking!

The WordPress Media Library.

The WordPress Media Library.

An Introduction to the Media Library

The WordPress Media Library is essentially a directory of every single media file that has been uploaded to your site (whether it is ultimately published or not).

Media files include images, videos, audio and even documents. Regardless of where you upload the media to your site, it will show up in the library from where you can view, edit and manage it.

You can also integrate various plugins with your library to kick it up a notch. It’s flexible, portable and customizable. Its advances in recent versions of WordPress have made it one of the most polished features in the world’s most popular content management system.

How to View and Search Your Media Library

You can access the library by clicking Media in the sidebar. You have two viewing options: grid (shown above) and list:

The media library list view.

The media library list view.

WordPress also enables you to filter and search for images by file type, date uploaded and keyword:

Media Library search and filter functionality

How to Change the Media Library Upload Limit

If you’ve ever attempted to upload large media files, you may have come across an error message along the following lines:

The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini

Fortunately, this problem can be solved relatively easily.

But before we proceed, it’s sensible to note that upload limits are there for a reason. Unless you’re uploading a video or audio file (most people will tend to host these on specialized external services), there should be no reason for your media files to exceed your upload limit. Files that take a long time to upload will take a long time to download (which will of course negatively affect the user experience), not to mention the strain put on your server.

Disclaimer aside, Jenni McKinnon wrote a comprehensive piece on increasing the media file upload limit. Check it out if you’re technically minded, but if not, a decent alternative is the free Increase Max Upload Filesize plugin.

How to Enable Image Compression for Uploaded Media Files

Image file size is important for a number of reasons, and fortunately, it is possible to compress images with little to no noticeable difference.

You can read my complete guide to image optimization, but for the purposes of this post, the key step you should take is to install WP Smush. (Oh, and don’t forget to check out the even better premium version, which leaves the competition in the dirt!)

Once installed, this plugin will simply do the job for you – no further work necessary.

How to Disable WordPress’ Default JPEG Compression

Awesome penguins

By default, WordPress compresses JPEG images to 90% of their original compression level. In case you’re wondering, the photo on the left shows the difference.

You’ll struggle to spot it, which is probably why the core developers saw fit to include this feature.

However, you can encounter problems when integrating additional compression solutions (such as WP Smush); your double-compressed photos can start looking pretty messy.

Fortunately, there is a way around the enforced compression. Just follow Raelene Wilson’s simple guide, or download the super simple Disable JPEG Compression plugin.

How to Prevent Duplicate Image Files

Whenever you upload an image file to WordPress, is likely to duplicate it into multiple sizes. This can be highly useful if you, for example, would like to display image thumbnails and link to larger versions. However, for most people, those extra image files represent nothing other than a waste of space.

And if you’re anything like me (read: anal-retentive), all of those redundant files will bug the hell out of you.

Let’s start by checking out the different image size that WordPress wants to create by navigating to Settings > Media:

Media settings

The solution to this issue is simple and as old as time itself. Well, actually Timothy Bowers handled it back in 2011. Seems like a long time ago, right?

Just change the width and high numbers to 0 and WordPress will stop producing those pesky extra image files.

While you’re at it, if you’ve got a huge archive of redundant images, use the free Image Cleanup plugin to eradicate them in just a few clicks:

Image Cleanup

2222 images! I’ve got some cleaning up to do…

How to Edit Images Within WordPress

My general advice would be that you edit your images before you upload them, but if you’re here I’m going to assume that you’re interested in editing image files within WordPress.

Well, you’re in luck, because for a content management system, WordPress offers pretty damn sophisticated image editing functionality. Just click the Edit button within the Media Library and you’ll be presented with a screen something like this:

Image editing screen

You’re able to rotate, flip, scale and crop any image in your Media Library, as well as add a caption, alt text, description, and change the filename. You can apply the changes to all sizes of the same image if you’d like by clicking the “All image sizes” radio button under Thumbnail Settings.

The rotate, flip and undo/redo tools are all self-explanatory, so let’s focus on cropping and resizing.

Cropping an Image

Using WordPress you can crop images in multiple ways. The simplest way is exactly how you do it on any other image editing tool: Drag the selection box to choose how you’d like the image to be cropped.

The other way involves one extra step but ensures that the aspect ratio of the image stays intact. Enter the values for your preferred aspect ratio, press the shift key and adjust the selection box.

The third way to crop an image using WordPress’ inbuilt tool is by manually entering the dimensions of the selection box. The dimensions must be entered in pixels. If your pixel estimation game is strong, you can use this last method to crop images.

Does all of the above leave you a little confused? Don’t worry – WordPress has really handy tooltips to help you along the way. Whenever you’re at a loss, just hit one of the blue question marks for more information:

Editing tool tips

Scaling an Image

Scaling images in WordPress is a lot simpler than cropping and resizing them manually. All you have to do is enter either a new width or height (the other will adjust to keep the ratio correct) and click Scale. Yes, it really is that simple.

The only downside of scaling is that you can only scale down. Scaling up would ruin the pixel density. If you accidently scale your image down to a miniscule size then instead of re-uploading it, press the Undo button and have a go at it again.

How to Download Your WordPress Media Library

Have you ever felt the need to download your entire media library? It may be because you have an excellent collection that you want to have backed up on your system or simply because you need the media files for distribution.

With a bit of googling you’ll find some techniques involving FTP clients. But for WordPress development dummies (don’t worry – I’m one of them) we have an easier way to download the entire Media Library. Just download the free downML – Download Media Library plugin and you’ll be able to download a zip file of your entire library!

Note that, depending upon the size of your Media Library, using this plugin could lead to a timeout. You may need to discuss how to best utilize this plugin with your hosting provider.

Do you use the Media Library on a regular basis? In your opinion, what are some other must-knows about media management? Let us know in the comments below.

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Happy name – domains, social media handles & more!

Happy name – domains, social media handles & more!

I’m always looking for tools to help my start-up clients and entrepreneurs. I’m certainly not new to doing domain searches and looking up social media handles (i.e. going to Facebook to see if the new desired company name already exists as a Company Facebook fanpage or if someone grabbed the custom URL – facebook.com/companyname).I recently was introduced to HappyName.com, and am QUITE HAPPY about.
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HappyName.com makes searching easy. It checks for

  • Domain availability (versus GoDaddy.com)
  • Toll Free number matching name
  • Facebook “social handle” / name availability
  • Twitter, Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest “handle” availability
  • One can even do a free US Trademark search

Very impressive Jamison Hill. Very impressive indeed.
Questions? Contact Jamison at jamison@happyname.com

 

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Guide to Backing up Google Apps, Mail, Drive, Calendars and Contact

Guide to Backing up Google Apps, Mail, Drive, Calendars and Contact

Prevent loss of data after a hacker or purely to calm your only paranoid nerves.

While the Google Drive desktop app does do some backup, Google Drive itself is vulnerable to data loss just like the next organization.

If you are a Google Apps user like me, you also probably wondered (or not) – how do I back that up every once in a while? Surely I’m protected right? RIGHT?!?!?

Well, there are some awesome tools.

Google Drive backup tools and software

tools takeout

Google Takeout

Google’s in-house tool for creating one-off exports of your data in different Google services, Google takeout is a serviceable means of creating a manual, one-time Gmail backup. Google takeout creates a .zip file of all your Gmail messages in the MBOX data format, which you can then manually re-import to your Gmail account if any data is lost.

Backupify Logo

Backupify for Google Apps

Whereas Google Takeout, Backupify Snapshot and Backupify Migrator are all viable choices for one-time Gmail backup or Gmail migration tasks, enterprise-grade Gmail business continuity and Gmail disaster recovery plans require automatic, recurring Gmail backup and restore solutions. That’s where Backupify for Google Apps comes in.

Backupify for Google Apps backs up all your Gmail accounts (along with Google Drives, Google Calendar, Google Contacts and Google Sites) up to three times per day, and allows one-click recovery of Gmail messages. These Gmail backups occur automatically, without oversight, every day — freeing administrators from the tasks of creating regular manual Gmail backups, and ensuring that all Gmail data is backed up and available for recovery at all times.

Backupify for Google Apps is the best Gmail backup solution money can buy.

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How to Update your DNS on WP Engine via cname or A Record

UPDATE YOUR DNS VIA CNAME OR A RECORD

The final step of the migration process is to direct traffic to the WP Engine website. In other words, when people go to your domain name, we want them to see the website hosted on WP Engine. This will require updating your domain’s DNS zone file record with your WP Engine IP address. By the end of this step, when people to go your website using the domain name, they will be directed to your newly migrated website.

Before continuing we’d like to make you aware that there are two methods in configuring your DNS:

  • CNAME
  • A Record

We highly recommend all of our customers utilize a CNAME when configuring DNS as this provides flexibility in the event that your site needs to be migrated. Unlike an A Record that utilizes an IP Address, a CNAME will never change even if your site moves to a different server.

WEBSITE PREPARATION:

If you’ve used the hosts file trick to view your website on WP Engine, you can proceed to the next step. If you’re still using the temporary URL (ex: [sitename].wpengine.com) then you will need to update the URL to your live domain.

  • Update WordPress URL

LOCATE WHERE YOUR DNS IS HOSTED:

If you already know where your DNS is hosted, you may skip this part and proceed to the next step. If you’re not sure who hosts your DNS record, you may do a WHOIS record lookup. Go to pureWhois, type in your domain name, and click on ‘Search.’ On the next page you will see a long record. Towards the bottom of a page, locate a section called “Name Servers.” The Name Servers are usually named after the company where you have the DNS record hosted. So for example, if one of the Name Servers is called ‘COCO.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM’ then that means the DNS record is hosted with CloudFlare.

Please note that there are host providers that own the nameservers, such as BlueHost, and because of this you will need to setup your nameservers elsewhere. Your current host can help you determine how to move your nameservers.

LOG INTO YOUR DOMAIN MANAGER:

Once you’ve identified where you domain’s DNS record is hosted, the next step is to log into your Domain Manager to change the DNS zone file record. Below are the links to the common DNS hosting companies with their instructions on how to access the Domain Manager:

UPDATING THE RIGHT RECORD

You will only need to perform one of these. WP Engine recommends only utilizing the CNAME as described at the top of this article, as this makes your site more flexible in the event it needs to be migrated.

Update The CNAME

Once logged into your Domain Manager, select CNAME for your Record Type (also called Zone Function) instead of A Record. Once changed, input your WP Engine CNAME, which is going to be yourinstall.wpengine.com. You can learn more about finding your CNAME here. Save the record and allow a few hours for the DNS propagation period to take place.

Update The A Record

First, you’ll need to find the IP address that is associated with your WP Engine account. To locate the WP Engine IP, you can follow the steps in this document: “How to Find Your IP Address?” Additionally, you can simply ping [yourinstall].wpengine.com. If you don’t know how to ping a domain, you can use this website to find your IP: Site24x7. Just type in the [yourinstall].wpengine.com address, enter the access code, and click on the button ‘Find IP.’Lastly, you can find the IP address associated with an account by logging in to your User Portal, clicking on the account that you need the IP for, and looking at the Overview Page:User Portal IP

The ‘A’ record controls what IP address your website traffic goes to. All other records will stay the same. Locate the ‘A’ record instances of your current IP address and replace it with your WP Engine IP. Save the changes, and now we have to wait. On average, it takes 2-4 hours for the DNS record change to take into effect, but technically speaking it may take as long as 24 hours total. This is a result of the IP change having to propagate to servers across the world, and unfortunately cannot be expedited.

Once you’ve configured your DNS, you may use the Launch Phase within the Migration Checklist to verify that your DNS has been pointed to us; which you may find in your User Portal.

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Creating an ADA-compliant website

Creating an ADA-compliant website

"Special thanks to Nicole Nash, Web Designer at TechRepublic for a putting together a SOLID good summary and checklist!!! Reposting this amazing content as a resource for clients who are interested and are prioritizing. "

Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that businesses and nonprofit services providers make accessibility accommodations to enable the disabled public to access the same services as clients who are not disabled. This includes electronic media and web sites. While the ADA applies to businesses with 15 or more employees, even smaller businesses can benefit from ensuring that their websites are ADA compliant. Doing so opens your company up to more potential clients and limits liability. Web developers should include ADA compliant features in the original site and application plans.

This is particularly important when working for a government agency or government contractor, as these organizations must follow web accessibility guidelines under Section 508 of the Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Although ADA and Section 508 compliance are different, the published checklist for Section 508 compliance offers insight into ways to make websites accessible for people with disabilities, and thereby work toward ADA compliance.

To check your website for accessibility, use the accessibility checklist published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1194.22 Web-based intranet and internet information and applications):

  • Every image, video file, audio file, plug-in, etc. has an alt tag
  • Complex graphics are accompanied by detailed text descriptions
  • The alt descriptions describe the purpose of the objects
  • If an image is also used as a link, make sure the alt tag describes the graphic and the link destination
  • Decorative graphics with no other function have empty alt descriptions (alt= “”)
  • Add captions to videos
  • Add audio descriptions
  • Create text transcript
  • Create a link to the video rather than embedding it into web pages
  • Add a link to the media player download
  • Add an additional link to the text transcript
  • The page should provide alternative links to the Image Map
  • The <area> tags must contain an alt attribute
  • Data tables have the column and row headers appropriately identified (using the <th> tag)
  • Tables used strictly for layout purposes do NOT have header rows or columns
  • Table cells are associated with the appropriate headers (e.g. with the id, headers, scope and/or axis HTML attributes)
  • Make sure the page does not contain repeatedly flashing images
  • Check to make sure the page does not contain a strobe effect
  • A link is provided to a disability-accessible page where the plug-in can be downloaded
  • All Java applets, scripts and plug-ins (including Acrobat PDF files and PowerPoint files, etc.) and the content within them are accessible to assistive technologies, or else an alternative means of accessing equivalent content is provided
  • When form controls are text input fields use the LABEL element
  • When text is not available use the title attribute
  • Include any special instructions within field labels
  • Make sure that form fields are in a logical tab order
  • Include a ‘Skip Navigation’ button to help those using text readers

(Courtesy U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

If the site meets all these criteria, it is likely accessible to people with disabilities. The best test is to obtain feedback on the site’s ease of use from people who are blind, deaf, and have mobility disabilities, then address their feedback with site improvements.

When collecting feedback, ask users what type of adaptive technologies they use. This will allow you to cater your website to your particular clientele, and will help you appoint resources toward the best compliance options. Navigating the Internet is particularly challenging for people with limited or no vision. Many blind people use specialized web browsers and software that works with standard web browsers, like Internet Explorer, that have features that enable users to maximize their Internet use and experience. This screen reading software reads the HTML code for websites, and gives the user a verbal translation of what is on screen.

Web developers need to keep this in mind when creating websites. The best screen readers use naturalized voices and alter tone and inflection based on HTML tags, so choose layout elements carefully. It is also important to keep in mind that navigation is significantly slower when using a screen reader than it is for sighted people. Sighted people don’t have to wait for the reader to get to the link we want- we spot links quickly and are able to navigate to our sought items, often without having to do any reading at all. Minimizing graphics also helps shorten reading times and speed navigation for disabled users.

Don’t wait for user feedback to discover the gaps in your website’s accessibility. Conducting your own trial run will tell you where the site has too many graphics, and where HTML tags don’t convey information accurately. It’s wise to do trial runs with as many of the most popular screen readers available:

Development tools and tutorials exist to help web designers meet compliance standards and go beyond to offer disabled users an enjoyable experience (and keep them coming back). Check out the following for more information:

Then make your job easier with these web accessibility development tools:

You probably won’t have to check your site with all of the available evaluation tools out there, but it is a good idea to do so for the most common web browsers. Just as accessibility software makes it easier for people with disabilities to navigate the Internet, these tools make it easier for developers to ensure accessibility from the start. When you think you’ve mastered it, go back through the Section 508 compliance checklist to ensure you’ve met every goal.

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ThinkStockPhotos.com and iStockPhotos.com – Getty Images

ThinkStockPhotos.com and iStockPhotos.com – Getty Images

We use both ThinkStockPhotos.com AND iSTOCKPHOTO.COM for your Stock Photo needs

ThinkStockPhotos.com is $299 for a one-month subscription.
StockPhoto is $399 for a one-month subscription.
You definitely have access to a “greater variety” on iStockPhoto, but BOTH usually meet average needs.
Some of our clients have to move to a per image license basis as more and more libraries are managed OUTSIDE programs.

istockPhotos.com – Been using them since March 2006!

We’ve had a great experience with ThinkStockPhotos.com for the past 2-3 years.

Click below to our Affiliate Program. All our commissions roll back to providing awesome amazing websites and graphics for customers like you!





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How to transfer domain from Register.com to GoDaddy.com

How to transfer domain from Register.com to GoDaddy.com

TRANSFER AWAY FROM REGISTER.COM

For those that need help with transferring their website domain from Register.com to GoDaddy, here’s the link to a how-to page on GoDaddy.com…. conveniently copied here for your convenience.
https://www.godaddy.com/help/transfer-away-from-registercom-8033

Before you can transfer your domain name registered with Register.com to us, you need to prepare your domain name so it will successfully complete the transfer process. You must make sure of the following before you begin:

  • The domain name has been registered at Register.com for at least 60 days.
  • The domain name contact information has not been changed within 60 days.

Once you ensure that the domain is eligible for transfer, you must follow the basic steps for preparing a domain for transfer before you can begin the process with us:

Step in the Process Reason
Disable privacy settings
  • If your domain has Private Registration, a service that hides your personal information from the public, you will not be able to confirm your admin email address in the Whois database. Contact your current registrar to disable the private registration.
Confirm administrative contact info
  • As part of the transfer process, GoDaddy emails the Administrative Contact at the address listed in the Whois database. This email contains the Transaction ID, Security Code, and instructions that are used to approve the transfer.
Unlock domain
  • By default, most domains are locked to prevent unauthorized transfers. Before a transfer is requested, the lock must be removed and the status verified as “Off.”
Obtain authorization code
  • Get an authorization code (also known as an EPP code or transfer key) from your current registrar.

Disable privacy settings

  1. As with most registries, you will need to contact Register.com directly for assistance removing privacy.

Confirm administrative contact information

  1. Log on to your account at Register.com.
  2. Click the domain you want to transfer.
  3. Under the My Account section, click Contact Information.
  4. Under the Administrative Contact section, click Edit.
  5. Update the contact information, click Continue, and then click Continue again to confirm Whois changes.

NOTE: Changes to contact information may take up to 24 hours to take effect.

Unlock domain

NOTE: If your domain is already unlocked, skip ahead to the Obtain Authorization Code section.

  1. Click the domain you want to unlock.
  2. From the Enable/Disable Domain Lock section, click Disable Domain Lock.
  3. Click Continue, then click Continue again on the confirmation page.

Obtain Authorization Code

NOTE: Some domain name extensions, primarily country-code top-level domain names (ccTLDs), do not require an authorization code.

  1. Click the domain you need an authorization code for.
  2. Click Obtain Auth Info Code at the bottom of the page and click Continue Transfer.
  3. You will receive a warning message. Select the acknowledge box and click Continue Transfer again.
  4. Fill out the mandatory fields, then click Request Authorization Code. Your authorization code request will be verified.

NOTE: Your code will be sent to your email address within 4 – 5 days.

Once you’ve completed these basic steps at Register.com, you’ll need to shift your attention over to GoDaddy to complete the process by purchasing a domain name transfer and authorizing the transfer to us.

Purchase Domain Name Transfer

You must purchase a domain name transfer from our website. We send an email message to the domain name’s administrative contact after you purchase the transfer. The email contains the transfer IDs (transaction ID and security code) you’ll need to authorize the transfer in to your account with us.

NOTE: If the extension you want to transfer is not listed, you cannot transfer the domain name to us.

When you purchase the transfer, select one of the following nameserver options:

  • Keep the existing nameservers — If you have a hosted website for your domain name (with us or another company), select this option to ensure that your site does not go down during the transfer.
  • Change … to park nameservers — If you have an email account with us for the domain name, are using our Off-site DNS, or if you’ve created a Premium DNS transfer template prior to the transfer, select this option. For more information, see Managing Domain Names with Off-site DNS and
    .

Authorize Domain Name Transfer to Us

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Next to Domains, click Manage.
  3. From the Domains menu, select Transfers.
  4. Click Authorize transfer.
  5. Click Add now.
  6. In the Transaction ID and Security Code fields, enter the transfer IDs we sent to the administrative contact’s (admin) email address, and then click Add.

    NOTE: If you did not receive transfer IDs, click Resend Transfer IDs.

  7. Do one of the following:
    • Select the Basic tab, and then enter the Authorization Code from the current registrar (if applicable) in the field next to your domain name.
    • Select the Bulk tab, and then enter one domain name and its authorization code per line. Separate each domain name from its authorization code with a comma, space, or tab.
  8. Select I authorize the transfer…, and then click Finish.
  9. Click OK.

NOTE: For most domain name extensions, a transfer between registrars takes five to seven days from the time you authorize it. The process and time required for transfer completion can vary for certain extensions, such as country-code top-level domain names (ccTLDs). For more information, see About ccTLDs (Country-Code Domain Names), and then click the Help article for your extension.

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Paypal – DPRP is Disabled.

Paypal – DPRP is Disabled.

Let’s start from the beginning.
DPRP stands for DirectPayment Recurring Payments. It’s a module that enables you to have multiple payments, subscriptions and recurring payments with your shopping cart forms when using PayPal API integrated. For instance, we use PayPal with our favorite 3rd party form company, JotForm (www.jotform.com). Been using them for YEARS, if not just about a decade soon!

Despite the fact that it’s a feature that should be enabled automatically when you signed up for PayPal’s legacy “Website Payments Pro” (PayPal 3.0) OR when you signed up for a new “Payments Pro” account (PayPal 2.0)
(why is the newer one 2.0 and the older one 3.0 is BEYOND me)…. 

You MUST enable this feature. Calling into customer support was a crazy amount of loops with some very informed amazingly helpful sales and customer support reps and OTHERS were trying to read the internal information/FAQs board and couldn’t find the answer. Was a frustrating experience to say the least.

RESOLUTION. READ HERE. 🙂

Paid Memberships Pro
Big shout out to Paid Memberships Pro for their 2012 post!

STEP ONE:
Log into your PayPal account

STEP TWO:
Follow this link to a legacy page you’ll never find in search or posted online or on PayPal.
It’s an old link from 2012 or so to add the Recurring Payments feature onto your account.
https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_dp-recurring-payment-signup

This page will have you go through a checkout form to add Recurring payments to your account.

Screenshot of the SIGN UP page – what you’ll see when you click the above link!!!!!

SCREENSHOT of what you’ll see AFTER you agree. This will effectively remove the DPRP is Disabled
message and enable you to get started in accepting RECURRING PAYMENTS. Worked within minutes.

 

 

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You’ll have a chance to download the full write-up of PayPal Policies by clicking here

 

 

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Google Apps for Work – yes, we love!

Google Apps for Work – yes, we love!

We’ve had solid good experience with Google Apps.

We’ve been using Google Apps for BROEKMAN communications since they launched, and it’s really helped
our team work faster and more efficiently. We think you’ll also benefit from trying it out for your business.
* Fast email. Searchable. Archivable. Uses Gmail interface but is customizable.
* Fast on all devices (iphones, ipads, etc.) if you set-up email as IMAP not POP mail!
* Integrates with all their products

Google Apps is a cloud-based productivity suite that includes Gmail for professional email,
Drive for online storage, Hangouts for video meetings, Calendar for scheduling and Docs
for editing files. We get things done using any device we choose.

If you’re interested, check out this link:
https://www.google.com/work/apps/business/landing/partners/referral/trial.html?utm_source=sign-up&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=apps-referral-program&utm_content=XHQARJB.
I can also send you a coupon that saves you $10 per user for the first year, so just let me know and I’ll provide details.

With Google Apps, I focus less on IT and more on what I love to do. I hope you can benefit as well.
Feel free to get in touch with any questions.

What is Google Apps?

Google Apps is a cloud-based productivity suite that helps teams communicate, collaborate and get things done from anywhere and on any device. It’s simple to set up, use and manage, so your business can focus on what really matters.

Millions of organizations around the world count on Google Apps for professional email, file storage, video meetings, online calendars, document editing and more.

Watch a video or find out more here.

Here are some highlights:

Business email for your domain

Looking professional matters, and that means communicating as you@yourcompany.com. Gmail’s simple, powerful features help you build your brand while getting more done.

Access from any location or device

Check email, share files, edit documents, hold video meetings and more whether you’re at work, at home or in transit. You can pick up where you left off from a computer, tablet or phone.

Enterprise-level management tools

Robust admin settings give you total command over users, devices, security and more. Your data always belongs to you, and it goes with you if you switch solutions.

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Custom book printing

Custom book printing

Have a client in need of publishing a book? Choosing the self-publishing route? Or are you more in need of printing a hardcover high-end quality yearbook like catalog book? Either way, we can help.

Let us help you design and manage the layout of your deliverable. We’ve handled dozens of the following types of jobs:

  • Client Portfolio
  • Real Estate portfolio
  • Annual Report
  • Project Report
  • Investor Relations Presentation
  • Listing Presentation
  • Corporate Presentation
  • Powerpoint
  • Lifestyle/Concierge presentation
  • Timeshare presentation
  • Donor Relations presentation
  • Building Fund presentation
  • Angel Investor Presentation for Start-up
  • Start-up Presentation
  • Internship project
  • Film funding presentation
  • Franchise presentation
  • City Planning presentation
  • Entitlement presentation
  • City Council Town Hall presentation
  • Elected Candidate presentation
  • End of Year Report

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Dropbox adds commenting feature – a better way to get feedback!

Dropbox adds commenting feature – a better way to get feedback!

We know working with multiple people can be difficult. With conversations scattered across email threads and chat windows, feedback can get lost and it can take forever to get everyone on the same page.

That process just got much simpler. Now you can post comments to files on the Dropbox website — so conversations stay organized in one place, and you can gather feedback in just one step.

 

To bring someone into the loop, just type “@” followed by their name or email address. They’ll get an email notification with both your comment and a link to go right to the file.

To try it out, go to Dropbox.com, click on one of your files, and add a comment on the right. To learn more about this feature, visit our help center.

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WordPress Site Hacked – What do I Do?

WordPress Site Hacked – What do I Do?

Yes, it happens.

For starters, you don’t cry and you certainly don’t ignore it. Don’t get angry (well, it’s actually a source to channel some great Spartan workouts, but that’s another discussion). You can do this. We’re either going to RECOVER ourselves or we’re going to hire someone to do it. The more you know what’s involved the less overwhelming it will be (on the other side of FEAR is knowledge). 🙂

If you are here for PREVENTION, click HERE:
http://broekmancomm.com/services/website-development/wordpress-maintenance-checklist/

STEP 1: ASSESS & DETERMINE NEXT STEPS

Go here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/webmasters/hacked/ to see a video Google created that explains everything!

  • How and why sites are hacked
  • Process to recover a site and remove the user-facing warning label
  • Time-to-recovery depends on extent of damage and technical skill of administrator
  • Two options:
    • Do it yourself
    • Get help from specialists

STEP 2: BUILD TEAM OR DO YOURSELF

Do you have skills and are doing yourself? Follow the below. Otherwise, do get yourself a good professional recommendation from your network. We’re happy to help walk you through the steps for a nominal fee.

STEP 3: THE PRODUCTION LIST

1. Contact Hosting Company to determine shared server is secure with infection or if its just you who is toast. If yes, request change server. If you have money, go to shared virtual server which attracts more serious clients. If you have even more money, get a dedicated server!

2. Log into Google Webmaster Tools launched (specialists know how to do) – will be using tools to review and fix search

3. Assess the Damage and Identify the Vulnerability.

  • Compare WordPress code to the original source (hidden malware pops out as a big ugly difference)
  • Compare theme code to the original source
  • Remove any malware found

4. Clean and Maintain your site

  • Update WordPress to the latest version. Doing this ensures that there are no security loopholes, which I’m sure there was!
  • Remove unused themes from WP
  • Update WP Theme, create child theme to protect existing customization
  • Update all plugins and remove any unused ones
  • Install Sucuri Malware protection plugin which monitors that no files are changed, prevents hackers from accessing certain files & hides them, etc.
  • Remove any open contact forms where URL injections could have taken place and use 3rd party secure tools like JotForm
  • Review MySQL database and determine what cleansing needs to take place.
  • Determine if we can safely add .htaccess code to disable PHP execution in subdirectories

5. Request a Review at Google Webmaster Tools!

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WordPress Maintenance and Security

WORDPRESS MAINTENANCE & UPGRADES

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For over 10 years, we’ve been developing, managing, updating and moderating WordPress-based websites. One thing we’ve learned along the way, similar to ANY website and ANY content management system, keeping the foundation integrity solid requires minimal, but constant digital TLC = aka love, care and maintenance (like any relationship!).

In today’s digital age where security and data integrity are critical to ALL (from the one wo(man) show to the Fortune 100), we all desire to NOT be hacked, to NOT have downtime, to MAINTAIN our website integrity, to ENSURE security… to give you and your staff peace of mind!!!

Here’s a quick and dirty list of things we do as part of our one-off or monthly retainers!

WORDPRESS MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

  1. Website Backups
    • Back-up core files using BackUpBuddy or BackUpWPPro that make your website work!
      (can also backup WordPress natively via FTP as well as backup the MySQL database via your
      hosting account’s cPanel or PhpMyAdmin)
    • File/database backups – auto performed once per weekly (min)
    • Backups stored offsite (Amazon S3)
    • Restore from backup once every 3-4 months to ensure backups valid;
      this ensures that if/WHEN the site gets hacked, we’ll get up and running FAST!
  2. Software Updates
    • Apply available security patches / updates
    • Update & Maintain content management system updates
      i.e. Upgrade WordPress to the latest version
    • Upgrade all plugins to their latest version to maintain stability
    • Backup existing custom WP theme
    • Ensure that the site is not vulnerable
    • Remove any unneeded website extensions
    • Remove any inactive website administrators
  3. Check for Broken Links
    • Run link checker to crawl site and look for broker links that frustrate users
      and reduce search engine rankings
    • Check for 404 (Page not found) errors and fix link or set up redirect
    • Update broken links, broken images, etc.
  4. Site Speed
  5. Search Engine Optimization
    • Check Google Webmaster Tools for any crawl errors.
    • Identify structural issues with site that may affect how search engines view our site (i.e. missing titles, duplicate content – (PAID service – Moz.com – Search > Crawl Diagnostics report)
    • Identify new referrers that are sending traffic to your site.
      (In Google Analytics go to Acquisition > All Referrals)
    • Make recommendations to freshen content on website
  6. Analytics

    • Create a Google Analytics dashboard to highlight the most important metrics for your site.
    • Look for trends (good or bad) in your key metrics.
  7. Spam
    • Incorporation of DISABLE comments ensures that we’ve closed up ANY loop holes in the site by preventing comments or other potentially spam-like content!
  8. Functionality
    • Test any important functionality (i.e. working contact/signup forms, donation forms, etc.) to make sure everything is secure and working properly 🙂
    • Test website across all internet browsers and multiple devices and provide feedback
  9. Administrative / Operation Management IT Tools
    • Domain, Hosting and Dedicated IP address management – remind you when things are due to expire to ensure smooth operation . Want to learn more about DNS, CLICK HERE
    • Update your copyright date in your footer and update other date references
    • Ensure any dated content is up-to-date

For TIPS ON UPDATING YOUR SITE, CLICK HERE

 
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Tech tools for any start-up

Tech tools for any start-up

Fantastic list of tools compiled by GrowthNerd!! 🙂 Seriously Good stuff!!! Couldn’t have compiled a better list!

ADVERTISING PLATFORMS

Why use it:  Advertising allows businesses to quickly validate whether or not something will work over the long term. Advertising can be used as a testing platform as well as a growth mechanic. The two platforms below provides easy access into a global market and is highly cost effective if used correctly. I’ve used both of them to validate ideas, generate leads (lots of them) and drive eyeballs to my content.

googleadwordsGoogle Adwords (paid): There are roughly 11 billion searches on Google per month. That’s a helluva lot of people hungry for information.  Google’s Adwords program offers you the ability to tap into that opportunity. You can write and publish ads that display on the search results. The ads are triggered based on a keyword a user has typed in – a keyword that you loaded into the system. You only pay when someone clicks on the ad. The system in reality is a lot more complex than that, but you get the idea. People who are searching for something are a lot more receptive to advertising messaging as opposed to someone just being served a banner. You’re not pushing advertising onto them. They’re searching for it. You’re pulling them in.

facebookadsFacebook Ads (paid): Facebook ads work very well for me. They are great for lead generation when you have a proper lead generation page. You can be super targeted with your ads – really zone into your customer profile. If your business already has a Facebook Business Page, you can run specific ads to help you grow it’s fanbase.

 

BUSINESS & BRAND PROTECTION

Why use it:  You’ve worked really hard to build your business, get it online, create great content and share it with the world. Then suddenly someone steals it or someone badmouths your brand.

plagiumPlagium (free & paid): Don’t let people rip off your content. If you suspect that someone might be plagiarizing your content, simply copy and paste it into Plagium OR click the “Submit URL” tab and run the page address. It will show you exactly who has copied your content.

 

googlealertsGoogle Alerts (free): A very handy alerts tool. Simply add your brand name and save your alert. Google will deliver the alerts to your Google account email address. This is a great tool to keep track of bloggers or other publishers talking about your brand.

 

tweetalarmTweetAlarm (free): Like they say on their website. It’s like Google Alerts for Twitter. Things can spread like wildfire on Twitter, and quick. With TweetAlarm you simply set the keywords or hashtags you would like to monitor (specific to your business off course) and set the alert frequency. TweetAlarm will make sure to not include tweets coming from your own account. Pretty nifty!

 

hyperalertsHyperAlerts (free & paid): What about Facebook! Thank heavens for HyperAlerts. Works pretty much the same as TweetAlarm. Simply add your business fan page to the HyperAlerts monitoring list and set your notification interval.

 

CLOUD STORAGE

Why use it:  If you need to store data and have access to it from anywhere at any time, then cloud storage is the answer. It’s effective and cost effective. Top cloud storage players aggressively work around the clock to provide more for less. The below cloud storage services are what I use.

googledriveGoogle Drive (free 15gb): I’m a huge fan of Google Drive. I’ve got the apps installed on all my mobile and desktop devices. What I like most is that I can edit documents. Why would you use this? Well, if you travel a lot then then you can take your files with you anywhere. As long as you have a web connection. You get 15gb of free space and you can increase the size for a small fee.

 

onedriveOneDrive (free 7gb): Microsoft only gives you 7GB of free space. While it lacks in space it makes up elsewhere. It supports all major mobile devices – Android, iOS, Windows Phone and believe it or not…wait for it…Blackberry. Most impressive feature is the ability to collaborate across operating systems – it works with Windows and Mac. It lacks when it comes to integration with other 3rd party tools due to limited access to its API.

 

dropbox_001Dropbox (free 2gb): A household name by now for sure. The Dropbox desktop app is available for download on Windows, Mac and Linux. For mobile it’s available on iOS, Android and BlackBerry. Regardless of how big Microsoft and Google is, Dropbox is the only service that currently natively supports Linux. It also used to be the only cloud storage service to support Blackberry. That’s until March 2014 when OneDrive announced their app for BB.

 

CONSUMER DEMAND RESEARCH TOOLS

Why use it:  Search engine giants like Google get millions of searches per day. They collect all of that data. You can validate your product ideas by looking at how strong the current demand is for the topics or interests around the product. You can also use it to gauge whether or not it’s worth spending money on advertising.

googlekeywordplannerAdwords Keyword Tool (free): Let’s say you have a computer repair business in Los Angeles and would like to know how many people are interested in that type of service. If you’ve signed up to the Google Adwords program, you get access to it’s keyword planner. The keyword planner has recently been updated to include trend data.

 

consumerbarometerConsumer Barometer (free):  This tool provides deep insights into how people in 39 countries  actually go about researching and purchasing different products and service throughout all channels – both online AND offline! The tool doesn’t spit out silly stuff either. Data and insights were collected via surveys and the sample size in each country had to be at least 2,500 people. Some more advanced countries had bigger sample sizes as can be expected. Oh and the data is updated every year. This is an incredible tool for any business owner or marketer who needs to understand where and how to position it’s marketing communication throughout the respective channels. An amazing piece of work.

 

statsgrokseGrok (free): Wikipedia is the biggest content hub on the web. It ranks number 1 for almost any keyword out there. Guess what, the stats on how many times each of those pages gets viewed are open to the public. A guys named Domas Mituzas put together a system to gather the access statistics from Wikipedia. Thanks dude! All you need to do is Google the keyword (don’t go too narrow) and take the name of the article and put it in Grok.

Example:

barack

 

CONTACT MANAGEMENT

Why use it:  If you subscribe to the newsletter publications of thought leaders, wouldn’t it benefit your business to get in contact with those leaders, at some point? Wouldn’t it be beneficial to know which social networks they use? Off course all these things will be pretty damn cool to have. And now you can. Check out my favorite two tools below:

rapportiveRapportive (free): Imagine being able to see all the social media profiles information of your Gmail contacts? Sounds pretty rad right? That’s because it is. Rapportive is impressive, and you’ll notice it the very first time you use it. Simply install Rapportive to your Gmail. Open up a recent email sent to you and voila – suddenly all their information is available in the right sidebar. Where they work, their social media info and even a list of most recent emails exchanged between the two of you.

 

xobniXobni (free): Rapportive only works for Gmail. Xobni works for everything (includes Outlook), but at a price. There’s been some changes to the company recently. They’ve been acquired by Yahoo!. We might see Xobni getting a revamp and it’s features being bolstered.

 

 

CUSTOMER RESEARCH

Why use it: One of the most important steps before and during growth stages of a business is to VALIDATE your ideas, concepts or products. Without validation from real people, you risk building a business around something that doesn’t really solve a problem or there being a need for.

 

gutcheckGutCheck (paid): GutCheck allows you to do one-on-one interviews via video chat features – qualitative research! For businesses trying to validate anything, qualitative feedback is the best thing out there. Oh and they’re not expensive either. Way to go guys!

 

surveymonkeySurveyMonkey (free & paid): With SurveyMonkey you can build an online survey. The survey can be shared via link or embedded it on your website or Facebook page. Their free account allows you to ask 10 questions with 100 responses max per month.  One would use the self-service tool if you have an existing audience you can tap into. But what if you don’t? SurveyMonkey also have a global survey panel (50 countries) which you can tap into. Supply them with your targeting criteria, geo-location preference and how many responses you want, and they’ll spit out a quote for you. Pricing varies depending on your brief.

 

DESIGN SERVICES

Why use it: I never went to design school. I don’t have the skills to design great websites or landing pages. I also like to boostrap by not spending thousands on design agencies. Luckily I found these two websites.

99designs99Designs (paid): It’s a competition marketplace where designers compete for prize money. The prize money is basically your ‘budget’. They compete against a design brief that you create. What’s great is that you get to see several designs before you pick your winner.

 

fiverrFiverr (paid): Pay $5 dollars and get someone to design you a logo, or maybe a book cover? Try Fiverr. I’ve used it for small jobs. Don’t expect world-class work for $5 though.

 

 

EMAIL MARKETING AUTOMATION

Why use it: Building an email subscriber list is without question the most important thing for growing your business. Email is king. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Email still dominates the world. It’s our primary form of contact. However, an email subscriber list is only good if you keep in contact with them. Doing it manually will kill you. That’s why services like the below exist – to make it easy. The three listed below I have personally used.

getresponse Getresponse (paid): Probably the leader in the market right now.  GetResponse gives you everything – signup forms, beautiful landing pages, email template creation, spam tests, top notch delivery rates, a friggin mobile app and a whole lot more.  I use their service and I love it. Best damn purchase I ever made.

 

campaignmonitorCampaign Monitor (paid): Also one of the best out there. Pricey though. Some of my clients use this and I’ve had an opportunity to play around with the backend on many occasions. Very easy to use! They also have great integration capability. Lightning fast support.

 

mailchimpMailchimp (free & paid): A first-in-class for sure. A bit on the pricey side once you go over the free plan. Did I say free? Yes, they have a free plan! You get your first 2000 subscribers for free! If you are starting a business and need to keep costs down, then go with their free account. It’s the perfect place to start in my opinion.

 

aweberAweber (paid): Confession! I have never used Aweber before. There are tons of people who use it and love it, especially marketers – die hard fans. Aweber, being so popular and all, probably has the most app integration capability amongst all the email solutions.

 

IMAGES AND PHOTOS

Why use it: Having stunning visuals for your website, blog and product content is key. If you’re trying to differentiate yourself from your competition, this is where you can get the edge quickly – by making sure you have stunning visuals across your marketing touch points. Below are the 3 services I use regularly.

istockiStockphoto (paid): I use iStockphoto most of the time. It’s got a massive database of quality stock photography with thousands being exclusive to iStockphoto. You can grab a

 

 

dreamstimeDreamstime (paid): Sometimes if an image is too pricey on iStockphoto, I find it on Dreamstime.

 

 

photopinPhotoPin (free): A search engine for finding creative common photos. If you don’t want to splash out money on images, this is a great site to start with. When you do a search for images you’ll notice the first 2 rows on the results page are actually sponsored results. That’s because PhotoPin is an affiliate for Shutterstock – another stock photo supplier.

 

dotspinDotSpin (free & paid): Instagrammers also known as “Igers” have an eye for beautiful scenery. They take pretty pictures and share it with the world. Then someone came up with the idea of DotSpin. A place where Igers can sell their photos and the author doesn’t have to share who took it. Neat thing is, if you’re prepared to give the author credit you can use the pics free of charge.

 

IMAGE CAPTURE & EDITING

Why use it: When working in a team, sometimes the writing can’t get a message across like a visual. Screen capture tools allow you to do just that. Without them, my days would be half as productive as they are now. Imagine ‘editing’ on the other hand is a whole different thing. I like to edit images. I don’t have formal design training, but I have spent countless hours in my earlier years learning tips and tricks. Because of that I can make a lot of quick iterations for my website without paying a designer to do it for me. Having said that, if it’s a huge job I outsource it.

snagitTechsmith Snagit (free trial): If you’ve never heard of SnagIt before, your life is about to change. Taking screenshots, editing them and putting them into Powerpoint, Word or your website content management system is a massive headache. People who still use Microsoft Paint to do this don’t know what they’re missing. It even has built in video capture. If that’s not enough, it even comes with a free app called “Techsmith Fuse”. With Fuse you can push any image to your SnagIt desktop editor in a few seconds.  Free trial available.

 

jingTechsmith Jing (free): This is a lighter version of Snagit. It doesn’t come with an editor, but it has super fast screenshot and sharing features. Making a screenshot and copying the image to your clipboard is lightning fast. Still beats paint by a zillion miles.

 

picpickPicPick (free): It’s like a swiss army knife. It can do screenshots pretty well and has an editor almost similar to SnagIt. Neither it’s screenshot nor editing capability is as good as SnagIt, but it’s a pretty good free option.

 

photoshopAdobe Photoshop (free trial): This is the KING of image editing software. The majority of epic designs you see today were most probably made in Adobe Photoshop. There are tons of tutorials on the web on how to do crazy cool stuff with Photoshop, but be warned, Photoshop has a bit of a learning curve.

 

gimp1Gimp (free): An open source (meaning free) editing tool with many similar features to Photoshop. Has a steep learning curve, so you’ll have to Google many ‘how-to’s’ when trying to do something in Gimp.

 

 

LANDING PAGE OPTIMIZATION TOOLS

Why use it: The goal with having a website or landing page is to have people who land on it, take action. Regardless of what the action is, you would want as much of it as you can get, aka your “conversion rate”. When I was doing affiliate marketing in 2003 I used to build loads of landing pages and drive Google Adwords traffic to them. I used to ‘split test’ the different pages. I had hundreds of pages on my server. Do you have any idea how much work and time it took to do split testing in the past? Today you won’t have that problem. I use the tool below to get the job done in minutes.

vwoVisual Website Optimizer (free trial):  Visual Website Optimizer (VWO) offers you the ability to run split tests on your landing pages. The genius thing about VWO is that the variations of your pages are not hosted on your website. It’s actually done inside VWO! It’s all done with fancy javascript manipulation. If you are going to do any form of paid advertising, you want to make sure that your landing page is optimal for conversions. Return on investment is what you’re after, right?

 

optimizelyOptimizely (free trial): I have no experience in Optimizely. What I can tell you is that it’s a direct competitor of Visual Website Optimizer. Optimizely also offers a product whereby you can run split tests on your web pages without actually making any code changes to the page itself. I created a trial account once and I’m disappointing that I didn’t take enough time to review the service. My agency only used Visual Website Optimizer and I’m well aware that Optimizely is a direct competitor. From what I have read elsewhere, users seem to feel that Optimizely is a little easier to use (less complicated). There are some reports that at some point the Optimizely script was sometimes problematic on commerce checkout forms, but this is likely resolved now.

 

clicktaleClicktale (free & paid): This is not a split testing tool. Clicktale is a high end onsite user experience analytics tool. It’s got really advanced click tracking, heat mapping, scroll mapping and form tracking tools that can tell you exactly where blockages or usability issues are on your page. A tool like Clicktale can identify problems easily. You can then test the potential solutions with tools like VWO or Optimizely!

 

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CrazyEgg (free trial): CrazyEgg is also a user experience analytics tool, but in my opinion a little less advanced than Clicktale. For the beginner to novice user it’s perfect though. Also it’s far less expensive than Clicktale when it comes to recording and processing big chunks of data.

 

sessioncamSessionCam (free & premium option): Very different to all the above tools, but have some similar features.. Here you actually get recordings of how your visitors browsed your website. You read that right – you actually see how their mouse moves around the page. It’s got some flipping rad features like zooming in on form submissions. It can also show you how people used your site on a mobile phone. Some similar features include heat mapping, scroll mapping and aggregated reporting data. They’ve got a free account. Get it now!

 

LEAD GENERATION TOOLS

Why use it: To build a big email subscriber list, the landing page and it’s forms need to look shit hot. Simple as that. You can’t screw around with crappy looking pages. You will just be pouring money and time down the drain. Get it right with the 2 tools I use:

leadpagesLeadpages (paid): To build your subscriber list you need an effective capturing tool. Email automation tools don’t have the best looking capture forms. In walks LeadPages. All the top publishers are using LeadPages. And now I have too. Leadpages have stunning lead generation pages available. It integrates with tools like GetResponse or Mailchimp with a few clicks. You can also build really good looking lead generation popovers. It’s all hosted on your site or can be hosted on Leadpages.

 

hybridconnectHybrid Connect (paid): This is a plugin for WordPress that I recently discovered. I’m very pleased with the purchase. Hybrid-connect is different to LeadPages. While LeadPages is superior when it comes to creating lead generation landing pages, Hybrid-connect excels at creating optin-forms & widgets. It’s super easy to set-up – if you’re on WordPress of course.

 

NOTE TAKING

Why use it: Your browser bookmark bar is not a note taking tool. If you like researching ideas or pulling together information for a project, you need a proper tool to keep it all together in an organised manner. Evernote is perfect for this…

evernoteEvernote (free + paid): Evernote is a free app that allows you to collect information into a virtual notebook. It syncs across all devices – desktop and mobile. So you can make notes anywhere, any time. They also have a browser “web clipper” that allows you to note down web pages or parts of it. There are a ton of handy features.

 

PASSWORD MANAGEMENT

Why use it: Agggh!! There is nothing so frustrating like forgetting your password. Most of us have learned not to use the same password on every site. Cause hackers, you know. I’m also forgetful. And I have too many email accounts. Life was tough until I discovered LastPass.

lastpassLastpass (free + paid): With LastPass you can save all different your login details. It also centralises all the information in your LastPass account. Don’t worry, the data is completely encrypted therefore not even LastPass knows what your details are. Only you know. LastPass has a browser plugin which makes filling in forms with your personal details as easy as clicking a button. This is a must have tool if you spend a lot of time online.

 

SEO TOOLS & TRAINING

Why use it: If you’re not ranking well in the search engines for your chosen keywords, then you’re losing out on a lot of traffic. Having a high ranking for core terms also solidifies your brand with the viewer. You are immediately seen as an authority on the subject. No business can afford not to be on the search engines.

distilleduDistilledU (paid): The number 1 place to learn SEO.

 

 

seobookSEO book (free & paid): If you’re not hiring someone to do you SEO, then you have totackle it yourself. They also have a huge range of  free and paid SEO tools. Many of those free tools are the bread and butter of many good SEO practitioners.

 

mozlocalMoz local (paid): If you’ve ever done SEO to get local listings, you’ll know it takes a lot of time. Moz makes this easy with their Moz Local product.

 

 

buzzstreamBuzzstream SEO Tools (free & paid): Another great selection of free and paid SEO tools to speed up your optimization efforts.

 

 

opensiteexplorerOpen Site Explorer (free & paid): If you know SEO, you’ll know how important inbound links from other authority websites are to your SEO rankings. Open Site Explorer can give you a view of all the inbound links, how authoritative they are, what anchort text was used and lots more.

 

 

authoritylabsAuthorityLabs (free trial): Keeping track and monitoring the search engine rankings of your money keywords is important. What’s even better? Keeping tabs on your competition!

 

SCREENCASTING

Why use it: Writing out a complex tutorial is a real pain. In 2006 I used Camtasia and Articulate E-learning suite to create a huge library of affiliate marketing training video tutorials for my students. With limited knowledge I was able to produce high quality videos with built in questionnaires which the students loved! Below are the top tools in the market today.

camtasiaCamtasia (free trial):  If you want to create professional looking screen recorded video tutorials, then Camtasia is what you need. I’ve used Camtasia for a long time and I can say that it’s easy to use and produces really good looking screen recordings.

 

articulateArticulate’s Storyline (free trial): Build interactive learning courses that are coupled with questionnaires. Overlay your course slides with your own audio and annotate with special character packs. This is the most intuitive and advanced e-learning authoring tool on the planet. Will set you back roughly $1,500, but it’s flipping awesome.

 

screenflowScreenflow (free trial): Screenflow is like Camtasia, but made for Mac users only. Many Mac users who have used Camtasia say that Screenflow has the edge. Definitely check this out if you’re on a Mac. I’ve never used it, but hear great things.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA IMAGE CREATION

Why use it: Have you noticed how many pretty images with inspirational quotes are being shared on social media? I bet you have. Thing is, people love them. People engage with it. Myself and many other business owners realise this. I have been posting visual inspirational content to my audience and can see the difference in engagement immediately. The idea is to build engagement habits so that when you do post something like a link to an offer that they will be more receptive to your message.

shareasimageShareAsImage (free & paid):  The guys from ShareAsImage saw this and created a platform that allows you to do just that. Choose from beautiful images, or upload your own, overlay your text and export in a second . You can even add your logo. Really simple. Super intuitive.

 

canvaCanva (free & paid): If you need more features, Canva will do the trick. Canva offers you the ability to design on different size canvasses. You can upload your own images or choose from a massive library.

 

 

piktochartPiktochart (free & paid): If you think pretty pictures with quotes get shared a lot, think again. Infographics are king when it comes to shareable creative. I’ve never used Piktochart, but many of my blogger buddies use it and they swear by it. Give it a go and let me know how it goes!

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS

Why use it: Look if you’re like me, you don’t want to spend all your time on social media. Problem is, there are SO many places where my audience is. They’re scattered all over. In past I had to spend time on each platform separately. Thank heavens those days are over. Now there are tools that help schedule posts as well as display all the conversations in one hub.

hootsuiteHootsuite (free & paid): Hootsuite makes this really easy. In my opinion, Hootsuite is the best choice for any business starting out on social media or even aiming to increase outreach on the networks. It’s relatively simple to use and the free version has more than enough features for most.

 

buffer
Buffer App (free & paid)
: By far the easiest tool for scheduling your posts.

 

 

twitterfeedTwitterFeed (free): I’ve been using Twitter feed since 2008 and I don’t plan on stopping. TwitterFeed allows me to take the RSS feeds of my blog and other publications and feed them through to my social profiles. What ends up happening is that my social media profiles automatically share high quality content at certain intervals. This tool is huge time saver.

 

SPY TOOLS

Why use it: Your competitors are trying just as hard, if not harder than you, to improve their position in the digital space. You cannot afford to fall behind. I’ve used spy tools for my clients to scope out their competitors and it helped me structure a strategy to beat the competition. A spy can’t be a spy without his/her tools. Gear up!

adbeatAdbeat (paid): Use AdBeat to gather intelligence on your competition’s Google and other display campaigns. Adbeat supports the most comprehensive list of ad networks out there. They can pretty much tap into any market globally. Powerful tool at a cost effective price might I add. Starts at $99 per month for Google only.

 

adgoorooAdGooroo (by quote): We’ve used this for many of our clients. It provides very rich intelligence on competitor paid and organic strategies, exposes weaknesses and highlights opportunities.  From the invoices I have seen gone out, I can say the pricing for AdGooroo isn’t cheap. I think at the time it was between $2,500 – $5,000 per month for two of our clients combined. Don’t take my word for it. Consider getting a quote from them.

 

socialadninjaSocialAdNinja (paid): They have a huge database of over 400,000 Facebook social PPC ads. You can get access to data segmented by gender, age, relationship status etc. or search by keyword. The whole goal of this service is to help you identify better opportunities in and around Facebook PPC ads. This is definitely the place for people who do a lot of Facebook advertising and who don’t want to waist money ‘testing’ on their own.

 

 

TEAM COLLABORATION SOFTWARE

Why use it: I can write an entire book about team collaboration. Time and time again I witness how companies’ service levels deteriorate over time because teams grow bigger and communication problems arise. As a result, customers and clients are unhappy and the poor line managers or client service people have to eat it all. If only they knew how use team collaboration software!

konaKona (free & paid): For personal and small group collaboration. Kona is simple, intuitive, can manage different size teams, mobile integrated and it’s free. In 2013 a poll was ran on LifeHacker and Kona came out on top amonst user satisfaction.

 

asanaAsana (free & paid) : An enterprise-level team collaboration system, yet simple enough for individuals or small teams. Asana is used by some of the most popular startups around the world. When I first used it I was amazed at how quickly I was able to find my way around. It’s remarkably intuitive for such a robust system.  You can get a free account for up to 15 people. Any more and you pay.

 

liquidplannerLiquidPlanner (free trial): Powerful collaboration and project management system. I was most impressed by its Task Schedule Planner. It also has built in estimation for task completion dates. LiquidPlanner is the definite answer for when your projects are BIG and complex.

 

podioPodio (free & paid): It’s got it all and then some. Project management, team collaboration, workspaces etc. But the most impressive feature of Podio is that something called it’s App Builder. You can build your own team workflow (no tech skills needed). If you are sales manager with a team of 8 people, you can create workflow under which your team needs to operate. You can optimize the workflow too.

 

centraldesktopCentralDesktop (free & paid): This is the mac daddy. The big boss. If your organisation has the money, check out CentralDesktop. I got the guys from CentralDesktop to demo their product to us last year and I was blown away. It had everything you could ask for from a project management and team collaboration platform. It’s something special. Comes at a hefty price though.

 

TIME TRACKING

Why use it: Recording the time you spend on tasks are very important. By comparing the time spent on something versus the benefit gained, you can optimize. This is why time tracking in organisations is a growing concern and necessity across the globe. Even more so for Entrepreneurs and work from home folks. But make sure you get the right tool for the job. Check out the 3 tools below.

klokKlok (free & paid): Klok is a pretty straight forward time tracking app. I find it very intuitive and easy to use. The reporting is also very useful.

 

 

timecampTimecamp (free & paid): Most time trackers use a manual stop-start. For most people that is perfect. For some it’s not. Some people who jump around between tasks every minute, need something that automates the process. Timecamp is perfect for those scenarios.

timetrackerCreativeWorx TimeTracker (paid): I have not used CreativeWorx TimeTracker but it seems like it’s going to make a big wave. It’s got automated tracking, but it shares similar features of Klok. Best of both worlds.

 

 

USER EXPERIENCE RESEARCH

Why use it: Your paid and social marketing can only do so much. Once a customer lands on your website or landing page, you hope they convert. What if you could ask your website visitors to tell you exactly what they were expecting to get from your website?  Below are 2 tools my clients have used. They work extremely well for gathering data on visitor ‘intent’.

qualarooQualaroo (paid): If you want to improve the conversion rate on your website, start analyzing the ‘intent’ behind people’s visits. Qualaroo is a tool that allows you to understand what your visitors actually want and what’s stopping them from achieving it. This non-intrusive technology runs on your site in the form of a survey box. Many of the companies I have worked with love the data feedback.

 

iperceptionsiPerceptions (free & paid): Also an on-site customer experience survey tool. Their approach is different. With iPerceptions a user receives a popover when first visiting the site. The popover starts by asking you whether or not you would like to participate in a satisfaction survey when you are done browsing the site. If you choose YES, you will receive an exit survey. Response rates aren’t bad!

 

VIDEO CALLING / VIDEO CONFERENCING 

Why use it: As much as we all hate meetings, they are very necessary. Face-to-face meetings will always trump calls or email. There’s something else about talking to someone face-to-face. If you are working with people who are on the other side of the country or world, then why not get them on a video call?

hangoutsGoogle Hangouts (free): Use Google Hangouts to turn any conversation into a video call with up to 10 friends. You can share web cams or your can share your screen.  I love Hangouts because it’s easy to use, it’s built into a social network, it’s fast and coolest of all, it’s free.

 

skypeSkype (free & paid): Skype has been around for a while now, so chances are pretty good you are familiar with it. But did you know it has a group call feature? You can add up to 25 people to a group call.  One really nifty feature of Skype is that you can use your Skype credits to dial people into the call who don’t have Skype (from their mobile or landlines).

 

WEB ANALYTICS TOOLS

Why use it: Your website is an indispensable part of your marketing mix. It’s arguably the most important thing when it comes to your online assets. To grow your business it’s important to understand how your marketing efforts are paying off. Web analytics tools can give you insight into how you are doing. It can tell you where your visitors are coming from; how many of them visited your site; what they found most interesting; what they didn’t find interesting and much much more. Not having analytics installed on your website is a massive mistake. Get it!

googleanalyticsGoogle Analytics (free): By far the most well known, most widely used web analytics platform on the web. Google analytics is completely free. Over the years it has grown into a beast. If you know a bit about web analytics then give Google Analytics a try. For most people GA is a bit too complex. If that is the case, check out the next tool on this list.


clickyClicky (free & paid): I have recently installed Clicky on my website, alongside Google Analytics. Clicky really impressed me. It’s super simple, it collects really deep, insightful data and it’s also free. Well, if you get more than 1 million page impressions per day, then Clicky will start charging you.

 

kissmetricsKissMetrics (paid): A tool that isn’t entirely a web analytics tool. It’s more like customer  analytics. The data is incredibly in-depth. Kissmetrics can give you data around the lifetime value of your customer. They’ve given business owners the ability to see into the future – sounds kind of lame I know. Let me put it this way. Kissmetrics tracks the data of unique users, aka a person. If you buy from a business once (and you like the experience), chances are good you’re going to do that again.  Imagine you buy from a business 4 times a year. Their web analytics don’t know the journey YOU took. They only know, from looking at their sales records, that you purchased 4 times. Kissmetrics however can shine the light on your purchase behavior rather. That is the type of data that can help a business optimize it’s funnels to improve bottom-line. Powerful stuff.

 

WEBSITE CREATION

Why use it: Without a website you don’t have a central presence online. It’s the one place on the web where your brand can stand on it’s own. It’s where your brand has a voice. Your website is an asset. Your business own it. I’ve seen businesses start their online presence with a Facebook profile. Look where that got them now. Facebook’s recent algorithm change had a huge impact on business pages. Businesses who didn’t build an audiece via their website or blog are now in big trouble.

wordpressWordPress (free): BROEKMANcomm.com is built on WordPress. If you’re trying to get your business online, WordPress is the perfect CMS for the job. It’s robust, feature-rich, scaleable and it’s free. There are loads of premium WordPress themes available. Just Google “wordpress premium themes” and you’ll find a gazillion to browse through.

 

squarespaceSquareSpace (paid): If you don’t want to get into all the technical setup of your website, then check out SquareSpace. They make it really easy for a business to get a web presence. It won’t look crap either. They have some awesome templates, plus your website will be mobile responsive. It even comes with built-in e-commerce functionality, making it easy for you to sell your stuff online. You won’t have the same level of customization available to you like on WordPress, but heck…most people don’t need to go that far. I have to confess, I have not used it. I have watched an episode of Small Empires on The Verge about SquareSpace. They showed the ins and outs of what makes it good.

 

WRITING TOOLS

Why use it: If you’re like me, you probably hate the writing process. Constructing great content isn’t easy. I find myself doing lots of digging around the web to validate certain things. That means me having to open 20 chrome tabs and noting down things in notepad or word. That’s all in the past now thanks to these 2 writing tools.

scrivenerScrivener (free trial): It’s a complete writing studio. A writer’s dream. It makes the process of writing so much easier because it helps you organise your writing. It also has a ‘distraction free’ mode for writing. It’s fit for any type of writer, whether you are a blogger, journalist or even book writer. Scrivener is definitely one of my most used apps.

 

stylewriterStyleWriter (free trial): The one thing Scrivener cannot do is make you a better writer. You see, writing is an artform. The key to getting your message across to your audience is to write in plain English. People hate reading complicated words and phrases. StyleWriter helps to improve the readability of your writing and I must say, it’s probably the best software I’ve come across for doing this properly.

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How to fix WordPress website not updating right away

First, big shout out to WPbeginner.com for always having fantastic answers to core WordPress issues. This one is coming up more and more for my clients. Thought it helpful to continue aggregating common issues/resolutions here in the411. Nothing worse than looking for answers and reinventing the wheel! 🙂

Why is my WordPress site not Updating?

Before we explain the solution, it’s important to understand what causes the problem first.

There are two common causes for this issue. The first one is your browser cache. Sometimes your browser (specially Google Chrome) will show you a cached copy of your website instead of showing the new one. To resolve this issue, you need to simply hit CTRL + F5 (or Command + R on a Mac) buttons on your keyboard to reload the page.

The second and most likely cause of this issue is a missing!!! or poorly configured WordPress caching plugin. To see if a caching plugin is causing this problem, you need to see if you’re using a caching plugin on your site.

Often beginners use setup W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache.

The first thing you can do is try to Empty All Caches using your cache plugin settings area.

You can do this easily by going to plugin settings page (in our demo, we’re showing W3 Total Cache). Then click Empty All Caches.

W3 Total Cache - Empty All Cache

This should work for most folks and now the changes should be visible on the homepage.

Next, you should look in your plugin settings to see if you can control what is cached by the Page Cache functionality. In W3 Total Cache menu under Page Cache, there is an option to unselect caching of front page.

W3 Total Cache - Front Page

If you unselect that, then the front page will not be cached.

Now if none of the above solutions worked for you, then you should deactivate any cache plugin installed on your WordPress site.

Deactivating W3 Total Cache plugin in WordPress

After deactivating the caching plugin, you need to visit your website to see if this resolved the issue. If it does, then this means you need to setup your cache plugin correctly.

WPbeginner resources:
Simple step by step tutorials to setup W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache plugins on your WordPress site. They are both great plugins, but we like to use W3 Total Cache with MaxCDN on WPBeginner.

We hope this article helped you fix WordPress website not updating right away issue. You may also want to take a look at some of the most common WordPress errors and how to fix them.

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Website Checklist for Section 508 Compliancy

Special thanks to WEBAIM.org for publishing the first real extensive easy to navigate list of compliancy with simple Pass/Fail explanations. GREAT JOB! Original found here: http://webaim.org/standards/508/checklist

Part 1: HTML

The following standards are excerpted from Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, §1194.22. The pass/fail criteria in this document represent an interpretation of Section 508 web standards. This checklist is NOT official Section 508 documentation. For the full text of Section 508, please see theofficial government 508 web site.

508 STANDARD PASS FAIL
(a) A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via “alt”, “longdesc”, or in element content). Every image, applet, embedded media, plug-in, etc. that conveys content has equivalentalternative text (alt,longdesc, or in the element context). A non-text element has no altor text description or the description is not equivalent, or is not described in the adjacent text.
The alternative text succinctly describes the content conveyed by the element, without being too verbose (for simple objects) or too vague (for complex objects). Alternative texts are verbose (“picture of…”, “image of…”, etc.), vague, misleading, inaccurate, or redundant to the context (e.g. the alt text is the same as adjacent text).
Complex graphics (graphs, charts, etc.) are accompanied by equivalent text, either through a description in the body of the page, a link to a description on a separate page, and/or thelongdesc attribute. [See Note 1] Complex graphics have no alternative text or the alternative does not fully convey the content of the graphic.
Images that have a function (images within links, image buttons, and image map areas) have alternative text which describes the associated function. Alternative texts for linked images, image buttons, or hot spots are not descriptive of the function.
Decorative graphics are CSS background images or have null/empty alt values (alt=""). Images with text alternatives in element content are given empty alt text to avoid redundancy. Decorative graphics have alternatives of “spacer”, “decorative graphic,” or other extraneous text. Graphics have alt text that is redundant with adjacent text.
Transcripts are provided for audio content. Audio does not have transcripts.
508 STANDARD PASS FAIL
(b) Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation. Video files and live audio broadcasts have synchronizedcaptions. Video files or live audio broadcasts do not have captions or captions are not synchronized.
Content presented through video, but not through audio is provided in an audio description track. Audio descriptions are not provided for visual-only content in multimedia.
508 STANDARD PASS FAIL
(c) Web pages shall be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup. Color is not used solely to convey important information. Color is the sole means of conveying information.
Sufficient contrast is provided. Contrast is poor.
508 STANDARD PASS FAIL
(d) Documents shall be organized so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet. Style sheets may be used for layout, but the document is still readable and understandable (even if less visually appealing) when the style sheet is turned off. The document is confusing or information is missing when the style sheet is turned off.
508 STANDARD PASS FAIL
(e) Redundant text links shall be provided for each active region of a server-side image map. Client-side image maps are used instead of server-side image maps. Appropriate alternative text is provided for the image as well as each hot spot area. Server side image maps or inaccessible client-side image maps are present.
(f) Client-side image maps shall be provided instead of server-side image maps except where the regions cannot be defined with an available geometric shape.
508 STANDARD PASS FAIL
(g) Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables. Data tables have column and/or row headers appropriately identified (using the <th>element). Data tables have no header rows or columns.
Tables used strictly for layout purposes do NOT use the <th>element. Tables used for layout have headers identified when there are no true headers.
508 STANDARD PASS FAIL
(h) Markup shall be used to associate data cells and header cells for data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers. Data table cells are associated with the appropriate headers using the scope orid/headers attributes. Data table cells are not associated with column and/or row headers or they are associated incorrectly.
508 STANDARD PASS FAIL
(i) Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation. Each frame is given a titlethat describes the frame’s purpose or content. Frames have no title or atitle that is not descriptive of the frame’s purpose or content.
508 STANDARD PASS FAIL
(j) Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz. No element on the page flashes at a rate of 2 to 55 cycles per second, thus reducing the risk of optically-induced seizures. One or more elements on the page flicker at a rate of 2 to 55 cycles per second, increasing the risk of optically-induced seizures.
508 STANDARD PASS FAIL
(k) A text-only page, with equivalent information or functionality, shall be provided to make a web site comply with the provisions of this part, when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way. The content of the text-only page shall be updated whenever the primary page changes. text-only version is created only when there is no other way to make the content accessible or when it offers significant advantages over the main version for certain disability types. A text-only version is provided when the main version is not accessible, but could be made fully accessible.
The text-only version provides equivalent content and is up-to-date with the main version. The text-only version is not equivalent to or up-to-date with the main version.
508 STANDARD PASS FAIL
(l) When pages utilize scripting languages to display content, or to create interface elements, the information provided by the script shall be identified with functional text that can be read by assistive technology. Content and functionality provided by scripting is directly accessible to assistive technologies and the keyboard.<noscript> content does not constitute a suitable alternative to inaccessible scripting. Content and functionality provided by scripts only work with a mouse or cannot be accessed by assistive technologies.
508 STANDARD PASS FAIL
(m) When a web page requires that an applet, plug-in or other application be present on the client system to interpret page content, the page must provide a link to a plug-in or applet that complies with §1194.21(a) through (l). [See Note 2] [See Note 3] A link is provided to a page where the plug-in can be downloaded. No link is provided to a page where the plug-in can be downloaded.
All applets, scripts and plug-ins (including PDF and PowerPointfiles, etc.) and the content within them are accessible to assistive technologies, or else an alternative means of accessing equivalent content is provided. Inaccessible plug-ins, scripts, and other applications are used without providing an accessible alternative.
508 STANDARD PASS FAIL
(n) When electronic forms are designed to be completed on-line, the form shall allow people using assistive technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues. <input><textarea>, and<select> elements have descriptive labels. There is no association between the form element and its label.
Scripting of form elements does not interfere with assistive technologies or keyboard. Scripting makes parts of the form unavailable to assistive technologies or keyboard users.
508 STANDARD PASS FAIL
(o) A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links. A link is provided to skip overnavigational menus or other lengthy lists of links. A good heading structure also facilitates navigation. There is no way to skip over repetitive lists of links.
508 STANDARD PASS FAIL
(p) When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required. The user has control over the timing of content changes. The user is required to react within limited time constraints.

Note 1: Until the longdesc attribute is better supported, it is best to use it in conjunction with a standard link to a longer description. Note 2: Standalone media players are usually more accessible than embedded media players. Note 3: A PDF file can be made accessible to screen reader users, but it may be best to include an accessible HTML version of a document instead of or in addition to PDF. Accessible alternatives must be provided for PowerPoint files.


Part 2: Scripts, Plug-ins, Java, etc.

The following standards are excerpted from Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, §1194.21. Full text of Section 508.

508 STANDARD
(a) When software is designed to run on a system that has a keyboard, product functions shall be executable from a keyboard where the function itself or the result of performing a function can be discerned textually.
(b) Applications shall not disrupt or disable activated features of other products that are identified as accessibility features, where those features are developed and documented according to industry standards. Applications also shall not disrupt or disable activated features of any operating system that are identified as accessibility features where the application programming interface for those accessibility features has been documented by the manufacturer of the operating system and is available to the product developer.
(c) A well-defined on-screen indication of the current focus shall be provided that moves among interactive interface elements as the input focus changes. The focus shall be programmatically exposed so that assistive technology can track focus and focus changes.
(d) Sufficient information about a user interface element including the identity, operation and state of the element shall be available to assistive technology. When an image represents a program element, the information conveyed by the image must also be available in text.
(e) When bitmap images are used to identify controls, status indicators, or other programmatic elements, the meaning assigned to those images shall be consistent throughout an application’s performance.
(f) Textual information shall be provided through operating system functions for displaying text. The minimum information that shall be made available is text content, text input caret location, and text attributes.
(g) Applications shall not override user selected contrast and color selections and other individual display attributes.
(h) When animation is displayed, the information shall be displayable in at least one non-animated presentation mode at the option of the user.
(i) Color coding shall not be used as the only means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element.
(j) When a product permits a user to adjust color and contrast settings, a variety of color selections capable of producing a range of contrast levels shall be provided.
(k) Software shall not use flashing or blinking text, objects, or other elements having a flash or blink frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.
(l) When electronic forms are used, the form shall allow people using assistive technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues.
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how to share a google drive document

how to share a google drive document

How to share

With Google Drive, you can share files — like documents, images, and PDFs — without having to email them as attachments. Sharing is as easy as indicating which email addresses or mailing lists should have access to a given file.

Share a file with an email address or mailing list

  1. Go to drive.google.com.
  2. Check the box next to the file or folder you’d like to share.
  3. Click the google drive share icon Share icon.

  4. Choose a visibility option: “Private,” “Anyone with the link” or “Public on the web.”

  5. Type the email addresses of the people you want to share with in the text box below “Add people.” You can add a single person or a mailing list.
  6. Choose the access level from the drop-down menu next to each collaborator: “Can view,” “Can comment,” or “Can edit.”

  7. Click Share & save.
Sharing something with a mailing list? If you’re sharing with a group containing more than 200 members, either notify the group by email or provide a link to the file. Your fellow mailing list members need to directly click the link, in the email notification or otherwise, for the file to show up in their Drive lists. The file will show up in the “Recent” and “All items” section of Drive for group members.

Share a file with a non-Google Account

If you want to share a file with someone who uses a non-Google Account, there are a few things to consider:

  • When you share the file with a non-Google Account, the user you’re sharing with will receive an invitation with a link to open and view it. The user will then be prompted to sign in to, or sign up for, a Google Account to be able to edit the file. Google Docs, Slides and Drawings files can be previewed without the user having to sign-in.
  • The invitation you send to the non-Google Account is valid for 14 days. Within that time period, the recipient can forward the invitation to other people, who will also be able view the file, and if they sign into a Google Account, edit or comment on it. You’ll be asked to agree to this when you first share the file.
  • If you re-open the sharing box, you’ll see a  icon next to the non-Google Account(s) you’ve shared with, as well as the number of people who have used the invitation to work with the file. Note that users who see a preview of Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings without signing into a Google Account won’t be counted in the sharing box.

If you use Drive at work or school, you can only share files to people without Google Accounts if your administrator has allowed this. Also, those users will need to sign in to a Google Account to view the file, as well as to comment or edit on it.

Send a link to a shared file

If you’ve set a file or folder to “Anyone with the link” or “Public,” you can send the link to another person and they’ll be able to access it.

  1. Go to drive.google.com.
  2. Check the box next to the file or folder you’d like to share.
  3. Click the Share icon google drive share icon.

  4. Copy the link at the top of the sharing settings.
  5. Send the link to another person or mailing list in an email or chat.

Send a file as an email attachment

Google Drive eliminates the need to send files as email attachments, but if you absolutely must, here’s how:

  1. Open the file you’d like to share.
  2. Go to the File menu, and select Email as attachment….
  3. Select a file type from the drop-down menu.
  4. Enter the email addresses of the people to whom you’d like to send the file. If you’d like, you can also add a subject and a message.
  5. Click Send. Recipients will receive the file as a downloadable attachment in the format you’ve selected.

Tips for sharing in Google Drive

Notify people when you share something

Whenever you share something with someone, they’ll receive an email notification to let them know they have access and can retrieve what you shared the next time they sign into Google Drive. Prefer not to notify them? Uncheck the “Notify people via email” box.

Add lots of collaborators quickly by sharing with a Google Group

Rather than type your collaborators’ email addresses one-by-one, add an entire Google Group. Each member of that Google Group will have access to whatever you’ve shared, including people who are added to the group after you’ve shared something. This option isn’t available for mailing lists that aren’t Google Groups.

Share lots of files at once

If you want to share multiple items with your collaborators, move them into a folder and share the folder with them. Since you’re sharing the folder, that’s their key to access. They’ll be able to access whatever’s stored there or lose access if you remove something that they don’t already have access to.

Having issues with sharing? Learn more about troubleshooting sharing problems.
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How to use Twitter for your business

How to use Twitter for your business

Repost of Twitter’s Lindsay Logan (@wingersf), Small Business Team

One of the best ways to learn about marketing on Twitter is through real examples from small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Recently, we spoke with a group of these companies about how they use Twitter as a business tool, the results they’ve seen, and their tips for success.

We partnered with research firm DB5 to survey 1100 SMB owners and employees in the U.S. Those surveyed work on their company’s digital marketing strategy, and are active Twitter users and advertisers. Visual.ly helped us create an infographic to detail the full survey results, which revealed that SMBs see Twitter as an effective marketing tool that enables them to accomplish their advertising goals.

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Interestingly, two-thirds (66%) of respondents believe that they have not yet fully maximized their Twitter presence. As a result, we’ve created a number of educational tools to help SMBs best leverage Twitter:

Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals of Twitter, you can also use Twitter Ads to better connect with your target audience and amplify your organic strategy. Learn more about how Twitter Ads can help your business here.

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Best 2014 WordPress plugins for SEO/Search Engine Optimization

Best 2014 WordPress plugins for SEO/Search Engine Optimization

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PLUGIN DOWNLOAD: http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/wordpress-seo.1.5.3.3.zip

BENEFITS:

This is by far MY MOST USED wordpress plugin since 2011. It’s goal is to improves your website SEO.

Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast.
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PLUGIN DOWNLOAD: http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/google-sitemap-generator.4.0.5.zip

BENEFITS:

Google XML Sitemaps WordPress Plugin is an amazing tool that generates the special XML sitemap that, when it is constantly submitted and resubmitted to search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com, better index your website and your blog.

For indexing our web pages faster and easier, we must need to provide a guidance to search engines with the sitemap file.

With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently.

The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs.

Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.

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PLUGIN DOWNLOAD: http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/wordpress-seo.1.5.3.3.zip 

BENEFITS:

All in One SEO Pack is a WordPress SEO plugin to automatically optimize your WordPress blog for Search Engines such as Google.

This is the one of the competitive WordPress plugins side by side with WordPress SEO by Yoast!

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PLUGIN DOWNLOAD: http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/wordpress-seo.1.5.3.3.zip

BENEFITS:
W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration. W3 Total Cache is the advanced version of WP Super Cache. If you know what you’re doing, it can be a powerful tool. If you’re like me with trial & error, you can also DESTROY a site’s performance. SO make sure to hire someone with experience instead of learning the hard way!

VERSUS THE ONE THAT’S EASIER OUT OF THE BOX….

WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache is a plugin for WordPress that generates static HTML pages from your dynamic WordPress blog. Once static pages are generated, those pages are displayed to visitors, using less server resources than dynamic webpages. Plugin allows your website to handle more simultaneous visitors and also typically loads much faster than without the caching plugin.

PLUGIN DOWNLOAD: http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/wordpress-seo.1.5.3.3.zip

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PLUGIN DOWNLOAD: http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/wordpress-seo.1.5.3.3.zip

BENEFITS:

Breadcrumb NavXT, the successor to the popular WordPress plugin Breadcrumb Navigation XT, was written from the ground up to be better than its ancestor. This plugin generates locational breadcrumb trails for your WordPress powered blog or website. These breadcrumb trails are highly customizable to suit the needs of just about any website running WordPress. The Administrative interface makes setting options easy, while a direct class access is available for theme developers and more adventurous users.

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PLUGIN DOWNLOAD: http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/wordpress-seo.1.5.3.3.zip

BENEFITS:

SEO Friendly Images is a WordPress SEO plugin which automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes for SEO purposes. If your images do not have ALT and TITLE already set, SEO Friendly Images will add them according the options you set. Additionally this makes the post W3C/xHTML valid as well.

ALT attribute is important part of search engine optimization. It describes your images to search engine and when a user searches for a certain image this is a key determining factor for a match.

TITLE attribute play lesser role but is important for visitors as this text will automatically appear in the tooltip when mouse is over the image.

Simple URLs

Simple URLs is a complete URL management system that allows you create, manage, and track outbound links from your site.

Simple URLs is a complete URL management system that allows you create, manage, and track outbound links from your site by using custom post types and 301 redirects.

It adds a new custom post type to your Admin menu, where you can create, edit, delete, and manage URLs. It stores click counts in the form of a custom field on that custom post type, so it scales really well.

And by avoiding page based redirects, which is the current trend in masking affiliate links, we avoid any issues with permalink conflicts, and therefore avoid any performance issues.

 

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