It took me awhile, but after using CoSchedule for about a month, I can vouch that it is one of the best tools out their for WordPress when it comes to content organization and social shares.Continue Reading
How many times have you been to a site and had to create another login? It’s a matter of having to remember or store one more username and password each time you return.
Now, how many times have you been to a site that let’s you do this via a social login, like Facebook or Twitter? For some people, they don’t want to go this route, but for others it can just make like so much simpler.
That’s where the WooCommerce Social Login extension comes in.
With this extension your customers will link their store account on your site with one of their social media accounts for a faster and easier checkout. And that’s what we all want. Making it as easy to spend your money as possible.
They can be used on your Checkout or My Account pages for easy access.
From this screenshot you can see that it covers the most popular platforms.
There are a couple of things to be aware of when using this extension.
1. If you want to use Amazon, you will need to have an SSL on your site.
2. To set up this extension, you are going to have to dig into your social accounts for some specific information. For example, with all of these except PayPal, you will need to have a developers account which anyone can register for. Here is just one example.
I belong to a lot of groups on the various social media platforms and have found that a lot of people take advantage of them to seek help with their WordPress issues. And as long as that is the reason the group exists, I think that’s great. But make sure you are prepared for the answer to your WordPress question.Continue Reading
Not that many years ago, I truly believed that every business out there didn’t need a website. But as you can guess, that obviously changed over time. So yes, I believe, no matter the kind or size of business you have, you need an online presence.Continue Reading
If you know me well, you know that I am a huge fan of making sure there are share buttons on my blog. I have never once removed them. But I have changed them over time.
It’s a subject everyone has an opinion on. The debate has been endless. Some designers shudder at those ugly buttons. Bloggers say it looks like I’m begging for shares. Others claim that all you do it for is for social proof.
Well, blah, blah, blah.
Why do I have them? I want to make it as easy as possible for my readers to share my content, if they feel inclined to. Did you see that word? Easy.
But again, I have had ongoing arguments with many on this. Some come back at me and say, Well, if you content is good enough, people will take the time to share it. So when I land on your blog I will read the post, then copy the title, go to Tweetdeck, open a new tweet, paste it in, then go back to you post, copy the URL, go back to Tweetdeck, paste it in, and if I feel real generous, I will add your Twitter handle. NOT!
Sorry folks, it’s not going happen, no matter how much I like you and your post. I just don’t have that extra time. I
So where does the bigger come in?
Well, recently I changed mine again using the free plugin Mashare. It’s cool. I like the size of the buttons. I like the total shares combined. I like how it looks on mobile. I just like it. And to be honest, when I added it to this blog and my Judy’s blog, well, we saw our numbers of shares go up.
The plugin is very easy to set up. First you will need to open a free account at SharedCount.com in order to have this plugin run accurately. I am good with this but I know that having a third-party handle the numbers might be a deal breaker for some of you.
There are some great features here, and one very interesting one. I will let you find it yourself and ponder on it.
Under the Visual tab you get even more features like the Location & Position. Your position options are pretty typical, Top, Bottom, Top and Bottom and Manual. What I do like is how it pulls in all your post types and gives you additional options and control as well.
But wait. That’s not all. The Visual Style & Template gives you even more control.
Then there are the button options. You will see that with the free plugin you only get Facebook, Twitter and Subscriber. At first I was a bit dismayed by this, but as you will see next, I just purchased an add-on. Also, let’s face it. Too many buttons call for too many choices and decisions. Keep it simple.
As with any feature-filled free plugin, this one has the options to purchase some add-ons. Now I don’t know about you, but with all that I got with the free version, I certainly wasn’t going to blink an eye about purchasing some extended features I might want.
I did want the option of a few more social networks, so I snagged the Mash Networks add-on. And you can see from the screenshot below, what additional options it gave me. Also, the thing I like about this plugin is you can control what buttons show and which one’s you want to appear on the expanded view when clicking the “+”.
So that’s it. If you are contemplating adding share buttons to you blog, or thinking of changing them up, you might want to check out Mashare.
Whenever you install a WooThemes, you typically will get some setting tabs that are across the board with any WooTheme framework. They can differ slightly from theme to theme, and in this tutorial we will be looking at the General Settings, Styling Options, Typography and Footer Customizations and Subscribe and Connect.
The General Settings options are available for all WooThemes. This tutorial will give you an idea of what each theme will have to offer.
Highlights from the video
The General Settings are very similar from between all the different WooThemes. The one that you will notice the most differences is Canvas and its child themes.
Below is a screenshot of the basic settings.
[box type=”alert”]The Theme Stylesheet primarily lets you choose a color scheme for the specific theme you are using. Only certain elements will change.[/box]
[box type=”alert”]If you use a custom logo it will replace the Site Title text. But if you keep the box ticked to show site title and tagline, you will still see the tagline in your header.[/box]
The Styling Settings options are available for all WooThemes. This tutorial shows you some of the features you will find such as: how to change the background color, how to add an image to your background, how to change the link color and how to control of the color of your buttons.
An overview of the tutorial
The Styling Settings in WooThemes covers three basic areas
1. Background – You are able to set a solid color background, or upload an image for your background. Typically the background is the area outside of your content area. But watch for sure, as it may vary from theme to theme.
[box type=”alert”]When using a image without tiling, be careful of the size. You want it big enough to fill the screen on a large monitor, but also making sure it’s not too large for load speed. Best to optimize your image before uploading.[/box]
[box type=”alert”]Be careful with background images. You do not want them to fight against your design, nor be distracting.[/box]
2. Link Colors – You will be able to control the colors of links and link hovers.
3. Button Colors – You can change the colors of buttons that added to your theme. Some widget buttons will also pull in this color.
Note: You can also add and customize buttons using the WooThemes shortcodes.
The Typography Settings allows you to customize specific text using Google fonts and without knowing code. In this tutorial you will learn how to change the font, font style, size and color of the general content of your site, the Page and Post Titles, and the Widget Titles. You will also learn to customize the text in your navigation and how to change the post meta and entry.
Highlights of the typography settings
You can change any of the specific text areas easily. By default, size is usually set to em, but you can change that to px if you are more familiar with that.
[box type=”alert”]Be careful of using fonts that are hard to read, or having to many font variations on your site.[/box]
This feature uses Google Fonts. Unless you know what the font looks like, you will not be able to preview it still this is saved. You can go to Google Fonts to preview all of these fonts. In the future I will be adding a font preview page here on the site.
[box type=”alert”]Likely the text area that you have selected will only affect that particular piece. For example, Post Titles just changing post titles. But double check your site to make sure no other areas are affected.[/box]
[box type=”alert”]These are global settings. When you change it, for example, general typography, it affects all areas that are styled with that font.[/box]
Unless your WooTheme does not have an option for a footer, there are a few customizations you will find there.
In this tutorial you will learn how to choose the number of widget areas you want in your footer depending on your theme and how to add custom text below your footer.
Depending on your theme, and if it has a footer area for widgets, you will have a few options here. Also, depending on your theme, you will find the footer customizations in different places.
For example, in the Hustle theme you have the options that come pretty standard across the board with all WooThemes. Notice that in the menu it actually says Footer Customization.
1. As explained before, this will depend on your theme. But do note that you also have the option to have no footer widget area at all. These settings are global and will affect all pages and posts.
2. If you are a WooTheme affiliate, you can add that here.
3. This gives you the option to add custom text on either side below the footer widget area. Great place for a copyright or a link.
[box type=”alert”]These areas are optional but if you don’t tick the box some default WooThemes text may appear at the bottom.[/box]
[box type=”note”]The custom text will will work HTML as well. So you can add a link if you want there. If you don’t know how to use HTML, here is a tip. Open a new page or post, doesn’t matter. Type in the text your want down there, add any formatting, bold, italics, etc and then add the hyperlink to any words. Now switch from visual to text, copy the code, and insert in the box on these settings.[/box]
The next two examples show you how the footer customizations may not always show up in the menu as Footer Customization.
In the For The Cause theme, you will find it under layout.
And in the Canvas theme, you find a menu item called Header and Footer. Also, you will notice that Canvas gives you many more options when it comes to customizing any area.
So likely, if your WooTheme does have widget footer areas, you will find the settings somewhere.
Subscribe and Connect
In this tutorial you will learn about the Subscribe and Connect Settings for the WooThemes framework. You will learn about what areas and widgets the content affects, how to use your MailChimp account to provide a signup form and how to add your Social Media profile links so people can connect with you. You will also discover how to enable your RSS in these options and what they will do and the option of adding Related Posts to your blog posts.
The Subscribe and Connect Settings, when filled in, will show are used for the box that you have the option to show after every post and the Subscribe and Connect widget. But it sometimes also used in specific themes. For example, if you have these any of those fields filled out in the theme Upstate, they automatically show up in the left side of the top menu.
Note that you will have the option to either show or not show the box on single posts and the related post options.
The setup is the text that will show before the content.
[box type=”alert”]If you are interested in using the Related Post option, try it first and see how it looks. Some of these don’t pull in related posts as well as a plugin might. If you are interested in having more control over the look of this area and the posts it will pull in, I recommend checking out the free plugin nrelate Related Content.[/box]
You can also use Feedburner and MailChimp to add a subscribe to blog form. Note that if you use MailChimp you can also choose to use an enewsletter subscribe box or any other list you are building. Just follow the link next to the MailChimp box to easily connect your account to these settings. (You can get your API in your MailChimp account).
[box type=”alert”]If you are using Feedburner still, it’s on its way out. I would recommend switching soon.[/box]
By putting the URL into any field on the connect options, they will show up in various areas as described above.
If you check the Enable RSS box you will want to make sure and have your RSS set in the themes Settings > General Settings.
Here is a screenshot of the entire Subscribe and Connect Settings
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Like a lot of people on this planet, I do spend some time on Facebook. But I can admit not nearly as much time as most. You could say I have a certain attitude about it. We will save that for another post.
But I would like you to picture this. Think of what you say, share and do on Facebook. Would you do that same thing if you sat at a restaurant table, say, with 10 friends.
Each pass around your plate so everyone can get a closeup view of what you are eating?
Unfriend someone in the middle of a rather controversy conversation and ask them to go and sit at another table?
Pick up your toddler, bare-ass naked and pass him/her around for everyone to see?
Take off your shoe, plop your foot on the table, and share with everyone the strange colored scabbing infection that you have been wondering about?
Talk about your next workshop you are putting on and boldly ask everyone at your table to share it with everyone else in the restaurant?
Go play a video game and constantly ask all your friends in the restaurant to also play the same stupid game.
Ask a question to everyone at your table like, “What is your favorite color?”
Give you your initials, the year of your birth and what county do you live in to a total stranger just so they can tell you “What Menu Item You Are”.
As you can see this list could go on and on… but you get the point.
Do you have something to add?
Yes, I use social media. And depending where we find each other, things happen.
You are my friend.
I like you.
I follow you.
I put you in circles.
You end up in my network.
We have people in common.
And like a child, I share.
I comment on what you say and or I reply.
I also will often retweet.
Sometimes what you say is a favorite of mine.
But if you are bad, I will report you, unfollow you, or even block you.
You may no longer be my friend.
On the other hand, we might connect.
We may get introduced.
But if you go too far, I might find what you do is inappropriate.
You end up being the worst, you are spam.
And so is the tangled web we weave on social media.
The best way to publish filtered photos to your WordPress-powered site.
Those are the first words you will see when you go to their site.
Pressgram was released today and there has been a lot of talk and buzz about it. John Saddington is the brains behind this new free app and if you have a WordPress blog or website, an iPhone, and love to share photos, you need to check this out.
Because of photo ownership. When you post your photos on Facebook or Instagram, well, you are posting them on their platform and as a result, you can lose ownership of your images. But Pressgram is different. Watch this video:
I will be writing my own review soon, as well as creating a photo blog. But in the meantime I cannot explain it any better than Pressgram themselves.
WordPress makes it easy for you to embed a tweet into a post or page. But did you know you can do the same thing with a Facebook post?
Simply find the post you want to embed.
Once you click on embed a new window will open. Just copy the code that is highlighted in blue.
Go back to you post, click on the “text” tab and past the code in where you want it. And thanks for the tip form Kyle Alm in the comments, it’s best to publish the post in the “text” mode to make sure your code doesn’t go wonky.
And the result will be this. Notice how you can interact with the post here by liking it, etc.