Creating Redirects in WordPress

Setting up Post or Page redirect in WordPress is simple using the Redirection WordPress Plugin

The easiest way to redirect a WordPress web page you no longer want visitors to use without having to worry about having a missing page that causes a 404 missing page message.

1. First install the Redirection plugin into your WordPress website. 

2. Click on Tools and the Redirection plugin will be located in that tab.

3. Enter the URL that you want to redirect in Source URL, select Match: URL Only, Action: Redirect to URL then enter the Target URL: and Boom! Just like that you are now directing the user to the specified URL and no need to lose the old url and risk having a broken site link.

 

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How to create a Masked Forward

The Information below is out of date please visit the updated information regarding Creating Redirects in WordPress

How do I redirect a visitor from one page to another?

Sometimes you need to redirect people from an existing page to a new page.
Like, if visitors bookmark your old pages, and you want to redirect those bookmarks to new areas.

Forward a Visitor from one page to another.

How do I create a masked forward? (frames)

You can make any website show with your domain name in the address bar and a title of your choice.

To do this, you will need to create a new home page, index.html.

create a masked forward

Shorten Google Plus ID

Shorter Custom Google Plus ID

Things have changed a bit since I originally wrote the instructions below, so for more accurate information on getting a custom URL for your Google+ profile Google+ name visit the Google+ help page 

Please note the information  below is out of date.

Here is a quick and easy way to shorten your Google Plus ID

Simply click this link Shorten Google Plus ID and enter you desired name fro example I created my google plus account just for this article.

First I entered freewebsitetricks in the Nick Name Field then in the field labeled Your Google+ ID enter that long ID Google proviode and click add.

Thats it your all done now just copy your short URL and share it with the world.

So here is my original Google Plus ID 115428601385685770603 and heres my new Google Plus short code: gplus.to/freewebsitetricks

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To Find your Google Plus ID simply log in to your Google Plus account and click on profile copy the long string of number between the forward slashes.




Apple Mac Address Book SEARCH does not work anymore

Apple Address Book Search Fix

Recently my Address Book on my iMac computer started acting strange. Every time I tried to search for a contact the search would not respond so I tried a few things and below are two options for you to try. I hope this helps as I know this was frustrating to me, but as usual there is always a way to fix it.

Mac Address Book Search Field Fix 1

Open System Preferences -> iCloud -> uncheck Contacts then it will prompt if you want to keep or delete your contacts (I chose Keep Contacts) wait a few seconds and then turn it back on. -> This worked for me, and it should work for you.

Mac Address Book Search Field Fix 2

Try deleting the cache associated with the Address Book.

Go to   ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.AddressBook/Cache.db

For Lion v10.7x:  To find the Home folder in OS X Lion, open the Finder, hold the Option key, and choose Go > Library

Move the Cache.db file to the Trash.

Now see if you can search your contacts.

I hope this helped please leave a comment below to let me know if this worked or if you have a better suggestion for others if this does not do the trick. Thank you for visiting FreeWebSiteTricks.com

Steve Jobs Has Died 10-05-2011

Steve Jobs has Died on 10-05-2011

Today is a Sad Day…

The amazing man who has made so many unthinkable things a reality has left us behind. Steve Jobs was an incredible man and although I did not know him personally I feel a great sadness in my heart. We have truly lost a genius of our times and should all be greatful to have lived at a time to experience all of the great things that this man has created and shared with us all.

Remembering Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011, an amazing man who will be missed by all.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011

Photo taken from the apple website on 10-05-2011 http://www.apple.com/

Apple Time Capsule What a Big Disappointment

Apple Time Capsule

I purchased the Apple Time Capsule on August 26th 2011 at Best Buy for $315.70 and it is not performing at all to my expectations. Every time I look at the status bar it has some kind of error, and then it says it can not complete the backup. I purchased the Apple Time Capsule because it had a lot of hard drive space, and it was a wireless router with wireless back up options, well this is not the case every time it tries to backup using the wireless option it gives me an error, so I have to get a 25 foot long Ethernet cable to plug in to my iMac computer, which is in my living room to make my backups to my Apple Time Capsule which is in my office, now this is not only a huge inconvenience, but after I plug in my iMac to the Time Capsule using this 25 foot long ethernet cable I end up getting an error message that says ” TIME MACHINE COMPLETED A VERIFICATION OF YOUR BACKUPS. TO IMPROVE RELIABILITY, TIME MACHINE MUST CREATE A NEW BACKUP FOR YOU. Click start New Backup to create a new backup. this will remove your existing backup history. Click Back Up Later to be reminded tomorrow. Time Machine won’t perform backups during this time.” Now correct me if I am wrong but doesn’t this defeat the purpose of the Apple Time Machine, because if I am completely wiping out the backup to replace it with a new backup then how is this giving me the option to restore a file that I had a few days or a week ago if I decided I needed that file? I am very disappointed in Apple, and all though I am a huge fan of Apple products I would have to say that this really needs to get a fix fast. I would not recommend buying the Apple Time Machine to anyone who does not want to deal with a lot of head aches. I am not sure if it works good if it is plugged in via the ethernet cable, but as for the wireless back up it is a complete waste of time, money and energy. I am actually going to take it back to Bestbuy tomorrow and get an external drive that I can just plug in to my iMac.

Here are some snap shots of the errors I got the night I decided to finally write this article.

How to clear FireFox Cache

Instructions on how to clear your cache in FireFox (I am using FireFox for Mac)

I have recently been having a lot of issues with my web browsers and the refresh web page on web sites that I am working on. This is extremely frustrating and time consuming when all I want to do is see the changes I made on my web site that I am working on. I tried Google Chrome and I could not figure out a way to clear the cache unless I reset reset and cleared everything and this is also a huge time block in my web development projects. I then tried to figure out how to clear the cache in Safari and the same thing I could not find any easy ways to get the cache to clear, so I did some research on Firefox and I found this article on how to clear the cache in fiefox as well as some settings to make the cache clear on a refresh. I think this did the trick but I am going to have to give it some time to see if it truly works. I hope it helps save you some hours of head ache that I have had to go through.

I also made a change not listed in the instructions under settings / advanced and checked the Override automatic cache management and set the limit to 0 MB of space.

Click the image to the left to see the settings I made in Firefox settings.

How to downgrade your Mac os from Lion back to Snow Leopard

I have recently discovered that there are some features in the new Mac OS Lion that I am not satisfied with so I went online and tried to figure out how to downgrade my iMac back to Snow Leopard I found that many people had difficulty in explaining how to do this, so I found a simple solution.

Instruction on how to downgrade from the new Lion OS back to the Snow Leopard OS

  1. Make sure you have a back up of all of your data (I used a 1 TB Seagate Go Flex)
  2. Plug in a wired keyboard. (You need to use a keyboard that plugs in to your computer, because the wireless keyboard will not work when trying to select your start up drive in step 4.)
  3. Insert your Snow Leopard install CD
  4. Restart your computer and hold down the Option key (this will bring up the start up disk selection screen)
  5. Follow the onscreen instruction and start the new install (their can take up to an hour so be patient)
If this article helped you with your issue please post a reply below. I hope this helps and if you discover a better way or a flaw in my instructions above please post a reply below so that we can help those in need.

What is Search and Discover?

I recently change my web hosting services from Godaddy.com to HostGator.com and I have been having an issue with a web page that keeps popping up in place of my web site. I contacted HostGator and they told me that this is probably happening due to the name servers have not fully propagated and to wait 48 to 72 hours, so it is now the third day and I am still having issues with this SearchAndDicover.com landing page. Hostgator.com also advised me to contact Godaddy.com to see if they could resolve the issue. I took their advice and called Godaddy and they told me that it is more than likely a Hostgator issue since the name servers are provided from HostGator so the bottom line is I have this searchanddiscover page that looks like a spam page popping up randomly on my websites while I am waiting for the name servers to propagate. I really wish someone one on either side could give me an answer to this problem so that it can be resolved. 

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HTML Tutorial – Designing A Website In Notepad Web Design Basics

Want to learn the basics of HTML and how to build a web site. This free video tutorial will show you the basics of how to create your first web page using nothing more than note pad and the basic html page mark up. In this HTML website design tutorial you will learn how to write and format your very first web page using HTML.

Difficulty Level:
Easy/Beginner

Video by: EdzJohnson at youtube.com

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Web design questions to ask new clients

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Getting started with the web design process.

One of the hardest things for a web designer is to make sure he/she is a able to ask all of the right questions to his/her client durring the meeting / planning stage of a web site design. This is a very common problem that most web designers face, and although it can be very difficult to generate the right questions to ask your client rest assured that as time goes on and you have delt with a few clients your list of questions will begin to develop. I have compiled a list of common questions below to help make the web design process a little easier for you.

Keep in mind that as you develop your list of questions that gathering the right information will help you in the long run with the design process. Get as many of the following questions answered and 85% of the design battle is already done because you will already know what needs to go on the page and where to place it.

Just giving you the questions isn’t enough because you need to understand why the questions are asked. For this reason I have also included example options for the more in-depth questions so you can see why the question is important and what kind of answer you’re looking for. Remember that getting all the right answers is crucial, because having all of the necessary questions answersed the page will pretty much build itself!

One more tip before you read the following questions; rather than taking your laptop into your meeting with your client just keep it simple and use the old pen and paper method. This will allow you to make quick notes and avoid any interuptions from your computer and allow you to give your full undevided attention to your client.

Web design build questions to ask new clients

  • What do you want the web site to do for your company?(is it to just promote brand awareness and for people who hear about them and then go to their site, will people be finding them through search engines, is it existing clients looking for support or news, are you selling online, are you offering downloads, company reports etc)
  • Who is your target audience (age / level of internet experience etc)? (Do they require a modern, fast paced, highly graphical site to target the younger generation or a more user friendly site for the less experienced or older internet users. )
  • What image do you want to portray (Professional / Casual / cutting edge etc)? (Some sites use white space and limited text to give a relaxed feel while others use lots of images and text to give the site a busy feel. Define the feel of the site)
  • If you have branding what colours, fonts, styles do you use? (See business cards, letterheads etc). More often that not the sole trader will have no graphics, no logo and no identity so in these cases you need to ask the client for colour schemes they think fit with the ideas but also do market research on the competition because the client may not be right.

WEB DESIGN CORE QUESTIONS:

  • What do you absolutely definitely want on the site? (This list could include blog, shopping cart, members log in, private areas, RSS feeds. Gallery newsletter, contact forms, advertising space, different languages, search facility, etc)
  • What would you like if possible/within budget?
  • What absolutely must be on the homepage and what is the order of priority? (This is a core question and you should allow the client time to ponder and discuss this with you. Their answers here should define the position of the building blocks. The answers could be phone number, email, help icon, downloads, cart total, core product links etc.)
  • What must be visible at all times? (Every page has a fold. A fold is below the visual part of the page and requires you to scroll down to see it. I have a height I use but you should decide for yourself where it should be. The client must understand this and agree what can go above and below).
  • How many links will be needed and how many levels of navigation will there be? (You need to understand the journey paths and decide how far down the link structure will go (level one, level two, level three etc)
  • If the business has different sections and each wants its own presence on the page which business sections would get the best locations?
  • Is there any content that may require a database or scripting? (Contact forms, shopping carts, newsletters etc)
  • Who are your competitors? (Supply some URL’s of competitors that you think sell your product type well)
  • Do your competitors use something on their site that you really like? (Could be navigation structure, form layout etc)
  • What do you offer that the competition doesn’t? (This often makes the client think about his own business in a new way and I’ve started a new path for a few businesses with this one!)
  • List 5 general sites that they like and why do they like them? (This could be navigation method, colour scheme, fonts etc.)
  • Do you have any text/copy / graphics / Logos for the site? Will they be supplying the text in a ready to go copy/paste format or will someone have to input all their text into the site from paper etc. Likewise will we need to outsource all the imagery from other sources or do they have their own graphics that need to be included. Will we need to input all the links?
  • Will you require space on pages for external/internal advertising (If yes what types)? Header ads, sidebar ads, ads in the content etc.
  • When do you want it finished and who is going to be updating the pages.
  • What is their level of experience?
  • What are your main products and/or services? For each explain what you would want you visitors to do, (sign-up, purchase, contact you, etc.). i.e. a call-to-action for each.
  • What are the main categories of information you want to publish? (Time-sensitive like news & events? Product or service descriptions? Case studies / Success Stories? Careers information? Special offers?)
  • How would you like to communicate with you visitors? (Telephone, Email, Live Chat, Blog’s or discussions, Mailing list, Brochure/magazines)

Shopping Cart questions

  • Do you want to offer real time shipping?
  • Do you want the consumer to sign in or log-in?
  • Do you need cross selling?
  • Do you need to offer unlimited products?
  • Do you need unlimited categories?
  • How will you charge for shipping?
  • How will you charge for taxes

Blog’s

  • Will there be multiple authors?
  • Should the site clearly be displaying author info?
  • Are there multiple styles of blog posts, like longer feature posts and shorter quick posts?
  • What other kind of content will be on the site?
  • Does the site need to accommodate for advertising?
  • (What type? Sizes? )
  • Do you plan to use categories? tags? both?
  • How do you want to handle archives?
  • How do you want to handle search?
  • Are you going to be presenting source code in the posts?
  • Are there any other blog’s that you really like?

Content Management Systems

  • Do you require multiple levels of access?
  • Does the new content need final approval before being published?
  • Will they want simple content editors or web developers to change styles?

So I have the web build answers…now what?

I usually start with scribbles on a napkin or pad. Seriously if you start sketching out as the client is answering your questions you quickly get a feel for the blocks and usually when I leave the client I already have sketched out where the blocks need to go.

Once the client agrees with the position and prominence of the blocks I can start thinking of the graphics. This is where your preferred way of building a site comes into play but the difference between how you did it before and now is you have the building blocks in front of you and with the answers to your questions beside you it should be a much simpler process than ever before.

The visual wire frame should include the effects on the page. For example if your navigation has a mouse over then have that mouseover on “one” of the links. Likewise for active stats etc. If the effect is transitional then try to give a example web page with it working or give a detailed description.

The visual wire frame may be overboard for some of you but for me it is easier to modify a PDF than a pixel perfect web page. A client can often try and change the layout after looking at it for a while and while I’m in the PSD stage I’m happy to accommodate this. Once the visual wire frame has been agreed then the build begins and any changes after that point will incur costs. The client can’t really argue because they have already agreed to the block wire frame and visual wire frame so it is a lot easier to ask for extra costs when you’re at the final stage of the contract.

I wish I had this list when I first started and I hope my years of building and updating this document helps you.

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Word Press NextGEN Gallery Plugin: how to remove [show as slideshow text] option

How to deactivate this in the gallery options.

  1. Options
  2. Gallery
  3. Integrate slide show (make sure this box is unchecked and the text should disappear)

Plugin information: Version 1.7.4 | A NextGENeration Photo gallery for the Web 2.0.

HTML Image Link Code

I have had a lot of friends ask me about this, so I have decided to write this article to make things easier for people who want to add images with a link to their, web site, FaceBook, Craigslist or what ever. The following is an example of html image code. You can copy and paste this code into your own HTML documents – just change the values of the attributes as required (meaning the image link and web address you want it pointed to).

How to modify the HTML Image Link Code:

  • Between the quotation marks Replace ( https://freewebsitetricks.com/ ) with your the web address you want it to point to.
  • Between the quotation marks Replace ( https://freewebsitetricks.com/images/FreeWebSiteTricks-Banner.png ) with your image.
  • To add a  border, replace “0” with a number, example ( border="1" )always keep the quotation marks
  • To have the link open in the same window remove the code: ( target=”_blank” )

Just Copy and paste the HTML Image Code below in to your html document:

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<a href=”https://freewebsitetricks.com/” target=”_blank”>
<img src=”https://freewebsitetricks.com/images/FreeWebSiteTricks-Banner.png” border=”0″ alt=”Free Web Site Tricks”/>
</a>

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This is what it should look like with no border.

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How to Make Money Online with Google Adsense

Make Money Online with Google Adsense

If you own a web site and would like to find a way to make some extra money from your ever growing page views, then Google ad sense is right for you. Even if you own a simple cooking web site that you use to post your favorite recipes or if you own a personal blog where you simply talk about your daily experiences it doesn’t matter anyone can make money online with Google adsense. The thing that I find so amazing about this program is the money earning potential is limitless and the Google adsense program is completely free to join.

What is Google AdSense?

Google AdSense is a free, simple way for website publishers of all sizes to earn money by displaying targeted Google ads on their websites. AdSense also lets you provide Google search to your site users, while earning money by displaying Google ads on the search results pages. (Google adsense)

AdSense outlined

  • Get paid for displaying targeted Google ads on your site
  • Customize ads easily to match your site’s look and feel
  • Track your success with online reports
  • Read how publishers found success with AdSense in our case studies

How does it work?

  1. Choose the type and placement of ad units to be displayed
    • Specify where you want ads to appear
    • Choose what types of ads can compete for those slots
  2. Highest-paying ads display
    • Advertisers bid on your inventory in a real-time auction
    • Always show the highest-paying ad
  3. Get paid
    • Google bills advertisers and ad networks
    • Get paid through our reliable payment options

How Does Google earn money from adsense?

Through a program called AdWords.

What is AdWords?

AdWords is Google’s advertising product and main source of revenue. Google offers ad space on their search engine search result pages to companies or individuals who want to get more exposure for their web site, products and or services. Google AdWords offer these ad spaces in the form of pay per click (PPC) advertising, which simply means that when someone clicks on the ad whether it be a text link or image ad the company or individual who is the owner of that ad will be charged per click hence the tern pay per click (PPC) advertising. For more information on Google Adwords click here

Become a Reseller and Make Money Online

What is a reseller

I think it is important to explain what a reseller is; A reseller is a company or individual that purchases goods or services with the intention of reselling them rather than consuming or using them, this is usually done for profit.

How to Become a Reseller

How can I become a reseller? If you want to become a reseller the process is pretty simple for the most part. Most companies that offer reseller plans usually charge a fee to get started. The fees that these companies charge usually cover their cost of designing the reseller plan and provide support to the resellers.

How do I choose the right reseller plan for me?

I think if you are really interested in starting an online business there are many real opportunities to make money online as a reseller, but be cautious of some companies out there looking to scam you out of your hard earned money. I recommend doing some serious research about a company before getting into business with them. Here are some things to consider before getting into bed with a company offering a reseller plan, first I would recommend doing a search online to see how long they have been in business, second I would try to find some positive and negative feed back from existing or past resellers, and third I would recommend getting involved in something you are familiar with or are interested in learning, because if you are going to try and sell a product or service to someone then you should know a fair amount about those products and or services.

Becoming a reseller is very simple

First you need to figure out what it is you would like to get involved in, so for the sake of keeping this relative I will be discussing a reseller plan from KissMyDomain.com selling domain names, web hosting, email account and basically all the product and services offered by KissMyDomain.com. I recommend the Pro reseller plan which allows you to sell reseller plans as well. You can make a pretty good income from this reseller plan, so I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to start an online business and have the option to work from home to check out a reseller plan either from my reseller plan MakeMoneyOnlineKMD.com

Affiliate Marketing

Make money as an affiliate

If you want to make money online, then you need to get signed up with some affiliate websites. There are many web sites available online that you can join, and become a an affiliate marketer, but you should choose a web site that you trust.

Here is an affiliate company I recommend

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Link Share is a a company that I work with, and I would definitely recommend this company to anyone wanting to get involved in affiliate marketing. Linkshare is free to join and you can make a lot of money just by adding other companies products and services to your website.

PayPal Send Money Feature

Please note: PayPal will charge fees if you use a credit card as the funding source to avoid fees use a bank account as your funding source.

In this tutorial I will show you a feature that many people over look in PayPal. I use this feature when ever I need to pay someone or if someone owes me money. I always suggest this feature, because using this feature will eliminate the fees that PayPal charges when you pay someone or when someone pays you. Do you have a PayPal account? if you do not have a PayPal account yet then you need to create one. PayPal is one of the most secure ways to make a payment online because you do not use your credit card when making a payment to someone that accept Paypal therefore you are less likely to have your credit card number stolen. If you would like to create your free Paypal account click here.

Create your Free PyPal Account today

If you do not have a PayPal account I highly recommend that you sign up for an account and get familiar with all of the features PayPal has to offer. I am confident that once you learn how to use PayPal you will wonder how you ever got along without an account. Click the PayPal image below to go to PayPal and create your free account today.




Favorite Word Press Plugins

My Favorite WordPress Plugins

Here are some of my favorite Word Press plugins.

Just copy and paste the name into the plugins search box in your administrator panel.

  • AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget – Help your visitor promote your site! The AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget allows any visitor to bookmark your site easily with many popular services. Sign up for an AddThis.com account to see how your visitors are sharing your content–which services they’re using for sharing, which content is shared the most, and more. It’s all free–even the pretty charts and graphs.
  • All in One Adsense and YPN – Inserts Adsense or YPN code in to your blog posts. Ad position can be random or pre-defined.
  • AdSense Integrator – AdSense Integrator plugin represents a complete, simple and powerful solution to add and manage AdSense and other ads into your blog
  • Fast Secure Contact Form – Fast Secure Contact Form for WordPress. The contact form lets your visitors send you a quick E-mail message. Super customizable with a multi-form feature, optional extra fields, and an option to redirect visitors to any URL after the message is sent. Includes CAPTCHA and Akismet support to block all common spammer tactics. Spam is no longer a problem.
  • Find and replace – Lets you find and replace pages and posts with a GUI.
  • GD Star Rating – GD Star Rating plugin allows you to set up advanced rating and review system for posts, pages and comments in your blog using single, multi and thumbs ratings.
  • My Brand Login – Customize Your Login, Registration, Lost Password and SOME Features of the Admin Panel. Visit the My Brand Login Site For More Info, or Here For Support.
  • NextGEN Gallery – A NextGENeration Photo Gallery for WordPress
  • Post Randomizer – It will automatically randomize the displayed post on your homepage and on the feed. It will be useful for site or blog that not daily updated so when the visitor come stopping by on your homepage, he won’t see same posts or contents twice. I hope it will help you keep your blogrank when you don’t have time to manage it.
  • Post Snippets – Stores snippets of HTML code or reoccurring text that you often use in your posts. You can use predefined variables to replace parts of the snippet on insert. All snippets are available in the post editor with a TinyMCE button or Quicktags.
  • Promotion Slider – This plugin creates a special post type called ‘Promotions’ that it uses to populate the carousel. Just use the shortcode [promoslider] to display the slider on your site. Be sure to check the user guide for more information on what this plugin can really do!
  • SEO Ultimate – This all-in-one SEO plugin gives you control over title tags, noindex/nofollow, meta tags, rich snippets, slugs, canonical tags, autolinks, 404 errors, rich snippets, and more.
  • Special Recent Posts – A very simple but powerful plugin/widget to display your latest posts with thumbnails. You can switch between different display modes and customize several options to suite your needs. To get started: 1) Click the “Activate” link to the left of this description, 2) Go to Special Recent Post setting page and configure the plugin, 3) Go to Widget page and drag the ‘Special Recent Posts’ widget onto your sidebar and configure its settings, 4) If you wish to use PHP code, use the special_recent_posts() function provided. If you prefer shortcodes, use the [srp] shortcode inside any of your posts/pages. Check the documentation or readme.txt file for further details. 5) Enjoy.
  • SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam – Adds CAPTCHA anti-spam methods to WordPress on the comment form, registration form, login, or all. This prevents spam from automated bots. Also is WPMU and BuddyPress compatible.
  • Simple Social – Sharing Widgets & Icons – Adds a set of social sharing widgets & icons after each post.
  • Simple Twitter Widget – A simple but powerful widget to display updates from a Twitter feed. Configurable, reliable and with advanced caching.
  • TinyMCE Advanced – Enables advanced features and plugins in TinyMCE, the visual editor in WordPress.
  • Twitter Follow Me Box – Creates a box “follow me” twitter without touching the template
  • WP-Table Reloaded – This plugin allows you to create and easily manage tables in the admin-area of WordPress. A comfortable backend allows an easy manipulation of table data. You can then include the tables into your posts, on your pages or in text widgets by using a shortcode or a template tag function. Tables can be imported and exported from/to CSV, XML and HTML.
  • WP From Email – Override the default ‘WordPress <wordpress@mydomain.com>’ from name and email address
  • WordPress.com Stats – Tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks. Requires a WordPress.com API key.
  • WP e-Commerce Plugin – A plugin that provides a WordPress Shopping Cart.

Customize your Word Press Theme

There are many ways to customize your WordPress web site using themes. When you first install WordPress it will have a very generic theme installed as your default template theme.

WordPress Theme Generator Software by Artisteer

If you would like to customize your own WordPress theme I would highly recommend using Artisteer Theme Generator, this is the software I used to design the theme for this web site FreeWebSiteTricks.com as well as a number of other web sites that use word press as the underlying web site application or CMS.

Artisteer - WordPress Theme Generator

How to change your default theme in WordPress with one of the free templates available through WordPress.

To change the default theme in WordPress

  1. log in to your word press admin panel
  2. click on appearance
  3. click install themes
  4. click search
  5. browse through the free templates
  6. once you find the theme you want click install
  7. click activate

That’s it your done

How to Install a custom theme to your WordPress web site

  1. log in to your word press admin panel
  2. click on appearance
  3. click install themes
  4. click upload
  5. click choose file and navigate to your theme
  6. click install now
  7. click activate

That’s it your done.

Want to Purchase a Pre built WordPress theme?

Click here to browse available templates / themes for your Word Press web site.

Word Press

WordPress is simple to use as a web site.

I love WordPress, in fact I use WordPress software to manage all of the content on my web sites, if you are thinking about building a web site and would like an easy solution to get your web site up and running with little to no experience I would highly recommend using the WordPress application to manage your web site content and structure. I will use this section of my web site to show you how easy it is to install word press on to your own server as well as how to simply change your default template or theme and then give you some tips and tricks on how you can really enhance the look and functionality of your web site.

Learn more about customizing word press

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Customize your WordPress Theme with Artisteer

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How to add a share button to your website

Share your website with the world

This is one of the coolest website add on features that you can add to your website for free. If you want more traffic to your website then you need to find a way to make it easy for people to share your site with friends, family and social networking site. The easiest way to do this is with a share widget / button from the add this website. I have put together a little video to help explain how simple the process of adding this to your website can be.

How to add scrolling text scroll marque to your web site.

How to add scrolling text / scroll marque to your web site.

One very cool website add on is the scrolling Marquee or also known as scrolling text. This is actually a very simple addition to your web site as long as you know the code or have the code to copy and paste into your web site. If you would like to see a video on how easy it is to add a scrolling marquee to your website click here for the code.

Add a Scroll Marquee to your website

Adding a scroll Marquee or scrolling text to your web site is as easy as copy and paste all you need to do is copy the code you like and add it to your web page.

Continue reading “How to add scrolling text scroll marque to your web site.” »

How to create a custom html error page

Add a custom HTML error page to your web site

If your like me you want your web site to be as fluent as possible, and there is nothing worse than an ugly error 404 page not found, but don’t worry there is a simple fix. Learn how to create a custom 404 error page for your web site.

How to create a custom 404 page not found, error page.

If you are tired of looking at that ugly 404 error page that comes standard with your website, then your in luck. I have created the video below to show you how easy it is to create your own custom 404 error page to match the look and feel of your existing website. Did you know that by simply adding a custom 404 error page to your website you can actually retain individuals who have found a no longer existing page from your website in a search engine and gain their interest by presenting them with an error page with your websites information, also if someone types in a /incorrect page to your website a 404 error page can help them, by letting them know they are at your site but have entered a wrong page. Creating a custom 404 error page is free and easy and can greatly increase the professionalism of your website dramatically. Check out my custom 404 error page it will open in a new window.

Free web hosting

How can I get free web hosting?

Kiss My Domain is a company I would highly recommend, because when you register a domain name with this company they will give you everything you need to get online – FREE with your domain name registration!

Free Web Hosting with Domain Name Registration

FREE, Each and every KissMyDomain.com domain name comes with all you need to get online. The cost of your domain registration includes the following.

  • 5 page website with hosting
  • spam free email account
  • blog
  • photo album
  • and more all 100% FREE

Do you really want free web hosting?

Everyone wants something for free right? I know I do, if I can find it for free I will usually go that route, except for when it comes to free web hosting, let me tell you why. A lot of web hosting providers will give you free web hosting when you register a domain name. Now you might ask yourself why would I turn this down? And I say, let me show you the truth behind free web hosting offers.

Free Web Hosting Disadvantages

  • Number one disadvantage of free web hosting, search engines often ignore free web hosting space.
  • Free web hosting often comes with very limited space.
  • They can change the term on you at any time and try to charge you a fee.
  • limited or no interactive features such as (a blog, forum, chat rooms, message boards, online ordering etc.)
  • Free web hosting often has ads on your site, and you have no control of what they will be placing on your site.
  • Free web hosting ads make a web site look unprofessional and cheap.
  • Banners and/or pop up ads on all of your pages
  • No guarantees of site availability and longevity
  • Often comes with a hard to remember web address (instead of www.MakeMoneyOnlineKMD.com)
  • No personalized or branded e-mail addresses (you@www.imagineyoursitenamehere.com)
  • Poor quality help and support (if any)




Find your niche

How to find your niche when creating a web site

Well before I talk about finding your niche I think it is important to explain the definition of niche.

Definition of Niche: A specialized but profitable corner of the market.

Now that we have an understanding of what the word niche means I think it is pretty clear why you need to find your niche. How do you find your niche? The simple answer is try to get involved in something you are familiar with such as a product or service, and then try to find the type of market or people you would like to try and target your products and or services to, so basically the group of people who are more likely to need your products and or services. For example my website is geared towards guiding beginner web site creators towards the tools and resources that will help them in the process of creating their web site. I am recommending many of the products and services that I have used over the last 10 years of my career as a web designer, although I am no longer designing web site’s for other people I have found personal satisfaction in creating websites for myself and teaching others how to become self sufficient when it come to creating a web site, so this is my niche I enjoy sharing my knowledge of web design and this is the main purpose or niche of my site.

Helpful tools to help you find your niche

Coming soon

What is the Index Page?

How do I set the home page for my web site?

Recently I was asked by a fellow student at school “how do I set my home page for a web site?” At first I did not know what he meant, because I thought it was just common knowledge that your home page is your index.html page,  but then it got me thinking about when I first started designing web sites and I remember asking that same question. I guess it had been so long ago that it just seemed like such an easy question, but it is exactly the opposite, because to a person that is brand new to building a web site this is a valid question, so let me explain this.

What is the index.html page in my web site?

Well most web hosting companies use this as your starting page, meaning that when someone types in www.yourdomainnamehere.com then the first page that loads will be you index.html page, but you can call it what ever you like, so if you want to name this your home page on your navigation bar or menu then you can do so, but as the file name in the structure of your site where it reside on the server it should be named index.html I hope this helps to clarify for anyone that is new to web design.

If you have any further questions about this please feel free to post it in the comments below.

How to Build a Website

Simple steps on how to Build a Website

Before you start building your website it is a good idea to learn some basic HTML and CSS. Learning this language is not all that hard you just need to set a little time aside and get down some of the basics. I don’t expect you to become a web programmer, but understanding the basics of HTML and CSS will help save you a lot of time later while you are designing your website. There are many ways to learn web design, but here are a few suggestions to help you get started.

Learn Web Design, invest some money in your education.

I have learned a great deal of web design, graphic design, video editing, photography and more from Lynda.com this web site offers a wide variety of video based tutorial training on web design, such as HTML basics and CSS training as well as training on how to use web design programs like Adobe Dreamweaver and more, Download Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 now. I highly recommend Lynda.com if you are serious about learning web design in its entirety.

Step 1. Buy a Domain Name

The first thing you are going to need to do in order to start building your website is to register a domain name. A domain name is an easy way for people to find your web site, because if you build a website on a server without a domain name you will have to give out your server IP address which is a series of numbers, and is not very easy to remember. A domain name simply points people to the server which your website resides on, so what is a domain name? A domain name is what ever you choose for example www.MakeMoneyOnlineKMD.com you will need to go to a domain name registrar and check the availability of the domain name you desire, and as long as the domain name you want is available available you can buy it. Check if your domain name is available here

Step 2. Purchase web hosting space?

Well you might be saying if I can get free web hosting then why would I pay for it. Well that’s a valid question, but as always if its free there more than likely there is a catch, but if you still decide to use the free web hosting space that comes with your domain name purchase assuming the company you purchased you domain name with provides it of course you will have advertisement on your website that you have no control of, so with that said I would opt for the paid hosting it is relatively affordable and you will have more space and control of your website. Web hosting now a days is about $35 a year and your domain name will be around $10, so $45 a year is not to bad.

Step 3. Decide what your web site functionality will be, and your target audience.

You have decided to build a website, but wait before you begin to build your site there are some very important questions you need to ask yourself. These questions will help you in choosing what type of website is right for you.

Books to help you learn how to use Dreamweaver to build your web site.

 




How to Register a Domain Name

How to Register a Domain Name

Congratulations! So you have decided to Register a Domain Name and complete the first step in creating a website. Registering a domain name is very easy and affordable, depending on which company you decide to register your domain name with. The hardest part about getting a new domain name is finding a good domain registrar, so I have created a list of domain registrar companies that I have either used or have heard good things about.

Register your Domain Name Today

Welcome to Free Web Site Tricks

Attention Important Update

I have redesigned the look and functionality of this site, so please be patient as the updates are in progress. To go to the original HTML site you can click here.

This web site has been completely redesigned, and is now being powered by WordPress web hosting provided by KissMyDomain.com

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