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Website Building

Getting Started With WordPress Dashboard

Getting Started With WordPress Dashboard

getting started with wordpress dashboardThis week, we are continuing with our web series about how to build a website from start to finish. We have already purchased a domain name, set up our hosting, installed WordPress, and now we are getting started with WordPress Dashboard. The first thing you must do before investigating the dashboard, is to login to your site. To do this, type /wp-admin after your domain name. It would look like this: http://www.YourDomainName.com/wp-admin. One quirky aspect of the WordPress admin URL is that the “wp-admin” must be typed in lower case letter only. If you were to type “WP-Admin” then you will not be able to get to your admin. To my knowledge, this is literally the only URL address I have ever encountered where the case of the letter matters.

Once you have pulled up your admin login screen, type in your username and password. My email address never seems to work for any sites I have created with WordPress (between 75-100). You will need to use your username here. If you forget your username or password, click Lost Password. You will be prompted to type in the email address associated with your username and WordPress will email you a reset link. Be careful about this though, because my Password Reset link usually gets sent to my spam instead of my main email inbox. Once you have logged into your account, you can now explore the dashboard.

Making Sense of WordPress

If you have never created a website before, WordPress can be quite intimidating at first. However, the platform is very easy to use with a little practice. One of the most frustrating things that WordPress does in my opinion, is allowing spam on their dashboard. Let me explain. If you go through any hosting service to install your WordPress, the hosting company has agreements in place with companies that integrate themes, widgets, & plugins. These agreements allow them to automatically install plugins & widgets onto your WordPress page.

To an experienced designer, this is not a huge problem because a good designer knows that these plugins are unnecessary. To the novice website builder, these extra plugins make the dashboard confusing. Two of the most common companies I’ve seen are JetPack and MojoMarketplace. To me personally, I have never found any use for either of these.

Plugins can create problems for your website. Certain plugins may cause certain parts of your theme to malfunction. Above all, having several plugins on your website will kill the speed of it. My philosophy is the less plugins, the better. Now of course, plugins are not the devil (even though Bobby Boucher’s mom may disagree!). Plugins are a necessary part of website building. They offer functionality that you will find solve a lot of problems. However, you only need to add plugins that you actually need. For this reason, my preference is to deactivate and delete every single plugin that comes preloaded within my WordPress site. When you delete all of those plugins, you will be amazed at just how much that simple action cleans up and simplifies your WordPress Dashboard.

Our tutorial video “Getting Started with WordPress Dashboard” shows you much more about the WordPress Dashboard.

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Social Media Tips

How to Set Up Facebook Page Cover Photo

How to Set Up Facebook Page Cover Photo

how to set facebook page cover photoIf you have been looking for a how to set up Facebook page cover photo tutorial, then you have come to the right place. Feel free to watch our video, but also let’s look at why it is important to set up your page correctly. Facebook, as a corporation, feels like it is time to once again change their working algorithm for businesses. Seemingly just like every other business in the world, Facebook wants to appeal to their users and make it more difficult for businesses to advertise to those users. This is good for users but bad for businesses.

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Tech Tuesdays

Learn to Animate in Less than 10 Minutes

Learn to Animate in Less than 10 Minutes

If you are looking to learn to animate in less than 10 minutes, then you have came to the right place! At the Online Business Realm, we are always showing you tricks, tips, and methods to streamline your online business acumen. On Tech Tuesdays, we go in depth showing you how to do things involving technology, computer programs, & design. Today, we are going to teach you how to animate.

Have you ever had one of those ideas that you just knew is absolute gold, but you had no idea how to even begin to make it possible. It’s like the time I had this idea to create a pillow with a pocket for your iPhone. I told my wife about it and tried to convince her to make some for the Etsy Shop she had at the time. She thought it was a terrible idea and made so much fun of me. I had absolutely no way to make this pillow. Needless to say, the pillow didn’t get made. No less than 12 months later, guess what pops on my TV Screen… but an infomercial for a pillow with a pocket. There it was. $19.99 for two as a matter of fact!

The point of that story is sometimes when you get a good idea you have to go for it. I had one of those ideas pop into my recently about creating a cartoon. The only problem was I had no idea how to animate, and finding a professional animator was going to cost way too much money. Remembering my pillow with a pocket snafu, I decided that anything I don’t know, I will learn. I will not let another idea pass me buy. So I learned how to animate in one weekend.

Using Adobe Animate to Create Videos

When I first started using Adobe Create Cloud, I only had it for Photoshop. I never dreamed that one day I would be able to use the majority of the apps within Creative Cloud. As of this weekend, I have now added a new skill to my Adobe repertoire, as I learned how to use Adobe Animate. And I was able to learn how to animate in less than 10 minutes. It is very similar and has a lot of the same tools & functions as other Adobe products. That makes the learning curve much less steep than it would be for a first time Adobe user.

The most confusing thing about using Adobe Animate is learning how to make the objects move. My first attempt at animation involved manually moving each object frame by frame. However, I knew there had to be a simpler way to animate simple shapes. Then I discovered how to use the Classic Tween. Using the Classic Tween is extremely simple and allows your objects to move evenly and fluidly throughout an animation. To see exactly how to use the Classic Tween & to see how to learn to animate in less than 10 minutes, please watch the tutorial video above!

Thanks for reading & good luck!

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How To Use VideoMakerFX To Create Amazing Marketing Videos – Full Tutorial

Video is everywhere right now. People consume video in ways that surpass every type of marketing medium; by a long shot. People are watching so much video in fact, that YouTube has now surpassed Facebook in traffic. Of course, YouTube is not the only way people are watching videos. Almost every website you visit has somehow incorporated video… and if it hasn’t, it will soon.

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Using Page Builder as a Website Visual Composer

In the early days of website design, it was an absolute must that website designers had intricate knowledge of complicated coding. To place literally anything within a web page, coding was required. With the invent of template sites, this became much easier. Someone could use a template site and use tools in order to input data, text, and images onto a site. Then WordPress changed the game.

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Entrepreneur Interviews

013: Position Yourself As An Expert By Becoming A Specialist With Joseph Kashurba

Online Business Realm Episode 013

013: Position Yourself As An Expert By Becoming A Specialist With Joseph Kashurba

In this episode, we chat with Joseph Kashurba from Kashurba Design on how he started his design business early on, and then the strategies he used to grow it to the specialist business that it is now.

Here is a little more information about who Joe is and where to find him!

Joe Kashurba is a successful entrepreneur who grew the freelance web design business that he started in high school into a digital agency with clients around the world. Joe and his team have worked with clients ranging from tech startups to some of the largest manufacturing  and construction companies.

Joe has over a decade of experience in the web design and digital marketing space. He has personally sold and built hundreds of websites, and he has managed 6-figure advertising budgets for high-end digital marketing clients.

Joe graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Information Science and a minor in Computer Science.

Links Mentioned In This Episode

Seventeen Hats — Invoicing and Contract software. CRM application

Unbounce — A platform that allows you to test different landing pages.

TubeBuddy — The Online Video Tool I use to make my YouTube life so much easier!

Evernote – The organizational tool that I use to plan out my day.

Connect With Joseph Here

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