WordPress Text Widget

I believe the Text Widget is one of the most versatile widgets in WordPress.  You would be surprised that many sidebar and footer items are actually simple text widgets. It relies on you to place the formatting code along with your content.  Now stop rolling your eyes it’s not that hard, trust me! :-D Basically whatever you place in the widget is what you see unless you add some html coding for unique styling. Like many things WordPress learning a little html coding goes a long way in … [Read more...]

WordPress 3.4 ~ What’s NEW!

On June 13th WordPress 3.4 was released.   If you haven't already updated to this new version I would encourage you to do so now.  We would like to review some of what’s new in WordPress 3.4  in terms of features for new users and developers alike.    I must confess something, I have never really worked to much with the free WordPress themes such as Twenty Eleven  or the Twenty Ten.  When I started working with WordPress a few years ago so began my journey to the Genesis Framework where making … [Read more...]

Facebook for WordPress

Facebook for WordPress enables you to make your site social in a couple of clicks. No coding needed. How to Install Install Facebook for WordPress either via the WordPress.org plugin directory, or by uploading the plugin to your server (in the /wp-content/plugins/ directory). After activating the plugin, you will be asked to set up your Facebook app (via https://developers.facebook.com/apps), with step-by-step instructions. That's it. You're ready to go! You should see the settings page … [Read more...]

SEO for Your WordPress Website

In this article I will be discussing SEO and WOM (Word of Mouth) geared toward the small business owner. Today running your own small business is anything but small, you are expected to be so many job titles, owner, worker, bookkeeper, and now web savvy tech person, oh boy! It almost goes without saying that you need a web presence in today’s world, the size or nature of that web presence is your choice. My advise is to start modestly. Yes you can do it yourself, but having a webmaster to … [Read more...]

WordPress 201

In our WP 101 tutorial we touched on the basics of WordPress.  Now lets take a closer look at what you can actually do with WordPress.  No longer just a blogging platform it is now a fully functioning robust content management system (CMS).    What is a (CMS)?  A product installed on a web server that allows managing pages, blogs and articles online, without storing them on a desktop computer and uploading each time when you need to make changes.  Simply login to your website, write or modify … [Read more...]

How to Add/Remove WordPress Navigation Menu Item

Adding items to your wordpress navigation menu is as simple as checking the proper boxes for which ever type of item you  want and then clicking - Add to Menu. Yes,  really it's just that simple!   In this video we will show you how.   Video Summary Here’s How: goto your wordpress dashboard >> then to the appearance tab>> then click on menus. [note color="#88cc00" ]NOTE: If you do not see the Appearance menu option, you are not an administrator on the wordpress … [Read more...]

Hope’s Mom – Ellie needs a home

If you've been following Hope's story you know that her mother; Ellie surprised police officers by giving birth on the way to the local shelter after she was seized from a home. One puppy was born enroute and 6 more beautiful puppies followed after her arrival at the local SPCA.  I first heard of Ellie's story via a Facebook friend. After a quick phone call to Oakland Vet I learned that there was one female puppy left. It was closing time when I called so we arranged for me to see her first … [Read more...]

Adding Pinterest to your Facebook Page

You need to be where your consumers, fans and prospects are, but, with so many social platforms, it can be difficult to keep up and make sure everything works together.   Ensuring the marketing, strategy, and consumer journey is consistent, fits together, and tells a story that ladders up to your objectives and goals is easier said than done. It’s safe to bet that Facebook has evolved into the hub of your social media marketing, and the announcement of  Timeline for Pages  may make it even more … [Read more...]

Facebook Link Caching

We just launched our new site and we couldn't wait to post links on our social networks, Facebook being the first one.  But we quickly noticed, :oops: (OMG) that we forgot to fill in the meta description of the site!  So we added the information and looked to the link on Facebook, still no change.  Re-posted the link and still no change! Here's what we kept seeing!  Hope is showing where the description should be.  When a link is shared in Facebook the description of the page is cached by … [Read more...]

The Story of Hope

On April 11th, 2012 Lunenburg County RCMP after much investigation initiated a bust at a Lunenburg County home. A female pitbull was seized as she was being used as a guard dog. Enroute to the local shelter the pitbull gave birth to 7 beautiful puppies. Oakland Veterinary Hospital took Mama pitbull and her babies into their care and began looking for homes. "Mama" was very underweight and scared, but after just a week at the shelter she had put on weight and was far less timid. She (Mama) is … [Read more...]