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Tip for Adding Video to a WordPress Blog

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

When I train clients on how to maintain their WordPress® blog, I schedule an appointment for one and one half hours and come armed with a customized, 14 – 17 page document entitled something like: WordPress® Blog Maintenance Instructions. The document is large because it includes snapshots of their blog administration pages as well as the written instructions.

Up until now, I have included snapshots of WordPress’ Add Video screens and added my written instructions. Yesterday, after training a client, I realized that in the past year, I have recommended that my clients ignore those instructions, and go on to explain that there is another way to add video that is in their best interest from a getting found on the Internet (SEO) standpoint. So using this other way, they will get a bigger bang for their effort.

I recommend that they add their video to YouTube, then embed the video in their blog.

Why? Because YouTube is owned by Google and adding your video to YouTube is another way to tap Google on the shoulder to let it know that you are alive and well and thriving. Also, when you add a video to YouTube, there are a number of fields for adding descriptive information. When you add the descriptive information, you use your keyword terms…effectively adding SEO to your YouTube video.  Another advantage of adding your video to YouTube is that it can be used on other’s websites  – if you choose – so, YouTube provides a free distribution channel for you.

Many clients are reluctant at first because they are unfamiliar with “embedding” videos. With WordPress and YouTube, embedding videos is easy! I wrote a post explaining how to embed video in a WordPress blog,  Embedding video in a WordPress blog

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Embedding Video in a WordPress Blog

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Instructions for embedding a YouTube video in your WordPress® blog.

  1. View the video in YouTube (or view it in Edit Video if you are logged into YouTube)
  2. Click on Embed (sometimes on the right, sometimes below the video)
  3. Select and Copy the embed code that is displayed
  4. Open the page or post in your WordPress blog where you want to embed the video
  5. Switch to HMTL view
    WordPress Editing Icons
  6. Paste the code into the content box below the editing icons
  7. Save/Update/Publish the post or page
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Adventures Online’s Website on WordPress

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

For about one and one half years, I have been encouraging clients and audiences to migrate their websites to the WordPress® platform. Yes, the blogging software platform. At speaking engagements and during phone consultations, I have repeatedly said “the best thing you can do to position your business for the future is to migrate your website to a WordPress platform.”

Since the same timeframe, I have developed as many new websites on the WordPress platform as I could (as my clients have allowed).  And today, I am proud to announce that Karen Callahan of Adventures Online is walking the walk after having talked the talk for so long. Adventures Online’s website has been migrated from an HTML-based website with a blog attached to run entirely on the WordPress platform! Oh, it is still a work in progress and it will be a while before it meets my endpoint vision, but, the migration part c’est finit!

What’s the big deal you ask?  In the past, my website has suffered from the “cobblers kids” syndrome. I was always too busy working on everyone else’s website to bring my own website up to speed. Now, it is right up there with what I am preaching and hopefully, that will lend more credibility to my recommendation for others to move their websites to WordPress.

Two clients of Adventures Online who have migrated to WordPress as well:

  1. WMCT TV of Marlborough, MA
  2. Next Generation Communications of Marlborough, MA

If you would like your website migrated to WordPress, call 508-480-8833 to talk with Karen today!

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Adding Notepad to Your Windows Desktop

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

I frequently tell clients to NOT cut-n-paste content into their WordPress® blogs without first pasting it into Notepad™, then cutting it from Notepad. (Doesn’t have to be Notepad; any text-only editor will do.)

Cutting content from other blogs, websites, PDFs, and Word™ documents also cuts the behind-the-scenes code that makes the content look as it does.  Generally speaking, that formatting doesn’t match the formatting of content on your website.  So in order to maintain consistency in your blog’s look-n-feel, you strip out the behind-the-scenes code by pasting the content into a text-only program, then cutting it out of that and pasting it into your WordPress blog.

Here’s instructions on how to add Notepad to the icons on your desktop so it will be readily handy when you write in your blog.

I am using Windows XP. Set up on your system may be different, so, use these as a guide to know what to look for.

On your desktop:

  1. Right Click anywhere that is free of icons and a menu displays next to the cursor
  2. Scroll down to New, then Shortcut
  3. The Shortcut dialogue box displays
  4. Click the Browse button
  5. Double click My Computer, Local Disk C
  6. Scroll down to Windows and double click it
  7. Double click on Notepad.exe, then okay and “C:\WINDOWS\notepad.exe” displays in the Shortcut window
  8. Click Next and Give it a name (Notepad)
  9. Then click Finish
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WordPress Knows Better than Me

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

I am so frustrated with WordPress today – and – that saddens me because I have been a staunch WordPress advocate since May 2004.  Almost 6 full years of advocating for what I believed was a revolutionary online tool!

Today…not so much. I have been fighting with WordPress for THREE hours over the formatting of one of my pages. WordPress keeps adding <div> statements and removing my <div id =”nameIused”> statements. It keeps relocating the ending </div> statements so that the style definitions apply to a huge section that WordPress has decided belongs together instead of the section that I want the styling to apply to. Everytime I fix the formatting to what I want, WordPress changes it!!!!!!!!!

Give me a break WordPress developers! I know better than you what my intention is. I have already created the page in Dreamweaver and passed it by W3C validation – so – everything is in balance. WHY can’t WordPress just accept the HTML I enter and leave it at that? STOP TRYING TO SAVE ME FROM MYSELF! I know how to code.

When a tool starts presuming that it knows better than you and changes your work in a way that you did not intend it to be – don’t you think that it is time to look for another tool? I’m thinking so!

This frustration brings up other concerns about WordPress and I am wondering if I will be able to promote it in the future.

Over the last year and a half WordPress has evolved into a resource-hogging application that is out of step with worldwide trends.  It uses database resources to such an extent that I call it “abusing” database resources. In these newer versions of WordPress, every time you save a post or page, the previous version is saved as well. In fact, if YOU don’t save a post or page within a time period that WordPress has defined, WordPress saves a version for you – because of course – it knows better than you.

Take a minute to think about that. How many authors write in your blog? How many times does each author save his/her work? How many times does WordPress save the work for him/her? Maybe you are writing and the phone rings so you save your work. Maybe the group is heading out to lunch, so,  you save your work. Maybe you need to give more thought to the wording of the next paragraph, so, you save your work. Time to get more coffee, and you save your work. You can easily end up with 20 versions of a simple post or page.

If WordPress gave us the option to NOT do “versioning”, then I wouldn’t have a problem; I could just shut the hoarding off. Unfortunately, it doesn’t give us the option. 

Also WordPress creates three versions of the images that you upload via “Add New Image”. Most people do not have visibility to this because they do not look at their hosting account. If you are one who does, you know that now there are FOUR versions of every image you upload; the one that you originally uploaded and the three that WordPress made. 

Again, there is no toggle switch in the dashboard where a user can select to NOT make the other copies… This quadrupuling of images is another example of the WordPress developers’ disregard for the computer resources it is using.

This trend of using unnecessary resources is so counterintuitive to 2010 thinking! In this day and age when everyone else is going “green” and making efforts to conserve, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to “authentically” recommend to my customers that they convert their websites to run on the WordPress platform.  I’ve got some seious re-thinking and research to do… sigh…

Click on the title of this post to bring your to Comments so that you can give me some guidance. Which content management package are you using and why?

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