WordPress Training Special

Get 1.5 hours of WordPress® Training for $99 during October and November!

WordPress Training Special

Over the phone, in-person, at the coffee shop.

You prepare a list of questions or order the Intro to WordPress session.

This offer is for bloggers who have WordPress blogs and want to learn more about updating their blogs.
Existing customers are welcome.

Must purchase and schedule by OCTOBER 31st. Training can be scheduled for October or November. Coupon can be used for up to three (1.5 hr.) sessions. All sessions prepaid at time of purchase/scheduling.

Blocked dates…Training not available October 17th – 21st nor November 23rd – 25th.

To reserve your date(s) for WordPress Training, contact Karen at 508-480-8833 or
use the Make Payment button (in the header) to purchase your sessions

1 ($99)   ~~~~~~  2 ($198)  ~~~~~~  3 ($297)
In the Invoices Paying field – Enter “WordPress Training”.

Karen will contact you to schedule your session(s) upon receiving notification of your payment.

Thanks to Business and Empowerment Coach Maureen Letendre

Many thanks to business and empowerment coach Maureen Letendre for facilitating the monthly blogging meeting today. In lieu of our usual blogging session, Maureen led a discussion which helped each of us get re-focused and re-devoted to our blogging efforts. We explored…

  • Why we blog
  • The payoff we receive from blogging / how we measure success
  • The things (excuses and reasons) that stand in the way of us blogging as frequently as we would like
  • Our visions of what we would like to be doing with regard to blogging
  • The (SMART) commitments that we were willing to make today

Maureen sent us away with homework… To define who we are as a blogger and to choose 3 reasons from our lengthy list of “Reasons We Blog” and post them in a visible spot near our computers and laptops so that we can remain focused when we blog.

Maureen ran a wonderful session-focused, prepared, and kept us on track with regard to time.  Much appreciated!

Maureen Letendre is owner of In Demand Coaching, Marlborough, MA.

Website Redesign: The Sudbury Foundation

Congratulations to the The Sudbury Foundation of Sudbury, Massachusetts who recently unveiled its redesigned website. Adventures Online had designed and developed the non-profit’s original website in 2002 and was delighted to be asked to do the redesign and development of the new website.

The Sudbury Foundation Redesign

2011 Website Redesign

The newly designed website is SEO-friendly, and features a wider pallet, two page layouts, a blog, and the ability for The Sudbury Foundation staff to update the content on all the web pages as well as the information in the left and right sidebars whenever they want.

Staff received two hours of in-office training and 3 documents that comprise the custom-written User Guide – and they are already blogging like pros!  Kudos and best of luck to The Sudbury Foundation!

Best WordPress Plugin Dynamic Widgets

My current favorite WordPress® plugin is Dynamic Widgets by Qurl. I had been wishing for a long time that such a plugin existed, but, having over 25 years programming experience, I understood the programming effort it would take, and never thought that anyone would invest the time.

Thanks to Qurl, we don’t have to wait any longer… and by the looks of the stats on theWordPress download page (as of 6/27/11),  I’m only one of tens of thousands who like this plugin! It has been downloaded over 47 thousand times already…

Dynamic Widgets WordPress Plugin

Best thing for me = My clients can add content (or images) to the sidebar and designate on which pages the content (or image) should appear, AND the client does not have to be a super-user.

The WordPress plugin lets you decide on a page-per-page basis whether you want a widget to appear in the sidebar or not.  You can select each page, or each section, or each type of page, or each category, and so on and so on. You can include entire groups of pages and exclude entire groups of pages.

Dynamic Widgets is powerful because it is so flexible AND easy to use. Here’s the description at the WordPress download page:

Dynamic Widgets gives you full control on which pages your widgets will appear. It lets you dynamic[al]ly place the widgets on WordPress pages by setting conditional rules with just a few mouse clicks by role, dates, browser, language (WPML), for the homepage, single posts, attachments, pages, authors, categories, archives, error page, search page, custom post types, custom post type archives, WPEC/WPSC categories, BuddyPress Components and BuddyPress Groups

Practical Application of Dynamic Widgets
So, say you want to display quotes in the sidebar and you want a different quote on each page. Up until now, you would have had to hire a professional web person to “fix it” so that you could add those quotes. Now, all you need to do is install Dynamic Widgets (or have your web professional install (and activate) it for you), then create a Text Widget for each quote.

Once the text widget is created, click on the word “static” at the bottom of the text widget next to “Dynamic Widgets”, and the Dynamic Widgets dialogue box will open up so that you can designate the pages to include the widget and the pages on which to exclude the widget.

Download Dynamic Widgets now!


(FYI – I am not affiliated in any way with the author of Dynamic Widgets nor WordPress – Just a long-time user of WordPress who is very enthusiastic about my latest best WordPress plugin!)

WordPress: How to Create a link to a section in your Post

When you are writing in your WordPress® blog, sometimes you want to link to a section in the same post or on the same page. A good example of this is when you create a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. So let’s use that as our example.

Step 1 – Write the Questions [the content that you want to LINK]

  1. How do you create a link to a section in the same post or page in your blog?
  2. How do you create a link to a page within your own blog?
  3. How do you create a link to a page in someone else’s blog?

Step 2Write the answers [the sections that you want to LINK TO]
I start the answer section by listing my questions in order and then adding the answers in between each question. I bold the question so that it is quicker to find (in case someone is scrolling instead of being taken there because they clicked on a link)

1. How do you create a link to a section in the same post or page in your blog?
Here’s the instructions for creating a link to a section on the same page or in the same post. And these instructions go on for a paragraph or two and so on and so on.

Step 3 – Now link Question 1 in Step 1 to the Answer in Step 2.

  1. Chain Link

    Chain Link Icon

    Select (highlight) Question 1 in Step 1 (How do you create a link to a section in the same post or page in your blog?) AND click on the Chain LINK icon while the question is highlighted.

  2. WordPress Insert Link

  3. The LINK dialogue box displays on top of the screen.
  4. In the Link URL, paste the address to the Page or Post, then type a slash (/), then enter pound sign (#) and a link name. No spaces in the link. No numbers. No underscores. Only small letters and dashes (hyphens). Here, I added /#link-same-page to the full page address which is (https://www.adventuresonline.com/1331/wordpress-how-to-create-a-link-to-a-section-in-your-post)
  5. Choose “Open link in the SAME window”
  6. Give the link a keyword-rich title.
  7. Set the class (or not – depends on the style you’ve set up)
  8. Click INSERT.
  9. Your questions should now look like this:
    1. How do you create a link to a section in the same post or page in your blog?
    2. How do you create a link to a page within your own blog?
    3. How do you create a link to a page in someone else’s blog?

Your link will not work because there is no section labeled “link-same-page”. We’ll do that next.

SAVE YOUR POST or PAGE as a DRAFT

Step 4 – Add an “anchor” to the section that you want to link to

  1. Visual Mode HTML Mode

    Visual Mode HTML Mode

    Open the post or page

  2. Click the HTML mode Tab
  3. Scroll down to the ANSWER section
  4. Place the cursor to the LEFT of the Answer – in this case, to the left of the number “1” in 1. How do you create a link to …..
  5. Type in:
    Link Anchor
  6. PUBLISH or Update the post or page
  7. Preview* or View the post or page
  8. Click the link on Question 1. If it does not go to Answer for Question 1, rinse and repeat… try these steps again.*

NOTE: In Preview, the link might not work because WordPress adds code at the end of the page name in the browser’s address bar. In that case, click in the address bar, and delete the extra info until you see just the blog address and the page name.  At the end of the page name add a slash (/), then a pound sign (#), then the name of your link “link-same-page”, then click the carriage return.

NOTE2: Also note, that this post links ABOVE where the link is and not below. As long as you add your anchor ( link-same-text) and use the correct formatting, you can link above or below your link.