Category Archives: Blogging

The Spacer Block | The Gutenberg (Block) Editor

The Spacer Block

The Spacer Block is super easy to use and it is a very useful block to have.

Use these Blocks to add an adjustable amount of empty space between blocks. They are a great way to create padding and white space on pages and blog posts. You can add a Spacer Block anywhere: between paragraph blocks, image blocks, between an image and a paragraph, etc…

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My GravaTar Profile Has Been Updated

What is a Gravatar?

An “avatar” is an image that represents you online—a little picture that appears next to your name when you interact with websites.

A Gravatar is a Globally Recognized Avatar. You upload it and create your profile just once, and then when you participate in any Gravatar-enabled site, your Gravatar image will automatically follow you there.

Gravatar is a free service for site owners, developers, and users. It is automatically included in every WordPress.com account.

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MailChimp – How to Create Landing Pages

With Mailchimp, you can design beautiful landing pages in just a few minutes. Create a clear call to action that makes it easy for people to join your list or buy your products.

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Gathering leads through the Blog Subscriptions Jetpack Widget

The Blog Subscriptions Jetpack Widget is easy to use and can easily bring you leads.

A popular method for gathering leads is encouraging visitors to subscribe to your site. This way, they’ll receive notifications whenever you post new content. Users can subscribe through the Subscriptions Widget.

Gathering Leads through Subscriptions
Gathering Leads through Subscriptions

This ensures that your site visitors won’t miss your latest posts. When they receive notifications that you’ve published new content, they’ll be more likely to keep you top-of-mind when they’re ready to make purchases.

How to go about it?

  • Go to your Admin Area > Appearance > Widgets
  • scroll down the widgets list to the ‘Blog Subscriptions Jetpack Widget
  • Drag the ‘Blog Subscriptions Jetpack’ Widget to the right hand side (and drop this widget in the correct sidebar). Fill in details.

Why is Security from Cyber Attack SO Important – How to Protect your Computer, Email and Website

Is Security from Cyber Attack Important?

In my case security from cyber attack is very important as in the past four years I lost two of my websites to hacking and last week I almost lost the entire content in my hard drive. A proper website can take months or even years to create – this means much time and money.

Many of us have heard cases of friends whose websites were hacked and their clients were receiving invoices from the hackers.

Once someone hacks your email he/ she has access to your mailing lists and in some cases to all your computer files as well.

Whenever a hosting company tells you that they will back-up your website – take that statement with a pinch of salt. Yahoo, my hosting company at the time was unable to recover my websites. Also, the back-up I had, was not effective. I will mention about an incredibly effective backup plugin later in this article.

Protect your Computer

  • Protect your computer from Malware. There are various reputable brands, Malwarebytes being one of the most popular. If you opt for the free version ensure that you do a weekly scan.
  • Anti-virus: Again there are a couple of good brands Kaspersky being one of the best. A great feature of Kaspersky is the fact that it shows you if a website is not safe to visit. My friend Niren Singh is using AVG Premium and he is very happy with their service.
  • Use an USB Flash Drive or some other easy, reliable storage solution. Install Cobian backup and have all your computer’s content transferred to your flash drive (or other reliable storage device) automatically and do this regularly.

Protect your email

  • Activate ‘two-step verification’ for your email account. What this means is that additionally to entering the password you must tap on your smartphone to access your email on your computer.
  • Change your password regularly. A note from my friend Andrew Gibb:  “I’ve learnt that long passwords are strong passwords, that special characters (like: !@#+-_ etc), numbers and mixed case (UpPeR and LoWeR) are important but not as important as longer passwords. Remember if you think that you’re going to forget a password, write it down and store it in a safe place – it’s not often that crooks steal physical documents”.

Protect your WordPress Website

  • Ensure you have a website that starts with https://. If your website starts with ‘http://’ change to ‘https:// immediately!
  • On a weekly basis go to your ‘installed plugins’ and update any plugin that needs updating – this takes a few seconds to do.
  • Install and enable a good security plugin. There are various including: ‘WordFence’ and ‘All In One WP Security and Firewall
  • Install and enable ‘VaultPress’ – the best back-up plugin there is (it only costs US$5/ month) and you will sleep easy. This plugin backs up your entire website every 24 hours and should your website be hacked you can restore your entire website at a touch of a button.

Your Developer/ Local IT Store

Keeping your computer, email and website safe is something you can do yourself. Additionally, keep a friendly relationship with your Developer or the Technical person at your local IT store as they are well-equipped to assist you in an emergency.