It’s always better if something can be achieved without a plugin, so while discussing the cookie notice with a colleague, I decided to do some searching to see if there was an easy way to add it without a plugin, and I came across Silktide.
A super easy way to add the cookie notice!
It’s been quite a while since I last did a blog post. For a long time I struggled thinking about what I might possibly talk about that didn’t already have a glut of other people out there already talking about. During a discussion in a group I’m in, the light bulb hit. I have a certain set of skills (sorry Liam!). These skills have been honed since I was a small child, and expanded when Google came in to existence.
I find things. Deals, bundles, coupons, plugins. I can find other things too, but for now, these are the topics I will be covering in this relaunched blog.
While it’s very likely that links in these posts will contain affiliate links, I promise i will only recommend the item when I have personally tested it. If I have not tested it, i will tell you so, and why I have not. Most likely it will be because I either have no need for it, but still thought it was a great deal, or I’ve blown my allotted budget for the month.
I’m going to start off with a font bundle from Design Cuts. This bundle is only available until Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
The Complete Iconic Font Library is only $29 and contains not only the iconic Baskerville in 5 weights and 51 styles, but a whole load more fonts that make this deal a no-brainer.
Normally, to purchase just one weight for one font would cost you $29 or more. Here you get 15+ fonts in multiple weights and styles.
While there are a ton of font bundles out there, they usually are mostly made up of scripts, handwriting or display fonts. It’s much harder to find classic serif and san-serif fonts at this price.
It’s a must have!
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I loved doing my ‘Best Of’ links posts, but it got very hard to maintain. For one, there weren’t always 5 links in a day that I found worthy (I’m a little picky), so I’ve decided to change my Best Links Of The Day, to TWIR: The Week In Review, and do a list of the best links from the week. This way, I can be really choosy.
So, to start the ball rolling, here is my first post for The Week In Review – January 24, 2013
1. Using IFTTT With WordPress
I love IFTTT, I’ve included it in posts before. It’s such a useful tool that not a lot of people are really using, so when I saw this post on using it with WordPress, I knew I had to include it today. It includes tips on using it to automate tasks with Instagram, YouTube & RSS.
2. WordPress Heatmap Options: See Where Your Visitors are Clicking
Have you always wanted to know what people are actually clicking on when they go to your site? What areas are performing & what areas are being ignored? This article has some great services & plugins to help you do that. Most are for a nominal fee.
3. New Google Publisher Plugin for WordPress Lets You Verify Your Site, Manage AdSense
In this early beta release, it includes management for AdSense & Webmaster Tools. A great addition to make it easier for people to input the necessary code as well as manage these two services. It’s still in beta though, so testing it to make sure it won’t conflict with anything on your site is very important!
4. How Typography Affects Conversions
A great article to walk you through how & why the font you choose affects your site performance. The article also describes what typography is, it’s key elements & why it’s so important.
5. 5 Ways to Find Out What People Really Want From Your Blog
Someone (possibly me!) talked you into a blog & how important it is. Great. Now what? This article gives you some great ideas on how to figure out what to blog about so that your posts are useful to your target audience.
I’m often asked how to do certain things, especially with images. Many clients don’t have graphic programs, so I’ve decided to start a series of posts that will help you do basic edits to images using Pixlr, which is a free, online image editor.
I’m going to start with a very basic edit – Canvas Size. Many times, you want to maintain certain image sizes on your website, whether it be for a product photo, a blog post, or anywhere. Here I will outline the steps to add extra to your image so that the height & width are the same.
1. Go to the Pixlr Editor site
2. Change the background color to white (or whatever your current background color is)
2. Select Canvas Size from Image Menu
3. Change anchor point for current image & choose your final canvas size. Your anchor point is where the current image will be set, and the additional size will be added around that point.
4. Save File: Make sure to save it in a place on your computer that you will know where it is.
Next in this series will be: How To Resize An Image Using Pixlr.
Do you have any questions on editing images? Let me know in the comments & it could be a future post!
There’s a lot of negative out there on the internet. It’s so easy to anonymously leave comments & people seem to revel in leaving negative feedback. Well, I wanted to go the opposite route today, I going to be advocating for the sites and services I love, the ones that have customer service that goes above and beyond. Some are related to websites, some aren’t…I just felt like spreading a little love today.
Sprout Social offers an amazing service that lets you manage all your social media efforts in one place. You can monitor all your accounts, schedule messages to different social media sites, generate reports & monitor what is and isn’t working for you. All of this while having outstanding customer service both through Twitter & through their site.
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A Small Orange
I recently discovered A Small Orange Hosting after reading an article about them. In the month or so that I have had sites hosted with them, I have just been so impressed with their response time to support inquiries. But that would only take a hosting company so far, they have to have a great service, and A Small Orange does. The uptime so far has been excellent, as well as the load time for the sites.
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I’ve tried out a lot of shopping carts for WordPress, and something was always lacking for me. I mostly ruled out WooCommerce because by the time you add in all the extensions a site would likely need (that then need to be kept up to date), the cost was starting to get a bit out of hand. Then I tried Tribulant. Although the cart is not free, it has most of the features I’ve needed built in, which means only keeping once license up to date. But the most amazing part is that the customer service is just outstanding. They do whatever they can to help you solve any issue that arise, and that is priceless!
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I know, the first 3 were so website centric, you thought I wasn’t getting to anything more general. Well, now I am. Wag has guaranteed FREE two day shipping on all orders over $35. If you’re like me, that is pretty much all orders where my dog is concerned. If you are in certain areas, you might even get your order within 24 hours (I do!). Free shipping is great, but if their prices aren’t, then it doesn’t matter much. Well, Wags prices are competitive with all the ‘best price’ sites, so you get fast, free shipping & great prices. I, of course, have to mention their customer service, which is always quick & friendly. Even if I have had a problem with an order, I have walked away satisfied with the ultimate outcome.
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Yeah, I know, everybody knows about Amazon, but I wanted to acknowledge those sites/services that have consistently excellent customer service, and Amazon fits that bill. Any time I have had an issue, they have resolved it, and it’s never a frustrating process. To be a site that large & still be able to offer customer service like that is amazing. I also can find almost anything I am looking for here, which makes shopping super easy. They also offer free shipping over $25. Although that can take a while, I do force myself to be patient.
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