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OnlineExtrav2017

 

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza

Need a promo button for your site to promote Stampin' Up!'s Online Extravaganza? Here's one you are welcome to use.  This one was created in PicMonkey for those DIYers!

Amy has the HTML code and a video tutorial on how to load it to your site.  Visit Webs By Amy now!

Example: US Demonstrators  (PDF link)

<a
href="http://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/Promotions/NA/2017/Online%20Extravaganza/Item%20List%20Flyer%20CA%20EN.pdf"
target="_blank"><img
src="http://i588.photobucket.com/albums/ss329/websbyamy/23804288_1880712875289377_636951947_n.jpg"
alt="Online Extravaganza" border="0" /></a>

 

Need it Smaller?

This button is 250 pixels wide.  Need to make is smaller to fit in your site's sidebar?  For those using TypePad, 180 pixels width should fit.  Give it a go……

Simply add this code in the <img> tag….

<img width="180" src="http://i588.photobucket.com/albums/ss329/websbyamy/23804288_1880712875289377_636951947_n.jpg"

 

Want it to link to your online store instead of PDF?

If you are a current Stamping And Blogging member, you can find the video tutorial as well (Blogger, TypePad, WordPress). This button and code to the DBWS store page is loaded in Blog Maintenance and available for U.S., Canada, Australia, Great Britain, France, Germany, New Zealand, Netherlands.

 

Joining Webs By Amy Team!

I am joining Webs By Amy and will be working with Direct Sellers, just like you, in creating a new look, transferring to new site, refreshing old ones, and/or helping out with site and sidebar maintenance!  This is a very exciting new venture COMING SOON!

Stay tuned….
Heather 😀

Heather Wright-Porto
BlogsByHeather.com

 

Tools To Transfer Your Blog To WordPress

Hi there!
Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Over the next month you'll see changes over here at "Blogs By Heather" and my paper crafting site "Hand Stamped By Heather."  I'm talking about a Blog Transfer! 

 

TypePad to WordPress

image source:TP2WP


Move TypePad Blog to WordPress

This blog, Blogs By Heather, is a TypePad blog and I use Advanced Templates for advanced customization options, but it's time to move over to WordPress.  I am going to use TP2WP. I know people who have spent thousands on this type of transfer, but this tool is $49!  


Move Blogger Blog To WordPress

For my paper crafting blog, Hand Stamped By Heather (as I am a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator), I will be using this tutorial (by RTcamp) to move my Blogger blog to WordPress.

Again, I will do my own first, work out any kinks or issues that may arise, and then tell you how to do it yourself; or can then do it for you.

Stay tuned….
Heather 😀

Heather Wright-Porto
Blogs By Heather
Partner, Stamping And Blogging

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Have you heard of the EU Cookie law? Here’s how to comply.

One of my customers contacted me for help. She said that she received a notice from Google that her site needed to look a certain when when viewed in EU countries. That she needed to add "Cookies notification in EU countries".  They recommended Cookie Consent from SilkTide.

Basically, you just need to add a bit of code to your blog's template in order to comply.

CookieComply

The message will only appear until the visit clicks "Got It". Now that I have done so on her blog, I no longer see the message on subsequent visits to her site.  See it in action here at KathleenStamps.com

Select/Copy this code:

Download it here from my site.

CookieConsent

And then Paste this code in the appropriate location for your site.

In her site, which is a Blogger blog,

  • Click on Template from the Dashboard.
  • Click on Edit HTML.
  • And you should see the </head> tag.  If you don't you can do a CTRL+F (find) and do a search for </head>.
  • Place your cursor above that line, and paste in the code. (See Screenshot Below)
  • Save Template.
  • You're done!

  BeforeHeadTag(Click image for larger view.)

Blogger Help:

In Blogger, you could have also probably just added an HTML Widget to your blog's sidebar:

  • From the Dashboard, go to Layout, Add a Gadget.
  • Select HTML/JavaScript.
  • Paste in the Code.
  • Save.
  • Save Arrangement.
  • You're done!

TypePad Help:

  • Go to Design, then Content.
  • From the Modules box, choose Embed Your Own HTML. (See Screenshot below)
  • Then click Add This Module.
  • Then Paste in the code in the large text box that appears, click OK.
  • Drag and drop on your sidebar (won't be seen).
  • Then remember to click the Save Changes.
  • You're done!

TypePadAddModule(Click image for larger view.)

WordPress Help:

  • From the Dashboard, go to Appearance, Widgets and drag a Text Widget to your blog's sidebar.
  • Paste in the code.
  • Click OK/Save.
  • You're done!

NOTES: In TypePad and WordPress there are other ways to modify the HTML code, but these methods work as well.  In WordPress, his is for self-hosted blog. If you are using the free WordPress.com, then you cannot use JavaScript in Widgets.

I told Kathleen I would post about this on my site, as I also learned something new! It was the first time a customer had requested my help with the EU Cookie Law.

Happy Blogging!

Heather Wright-Porto
Partner at Stamping and Blogging – Home of our How To Setup a Blog series (over 70 videos and tutorials covering Blogger, TypePad and WordPressNO OTHER training site covers all THREE platforms!)

 

Is Your Blog Mobile Friendly?

It's easy to find out…go to https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/ and enter your site's URL.

MobileFriendlyTestURL

And you'll get your answer…..Sandi's site is mobile-friendly!  This site, Blogs By Heather is not! So we'll go thru that later….

MobileFriendly

Review of Terms

Let's review quickly two terms you probably keep hearing, Responsive and Mobile-Friendly. They are two separate things. Your site could be Responsive, but not Mobile Friendly.  

Responsive means that it auto-resizes to fit any screen…whether it's your desktop, laptop, iPad or smart phone. For example, you can see this site on your smart phone, it resizes beautifully…but can your read it?

That leads us to Mobile Friendly….Just because a website or blog is responsive and can be scaled proportionally, it's usability and readability is not so good.  

A site is mobile-friendly if it can be easily read and navigated from your smart phone without having to take out a magnifying glass or zooming in to read a blog post.

So, when a site is Mobile-Friendly is contains the same great information, but appears in a different layout.  Check out Sandi's site for a great test. http://stampinwithsandi.ca.  Look at it both on your ipad or desktop and then watch it change when you visit it from your smart phone!

Many mobile-friendly sites have the form of a logo at the type (in place of a banner), and a vertical layout of your navigation bar, followed by excerpts of your blog posts, and then your sidebar elements are normally towards the bottom of the page, again in a vertical layout.  Sandi's is beautiful :D 

So, how do you fix it? How do you make your site Mobile Friendly?

Let's review Blogger, TypePad and WordPress. 

Blogger Responsive,
Mobile-Friendly Design

Well, you have to figure this one would be 1-2-3 easy and it is! Google Blogger has a Mobile layout built-in. You just have to turn it on and viola!!! Done. In seconds!!!!!!

From your Dashboard, go to Layout and there is the Mobile layout!

 

BloggerMobileClick on the Settings icon, I chose the layout on the right and clicked Save! That's it.  This was available long before Google's April 21st announcement.

BloggerMobileSettings

Yea Blogger!!!!  Check out my old paper crafting site, http://handstampedbyheather.com, on your laptop, ipad, and then via your smart phone.

Again, this video will be a snap for us to create for you at Stamping and Blogging. Stay tuned 😀

WordPress Responsive,
Mobile-Friendly Design

Many WordPress themes are Responsive and Mobile-Friendly, such as Sandi MacIver's new Canadian blog: http://stampinwithsandi.ca.  Check it out on your desktop and iPad. Then go to that site via your smart phone and check out how easy it is to now navigate the site and be able to "read" everything.

When choosing a WordPress theme for your site, be sure to read the description and that it's at least Responsive.  Although a WordPress themes may be Responsive, it may not mobile-friendly yet, so you'll need to add a plugin. Most popular are:

In Stamping and Blogging, we'll experiment and create videos for WP Touch…I'll let you know when it's ready 😀  If you need help setting up a new WordPress blog or installing a new Mobile Friendly theme, contact me.

TypePad Responsive,
Mobile-Friendly Design

TypePad will be the more challenging change for many of us that have custom designs.  You can see here in my mini-tutorial on switching to a Responsive Design and using CSS code to load the custom banner. TypePad Everything support jumped in to share with us special code that would help the custom banner become "responsive".

However, TypePad also shared this tip in their article (on how to optimize your blog for mobile devices) for those using the Classic Theme Builder, which many of my clients do…so this may help get you started….(but it's only for BETA users at present).

At Design > Theme Builder, check the Create as Responsive box and click Save Changes to make an existing design responsive. To create a new theme, go to Design > Choose A Theme, select Theme Builder, and click Choose. Then, you'll have the option to Create as Responsive and apply the new design to your blog.

Lastly, TypePad shares this article in response to how to make your TypePad blog mobile-friendly.

So I will share with you my experience as I transform this site, Blogs By Heather from Advanced Templates to a Responsive Design.  The biggest challenge I'm thinking will be the dropdown menu….but we'll see 😀

(Updated May 11, 2015) I will use one of my customer's sites as an example. I'm actually preparing to move over to WordPress and can instead share with you how I do that!

Additionally, in Stamping and Blogging we're creating videos on how to convert to a Responsive Design using one of the three Responsive theme TypePad has available currently for all users.

 

What happens if your site is
NOT Mobile-Friendly? 

In closing, this new Google algorithm does not impact your desktop search results ranking. It only impacts your mobile-ranking and how Google identifies and lists those sites resulting from a search people are doing from their smart phones (mobile devices). 

So first, make sure your site is at least Responsive. And then follow the above tips to make it Mobile Friendly or join Stamping and Blogging for step-by-step videos!

How To Setup a Blog

This is a Featured Post! Scroll down for new articles 😀

At Stamping and Blogging, we just completed our How To Setup a Blog series. It contains over 70 videos on how to setup your blog. Why? Because we cover it all – Blogger, TypePad and WordPress (self hosted and the free WP) – all three platforms discussed in great detail, step by step. 

No other site can offer you this!
Brought to you by me,
Heather Wright-Porto,
a published author (by Apress),
two books specifically on blogging,
expert in the field.

What's In It?

You'll learn all you need to setup your blog

  • from choosing the right platform for you,
  • to deciding on a name, registering it, and mapping it to your blog,
  • to the essential elements you need on your blog (banner, sidebar, content, footer),
  • to visual hierachy and great layout,
  • to what you need to do before you click the "Publish" button and then
  • what to do after you do to continue promoting your content….
  • and so much more!

Want to know how to

  • Add images, HTML, text and links in your sidebar?
  • Create an SEO-Friendly post?
  • Create must-have pages or
  • How to setup a Store Page? Yes, how to add an HTML table, add your pictures, text/description, and Add To Cart paypal buttons!
  • Add some social media too, like creating a Facebook page, editing images, or how to verify your website in Pinterest?
  • do all this and more? Join us today!

And if that wasn't enough, we have….

  • Over 70 articles on blogging, email marketing, content marketing, social media, SEO,
  • Over 40 PDF tutorials (called Quick Steps), and
  • Free For All Fridays on our Facebook Page!
  • Not to mention the amazing stamping video collection, project sheets, PDF tutorials produced by Sandi, and the amazing gallery from our Design Team. Together we have over 300 videos!

How to get it? 

You have to join Stamping and Blogging :D  It's the only site of it's kind – a extraordinary, unique site that Sandi MacIver and I have created and update every week with new fresh content on "stamping" and "blogging".

 
HowToSetupBlogWe are super excited to bring you this How To Setup a Blog series in helping you create, maintaing, and enhance your new blog step by step. This series is for EVERYONE!

Whether you have a blog and you want to fine tune your SEO techniques, learn how to add PayPal buttons…or want to start a blog and have been hesitant because you weren't sure what to do first…this is for you!

Blogger: “You have run out of space!” How to fix it!

Recently, many Blogger users have been getting a message that they have run out of space! So I wanted to address that here as well and let you know what you can do about resolving the issue.

Here is the error message:

Whoops! You're out of space. You are currently using
100% of your 1 GB quota for photos. Upgrade storage
Photos are stored in your Picasa Web Albums account and
are included in your 1 GB free quota for photos. Additional storage you
purchase is shared between several Google products and is in addition to
your free quota.

What you need to do next….

This will eventually happen to all Blogger users.
The upgraded
storage is reasonable. But you could first try and remove some very old posts or delete
extra albums you may have in Picasa Web. Even if deleting old posts, you have to also go into Picasa Web and remove the images (deleting hte posts, does not remove the images as well).
Blogger stores all images on your blog
(those in your posts, your sidebar, header, footer – all images) in Picasa Web. So be sure to go to Picasa Web – Http://picasaweb.google.com – and sign in
with your Google/Blogger acct login (it's the same).
PicasaWebThis is mine for example for Hand Stamped By Heather.
You will see an album that has your blog
name and if you open it you will see tons of pictures! All of those that have been stored from your blog over the years!
DeleteImages
To more easily manage and delete many images at once, open your album by clicking on it, and then click Organize. You will then see thumbnails of all your images like mine above. Select a bunch of them and then click the Delete button.
Side Note: Additionally, if you use Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) and Gmail under the same Google account, that is taking up storage as well. Want to see how much storage you have left, click here.

Back Up Your Blog Posts

So take your time before deleting images and posts.  You may wish to backup your blog posts before doing this!
  • Go to your Dashboard,
  • Then Settings,
  • Then Other and
  • click Export Blog (and save the XML file to your computer).

Upgrading Your Storage

If you don't want to delete anything I would upgrade. It will take you
a long time to then use up your new storage space. 
  • Go to https://www.google.com/settings/storage/.
  • Login again to Google (using your Blogger login info) if you are prompted.
  • You will see that your FREE storage is maxed out and the option to purchase more space.

GoogleStorage
This is mine (Hand Stamped By Heather) that is not full, but your screen will look similar and show the free storage used up. You can upgrade for another 25GB (which is 5x's more than the free storage it took you x amount of time to use up) for $2.49 a month.

Another Alternative

Going forward, you may want to host your blog images with another image host such as Photobucket or Flickr, and then embed them into your blog posts.

Hope this helps bring your Blogger blog back to life where you can continue to post again! 😀

Have a great weekend!