Gravity forms emails responses or entries from their forms. It’s one of the most important aspects of your website. Those leads, registration or simply contacts are vital to your local business. However, email is not perfect. Occasionally email services go down or emails get lost. With Gravity Forms, your data is saved in the backend of WordPress.
Every website wants to capture their readers attention quickly. Search engines are rewarding pages which receive longer viewing time. What better way to create stickiness and captivate your audience than through video.
Why Add More Videos
Stickiness is playing a greater and greater role in SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Stickiness is how long a viewer stays on each page. You can create great copy for them to read or a video for them to watch. An ABOUT ME video on your WordPress sidebar widgets is another great way to occupy your audience with great information so they want to stay on your page even longer. Your reader is curious about your company or blog. That’s why they came to your website in the first place. Give them a reason to know, like and trust you through an ABOUT ME video.
How to Add More Videos
YouTube (which is owned by Google now) makes it easy for the user to upload a video and share it on their WordPress website.
The latest WordPress upgrade has made it even easier to include video in a post or page. Simple add a link to YouTube video in your blog post or page. No additional coding required.
But what if you’d like to add a YouTube video to the sidebar of your website? Or to another widget location? You can simply embed the YouTube code into a TEXT widget. This is a bit more complex, but still simple to do.
To further increase the video views, be sure to add a PLAY VIDEO link right below the YouTube video. The link helps reduces confusion for your readers. Here’s the code I’m using:
Play Video </a></div>
Enjoy this quick video with the step by step tutorial.
Share in the comments below how you have been adding more videos to your website. Have you added an ABOUT ME video? We’d love to see it!
If you’re in business, trying to get more business or looking for a new job, you are probably using Linked In. Facebook began as a social tool for university students and has great business uses, but Linked In was founded to help business people network. I’m finding many of my clients prefer the more formal and down to business atmosphere offered by Linked In. They’re also finding greater success in connecting with target clientele – especially in more high industries such as purchasing artwork, and custom designed homes.
But like Facebook and face-to-face networking, Linked In is all about connecting and sharing. Getting your business blog posts out to your Linked In following without a lot of extra steps is a great time saver. Let’s get started:
- First, go to your Linked In account (www.linkedin.com) and log in:
Note this is your personal profile not a business page
2. Next, you’ll want to edit your profile. In the navigation at the top, hover over PROFILE then click on EDIT PROFILE in the drop down menu.
3. Now, to add the application. Scroll down to near the bottom of the page. You are looking for the section called APPLICATIONS. Click on +ADD AN APPLICATION (it’s to the left of the title).
4. Under APPLICATIONS you’ll see a number of APPS to use. When you see the WORDPRESS APP, click on it!
5. To the right you’ll see APPLICATION INFO. Be sure both checkboxes are checked next to DISPLAY ON MY PROFILE and DISPLAY ON MY LINKEDIN HOMEPAGE. Then click on the blue ADD APPLICATION
6. Next you will need your RSS feed. Typically this is something like:
If you are still unsure, you can click on your RSS icon on your blog, and copy the address
7. Copy your RSS feed into the LinkedIn Application you opened in Step 5. Then click on SAVE
8. You should now see a page of your recent blog posts:
9. Double check your blog is functioning on LinkedIn by going to the navigation menu at the top of the page, hovering over PROFILE, and clicking the dropdown for VIEW PROFILE.
WordPress has a funny way of making a day challenging. Especially when you wake up one morning to find all of your RSS feeds suddenly not feeding. For my blog readers, if this is becoming a familiar rant to you (see Solution #1 and Solution #2), never fear – there is answer if we keep digging and mining for it.
In the past two solutions to our WordPress Remove the Blank Line from the RSS Feed, we added a fix all plugin and we learned how to validate, but the problem refused to remain fixed. It’s time for a radical new answer. Relax. This will be simple.
1. Download the following file: http://wejn.org/stuff/wejnswpwhitespacefix.php.
Yeah, I was concerned it contained a bunch of viruses, too, but after checking through (and using it on a client’s site), it passes the test.
2. Upload ejnswpwhitespacefix.php file to your WordPress installation ROOT directory. You’ll see the wp-config.php file there as well. You DO NOT want to upload into the theme file or any place else . . .just the ROOT directory of your WordPress.
3. Edit the index.php file. You’ll find this in your root directory as well. Add the following as the second line and right after the <?php
While your exact index.php code may vary, you’ll probably have something like this when you’re done:
Don’t forget to save the index.php page.
4. Reload the RSS Feed and shzammm . . . it’s working again!
Once again WordPress decided to stopped the RSS feed for a client. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason. Whether it is WordPress updates or installing new plugins, occasionally and unpredictably, the RSS feed continues to get a that nasty EXTRA space at the beginning of the XML.
I shared my first revelations here describing how to add the Fix RSS Feeds Plugin to your site. However, eventually even this plugin no longer solved our RSS feed issues.
One fix is to uninstall recently installed plugins to determine if they are the source. But in doing this how do you verify the RSS is once again feeding properly? I recommend using an FEED validator. The one I used with the most success has been
Enter the URL of the website feed you’d like to verify. You only need to enter the website (www.example.com) – not the feed (
If your feed is successfully validated, you’ll get a cool icon you can add to your website.
Now we have a way to simply verify our RSS feeds are feeding out the way they should.
Sometimes I forget WordPress is based on a database so it needs a bit of cleaning up once in awhile. Some of the clutter comes from endless revisions WordPress stores. While it has saved me many times to have a recent revision of a blog to go back to, having 100 revisions is quite a bit of overkill. In addition to the text of the post itself, WordPress saves tags, meta information and more.
For revision intensive websites, I’ve begun enacting two changes to rein in the quantity of website slowing revisions.
Install Better Delete Plugin
The Better Delete plugin replaces an old favorite, Delete Revisions plugin, that wasn’t working with the latest versions of WordPress. Better Delete made some important improvements to better reduce the WordPress database size and speed up the website.
Reduce Revisions Being Saved by WordPress
If you never have the problem of too many revisions, you won’t have to delete them. After deleting the old revisions from the database, we want to do a bit of preventative medicine to prevent having to repeat this action regularly. However, it does take a bit of coding.
Find the wp-config.php file. It’s in the root directory of your WordPress installation).
I added the following code to wp-config.php file:
WP_POST_REVISIONS defines the number of post revisions that is saved. I selected “3,” but have seldom needed more than two.
AUTOSAVE_INTERVAL changes the time between automatically saving revisions. I changed it from 30 to 120 seconds.
Save the wp-config.php file.
You want your blog to go out to everybody and everyone. Without the RSS feed, your website may just be sitting there. Make sure it is work for you and sharing your great content far and wide.
Another great “HOW TO” lesson today. Sometimes you just need a quick way for customers to give to your non-profit or to support your free work. Paypal offers a quick resource to enable online credit card transactions without a lot of fuss. This tutorial assumes you already have a PAYPAL account. If you don’t, click here for PAYPAL and get your account started.
Video is a great resource to add to your blog posts. You can develop a video yourself or you can search for just the right video on YouTube (www.youtube.com) There are other video resources out there, but YouTube is by far the largest. Give this tutorial a try and be sure to post below how it worked out for you.
Tired of each blog post taking the whole of your front page or your homepage? Try adding the MORE tag after the first paragraph or so. The MORE tag in WordPress allows reader to get a taste of your blog post and click on CONTINUE READING to read more of your post. I put this short video together for you to give you the step by step. Enjoy!