Creating a website with WordPress, website designers NJ

WANTED: Digital Media Wiz

help-wantedWe are looking for a part-time Digital Wiz who can write, create email newsletters, is completely proficient at WordPress and totally social media savvy.

If you’re looking for interesting, varied and steady freelance work, we want to meet you!

Be a member of a small team. Varied projects, work from home.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be available during Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm hours
  • Knowledge of email newsletter tools such as iContact, Aweber, MyEmma, MailChimp
  • Must enjoy writing and appreciates the good turn of a phrase
  • Advanced knowledge of WordPress (posting and formatting, no development)
  • Familiarity with using Hootsuite, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and social media in general
  • Knowledge of Basecamp or other project management tools a plus
  • English as a first language
  • Fearless in the face of technology
  • Can work independently

 

Ideally, candidate should be able to meet face-to-face at our offices in Totowa, NJ, every Monday (flexible time). Meeting is preferred but not required.  A marketing and PR sensibility a big plus!  While this is a freelance, part-time opportunity, you must be available during normal business hours for calls, emails, etc.  If you currently have a full-time job and are looking for extra work on the side, this opportunity is NOT for you.  Our best candidates are essentially “full-time freelancers” who may have other clients and choose to remain independent.

 

DETAILS & RATES: $15 – $30 per hour depending on experience; average of 10-20 hours a week. Start ASAP.

Qualified candidates please email résumés and cover letter to: gene@samsonmedia.net

NO COMPANIES FROM INDIA CONSIDERED. WE DO NOT OUTSOURCE.

 

PLEASE DO NOT WASTE OUR TIME OR YOURS.

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Seven Great WordPress Plugins

Found this today on Template Monster and thought you’d be intested in these very useful free WordPress plugins:

http://blog.templatemonster.com/2011/05/17/wordpress-plugins-new-blogs/

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Class One Follow-up

Thanks to all who signed up for my WordPress class and to those who attended the first night.  Please sign up on this site ASAP in the sign-up box on the left as this will be my main way to communicate with you regarding the class and answers to your questions.  Speaking of answers, Andrew, I posted a response to your question in the comments area.  Please let me know if this fully answers your question about “broadcasting to your multiple web properties like Facebook.”  Not sure if I understood the question completely so let me know if I was on track, ok?  Remember to get your hosting in place by next class!  And review the first class post and all the links by clicking HERE.  See you next Tuesday!   Thanks -gene

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Getting Premium WordPress Templates

The beauty of working in an open source code environment is that at any given moment their are hundreds or even thousands of developers and entrepreneurs creating a volume of products that they sell back into the community.  This gives an astonishing variety of templates both from a design as well as a functionality standpoint.

So if you can’t find a free WordPress template to suit your needs do not despair.  There are a dizzying array of Premium WordPress templates to choose from, (like this blog, which was based on the Socrates template which costs all of $39!)

SOME OF OUR FAVORITE PREMIUM RESOURCES

TEMPLATE MONSTER:  One our most valued resources for premium WordPress templates is the monster of all template sites:  Template Monster.  For an average of $60, you can purchase an amazing, up to date template loaded with features.  Use the robust search feature to narrow down your search to “WordPress” and enjoy browsing by category and even color!

SOCRATES:  And our newest favorite is the premium theme we built this blog on — Socrates.

Socrates, while not for everyone, is a great resource for affiliate marketers or entrepreneurs who want to crank out social media-enabled websites in minutes!  And the built in banner ad widgets and rotating social media badges and flexible design layouts are some of the easiest we’re ever used. 

THEMEFOREST:  Another massive repository of highly stylized, premium WordPress themes is Themeforest, with hundreds of really high-end designs priced around $35.

Want more?  Just type “premium WordPress themes” into Google.  That will keep you busy for a while!
 

SOCRATES SALES VIDEO


FOR ADDITIONAL INFO:  A 90-MINUTE SOCRATES WEBINAR

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Getting Free WordPress Templates

There are gazillions of WordPress templates to choose from.  The two main distinctions are the free templates and the premium templates.  Only the hosted version of WordPress allows you to use either free or premium templates.  The free version of WordPress limits you to the free templates within the WordPress library but that’s hardly a problem since there are 115 free templates to choose from as of this blog post.

FIND THE WORDPRESS FREE THEMES HERE on YOUR FREE WORDPRESS ACCOUNT

 Find Free Themes Here on your Hosted WordPress Account

Your hosted WordPress blog will have the same “Appearance” link in your dashboard as the free version but the “Install” tab will lead to an area where you can search over 1,300 free WordPress templates — all with one-click install capabilities!

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How To Set Up A WordPress Account on GoDaddy

Here’s a three-part tutorial that will show you:

  1. How to acquire a domain name for your WordPress blog (www.yourname.com)
  2. How to set up a WordPress Hosting acount on GoDaddy
  3. How to associate your domain name with your hosting account and your WordPress blog

 

TUTORIAL #1:  Setting Up Your Domain Name

In the first tutorial we will show you how to sign up and pay for a domain name on GoDaddy. 

Please note, you can actually sign up for a domain name, sign up for hosting and set up WordPress on your hosting acount all at the same time.  But for the purposes of these tutorials and breaking down the tasks for easy understanding, we broke it down into three separate steps.

As mentioned in the tutorial, we claimed a domain name (two of them actually) that ended in the .info extension instead of the .com extension.  The reason?  .info extensions are extremely: cheap and for the purposes of these tutorials we just went with the least expensive option, which in this case was about $2 a YEAR for each domain name.  Hard to beat that price!  The two domain names we grabbed were:

Watch the tutorial #1 by CLICKING HERE

 

TUTORIAL #2:  How To Set Up A WordPress Hosting Account on GoDaddy

GoDaddy actually offers hosting account just for WordPress.  You could also install WordPress on a regular GoDaddy shared hosting account but this variation eliminatees a few steps and gets you right into the WordPress set up a lot faster so that’s the route we chose for this tutorial. 

PLEASE NOTE:  as we menetioned above, you could register a domain name, set up the hosting and then launch your WordPress blog all as part of the same set-up.  We chose to break it up inton 3 parts for the purpose of these tutorials.

NOTE:  Also, we chose the shortest duration of hosting — 3 months, only because it was the least expensive option and it would get us through the 4 weeks of the adult ed class that these tutorials were created for.  For you, we recommend setting up your hosting for at least a year.  If you know you’re serious about having a domain name and blog, even 2 ,3 or 5 years would be the best value.  Plus, the search engines actually rate longer registrations more favorably since they are less likely to be “fly by night” companies that are here today and gone tomorrow. 

Watch Tutorial #2 by CLICKING HERE

 

TUTORIAL #3:  How to Setup Your WordPress Blog on GoDaddy

 

This will be the final step for installing WordPress on your hosting account assuming you’ve already purchased a domain name and associated it with your hosting account.  Now comes time to launch WordPress on the account!

Again, you can do this as all part of the same initial set-up but we broke it up into three distinct parts for the purposes of these tutorials

 

Watch Tutorial #3 By Clicking HERE

 

TECH SUPPORT:  Please note that if at any time you have a problem setting up your WordPress hosting account, ALL the hosting companies we listed offer 24/7 tech support to guide you through the process on the phone!

 

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Class 4 Topic List

Social Media & Hooking it Up

  • Social Media plugins
  • Hook into LinkedIn
  • Hootsuite Introduction
  • Hooking into Facebook
  • Hooking into Twitter
  • Hooking into email (Feedburner)

 

QUESTIONS & SPECIFIC ISSUES

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Class 3 Topic List

TEMPLATES  & SOCRATES PREVIEW

  • Compare Socrates & other templates
  • Review Template Monster
  • Using Widgets
  • Create a header
  • Installing new templates
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Class 2 Topic List

DASHBOARD OVERVIEW & HOW TO USE WORDPRESS

A Word About How Templates Differ From Each Other

  • Bullets
  • Captions
  • Where’s the blog?
  • My video or Facebook widget disappeared
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Class 1 Topic List

Topics Covered in Class 1 including Homework Assignment

BACKGROUND – INTRO

  • Video Intro
  • Subscribe to RSS Feed by submitting email address in box to the left <—-
  • Compare a Blog vs a Website
    o Blog can easily be changed
    o Has a dashboard
    o No FTP – explain
    o Allows comments and posts
    o Contains an RSS feed for “broadcasting” your content to other places
    o SEO friendly
    o Social Media friendly
  • Mention Blogger/Blog spot – Google products
  • Introduce WordPress
    o First created in 2001
    o Open source code
    o Thousands of developers, no license fees to use
  • Show sample WordPress blogs
  • Compare difference between free WP (www.wordpress.com) and paid WP (www.wordpress.org)
    o examine “domain name” & hosting
  • WordPress.com – free
    • Yourname.wordpress.com (can use domain name mapping)
    • Some design limitations (costs additional to change CSS)
    • Can’t publish Google Adwords/some photo galleries/third-party widgets
    • WordPress displays text ads on your blog to logged-out users who aren’t regular visitors
    • No FTP capabilities since you have no server
  • WordPress.org – free templates for hosting :  http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/
    o Paid Templates for hosting

GET CONSENSUS ON HOW MANY FREE OR PAID?

SHOW HOW TO INSTALL WORDPRESS ON PAID HOSTING ACCOUNT

SHOW HOW TO SETUP ON FREE HOSTING ACCOUNT
 

HOMEWORK

PAID HOSTING:

 

More info – WordPress For Beginners:  http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Lessons

 

WordPress API Key

To obtain an API key (application programming interfaces), you simply need to sign up here:  http://akismet.com/wordpress/   Select “personal blog” and it will be free.

Note: Once you get your AKISMET API Key, login to your dashboard, make your way to your plugins area and locate the AKISMET plugin, click it and follow the prompts to activate the plugin. 

FREE HOSTING

Free:  http://wordpress.com/
Great step-by-step tutorial:  http://learn.wordpress.com/

TEST BLOG:

TEST BLOG:  www.samsonmedia-blog.com/blog/wp-admin

LI:  test

PW:  test123

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