Helpful WordPress Plugins

Here’s a link to an article listing 25 Must-Have WordPress plugins.  There are a few here I’ve never used, but for the most part I agree with them on this list:

http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/25-must-have-wordpress-plugins-for-2014/?utm_source=WPMU+DEV+Blog&utm_campaign=e716570521-WPMU+Email+9%2F16%2F2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_591b793ca5-e716570521-84944502

A few others I’d add because I find myself installing them all the time:

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What are your must-have plugins?

 

 

 

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Spotting Phishing Emails

A really good article on how to spot Phishing emails (emails that are trying to lure you into clicking on the link they contain, either to install malicious software on your computer or to get information from you, like the log in information for your bank account or email account):

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/10-tips-for-spotting-a-phishing-email/?tag=nl.e101&s_cid=e101&ttag=e101&ftag=TRE684d531

I recommend everyone read it!

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Registering Your Domain Name with GoDaddy- October Update

 Back in April I posted a tutorial on registering your domain name at GoDaddy.com.  Since then GoDaddy has changed its site, both in looks and function, so I’m updating the directions.

It’s not hard to register a domain name, but the process does intimidate people. To help reduce the intimidation factor, here’s a step-by-step guide to how to register your domain name at GoDaddy.com. There are other reputable domain name registrars, like networksolutions.com, namecheap.com, and register.com. I like GoDaddy for several reasons: I’ve found them to be very reliable and their technical support is pretty decent.

I recommend that you keep this page open while you work on the registration and click on the banner below to open GoDaddy.com in a new tab. In the interests of full disclosure: I’m an affiliate of GoDaddy.com and I get a commission from them when you register your domain name using the banner link. If you keep this page open, you can switch back and forth to check the directions against what you see as you’re registering

$1.99 .Com at GoDaddy.com!

Note: I try to keep this information as up to date as I can, but businesses change and update their sites all the time. If you find something completely different when you try to register your domain, please email me to let me know about it.

1. When you click the banner above, it should bring up a page that looks something like this:

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2. In the large box in the center, where it says “Start your domain search,” type in the domain name you want and press the “Go” button.  Be sure to include your preferred extension, as in “.com” or “.net” on the end.  You’ll get a screen that looks like below if the name you want is available.  if it isn’t available you can type a new name into the box and press the “Go” button again to check for a new name. Once you have a name that is available, click on the Green “Continue to Checkout” button.  The arrow points to it, below.

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3. You’ll get a screen that offers you the chance to sign up for other services including hosting and email. If you need or want either you can add them to the total here, but consider well.  There are other hosting services, and you can get any number of FREE emails for you domain through most hosting services.

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4. You’ll get a chance to review your order.  You can adjust the number of years you’re registering for her. Once it’s right, click on the orange “Proceed to Checkout” button.

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5. You get a screen that asks you to either Log in if you already have a GoDaddy account or create one if you don’t.

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5. If you happen to already have a GoDaddy.com account you can log in here. If you don’t, click the “Continue button under “New customers.”  You’ll get a screen that looks like below. Fill out the information on the right hand side, being sure you complete all the required fields. This information is important for your registration. The email address needs to be a valid one that will get to you because GoDaddy is going to send important information to you via this address. Once you’ve done that, click the orange “Continue” button.

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6. If you already have a GoDaddy.com account, after you’ve logged in, you should see a screen that looks like below.

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7. If you don’t have a credit card saved, fill in the payment information.

8. Either way, logged in or new customer, press “Continue” once everything is filled in. GoDaddy will process your payment and the domain name will be registered in your name.

 

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WordPress Theme Seller Review

If you’re in the market for a new theme for your WordPress site or a developer who works with WordPress, this is good information.  WPMU has reviewed a number of sites that sell WordPress themes, based onc ost, features, aesthetics, usability, customer support and speed.

http://wpmu.org/theme-seller-reviews-winners-and-losers/?utm_source=WPMU&utm_campaign=756cd315df-WPMU+Email+9%2F16%2F2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_591b793ca5-756cd315df-84944502

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Major Hosting Sale!

The hosting service I use myself and the one I generally recommend for its solid reliability and excellent support is having a ONE-DAY-ONLY sale today, September 19, 2013.

The introductory price for hosting is so low, you can probably lock in (by pre-paying) hosting for three years for less than what many other services charge for a year!

Click the image below to check it out.

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Disclosure: I am a Hostgator affiliate, and I will receive a small commission if you do sign up using the link above.  However, I would never, ever recommend a service I thought was inferior just to get a commission from it.  I used Hostgator and would seriously recommend them even at their full price, which is still very reasonable.

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Killer Nashville Handouts

For anyone who wasn’t able to get my handout for the Website panel at Killer Nashville, you can get the handout here.  (Word document)

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Special Promotion at Hostgator

For one day only, you can save 40% on your first year of hosting at Hostgator.  Click on the button below for details:

 

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Creating a tinyurl

To create a tinyurl:

1. Go to the site and the page you want your tiny url to point to.  For instance I want a tinyurl that will point to my Amazon author page.  I go to Amazon and search for one of my books and then click on my name under the book title to bring up my author page.  It looks like this:

2. The arrow is pointing to the URL box in my Internet Explorer browser. The URL box is in pretty much the same place on every browser.  Whenever you have a web page open, this box will show the complete URL for the page you’re on (although if it’s long, some of it may be off your screen).

If you put your mouse pointer on the box and click it, the line should change color, which means the entire URL is SELECTED.

To copy that URL, hold down the “CTRL” key on your computer and press the C key.  That will copy the URL to your clipboard.  Note: you don’t see the clipboard, but it’s there, behind the scenes, holding the things you copy to it.

3. Now, press the “Backspace” key to erase the entire line in the box, so that it’s empty and type in “http://www.tinyurl.com“.  That should take you to the tinyurl site.

If you don’t see a blinking cursor already in the box (circled above), click in it.  Now hold down the “Ctrl” key and Press V.  That should copy the URL from Amazon into the box. Click the blue box that says, “Make TinyURL”. The arrow is pointing to it.

If you get a message asking if you want to allow the browser to access the clipboard, go ahead and click “Allow”.

4. A new page will come up which will show you the URL you entered and the new tinyurl.  (I’ve put a box around it for emphasis).

 

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Registering Your Domain Name at GoDaddy.com

It’s not hard to register a domain name, but the process does intimidate people.  To help reduce the intimidation factor, here’s a step-by-step guide to how to register your domain name at GoDaddy.com.  There are other reputable domain name registrars, like networksolutions.com, namecheap.com, and register.com. I like GoDaddy for several reasons: I’ve found them to be very reliable and their technical support is excellent, among others.

I recommend that you keep this page open while you work on the registration and click on the banner below to open GoDaddy.com in a new tab.  In the interests of full disclosure: I’m an affiliate of GoDaddy.com and I get a commission from them when you register your domain name using the banner link.  If you keep this page open, you can switch back and forth to check the directions against what you see as you’re registering

Note: I try to keep this information as up to date as I can, but businesses change and update their sites all the time. If you find something completely different when you try to register your domain, please email me to let me know about it.

1. When you click the banner above, it should bring up a page that looks something like this:

2. In the box just below “New .COMs..” type in the domain name you want. If’ it’s a .com, don’t type in that part. If it’s not a .com, click the down arrow next to .com and change it to what you want it to be.

3. Click the Green “Go” button and you’ll get a screen that looks like this (assuming you’ve previously checked to be sure the name you want is available).

4. Click on that orange bar that says “Continue to Registration.” You’ll likely get a popup window asking you to consider buying some more domains. Feel free to consider it if you want (it can’t hurt anything, but it doesn’t help much either).

5. Click the orange “No Thanks” bar and it should take you to a screen that looks like this:

6. If you happen to already have a GoDaddy.com account you can log in here. If you don’t, fill out the information on the right hand side, being sure you complete all the required fields that are marked with orange stars. This information is important for your registration. The email address needs to be a valid one that will get to you because GoDaddy is going to send important information to you via this address. Once you’ve done that, click the orange “Next” button. You should go to a screen that looks like this:

7. Check how many years it shows in the box and adjust it to whatever you want it to be and check that the registration information showing is accurate, then click “Next”. You can safely ignore the rest of the stuff on the page. You should see this:

8. You can safely ignore this. Click “next” and scroll down to this:

9. Keep scrolling down until you get to the hosting option.

10. If you don’t have hosting anywhere else and you want a hosted site, then click in the button for “Web Hosting Economy.” You don’t need the other things here. Click “Next.”  (You don’t have to make this decision now.  You can always come back later and sign up for hosting if you choose to.)

11. Check the page to be sure it looks like what you ordered. One more thing you might want to consider is the “Private Registration”. You can order it by clicking in the little circle next the red “Private”. If your only address option is your home address, I would recommend opting for the Private Registration. Click “Continue to Checkout”

12. A couple of things to note on the checkout page:

1. Your page will look a bit different with more spaces for the credit card info and it will ask you to set up a user name and password. I have an account at GoDaddy.com already and it has my cc info on file. You’ll have to enter yours. Be sure to note down your user name and password and keep these in a safe place. You WILL need them later.

2. I circled the “https:” in the domain bar to illustrate what you should look for any time you put credit card info into a web page.

3. Note the Paypal button that lets you pay with Paypal if you choose.

4. Be sure to check the box on the right that says “I have read and agree to the terms…”

Then cilck on “Place Order Now.” You should see something like this:

You should get a couple of emails from GoDaddy.com. First, you’ll get an order confirmation almost right away, and then you’ll get an invoice that shows your order has been processed and you’re now the proud registrant of the domain name you chose.

Next lesson: What to do with your domain name now that you have it.

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Newest Book Release

Magic, Murder and Microcircuits
Paranormal Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 978-1-4660-5528-5
Amazon Kindle Edition
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A powerful wizard with a physics degree and a checkered past invents a  shield to ensure he’ll never again be tortured almost to death.

The wizarding powers-that-be fear the repercussions of such a device and send  his former girlfriend, an accomplished wizard herself, to retrieve the device  or destroy it.

When the shield is stolen by the magical mafia, Ilene McConnell and Michael  Morgan have to set aside their differences and work together to recover it.  Michael claims he needs the device as insurance against the kind of injury and  injustice he suffered once before. Ilene maintains its potential to upset the  delicate balance of power makes it too dangerous and that it needs to be  destroyed. But none of that will matter if they can’t retrieve it before a ruthless,  powerful wizard learns how to use it for his own ends.

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