Hello Happy Site Owners! This week’s tips include Genesis 2.0 and HTML5, happenings at DreamHost, BlueHost, and HostGator, free images for your blog, no-hype copy that sells, YouTube One Channel tutorials, a new feature for MailChimp list subscribers in the new Gmail, and a super cool Google search feature that ties into G+. So let’s dive in. Listen to the podcast.
For all my designer and developer buddies, WP Daily has added a WordPress Jobs Board to their site. ‘Nough said.
As for the progress on WordPress 3.6, there hasn’t even been an update on the blog about the core developments since May 29th, at least there wasn’t at the time I recorded the podcast. And the development calendar has all future dates crossed out. The new MP6 plugin has been finalized, though. It’s what gives version 3.6 the snazzy new look you’ll see in all of the video tutorials I’ve been updating in the BlogAid Video Library. So, go check those out.
But, whenever WordPress 3.6 does get here, the Genesis 2.0 update will be right behind it and there’s something super important you need to know about that. It will have a checkbox to turn on the new HTML5 support in the WordPress 3.6 core. That may goof your theme or simply not work as expected. I’m researching and talking with designers right now about finding easy and affordable ways to have the necessary code added to your theme so you can take advantage of HTML5. Plus, whether you’ll even want to do that or not. So, look for a post all about it as time gets closer for the release of both.
For all of you on DreamHost, they have announced a new product called DreamPress. WP Daily has a nice post about it. Basically, it’s managed hosting for WordPress sites. It’s sort of like WPEngine but at a more affordable rate. I see this and site maintenance packages as being the future of site ownership for many, but there are caveats. First, there’s the extra expense, and then there are limitations on what you can add or do with your site. I’ll have a post on all of this soon, along with what else I see coming down the pike.
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And here’s a tip on something happening at Bluehost. As you know, they are one of my preferred hosting vendors and they offer a great service. But, I’m not particularly pleased with this new sales tactic they have. When you call in for support because your site is having issues like sluggish performance, they suggest you upgrade to a dedicated server. That is so not cool, because it doesn’t really fix the problem. And, dedicated hosting is still shared hosting, it just has dedicated services. So, all you did was move from a nice apartment building to an expensive high-rise condo. Whatever the problem was probably went with you.
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And, yes HostGator is going to get some equal time here too. They are my other preferred vendor. They’ve been moving most shared hosting accounts over to new servers with an updated cPanel and other features. They did mine a week or so ago and it’s been running slow ever since. Plus my training client sites have been glitchy. Called into tech support and they kept wanting to focus on just the main BlogAid site, despite me telling them about the glitches on the sub-domains. So, first tier support has a checklist of things that they go through and it has to be that way because most of the time that will fix it. And that’s true of every host. But never give up on asking for more help when you need it. My issue went up to the migration team and got resolved quickly.
Allison Boyer has an interesting post on BlogWorld asking Is Removing Dates from Your Blog Posts a Good Idea? I think so, if you produce evergreen content. But Allison makes a strong argument against it and you should read the post yourself to see why.
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Need images for your blog? Of course you do. Raelene Wilson has a nice post on WPMU.org titled The Ultimate Guide to Finding and Using Free Images On Your WordPress Site. It’s a super good resource, but I would add one thing. For any of the images you use that require attribution to the source, you need to make that link nofollow or risk getting slapped with the Google Penguin 2.0 penalty. For more on how to fix your links, read my post Nofollow and Cloak Your Links to Avoid Penguin 2.0 Penalty.
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One of the favorite phrases in online marketing is call-to-action. If you want a sale, you have to ask for it. Well, maybe not. I found this post by Scott Martin on The Daily Egg rather interesting. It’s titled Direct Response Versus Branding: How to Write No-Hype Copy that Sells. It speaks to the way different types of print ads sell the product. It opened me up to some new ways of thinking about it and maybe it will you too.
Google Will Soon Launch Google Web Designer, A Free HTML5 Development Tool For Creating Web Apps, Sites And Ads. That’s the title of a recent post on Tech Crunch. There’s not enough info to see of this will be a type of “website tonight” service, or for creating ads. I’ll keep you posted.
On June 5th, the new One Channel design on YouTube became mandatory. And they put out some really nice video tutorials to help you find your way around with it and all of the cool new things you can do. So go check them out.
Hey, this is cool for Gmail users. Here’s what Nate posted over on the MailChimp blog about the new Inbox Actions button in Gmail. “Inbox Actions allow new subscribers to MailChimp lists the ability to confirm their subscriptions right from their Gmail dashboard. Additionally, if you’re just getting started and setting up a new MailChimp account, you can also confirm and activate your new account in the same way.” That’s cool.
There’s a cool G+ feature called Google+ Direct Connect. When you search for something, if you’ll put a + sign directly in front of the name, with no spaces, it will show you their G+ page. If you’re signed in to your Google Account, you can easily circle them right on the spot. I’m sending a hat tip to one of my clients, Jamie Greenberg, for alerting me to this. And it’s just one more reason to get your brand page set up on G+.
That’s a wrap for this week’s Tips Tuesday podcast. You can find this podcast on iTunes, as well as Stitcher, and the Blackberry Podcast. You can also subscribe directly to the blog posts to get them via email. Visit BlogAid.net for more tips, tutorials, and free resources to make your site better.
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