How To Update WordPress

Step-by-Step instructions with video tutorials start now.

This post covers the process, step-by-step, for updating your current installation of WordPress on your self-hosted blog or website.

1. Make a back-up copy of your entire WordPress blog & database !!!

Performing regular backups of your website is important. Besides making those pesky “nag” bubbles on your WordPress dashboard go away, you are also helping to protect your blog from going poof! But before any major update (others include updating your DIY Themes Thesis template or major look & feel changes), do a thorough back-up. Personally, I also do one before every Mercury Retrograde period as well.

In this short video tutorial, I’m speaking to my client Lee Miller about the steps I take to back-up a website before clicking that “Please update now” link. In the video, I’ll introduce you to:

  • the optional portable hard drive I use to store my back-up data. (You will use your desktop/laptop to store a back-up of your website. I like redundancy so I also keep back-ups on an external hard drive in addition to storing back-ups in files on my own laptop.)
  • the free FTP tool I use called FileZilla which helps you connect to your web host (what is a web host?) & copy all  your files
  • how to use FileZilla to backup Lee’s site, show-and-tell style.

What you’ll need to get started:

  • download FileZilla
  • your web hosting log in & password (FileZilla will save it for you to make back-ups easy in the future)

Watch me talk Lee through the process below. Here’s the full screen version and I’d like to thank Rachael Acklin for her very cool (& free) inspirational desktop wallpapers!

2. Ready to upgrade

Ok, now it’s safe to click that upgrade link. Here’s another show & tell video (full screen version), so you’ll know exactly what to expect when you do it.

All done? That was easy!

Thank you WordPress, for making it easy to maintain a web presence. And if any of it becomes too challenging, check out my affordable WordPress Wellness package. Or if you’re looking for some extra handholding as you practice, the one-on-one WordPress Consulting might be better for you. It’s all here —> WordPress Services.

2 Free WordPress wellness tips for ya

Here’s free and easy. Along with regular manual back-ups, I recommend two plug-ins that will also help safeguard your WordPress blog.

  • WordPress Backup (by BTE) will automatically backup your upload directory (images), current theme directory, and plugins directory to a zip file and email to you.
  • WP-DBManager helps you manage, optimize, backup your WordPress database with automatic scheduling too.

Aweber vs. Feedburner, Reloaded

A couple of weeks ago, I finally installed an Aweber form on my website. I’ve been using Feedburner to deliver my posts by email since I launched msquared in the summer of 2009.

Basically, Feedburner is perfect when you are just starting out. And, it’s free. It helps you start building your own list by offering your web visitors a way to receive your blog posts by email.

But at some point, your biz starts growing, and you’ll want more control of how and when the people on your list receive your posts. You might even want to email them directly, going around your blog, if you will. A more personal approach that I see a lot of other successful bloggers using. Not only do you receive their blog post updates, but you occasionally receive another kind of message (email announcement or newsletter or some special offer) that is never published publicly on their blog. Did ya get all that?

For this type of control, choosing what you’ll say to your subscribers and when it will go out, you’ll need Aweber. And, it’s not free.

I talk about a lot of this in more detail in my original post Aweber vs. Feedburner.

But here’s the big deal. Converting.

At some point, when you do decide to switch over from Feedburner to Aweber, there are a few strategies to consider. And you need to be strategic, because anytime you change services in your business, there is potential for drop-off.Or subscribers just not taking the invitation to join you at your new service digs.

One strategy is to convert to Aweber (create a list and install the web form on your website somewhere) and notify your Feedburner subscribers via blog post. Simply tell everyone what’s up. You are in the middle of transition. PLEASE go sign up again. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, or you’ll miss out. Something like that. You write the post, press publish, cross your fingers and hope that you start to see all your Feedburner subscribers magically begin subscribing to your Aweber list.

The other strategy is export/import. You can actually download an export file of your Feedburner subscribers and then upload the list at Aweber explaining that your subscriber info was obtained in the “fair & decent” way, which is to say, the subscriber confirmed they requested to be on your list. You’ve done this a thousand times yourself, right? The whole, “quick, go look in your inbox now for the confirmation email and click the link.”

But the problem is, Aweber is going to re-confirm your subscriber. It’s their policy. So you’ve got to communicate to your list and say, “I’m switching service providers. You’ll receive an email from Aweber asking you to confirm you’d like to stay on my list.” And then do the same thing from above; cross & hope.

Most business owners report unhappily ever after’s here. And that there is a loss (some would say any loss is significant, it’s your people!) in their total number of subscribers when they make such a conversion. And so the advice is, don’t let your Feedburner list get too big before you decide to convert to Aweber.

Why I converted & the strategy I chose.

I don’t have that many subscribers (yet). More than some, less than others. So it’s a good time for me to consider the switch, if I plan to use one of the two options above. By the way, I do keep track of the total numbers of subscribers I have each month (a tip I got from Charlie Gilkey about measuring Key Performance Indicators in your business).

Ultimately though, I fell in with that group of biz owners who want finer control and the potential of reaching out to my tribe without using a blog post.

And I decided that I wouldn’t stop using Feedburner at all and avoid attrition completely. I designed my Aweber email to look (as close to) Feedburner’s email as possible so that while I’m using both services, the emails will look like they came from the same place. Obviously, I removed from my website, the Feedburner email subscription and replaced it with my Aweber form, preventing any new visitors from subscribing via the old Feedburner email feed.

So now the biggest issue I face is not attrition, but my list receiving duplicate emails. Here’s what happens: when an existing Feedburner subscriber opts-in to my Aweber list, they’ll get both the Feedburner email and my Aweber “look-a-like” email. Ooops! Seriously though, I keep all my peeps and may confuse and/or irritate, at most, a few too (which is the less riskier of my two options.)

So this next part of the post is for the You’s that have subscribed to my blog by email in the past:

Dearest all my Feedburner Subscribers,

Thank you muchly for asking me to come straight to your inbox. I’m honored. And will do my best to help you & your inbox feel expanded and optimystical at least once week.

If you’ve recently opted-in at my website using my Aweber form, you might want to consider unsubscribing from your Feedburner email the next time you receive it. Otherwise, yes, you will be getting two emails from me. And I’d really prefer you stay with Aweber, but don’t want to interrupt you receiving me in your inbox by asking you to opt-in again or pulling the plug quite yet on Feedburner before you do.

I appreciate you hanging out with me on my blog and that you’ve allowed me to come hang out in your inbox.

If you decide not to subscribe using Aweber, that’s ok. You’ll still get my posts by email via Feedburner. But you’ll miss out (ok, no pressure, but it’s true, you will!) on any special communications I might make outside the public platform of my blog.

If you’ve got questions or would just like to pick my brains a bit more to understand it all, please email me.

With loads of gratitude,

mm.

So what say you? A better conversion strategy… or just my optimystical perspective? I hope both!

Thanks for reading. And if you have any questions about Feedburner or Aweberand which one is right for you right now in your web business, let’s chat.

3 Browser Extensions I Cannot Live Without

You know what an extension is… you might not think you know, but you do.

A browser extension is a way of extending the functionality of your web browser by downloading a special tool that helps make your digital life a bit easier (yay, easy!)

These handy-dandies below are a few that I just cannot live without. They get Easy awards. And my appreciation and thanks so that more easy flows my way!

Xmarks – Sync and backup your browser bookmarks

I use bookmarks incessantly for ease in my digital life. The two biggest ways Xmarks has helped me in the past is when I got a new computer and when I switched the primary browser I use.

Think about it a sec… you get a brand new laptop and you open your favorite browser on it and realize none of your bookmarks are there…

Install Xmarks on each computer you use, and it seamlessly integrates with your web browser and keeps your bookmarks safely backed up and in sync. Xmarks will sync across browsers too. Today it supports Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari (Mac OS).

Ok what can I say… I use three different browsers for web designing. Kinda have to. Xmarks saves my butt here plus automatically back-ups my bookmarks (take that Mercury Retrograde!)

Roboform – Easy and secure password manager

Time is energy! If I can help myself save time, I save energy… or can focus my energy somewhere of my choosing (focused choice is another way to say alignment, which I cannot resist telling you about since I’ve just started my own alignment gig for 2011 that I’ll be doing for the next 40-days-or-so. Come see, won’t you?)

Anyway, back to saving time and energy and my passwords, every single one of them, so I never have to remember one again. And, oh this is a good one, saving my client’s passwords… cuz I gots lots aya and I like keepin’ it all straight. That’s what a technology wiz does!

Remember your passwords, log into web sites and fill your forms with one-click. Another Easy award winner here.

Wisestamp – Put your email signature to work for you

Email. It’s such a powerful form of communication in today’s digital life. We get inbox overwhelm (rescue remedy: check out Charlie Gilkey’s Email Triage), because for many of us, our Inbox is kinda running the show. I know it is for me.

It’s where I hear from my favorite people! It’s where I connect with you. Email is a vital part of my daily digital experience. Of our daily experience.

Wisestamp is a way for me to leverage and extend my own email communications and be more effective in the relationship building I do everyday with email.

Very simply, Wisestamp helps promote the things I care about (like my last blog post, or how to find me on Twitter and Facebook) in an easy-to-customize email signature that works with many popular web email providers like Gmail, AOL, Yahoo, and Hotmail.

I use it with my Gmail account to help me do a better job of reaching out to you! Wisestamp makes marketing my shizzle in my email signature easy. Uh huh uh huh uh huh… another Easy award weiner, yay!

That’s a wrap my pretties.

I would love to hear from you if you decide to try one of these browser extensions. If you’ve found this post helpful, I would so appreciate your kind retweets or shares using the buttons below.    xomm.

7 Gmail Labs You Should Be Using

Gmail. It’s the email system I use and recommend.

With so many good reasons… like its ability to receive email from other accounts from around the web (up to five). So you can see everything, in one email interface.

Gmail Labs offers users experimental features that aren’t quite ready for primetime. You should also be warned that an enabled Lab can change, break, or disappear at any time.

Here are 7 Gmail Labs I recommend enabling immediately after setting up your first Gmail account.

For your Inbox

Refresh POP accounts – Remember the idea about corralling your emails into one location that I mentioned above? This Lab will fetch messages from your POP accounts on demand by using the refresh link on top of the inbox.

Undo Send – Oops, hit “Send” too soon? Stop messages from being sent for a few seconds after hitting the send button.

Send & Archive – Adds a button to the compose form that lets you send a reply message and archive the email conversation in a single action.

Inbox Preview – Show a simple, static preview of the inbox while loading.

Nested Labels – Manage your email by sorting it into a hierarchy of labels. Add slashes (/) to label names to express inheritance. For example, if you want a Home label with two child labels named Kids and Shopping, create the three following labels: Home, Home/Kids and Home/Shopping.

Google Calendar Widget – Adds a box in the left column which shows your Google Calendar. See upcoming events, locations, and details.

For your Calendar

World Clock – if you’re working with people from other parts of our planet, this widget displays world time zones of your choice, in the upper right hand side of your calendar.

Enabling Your Labs

Here’s a live demo of me showing you where Labs is located in my own Gmail Inbox & Calendar Settings or you can follow the step-by-step instructions I’ve outlined below.

Inbox Labs

  • Log in to your Gmail account.
  • In the upper right-hand corner, click Settings.
  • Eyes back to main column of your web screen under Settings heading, find the Labs links (fourth from the end).
  • On the next screen, scroll through the available Labs clicking the “enable” radio button next to each Lab you’d like to use.
  • Click the “Save” button at the bottom of your screen.

Calendar Labs

  • Log in to your Gmail account.
  • Click Calendar.
  • Upper right-hand corner, click Settings > Calendar settings.
  • Then follow the same steps from above to locate the World Clock Lab (it’s at the very bottom).
  • Don’t forget to click Save.

That’s it. Now your Gmail Inbox and Calendar can work a little bit better for you and your biz too. If you’ve found this post helpful, consider a kind retweet or share using the buttons below.

Aweber’s Blog Broadcast Feature

@CoachLeeMiller from TheFlourishingWoman.com, a client and member of The Video Library, asks…

“Mynde, how do I get my new Aweber list to auto-publish my blog posts?”

First off, Lee gets an A. She got her Aweber on all by herself and created the list and also installed the web form herself to her WordPress blog. Lee, you rock honey! All 63 years of glorious brilliance that is you… here’s to the tech-savviness you do have inside you! xomm.

And the video tutorial… is yours for a week. Before I migrate it over to  The Video Library. Get it while it’s hot. Next week, it’ll cost ya!

In this under 5 minute video-tutorial, I show Lee where in Aweber to go and “turn on” her blog broadcasts for her new list along with an important tip about getting your full blog post to display.

Wuzzup with the big black box?
It’s been moved to The Video Library.

(go ahead, throw popcorn at your computer screen)

Business & Alignment

A lot shifts, when you begin focusing on your alignment.

Most times, those shifts are not the ones I expect. Or daydream of. They’re usually beyond what I could imagine dreaming on my own.

My 40-day-alignment series has concluded. I challenged myself to show up more. Here on my blog. To write and share more. I guess to show up more in my life really… when I even thought to choose Alignment as my word for 2011.

40-Days was me, on a major run at getting in alignment. Making it my #1 priority. The best I could. Over “approximately” 40-days-or-so.

The soft deadlines, not knowing each morning what I would write about (I had a rough conceptual outline consisting of 4 bullet points I wished to cover). All on purpose. Intentionally giving myself room, not to try too hard at this. Let it be easy(my 2010 word).

And here we are. A quiet fallow period last week (hat tip to Dian Reid).

Except it hasn’t been quiet, although it may seem that way to you. Behind the scenes, my life is exploding with growth and change that seems all too much to share, even everyday, here on my blog.

One of the biggest changes that happened last week (well really over the process of several weeks and probably longer) is that my focus shifted to my business. It was requested actually. It became increasingly clear to me that I needed to discover greater alignment in my business with the services I offer and what I was charging for them.

So, if you look closely, you’ll see changes in my business. Adjustments that help me feel more in alignment. Certainly on-going and forthcoming in many other areas of my business and life. The nature of everything, really. Change.

Except my change is now guided by this idea about my alignment. About looking forward in my life and thinking about the things that elicit visceral emotional activity within me. The good kind of course. And I’m letting those good feelings guide me to the next step for today.

I can trust the good feelings. I can trust good. I’m still experiencing a bit of resistance here, in the area of trust, so I sort of soothe and appreciate the resistance and bingo, there is a letting go that happens. A shift. A realignment. Simply by softening the resistance. It’s a whole other angle to work and explore if you are deliberately teaching yourself about your alignment like I am.

I’m finding more and more, that alignment for me, is about standing up in my life. It’s about aligning an outer worldly self with my inner being, which is much bigger than my worldly self. It’s the part of me that is also you. It is the we, that is eternity. In that knowing, I’m inspired to stand up.

Stand Up, Dave Matthews Band

How To Fix Bloated Paypal Buttons in Thesis WordPress

Help! My Paypal Buttons Are Fat & Ugly

Ok, this is one of the most frequently asked “help” questions I get from clients. For some reason, the base code of the Thesis theme effects how your Paypal buttons display on your web pages.

I say “some” reason, because the developers of the Thesis theme I’m sure have some logical reason behind it. But for where you need to go, this isn’t important.

For this trick, you’ll simply be doing some cutting and pasting (like many other tasks that have to do with making your web presence go, right?)

From your WP Admin dashboard, you’re going to visit your Thesis sidebar menu and click “Custom File Editor.” Hopefully, the default file selection will be your custom.css file. You can tell by what’s displayed in the heading “Currently editing:…” It’s bold. Right up top, under the main navigation of your WP Admin dashboard. If it doesn’t say “Currently editing: custom/custom.css,” select it from the dropdown just below the heading.

One you’ve got the file pulled up in the editing box, scroll to the bottom and paste the following code in.

/* fix bloated Paypal buttons */
input[type=image] { width:auto; background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent; border: none; }

Then, click the Big Ass Save Button.

Now, return to your webpage with your Paypal buttons and refresh your view of the page in your web browser, like a visitor would.

Paypal buttons now svelte and sexy? YAY!

Lovin’ easy.

Here’s the video for the visual learners. Full screen version.

Need this kinda video help?
Check out The Video Library.

Today, Everybody Gets an ‘A’

was talking with a client yesterday. She was freaking out. Which happens during the webification process. Six Ways To Staying Optimystical…” was born in a client freak out moment. Danielle LaPorte may have mid-wived it, but the essence of it was drawn from past experience and many moments of messiness.

During moments like the one my client was having and really throughout the entire webification process, I find myself referring all of us back for a review often. The rules for optimystical web presencing can be applied generously throughout your webification adventure and really to everything else in your life and biz.

The Very Serious Business of Web Presencing

And it is serious. Tending to become more serious as we go. Even though generally speaking, my client & I are both pretty focused on a similar outcome; co-creating a unique and fully custom web presence that oozes the essence of her.

For me, this is my business. My solo-preneur business. Buck stops with me, so it’s very personal. And I take it seriously.

For you, my client, it’s serious. It requires an investment of time & resources, plus some blood, sweat and tears. Because this is your business. Your shot at entrepreneurship. And you are pretty flippin’ serious too.

So it starts serious. Gets more serious because my client, You, start figuring out that putting You out there requires some serious courage. I mean, anyone can put up a website or blog. But you are more serious (you’ve hired me & probably others!) And to put yourself out there the right way, the way that will make you money and serve your perfect people with your unique skills, gifts and talent packaged into perfect offers is very serious business!

So where do we go from “This is so serious, I gotta get this right! Jeez, I look around and see how everyone else is doing it so much more right than I am right now!!! Oh shit, is what I’m offering even for real?! I’m not even sure what that isanymore, what the hell am I offering here?!!”

Good question. And the energy or feeling behind those words are even more critical to understand. Because what you feel is what you get. It’s a “your-wish-is-my-command” kinda Universe afterall.

Overwhelmed. In a fit. Terribly confused. Questioning all of it… with her launch date looming down upon her.

What do you think the chances are of her finding a solution or some clarity here, while she’s feeling this way?

So I pulled her out of the details of her muck. I reminded her about Optimystical Rule #5 (actually, all of the rules intersect this story). I wanna know what she’s most committed to, with her web presence?

And I introduce her to Benjamin Zander. She doesn’t know him. I explain that he’s a conductor. And professor or something. And brilliant.

And that at the beginning of each class term, his students are given the assignment of telling the story where they’ve received an ‘A’ in Zander’s class.

The students write up their stories, including things like how they are feeling, what is next for them, what they are most grateful for learning/discovering, what they learned about themselves.

They return to class and turn in their completed first assignments and then Zander says to them, “Great. Good Job…

And I only take ‘A’ students.”

I told her, “I want to know what your ‘A’ story looks like. What it looks like for her to receive an ‘A’ at web presencing. And at expanding her biz, herself too (because it’s all connected). At her willingness to ask herself the good questions, to get support for the freak-out moments, to give herself the space she needed to beconfused and overwhelmed.

And then bing! it was there. Relief. The tell-tale sign of right-trackedness. If there is a right (see rule #1).

What happens when you start giving A’s

“Relationships are transformed when you give an ‘A.’  When there’s a breakdown in relationship, you are not giving someone an ‘A.’” ~Benjamin Zander’s wife

In my client’s case, her relationship breakdown was with her own knowing, her inner guidance. And without her ‘A’ story, she was seeking clarity but looking at confusion. Wanting flow & ease while looking at overwhelm. What she was looking for was clearly not in the place where she was looking for it.

She had to get out of the problem to get into her solution. Telling a new ‘A’ story gives her access. Puts her in a new energetic “feeling” bubble. Her focus changes. And inspiration arrives in colorful shapes and sizes.

And at the very least, you’ve got an answer for rule #5’s question about knowing what you are most committed to. When the road gets rocky, you can find your way back to you, your own inner knowing. Reminding yourself you are committed to You. And you’ve got the ‘A’ story to back it up.

An important piece of bedrock in the serious business of web presencing.

Did I make you think?… Share your thoughts in a comment below.

  • Which people, circumstances, and relationships in your life could use an ‘A’ from you?
  • Any person or situation feel impossible to give an ‘A’to? What if you told a new story about that person/situation so they could receive an ‘A’ from you?
  • What other areas of life & biz might benefit from telling a new ‘A’ story?
  • Do you believe changing how you feel about a situation is enough to change the situation itself?

Trusting The Call of Your Expansion

Redesign.

Go ahead, BE A FOOL! Expansion is worth it :)

It can be a scary word or an exciting word, when you’re a web presencer like me.

I’ve had clients joke around about it immediately after launch. I’ve had clients seriously reconsider everything right at or just before launch (fear rears it’s ugly head in the form of self-doubt). And, in many more situations, I’ve had clients who feel in desperate need of a redesign because their existing web space feels terribly incongruent for who’ve they become today.

That is why this word, redesign, is both scary and exciting. Scary at the thought of “starting over again” and exciting because renewal has energy. An energy that can help propel us to the next place we want to go.

Which ties in directly to one of my main intentions for helping coaches and artists presence themselves online… which is, to create a place they can fall in love with and pour more of themselves in to it.

My whole she-bang is about expansion. Expanding yourself. Expanding your world. Your outreach. Internet and technology are primary resources for doing it in today’s new and interesting economy.

My big news.

I came to Thesis in the summer of 2009. I’ve steadily grown into my theme. Expanding it here and there. Adding (and removing) elements to my design as my business grew and evolved. It is a process… and it’s never finished. Really.

And not unless you’ve already been out here for a few years doing it, will you have one of those sites. When you begin, it’s sparse at first. And little by little it becomes more as you invest time and energy into growing your business.

Because redesigns rarely happen simply because you don’t like the look and feel anymore. And if they do, then you’ve got time & money to burn. For me and my clients, that is not where we are (and I’m not sure any serious, successful online entrepreneur is either or they wouldn’t be successful.)

My big news is I’m redesigning my website. I want to share this with you because my hunch is, you’ll want to know because every online biz owner will face a moment similar to mine… and it’s always so comforting to know we’re not alone, right?

Maybe you’ve been thinking about it yourself. You’ve got questions. And throughout the entire process of a redesign, many more questions arise and will need direction and input from the steering committee which is you.

Most redesigns happen behind-the-scenes and then are “revealed” like a magician’s re-appearing assistant in the spinning wardrobe. Ta-da!

It’s all cool and nice. But when I look around, I don’t recall seeing anyone who’s ever shared the process. Not that that’s bad. It is about relevancy too.

If your niche is not technology or web presencing, sharing your redesign would seem completely irrelevant to your audience… or, only relevant to them in terms of “what’s in it for me?” Will it be easier to navigate? Will I be able to find the content I’m looking for more easily? Stuff like that.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about doing it yourself. Maybe it would nice to understand my reasons for doing it and my decision-making process. And, get a sense of the kinds of  decisions that you might make along the way. That any online biz owner might have to decide for their own redesign.

Starting now, I’m sharing whatever I want to (those are the rules when it’s your web presence) with regard to my redesign. From the why’s to the how’s.

I’ve got some surprises too. I’m leaping off the precipice, like the Fool in the tarot deck. Away from my comfort zone of Thesis (gasp!) and following the call of my own expansion.

Because the call for expansion in life and business always requires taking some risks. Besides, I’ve got my “A” story and I’m willing to drink my own kool-aid here and fearlessly face the threats of making a mistake or even failing completelybecause the ride of expansion is always worth it.

Everyone loves a sexy reveal, but I’m opting for the strip-tease instead…

I hope you’ll come along for the ride. I’d love to hear your questions about redesigns. What’s scary about it, what’s exciting about it. How to know when it’s time for you to do it.

Subscribe if you haven’t and you want to follow along.

Your Web Presence & Showcasing Your Art

mar·quee [mahr-kee]  –noun

a tall rooflike projection above a theater entrance, usually containing the name of a currently featured play or film and its stars.

I’ve noticed that many more women are showing up asking for a very specific requirement for their web presence. They want a marquee style header.

At first, I thought this would be the exception. And it was, for a little while.

Most of my previous clients are coaches. Early on, I had one ‘typical’ artist show up and say yes to me and my way of webifying. And after analysis of what she was presenting to the world, and upon my recommendation to her, we designed her web presence using a different WordPress theme than is my usual standard. And Thesis is a standard in today’s web presencing universe.

I looked at what she was doing, and I decided it needed a different focus. Not that Thesis couldn’t handle her and what she does. Enough mystery, yeah? Please meet Laura Jacquemond from BlueTerracotta.com.

But my past clients were mostly going to be using their words to connect with their audience of right people. And I do believe, Thesis is a really great broad based solution for what most people starting out need in their first few years of online business making.

However, the earlier exception is now becoming the rule. And even in my own online business growth process, I personally am finding I need a different approach to how I’m showing my stuff to the world.

You & your art

I talk a lot in my main webification sales page about being a creator. Being an artist of some type. And that at our core, we all are. I think the importance of being able to express our own personal forms of creativity is so germane to the expansion of life.  To having a feeling of deeper meaning, satisfaction, joy… all the good stuff. I believe it’s what will save the world actually. Or make Heaven on Earth.

Expressing our personal forms of art heals us.

And artistic expression is everywhere. In every thing. Because it all begins with thought. An inspiration or desire. It begins there.

What I had been wanting for my own web presence was a way to showcase my gallery. I’m an artist, and I need a gallery. Right now, I have a list in my sidebar, of clients I’ve worked with and am working with (well not this very second, because I’m writing this now, but there they are… see? look in the sidebar).

I have all the right ingredients, including testimonials, screenshots… ya know, the whole she-bang. All the things I think you’d like to see in order to make the decision of whether or not you’re going to visit my contact page and set up ourchat about your web presence.

The information coming easily, in a naturally-feeling organized manner… like “uhuh uhuh uhuh…” click click click. Easy. (Emphasis on easy… ya feelin’ me?)

I’ve played with a few plug-ins (I plan to share that with you another time soon). I built galleries in several of them. Just not satisfied. Not feelin’ it.

So I’m bopping around Facebook and I notice a certain something that calls to my attention… drag & drop WordPress theme. “Oh?” I muse.

You see, I’m always thinking about you. Well not always. But you know what I mean. I want it to be easier for you… the whole technology thing. And I strongly believe that if technology doesn’t make itself easier to use, it will not be around. It must build ease-of-use into itself to thrive and expand. If it’s too challenging to use, nobody will use it.

May seem counterintuitive because in a sense, I undermine your need of my services. But I don’t see it that way. My bottom line is empowerment. I say that right-off-the-bat on my web presencing sales page.

What a marquee styled header is…

Marquee, marquee, marquee… what the hell is it?! Ok, well… read the definition again at the top of this post and then visit my client Megan Matthieson. It’ll be like bam! I promise…. Go quick…

So drag & drop WordPress theme, marquee based header. If you like it and it’s right for what your sharing… still with me?

If you are strictly biz and not an artist, then this is where you showcase your latest product or just simply sell what you do with imagery and some verbiage. It’s your billboard people. It’s your electronic billboard.

I say this all the time. If you’re a client, you’re gonna nod your head. Ready? You’ve got 2.5 seconds.

That’s it! If they don’t see what they want to see, they click the back button (or hit backspace on their keyboard like I do.)

So you gonna make’em read it or are you gonna show it to them?

My new theme choice is…

My new theme is called PlatformPro from Pagelines.com (yes, that’s an affiliate link). I’ve already sent them a lil love note… I really want them to come on by, pay me a visit (yes, it’s a secret wish). This is what it looks like when you fly-by-the-seat-of-your-optimystical-designer-ass… and it feels fun and free and wild to be… me. FINALLY!

I’m redesigning my website. I’m gonna share it with you in hopes that’ll it will help you turn your own corners about webifying and what you’re doing online, with your business.

My need for redesign is not about dissatisfaction in how my web presence looks or feels, it’s about needing to present the information in a more dynamic way. And it’s about growing and expanding myself into technology as-I-go, not all at once. Which is crazy to think that we could or can, but we do it nonetheless.

You and your web presence may not need PlatformPro now. And you might be an artist like me; needing flexible, easy & dynamic. A showcase for your art. And if your art is your writing, Thesis is still (really), more than good enough to get you going.

That’s it for today. Stay-tuned for more… where hopefully I’ll have a few shorter installments. Right now, I gotta a redesign story to tell. And I’m excited to tell it.

Till soon,
mm.

Got redesign questions?

Use the form on my contact page and just ask!