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How to embed Vimeo onto a website or blog post

As usual with my posts, these instructions have been created following a real customer question. They work for any blog or website platform, even though the accompanying images are for a WordPress website.

Go ahead, give it a go! In 5 minutes flat, you’ll have your Vimeo video embedded onto the web page. Continue reading

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A sneaky peak to exciting WordPress Glasgow news…


See if you can spot us in there! 😉

Holita Community Team! This is a report of all the Meetup applications that we’ve seen work on last week (from May 20th to June 3rd). If you have questions (or see something that’s missing) let us know in the comments. Have a nice weekend! 1) 4 NEEDS VETTING Lisboa, Portugal Nagpur, Maharashtra, India Lisbon, Portugal…

via Meetup Status Weekly Report (From May 20th to June 3rd) — Make WordPress Community

Social Media Experiment – update 1st month

What an eye opener this first month’s experiment has been! I’ve learned a huge amount not least how much I still have to learn. A humbling experience indeed.

So, a month ago I set off to improve my social media “performance” as a way to improve my online presence. To achieve this, the plan was to become more active in my current social media platforms as well as more conscious of the way I use them, without spending more than half an hour a day on them.

“Ha, ha!”, you’ll be thinking… Yes, and you are right.

Here’s what I’ve learned this month:

  1. Half an hour a day can be both too little and too long. It’s too little because you can easily spend your whole day on your social media platforms (tweaking settings, reading posts, finding leads, etc) and far too long when you have pressing “proper” work you should be doing instead.
  2. Don’t expect quick results. If Social Media is not your full-time job, it takes time to make your use of the various platforms really meaningful for what you want to achieve. It is still worth incorporating them into your work routine, though.
  3. Different social media platforms can used for different objectives. Twitter is my favourite and I’ve always used it to keep up-to-date with what’s hapenning in the tech world. In my case, though, it was wrong to use it as a way to reach clients because very few amongst my current customer base are active in Twitter. I have now changed the way I use Twitter and, as a consequence, have doubled the number of followers and also enriched my contributions.
  4. Make it meaningful. Before the experiment, I was following Twitter accounts and blogs mostly passively. Reading them and bookmarking or liking those I found more useful. Now I actively participate or even start conversations by giving credit to those pieces of information that have been most helpful.

Just to illustrate this last point, imagine you have attended an amazingly interesting talk or seminar. Which of these two tweets do you think will most appreciated? :

Two example tweets

Obviuos, isn’t it? Even though in both tweets you are giving credit to the speaker or tutor, in the first one your followers only learn that you attended the seminar, whilst in the second you are also highlighting an idea or piece of information that can be useful for many.

Both examples are real tweets, by the way. The second was (about a superb talk and…) my top tweet this month with over 1000 impressions, the first didn’t even make it to the Twitter stats.

With that said, my Social Media experiment will continue for a while still. My tasks for next month will be to discern whether I need to keep all the social media accounts I currently have and, if so, how to get the most out of them. Will keep you updated!

(To find out some more background, you can read the initial “Social Media Experiment” post from last 31st March.)


Social Media Experiment

Hello again… Long time no see!

Having had a really busy year and a bit (not a bad thing!), it’s time to spend some time looking after the blog and my other neglected social media platforms.

So I’ve decided to run an experiment and show you how it goes by periodically reporting back.

What are the experiment’s objectives

Firstly, to see which strategy works best with my existing social media platforms by trying several different strategies and tools to feed content onto them.

Secondly, to report back a comparison of the results.

To make this experiment universally useful, I have also decided that the changes should only take a short amount of my working day and that I will only use free versions of existing tools.

With these Social Media Platforms

Here’s my work-related Social Media situation at the moment, I have:

… in various embarrasing degrees of neglect …

All accounts, except Pinterest, are connected to this blog and automatically publish a message when a new post is published (*).

(*) You can set this up quite easily from your WordPress Dashboard > Configure (on the left-hand side menu) > Sharing.

Current Situation

So here’s the sad state of affairs on DAY ONE:

  • Twitter – 247 tweets, following 153, followers 31
  • Facebook – 31 likes
  • LinkedIn – 51 connections
  • Google+ – 2 followers and 9804 views
  • Pinterest – 43 pins and 3 followers

Please don’t laugh! I have really spent very little time on most of them… On the plus side, it can only get better, right?

I shall report back in a month’s time… See you!


Where to find your internet browser’s history

There may be various reasons for wanting to view the navigation history on a computer’s internet browser (checking what your kids have been up to springs to mind!). Here you’ll find a very quick how-to guide for the most popular browsers classified by platform.

Please note that different versions of the same internet browser may have variations on the position of the menus and buttons to press. This guide has been created using the latest available browser versions to date.

On PCs and Windows laptops

1. Internet Explorer

Open Internet Explorer and click the little arrow (1) that appears on the navigation bar, on the address bar:


The dropdown menu shows the last few visited websites. If you wish to view a more complete list, click the second arrow (2) next to the “History” title.

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How to change your privacy settings

Ok, so we’ve been told a thousand times already that we need to read the Ts & Cs but, realistically, who has the time for that?

However, we should all start taking this a bit more seriously, afterall, if for the likes of Google, Facebook et al we are both the customer and the product, we should have a say on what they do with our data, right?

In this post I’ll tell you where to go to view and/or change your account’s privacy settings for G+ / GMail, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, and Youtube. Please notice that Paypal does not include an option to change your user privacy settings.

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Mobile and Wireless Security: we are the weakest link.

smartphonesMost of us have grown to enjoy and depend on the many conveniences afforded by smartphones.

But, while mobile phones have evolved from simple portable telephones to mini-computers, do we know the potential risks than come with the convenience? And, just as importantly, are we aware of our own responsibilities in protecting our personal data.

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How to Add a New User to your WordPress Blog

After creating a new blog, you are the sole Administrator. But, unless you work solo, you will need to be able to give other people working access to it. While, for example, some people may collaborate by creating posts, others may monitor subscriber comments before approval.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Login to your blog’s WordPress account. You will need to have Administrator rights to create new users.
  2. Click on My Blogs (1) and choose the option Dashboard (2), situated underneath the blog’s name.wp1 Continue reading

Easy ways to improve your position on Google and Bing for free.

Getting your website, blog or Facebook pages to appear high up in the Search Engines results is both a science and a mistery. Big and even medium-size companies pay SEO (stands for Search Engine Optimisation) specialists to do just that, all day long!

But do not despair. There are a lot of easy improvements we can do to our ranking and to increase our chances of being found in the world wide web. Continue reading

It’s easy to create a Facebook Page

So you’ve read our “Facebook Personal Account versus Facebook Page” quick guide and have reached the conclusion that you really should have a Facebook Page.

The problem is that Facebook help pages can be a bit dry… Do not worry! I’ve just prepared another easy step-by-step guide that should do the trick. Enjoy!

To create a Facebook Page from your personal Facebook account:

  1. Login to your Facebook account as usual.
  2. In the menu on the left-hand side of the News Feed page, you will see a section called Pages. Click on the option “Create a Page“.facebook-create-page-1
  3. A new screen will you open where you will be asked to classify your page under one of six possible types. The options are: Local business or place; Company, organisation or institution; Brand or product; Artist, band or public figure; Entertainment; and Cause or community.facebook-create-page-2
  4. Click the best option for your new page. In this example we have gone the first one but the process is the same regardless of your choice.
  5. A form will show in its place. All you need to do now is fill the form fields click the “Get Started” button.facebook-create-page-3

Remember that everybody who Likes your page, as well as all their Facebook friends, will see your updates in their News Feed. Also, when you have reached a minimum of 30 Likes, Facebook Insights starts providing you with very useful information and statistics about your public.

Go on, start promoting your page!

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