Freelance Productivity: How to Tame the Whirlwind

The life of a freelancer can be a constant swirl of busyness. Projects and tasks and urgent needs are all vying for your attention. Freelancing is a whirlwind. Freelance productivity is the solution.

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You’re not alone. We all deal with this vortex wrestling for our attention. The less-than-cheerful news is that the whirlwind never goes away. But the good news is you can tame it. You can figure out how to be more productive within the whirlwind and not allow it to consume your life.

Here’s how to do it:

  • 1. Create a freelance productivity system for your life and work.
  • 2. Make and pursue goals.

The reality is the whirlwind is all about the tyranny of the urgent. It overwhelms you with minor tasks and you never get anything important accomplished.

“When urgency and importance clash, urgency wins every time.” -Franklin Covey

In order to survive, you need strength to stand against the whirlwind and not allow yourself to be blown to and fro whichever way the daily wind is blowing.

Why Be More Productive & Make Goals

Before we get to the how, let’s talk about the why.

Hopefully, many of you are eager for the how and you fully understand the why. You’re desperate to corral your tasks and regain control of your life.

But there’s value in considering the why. Yes, you want to be more productive and accomplish more and be less stressed. But there’s a deeper purpose.

The purpose of freelance productivity is not to make you busier. This isn’t about merely cranking up your efficiency so you churn through even more minor and meaningless tasks in a day.

The purpose of freelance productivity is to create margin in your life for what really matters to you.

Stop and think about that for a moment:

  • What really matters to you?
  • What do you want to accomplish?
  • How much money do you need?
  • How much do you need to work?
  • How would you invest extra time and/or money?

You shouldn’t create goals and develop a productivity system simply to get more work done. You should do it to regain control of your life and ensure that you can pursue the things that give you purpose.

Maybe that is your freelance job. Maybe your work truly matters to you and gives you fulfillment. That’s great.

But maybe the work you’re doing now isn’t exactly the work you always want to be doing. Maybe you need to make changes to your business. Maybe you have a side project you want to pursue. Maybe work is just necessary, but it powers other pursuits that give you that sense of accomplishment.

Let your business be the fuel that powers what you want to do in your life. However it works for you, think about the why. Use that as the motivation to make some changes and tame the whirlwind once and for all.

Freelance Productivity System

Some freelancers manage their tasks out of their email inbox. The result is that your inbox rules your day. The latest email is the latest priority and you have no sense of scope or strategy. It’s an inefficient way to run your business. It’s also a great way to forget things.

You need a system. Not an email inbox.

Works for You

But the first thing to understand about productivity systems is that there’s no universal system. The only right system is the one that works for you. And what works for you might not work for a fellow freelancer.

So while it might be helpful to compare notes and see what works for others, the only real solution is to figure out what works for you. You’ve got to try systems and change systems and tweak your approach until you find what works for you. And that may change as you change.

A good freelance productivity system is an evolving process.

Getting Things Done

One common and well-known approach to productivity systems is detailed in the book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen. This has been a popular approach in recent years, and for good reason.

The whole idea is to get things out of your brain and into a system. So instead of using your brain to keep track of all your tasks and projects and commitments, you have a system that does it for you. This frees up your brain to actually focus on work, to be creative, to think deeply. It enables you to do better work.

The basic assumption of the system is that you’re dumb.

Seriously: Our subconscious is dumb when it comes to thinking about the things we should be doing. What happens when you hear that new email ding? No matter what you’re working on, no matter the deadline, you suddenly have an innate desire to check your email.

The whole purpose of the system is to keep track of what you need to do, what you should do, or what you should consider, and then convert those things into tangible actions.

The ultimate result is that your subconscious mind can stop trying to track all these tasks, which makes you more productive and less stressed.

The core of the Getting Things Done system is that you create and maintain a series of lists:

  • 1. Next actions – Tasks you need to accomplish.
  • 2. Projects – A larger action that requires multiple tasks to complete.
  • 3. Waiting – An item that needs action, but you’re waiting on someone else (like you’re waiting for a client to provide copy before the project can move forward).
  • 4. Someday – Things you need to do someday, but they’re not urgent.

Then you supplement your lists with tools:

  • 1. Lists – Something to track and organize your lists of actions, projects, etc.
  • 2. Calendar – Where you actually spell out when you’re going to do what actions (this gives order and structure to your day and keeps you from lurching from task to task in a constant state of distraction).
  • 3. Reminders – Things you need to come back to, but don’t need to deal with today (so stop trying to remember them and let your system remind you about them).
  • 4. Resources – Things you need to refer to, whether it’s how-to articles or client content.

There’s an entire world of tools out there to help you accomplish all this. From apps to services to resources you can buy. Maybe you use Trello for lists, iCal for calendar and reminders, and Evernote for resources. Maybe you use something else entirely. The point is to find the tools that work best for you.

A Few Tips for Picking Tools:

  • Just start: Don’t wait for your system to be perfect. Refine it as you go, but just go!
  • Be all in: Don’t try to use multiple tools for the same thing as you’re figuring it out. Pick one and stick to it. Redundant organizational systems don’t organize anything.
  • Pay attention: Especially as you’re starting out, you need to keep your various tools open and refer to them often. Out of sight, out of mind—so keep those tools in view until it becomes a habit.
  • Supercharge it: Tools are interconnected these days. There are WordPress plugins that interface with calendars, Trello, Evernote and more. You can also use services like IFTTT and Zapier to keep everything connected.
  • Learn from others: Everybody has their own system for productivity, and a lot of the tools overlap, even if each unique system isn’t the same. Search for tips and creative applications from others online. Ask around. If something isn’t working the way you want, ask how other folks make it work.

Process Your Inbox

Getting Things Done works by creating a system to handle everything that comes in. So you need to actually process everything that comes through—emails, phone calls, support requests, etc.—and make sure it has a place to go where you’ll eventually follow up with it.

So get things out of your head and into a system. You’ll be more focused and more productive.

Make Some Goals

While it’s helpful to have a productivity system, it won’t end the whirlwind. It will only help you deal with it. There really is no end to the whirlwind—sorry, that’s life.

But knowing that, you should make time for big picture strategy in the midst of the whirlwind. You have a whole system to help you stay productive despite the whirlwind, so use that system to make long-term goals.

As you’re making goals, be sure they’re SMART goals—Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. You want to be clear about what you’re trying to accomplish.

Another smart way to approach goals: The more you have, the fewer you’ll be able to achieve with excellence. If you aim for two to three goals, you can probably achieve them. But if you aim for any more, you’re going to hit even fewer of them. And if you aim for a lot of goals, you’ll probably hit none of them.

Make goals for your upcoming week, as well as more long-term goals like the coming month, quarter, and year. You don’t need to be crazy organized and planned out with it, but you need to have some sort of plan.

If you walk into your office on Monday morning without a plan, the whirlwind will gobble you up. You have to plan for it and block out the time to make this stuff happen. And that’s especially true for your long-term goals. Make them part of your freelance productivity system.

Action, Not Knowledge

The freelance life is a constant whirlwind. The sooner you accept that and are prepared to adjust accordingly, the better off you’ll be.

Ultimately, the solution doesn’t require any special knowledge or insight. It just requires the right behavior. You have to be disciplined enough to create and implement a system, and then stick with it consistently.

Your business is the sum total of your habits, both good and bad. For some of us, that can be a little scary. But it just means we need to force ourselves to form better habits. That’s how you can achieve freelance productivity.

More Freelance Productivity Help

This post is based on a session from the recent Freelance Summit by Nathan Ingram.

Learn more about freelance productivity, systems, and goals in the Freelance Summit. It’s an 11-hour webinar series with Nathan Ingram that covers great content like this plus more on process, profit and productivity.

For even more on freelance productivity, check out some of our other blog posts:

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WordPress Plugin Roundup – March 2018

In this post, we recap the newest cool and useful (oh, and free!) WordPress plugins added to the WordPress Plugin Directory.

Recent Changes to the Plugin Directory

  • The WordPress Plugin Directory has changed the warning for “old” plugins to show a version-based warning rather than a time-based warning.
  • Instead of showing a warning like “this plugin hasn’t been updated in 1 year,” now the directory will show something like “this plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 2 revisions of WordPress.”
  • This warning only keys off information in the readme.txt file, though, so if a developer didn’t update that entry (which is common), the warning will appear.
  • As always, just because a plugin hasn’t been updated in a while, that doesn’t mean it is broken or will break your site. But it is a factor that should be taken into account when installing a new plugin.

1. YotuWP : Embed YouTube Playlist, YouTube Channel, Video Gallery, YouTube Gallery

By yotuwp

Plugin Description: The YotuWP plugin is a modern responsive YouTube video gallery. Easy embed videos from YouTube playlist, channel and videos IDs to your WordPress website.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Create nice video galleries from YouTube playlists, channel videos, or individual videos.
  • Once you create a YouTube API in the Google Developer console, just generate a shortcode and you’re done!
  • Lots of options make this plugin a powerful tool for displaying video content.

2. Awesome Weather Widget

By Hal Gatewood

Plugin Description: The Awesome Weather Widget plugin allows you to easily add super clean (and awesome) weather widgets to your site.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • A very easy to add weather widget that looks great out of the box.
  • Uses OpenWeather for an ad-free experience, which is nice.
  • Does require a (free) API Key from OpenWeather in order to work.
  • Lots of styling options including background color or image, extended forecast, etc.
  • Can be added as a widget or as a shortcode (parameters here in the Awesome Weather Widget docs.
  • Awesome Weather Widget Pro version available with additional features.

3. IdeaPush

By Martin Gibson

Plugin Description: With the IdeaPush plugin, you can add an awesome feature/idea request system to WordPress. Use IdeaPush to generate new ideas or get feedback from actual users and customers or use it as a support triage system or use it for something else!

Nathan’s Notes:

  • A powerful plugin for crowdsourcing ideas for collaboration and voting.
  • From the developer of the Custom Admin Interface plugin we reviewed last summer.
  • Nice interface for users voting and commenting.
  • Just create a board on the plugin’s settings page and drop the shortcode on a page to get started.

4. Some Excellent Plugins from LittleBizzy

We’ve featured a few of LittleBizzy’s plugins on the Plugin Roundup and on other webinars. The most notable is his Force HTTPS (SSL Redirect & Fix Insecure Content) which not only forces SSL but fixes mixed content dynamically. Here are a few other good ones you should know about …

Nathan’s Notes:

5. CakePress Scroll to top

By CakePress

Plugin Description: The CakePress Scroll to Top plugin is the most comprehensive scroll-to-top plugin in the universe. Provides an intuitive button on each page so that, with one click, your readers will be back to the top of the page.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • So who wouldn’t want to try “the most comprehensive scroll-to-top plugin in the universe”? Turns out, they’re actually pretty close.
  • Just about any setting can be tweaked in the customizer with live preview.
  • Pretty impressive if your theme doesn’t have a scroll to top button… or even to replace it if it does.

6. Shortcodes Finder

By Scribit

Plugin Description: The Shortcodes finder plugin helps you to find every shortcode present in your WordPress website content.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Scans your website to find the shortcodes that are currently registered and on what page/post they appear.
  • View results by shortcode or by content.
  • The Test Shortcode tab also shows you every shortcode that has been defined on your site.
  • Very helpful to find shortcodes you may want to replace or remove. However, the plugin only finds active shortcodes, not those left in content from a deactivated or removed plugin.

7. Forbid Pwned Passwords

By Michael Veenstra

Plugin Description: With Forbid Pwned Passwords plugin, your site’s users will receive errors if they attempt to set their password to one found in a known breach, forcing them to choose a new one.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Uses the “Have I Been Pwned” API to check the email and password combinations when a WordPress account is created to insure the combination has not been compromised.
  • Have I Been Pwned keeps a searchable database of data exploits here: https://haveibeenpwned.com/
  • Very helpful to guard against attacks based on exploited usernames and passwords.

10. Plugin Notes Plus Best Plugin Description of the Month

By Jamie Bergen

Plugin Description: Have you ever returned to a site that you built a while back and asked, “Dude, why did I install this plugin?” The Plugin Notes plugin provides an extra column on the Plugins page that enables you to add, edit, or delete notes about the plugins you have installed on a particular site. These notes are intended to provide documentation regarding why a particular plugin was installed and how or where it’s being used.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • This is a really clever and useful plugin.
  • Notes can be styled as note, info, link, warning, key, or checkmark – each with its own characteristics.
  • Multiple notes can be saved for a single plugin.

11. Clean WP Admin Theme This Month’s Good Idea or Bad Idea Plugin #2:

By VegaCorp

Plugin Description: You can install the plugin and it works automatically. With the Clean WP Admin Theme plugin, the WP Admin will look much better and cleaner.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • If you don’t like the dark admin interface WordPress provides, this plugin gives you a clean white interface instead.
  • Change the accent color in Settings > General.

12. Htaccess File Editor Good Idea or Bad Idea Plugin #2:

By ThemeEgg

Plugin Description: Simple editor htaccess file without using FTP client. The Htaccess File Editor plugin should be used only by experienced users!

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Provides a UI to edit the htaccess file from within WordPress.
  • As the plugin description says… advanced users only.

Watch the Webinar: WordPress Plugin Roundup – March 2018

This post is based on the WordPress Plugin Roundup – March 2018 webinar by Nathan Ingram. In this webinar, Nathan demonstrates how to use each of these plugins so you can get a better idea of how they work. Check out the entire series of monthly WordPress Plugin Roundup posts here & register for the next Plugin Roundup webinar here.

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Get Adobe Elements Software Tips With Step By Step Tutorials

Adobe Photoshop Elements doesn’t just have one single interface and is capable of launching the program in several different modes. There a selection of different modes on Elements for different requirements like organizing photos, the full edit mode, the quick fix, and you can even produce your own photo album books.

Should you have the Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 version you may have seen some interesting features including email, burning to CD or DVD, and the uncluttered interface makes everything so more simplified, especially if you need to move images round the screen.

Quick Fix Guide Mode: The quick mode enables you to make very basic alterations to your images as you can alter the following; Lighting, colour, sharpen, and you also have the options to do a smart fix. Elements also gives you an auto fix button which can be found on the right hand side. Another way to access the adjustments buttons is through the Enhance menu.

Auto fixing is perfect for complete elements newbies if you’re looking for a quick photo fix. Check out these six great editing tools and features.

1) Just hit the “Reset Button” on the after picture, if your editing changes are not going to plan. 2) To view the before and after photos you will find a drop down button which says “View” in the lower left hand corner, . 3) The tool box is located on the left hand side of the view screen. 4) You are able to zoom in from your photo here and a zoom button is located in the lower left hand corner. 5) On the right hand side of the screen you will find the time saving auto tab buttons. 6) The quick mode feature allows the option of using sliders, which you will find very useful.

The full edit mode provides the necessary tools to change any of your photo images. The majority of the tools and commands are to be found in the palettes.

The palettes are used for managing your layers and applying effects to your images. By default the layers and effects palette are displayed automatically. If you wish you can also open more by choosing from the windows menu, which can be found at the top. Another really cool feature for the palettes is they float, so you can have them where you like. Once you have brought your image up, you’ll find below the main image window your images that you have opened.

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WordPress Wizard 2.0 – A Complete Review

Have you ever considered the idea of being able to make money online? Chances are if you have, you have probably thought about the idea of making money with a blog. Many people do make money with blogs, and good money too. The problem is, is if you are new to Internet marketing and blogging, you do not stand a chance at earning an income from your blog. This is because there are professional marketers out there who understand what it takes and are way ahead of you. So, while you are trying to catch up with them, they are eating up all of your potential traffic and sales. This is where WordPress Wizard 2.0 can help you.

To be able to make money online with your blog, it is essential that you are equipped with all the knowledge you need from the basics to the more advanced education. WordPress Wizard 2.0 has all this for you. It contains more than 50 training video tutorials on how to blog using WordPress. It’s exactly what newbies to blogging need to get started and get profiting with their blogs.

You are taught everything from setting up your own WordPress blog, monetizing it to earn money from it, to driving targeted massive traffic to it. You are giving access to 6 modules which include:

* Internet Marketing Basics – This includes video tutorials on how to register your own domain name with places such as GoDaddy, how to change DNS names, how to get hosting, how to install and use FireZilla FTP program and how to use cPanel.

* WordPress Basics – You will be giving access to video tutorials on installing WordPress, installing themes and plug ins and more.

* Advanced Tutorials on WordPress – Learn how to upgrade WordPress, use Windows live writer, create back ups, edit CSS style sheets and how to use RSS.

* Make Money Online with Blogs – This tutorial is all about making money with AdSense, monetizing your blog with affiliate products through ClickBank and how to publish free articles to drive traffic to your blog.

* Link Building and SEO tutorial – You will learn all about SEO and ways to build links.

* Email Marketing and RSS – You will learn how to build a list using your blog and marketing your products through email marketing using Aweber.

Not only will you have access to these training tutorials, but you will also be giving special bonuses such as The Keyword Warrior, Forum Warrior, Blog Warrior, Forum Warrior and Directory Warrior. These are important tools that every successful Internet Marketer needs to help them make money online with their blogs.

WordPress Wizard 2.0 is a great program for people getting started in the Internet marketing and blogging world. It will get you up and running fast with your WordPress blog and get you into profit mode right along side all the other successful marketers.

WordPress Video Tutorial – Do it Right the First Time

If you are reading this article then you’ve probably taken a look at WordPress and you’re a tad confused on just how to use it and you could really use a solid WordPress video tutorial. Maybe you’ve tried to install it and not had much luck. Or you’ve got it installed but are overwhelmed with the number of options available. But mostly you are probably afraid that you’re not taking advantage of the features that are right for you and you are horribly frustrated that you don’t have a single source to go to for answers.

Well when it comes down to it, every question you could conceivably have regarding anything about WordPress is available free on the internet. The only problem is you’d have to search through hundreds of links to find all the info you want and there is no guarantee that what you find is current or accurate.

Learning how to use WordPress can be a bit like learning how to swim. You can jump into a pool that’s over your head and just let Mother Nature take her course, meaning you either drown or figure out how to dog paddle, or you can go to the YMCA and get lessons which will not only teach you how to swim correctly but avoid the sheer panic of the natural method. Which one would you be comfortable with?

Let’s just say for a moment that you don’t want to pay the YMCA and you’ll take your chances in the pool and leave it up to Mother Nature. Well if that’s the way you feel, go visit YouTube.com and search for WordPress. You’ll be overwhelmed with the number of WordPress videos.

Then start watching a few. Are they professionally produced, well organized, is the narrator knowledgeable, can you even understand the narrator, and most importantly…did you learn anything. Maybe now you’re beginning to realize the difference between teaching and telling. Teaching is a professional skill set. Simply telling someone how to do something is not.

If you really need a demonstration, look up the free video tutorials. For starters they typically aren’t entirely free as they want you to buy something from them, usually WordPress themes. But play a couple of modules. Then ask the tell tale question, “Would you want your kid being taught by this guy?” Nine time out of ten it will be some guy just winging it because he’s done it a hundred times. He’ll speak too fast and he will not be fully organized. If your kid couldn’t learn from him, how can you?

Acquiring a professional WordPress video tutorial will make your website efforts so much easier. The really good tutorials, the ones with professional teachers, are not free but they aren’t expensive either. If you value your time, if you hate having to go back and fix mistakes, if you have a low frustration threshold then you most definitely should consider a solid WordPress video tutorial.

Internet Marketing Tutorials That Don’t Pay Off

There are some great Internet marketing tutorials out there. There are also some lousy ones. Sometimes it seems like the bad ones outnumber the good, based on the comments of critics. Why are there so many IM guides that apparently don’t really show you how to do anything productive?

The first reason may have to do with the age of the material. The web and Internet marketing change quickly. The tutorial that you determine to be an absolute dud may have been a real winner a year or two ago. The tutorial isn’t lousy in these cases, it’s simply out of date. Another potential explanation for the bad guides out there is related to the pressures within the marketplace to turn out new material. Marketers within the IM niche are always trying to create something new as quickly as they possible can.

Sometimes, that leads people to rush things into the market place that are incomplete. In other cases, this can lead to complete products that just aren’t expressed with enough detail or clarity. Part of the problem may actually rest with the user, however. It’s interesting that so many tutorials are dismissed as sub par by people who fail to actually follow their recommendations and the steps outlined within them. In many cases, the guide is less to blame than the person using it. Inaction and misunderstanding can turn a great plan into an accidental failure.

In fact, it’s quite possible that many of the criticisms leveled against tutorials stem from an inability on the part of the user to recognize their own significant role in the problem. You’ll notice that two of the three reasons listed have absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the information at all. The old guides worked at one point. User error is common. None of the three evidence negative intentions on the part of the authors, either.

While there are bad apples in the IM barrel, you can’t really accept the argument that most Internet marketing tutorials are ineffective at face value. There’s more to the critical jabs some take at the industry than may meet the eye.

Understanding the Limitations of Internet Marketing Tutorials

Let’s start by making one thing crystal clear. Internet marketing tutorials can be one of the most valuable things you’ll ever encounter as you build an online business. They’ll provide you with a wealth of knowledge and can train you in the various skills you’ll need to generate a real online income. Overall, tutorials and strategy guides are an entrepreneurial godsend. They’re thought-provoking, perspective-enlarging blueprints that can really improve your business.

So, if that’s the case, why do so many people seem to have a grudge against Internet marketing advice and ebooks? Why do they caution others to stay away from these “scams” and decry the IM tutorial scene as nothing more than “hype”?

It boils down to a few misunderstandings. Those who hold a negative opinions of marketing information as a whole might want to reconsider their attitudes. If you’re doubting the value of tutorials and find the allegations of “hype” persuasive, you might want to consider a few things.

First, skills are always going to play a role in success. Internet marketing tutorials can teach you the mechanics of a strategy. They cannot, however, provide you with instant skills. Your talents and abilities will always have an impact on results.

Second, if you want to make an approach work, you need to see it through from start to finish. Too often, people fail to see immediate results and they bail out. Then, they lambaste the technique or tutorial for “failing”. The failure, in reality, was the incompletion.

Third, successful marketers understand variables and how to deal with them. A tutorial may say to do A, B, C, D and E to make money. A good marketer will understand that ineffectiveness on any level could decrease the chance of success. He or she will also sense the presence of outside factors that could play a role in outcomes and will address them. He or she will make sure each step is done the right way, while being proactive in handling circumstances that may not have been mentioned in the source text.

Fourth, there’s a lot of very strong evidence empirically proving the usefulness of the tutorials. People really do make money online. Some of them make a lot of it, and a significant percentage of those folks did so by finding actionable plans in IM tutorials.

Don’t rule out Internet marketing tutorials as a way to jump-start your business. They really can work.

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Why You Should Learn WordPress And Where To Find Tutorials

Exactly why should you learn WordPress at all? Well, WordPress is the preeminent tool that is used on the Internet to create blogs and other websites for absolutely free. As an owner of a business with a website presence on the internet your blog is the cornerstone of your business. I’ll quickly go over a few reasons why you do need to learn WordPress.

WordPress is a free program, you can download it for free from WordPress.org, it doesn’t cost a thing. In addition to that, there are millions of videos, tutorials, and websites devoted to training people on how to use every different part of WordPress. And another great selling point is that there are thousands upon thousands of free website and blog style themes available at no cost, plus they’re easy to install and use.

WordPress also has available thousands upon thousands of plug-ins that offer increased functionality and enable you to make thousands of different kinds of websites from coupons to polls and from gambling sites to classified sites, everything’s available for WordPress.

Continuing on for the reasons why you need to learn WordPress. WordPress has a feature that upgrades itself and the plug-ins you have as well, it couldn’t be easier. Plus Google absolutely loves WordPress, as does Bing and Yahoo as well. Let’s face it, that’s why were here, is to get exposure for our website and WordPress helps in every way. And last but not least, there are millions of forums online that offer free technical support for press and its many themes and plug-ins.

You just can’t go wrong with WordPress. Now let’s take a look at some ways you can learn how to use WordPress.

The first place you would want to visit would be WordPress.org, this is the original home of WordPress and it offers a free forum and videos for those that want to learn about WordPress. There is also a message board where you can ask nearly any question about WordPress, somebody will know the answer and come online to help you out. These people are very patient and explain everything in great detail.

The biggest and best place of all to find a complete education on WordPress has to be YouTube.com. On YouTube you can search for a tutorial on any individual part of WordPress or any module of WordPress, or any error code that you may get while creating your blog on WordPress.

There are thousands of over the shoulder videos that can take you through setting up any color, theme, plug-ins, software’s, nearly anything you can imagine to do with the website, you can do with WordPress, and there are hundreds of tutorial videos on YouTube for you to watch. The beauty of video tutorials is you can watch them over and over as many times as it takes to understand.

If you still can’t figure out how to get started with WordPress for your blog or website, there are individual coaching programs available on the Internet. These coaching programs would involve paying a fee, but by the time you’re done you would be a pro at everything involving WordPress.

If individual live coaching is too expensive for you, there are full sets of coaching videos that can be purchased for very little cost, that would take you from A to Z on everything that has to do with WordPress as well.

So, as you can see, not only is WordPress the best, free,most popular website and blog building program in the world today, it also has the most online educational tools of any program ever, in the history of the internet. You really can’t go wrong by learning WordPress.

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Structuring Your WordPress Site

Pages and Posts are the two main content types inside WordPress. While they sound the same, there are actually some big differences in how they work within the overall system.

Pages are most often used for static, permanent articles that won’t change very often. About, Bio, Company, Contact — these are general types of content that won’t have frequent updates and can remain as a static page. It’s easy to further organize your content by creating sub-pages. The top level page is called the Parent and anything below it is it’s Child. This setting can be found under Page Attributes on the right side when editing a page.

Posts are most useful with blog or news sections as you can easily create a Category that holds all of those posts, then create a menu link to the Category, which will automatically display every post you’ve assigned to it. As with Parent/Child pages mentioned above, you can also have as many sub-categories as you want, making for very effective content organization.

If you are planning to write frequent content on a particular subject, then using the Categories/Posts combination is the best way to go, as WordPress will be handling all of the linking and formatting for you.

Another way to split off your Posts is to use Tags. In this way you can have a primary subject like “gardening” but create separate tags for different sub-topics. WordPress will automatically create separate links to all articles tagged with the term you choose, providing an additional method for visitors to find content within your site!

For additional tips on organizing your content in WordPress, visit the links below.

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Psd To WordPress What Is Theme Coding All About

If you have a little bit of knowledge about PSD to WordPress
, then it may be tempting to think that transferring the designs is easy. But it is actually much more complicated due to heavy reliance on CSS and the need to create separate theme files for all the different theme components. The best way to get around this is to simply outsource the process. Design a theme in Photoshop and then hire the services of a company who does this on a regular basis.
I do agree that WordPress is a great platform to work with and we all know that by now. But just because it is easier to use on a daily basis, especially for bloggers, does not mean it is easier to set up. The theme coding while converting PSD to WordPress
is not as easy as it may seem when we first start our work by our own. If you don’t know what you are doing it can be very difficult to create a theme that looks exactly how you want. Of course, you could always buy a pre-made theme, but getting one designed with your exact purposes in mind is a much better way to create a website with individual personality.
A PSD to WordPress
conversion company can ensure every part of your design makes it into the finished product. Can you guarantee something like that to yourself? Be honest. It is just too easy to start working on a theme and find out you just cannot make certain elements work, and instead of putting in some extra hours or nights to figure it out most people will just cut corners and do something easier, telling themselves they have not sacrificed that much in quality. The truth is that cutting one or two corners can quickly add up to a lousy design.
Most individuals who possess a basic knowledge of HTML and rudimentary skills in designing and coding web layouts believe a PSD to WordPress
conversion is an easy task to do. This is not the case. Turning a design into a Word Press theme is not as easy as a conventional PSD to HTML conversion. It is a little more involved due to the fact that the layout is handled mostly by CSS and not tables. Also the header, main content and footer areas are not all contained in one file.
What does this mean to the individual with a unique design? It means your options are very limited. One is to learn how to code a Word Press theme yourself. Another option is to send your design to a friend or relative who has done conversions in the past. Last but certainly not least, is the hiring of a skilled coder or company that specializes in PSD to WordPress
conversions. Most individuals opt for the last choice as these entities are experts at taking designs created in Photoshop, Gimp or Adobe Illustrator and converting them into a functional WordPress theme.
Convert2xhtml.com is perfect for new designers in the field of web development or web solutions. Their services are ideal for busy web designers. One can even outsource their work to them and get intelligent and work done at affordable costs. They have trained technical staff to suit all budgets and technical needs. To know more about their expertise and services log on to the website www.Convert2xhtml.com.