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Picture 3-002Over 100 Free Tutorials on WordPress, Multimedia, Blogging, SEO, ebooks, ecommerce, Mobile Sites and More.  Presented by Kristi Marie Gott, certified by university classes in these topics.

News Dec. 2014:   StudioMediaCam author writes news article used by CNN news website, west coast storm photos and story. 

Help for Webs. Go step by step with Kristi Marie Gott.  100+ free tutorials.  WordPress Is a Flexible, Customizable Software Used for Websites, Blogs and Combinations of Both – It Is Also Very Economical

What is WordPress in Detail and Who uses WordPress?

More than 50% of the top 100 sites in the world use WordPress .  From NASA to Ford Motor Company the businesses using WordPress are concrete proof of its quality. 

Notable users of WordPress include well known news organizations, Fortune 500 businesses,  political figures and celebrities.   Here are a few of them.

  1. New York Times
  2. Forbes
  3. Reuters
  4. CNN
  5. GM
  6. UPS
  7. Ebay
  8. Sony
  9. VW
  10. Katie Perry
  11. Jay-Z
  12. Mashable
  13. TechCrunch
  14. and many more. 

Who Created WordPress?

Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little first introduced the earliest versions of  WordPress in 2003.  Matt attended the University of Houston before leaving in 2004 to work for CNET.  

In 2005 Matt left CNET to found Automattic, (yes, it is spelled with two t’s) the company behind WordPress as well as many other related companies.   He is also a successful musician, traveling the globe.  You can visit his website and see photos of his travels and read more about WordPress.

WordPress is Open Source.

Open source means the software is free.  There is no charge for the software.  It can be shared with everyone for free.

Anyone can modify the software and share that too.  They can also make custom changes to it and then market it.  It is like getting a recipe from someone, sharing it with others, perhaps changing it and even charging for it.

WordPress.com At wordpress.com there is a hosted version that provides free hosting.  But free hosting version does not have a custom domain and will have ads on your site.   There is a paid service at wordpress.com too where you get a custom domain and the ads are removed. The versions at wordpress.com have fewer customizations available than wordpress.org and most business sites use the wordpress.org version.

WordPress.org. There is a self-hosted version from wordpress.org. which has the most options for customizing and for ecommerce.  A domain will run about $10-$12 per year and web hosting (providing a place to store the files online) will run less than $10 a month.  This wordpress version has the most number of customizations available and is best for business needs and ecommerce.

What types of sites use WordPress?

All kinds of sites use WordPress. Traditional websites, blog sites, and combination sites can be created with wordpress.  Ecommerce sites, marketers, businesses, online stores use WordPress. People who want a mobile device friendly site use WordPress.  WordPress mobile responsive themes are built for easy viewing on both computers and mobile devices. 

Multisites use WordPress such as CNN blogs.

Sites that add or update information frequently use WordPress. Adding new content is easy in WordPress so sites that plan to update frequently use it.  The blog shows the most recently added articles.  The categories group the articles under topics to make it easy to look them up.  Some blogs are thousands of pages long and have been continually updated for many years. 

People who do not use code languages use WordPress. Menus and icons are used instead of code so people use it who want to create their own sites but who do not know how to write html, css and other code languages.  You use a text box similar to an email box to add the text, photos, videos and other content.  Click publish and your update is done.  

Web developers who write code use WordPress too.  With one click you can access the site code and rewrite the code or add to it.  WordPress developers can take a theme and customize the code.  

Marketers use WordPress because it has good search engine optimization.   It comes with seo built into it.  Plus the average person who does not write code can easily add plugins and other customizations to increase the seo.  Landing on the front page of search engine results is often easier with WordPress.  Search engines like sites that add new content regularly.  Since WordPress makes this easy to do it’s a favorite for those who seek top ranking with search engines. 

You can create a traditional business website or a  blog.  You can also create a combination site with both. 

Thousands of themes are available to meet an infinite number of needs from business to art and entertainment.

What does WordPress cost?

  • There are varieties of WordPress but the software itself is free. WordPress.com offers a hosting service with hosting for free too with a simpler, easier version of WordPress.  However it is less customizable and less suitable for online ecommerce than the WordPress.org verson. 
  • WordPress is open source software, free to all.
  • WordPress.com.Many people start with WordPress.com to take a look at the dashboard and learn the basics with a simplest version.  To have a  custom domain of your own and a site without ads on it you can pay a fee for an upgrade.  There are also various premium upgrades at WordPress.com.
  • WordPress.org. For a more complex but more customizable version that can be used for ecommerce and online selling you can use the WordPress.org version.  You will need to sign up for an account with a web host but it usually runs less than $10 per month for the hosting.  The domain will run about $10-$12 a year.  With the self-hosted, WordPress.org version you will need to get a spam blocker for the comments areas for $5 a month. The software is free.

What equipment do I need and how much will it cost?

  • There is no need to spend a lot of money or run up debts.  You can do this very economically.  You do not need to buy the more expensive computers to find one that can do what is needed.  The lower priced computers, especially during sales, provide affordable equipment to do what you need.
  • For example, in 2014 I’m using equipment that I got on sale.   For a laptop I use an Asus notebook that was on sale for $250 in 2013, reduced from $300.  I also have a desktop that was in the same price range.  and a 20 inch monitor that was about $80.  Much of the software I use is free.
  • For $30 a month I have a 30 meg internet cable connection from Charter.
  • This economical setup has worked fine.

Extras that are not necessary but could be useful include:

  • For $89 I also got a 20″ external monitor that plugs into the notebook computer.  This way I have two monitors.  In the control panel you simply click to extend and it is like having one long monitor.  This way you can look at reference material or steps to do something while you are doing it in another window.  You just drag windows from one monitor to the other the same way you usually drag them. 
  • For $20 I have a Logitech external mic that I used when recording screencasts. 
  • Also for about $20 I have a Logitech webcam that attaches to the top of the notebook screen. 
  • For about $20 I got a USB hub to add 4 more USB ports to the notebook.  It simply plugs into a USB port and has a hub with 4 more ports. 

Why do people use WordPress?

  1. WordPress uses icons and menus similar to the text boxes in emails.  You don’t need to know how to write or understand code to use it.
  2. Mobile Responsive WordPress themes work on both computers and small screen smartphones.  WordPress will detect the device used by the visitor and automatically reformat for easiest viewing.  For example, on the small screen of a smartphone WordPress reformats so the labels in the horizontal menu bar are listed vertically so the user will not need to scroll sideways to see them.  The content is also reformatted into one long column.  The user can just scroll down instead of having to scroll sideways too.  Studies show people using small screens do not like to scroll sideways and find that view to be confusing as well.
  3. WordPress has great search engine optimization built into it.  Whether you are creating a site for local search or for global searches WordPress helps you get to the top of the front page of the search engine results.  You can add additional search engine optimization with plugins and other customizations.  Search engines like sites that add or update information frequently and WordPress makes it easy to do this.
  4. You can create a traditional looking website homepage with a blog for a combination site, or create either a static site or a blog.
  5. It’s cost effective,  flexible and easy to customize with different designs, features and functions.  Other than $10 or so a year for a domain, less than $10 for a web host, and $5 for a spam blocker you can get almost everything else for free.
  6. Since you can update it or change it yourself you don’t need to pay a web developer to write new code or make changes and updates.  Huge savings.
  7. Thousands of functions and features can be added to your site, almost all for free, by just clicking.  Whether you want to add a gallery of art, a paypal store button, or a musical podcast   there is a widget or a plugin for it.
  8. Thousands of free and commercial premium themes are available to give your site the design look and feel that you wish.
  9. There is plenty of WordPress communitysupport when you need help.   WordPress.com provides free support and WordPress.org self hosted sites have an infinite number of help sites on the internet. Just type a question into the search engine box and see the results.
  10. Premium themes and add ons are available to add even more features and functionality.

How Do People Generate Income By Using WordPress?

  • WordPress developers offer a variety of services from design to coding.
  • Theme creators sell premium themes.
  • Plugin creators sell plugins and create custom plugins when needed.
  • Businesses profit from having an internet presence.
  • Content creators write copy, create videos and audio, write ebooks, and record screencasts.
  • WordPress hosting is another way people generate income.
  • WordPress site designers build websites and blogs.
  • WordPress tech support is another related field.
  • Membership sites and subscription sites also provide income.
  • WordPress ecommerce including selling online from a WordPress site.
  • WordPress book authors sell books and ebooks from their sites and from other book sellers.
  • WordPress Training in the form of online courses is offered.
  • Affiliate Marketers add links to companies in order to earn commissions.

How do mobile devices view WordPress?

  • WordPress themes created in recent times have built in mobile friendly features and are known as mobile responsive.  
  • The goal for a good easy viewing experience is to eliminate having to scroll sideways to see what is on the rest of the site that is not showing on the smartphone or small tablet.
  • Studies show people do not mind scrolling down when using a mobile device.  But scrolling sideways on a smartphone gives a confusing view of the site.
  • The sites using the responsive themes detect the device used by the visitor and automatically reformat to fit the screen for best viewing experience.
  • This means when they are viewed on the small screen of a smartphone the horizontal menu reformats into a vertical menu.
  •  The page content also rearranges into a single long column to fit the small smartphone screen. 
  • On a larger tablet the site formats itself also for best viewing.  

Where do you get WordPress software?

  • The free software is available in a variety of ways.  At WordPress.com you can simply click to start a site and a wizard walks you through the steps.
  • There are a few extra steps for a WordPress.org site but these are also quick and easy. For a self-hosted site you need to sign up with a domain registrar and buy a domain name for the site.
  • Then sign up with a web host.  There are a few steps to add the domain name to the host.  There is a one click installation for WordPress at the web host.

How do I get started?

  • If you have never seen a WordPress dashboard you can see one for free by watching videos on this site.  You can also go to the WordPress.com site and start a practice site to experiment and get some familiarity.
  • This is not necessary but sometimes new WordPress people may feel more relaxed with a little time to get to know WordPress slowly.
  • Go to a domain registrar and buy a name.  Then go to a web host and sign up for an account.  The directions and tutorials will tell you what to do next.  You can watch videos on this site under Set Up Site.  Call the free telephone support at the domain registrar or web host if you need live help to talk you through the steps. 

When do people use WordPress as a website and when do they use it as a blog?

  • There are a variety of combinations.
  • A static homepage on a traditional website is a good place to put information for visitors that will not change.  
  • The blog is where you can add new content in the form of blog posts regularly.  The most recent article posted will be at the top of the blog.
  • You can also create a “sticky post” which is a blog post that stays the same at the top while the rest of the blog updates.

Where do you get Help?

There are thousands of sites on the internet with free WordPress help.  Type your question into a search engine box and you will see all the results.  You can also type in WordPress and follow it with the words help, forum, how to, or other keywords related to your issue.

If you need help when you are installing WordPress you can call the free telephone help lines at the domain registrar or the web host.

If you go to a WordPress developers forum they will be talking about code.  But  you can search for beginners help if you do not use code.

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Website Types

Website Types From Basic to Full Featured, Complex

Website Types From Basic Brochures to Complex Full Featured Internet Presence Sites

A Basic Site Can Be Expanded Later According to Your Needs and Skill Level

If you are a first time website creator you may be puzzled about the different website types and their features.  Below is a Q and A guide to explain the types and some of the website terminology.

Website Types Q and A

Q. What are the basic website types in terms of difficulty and complexity?

A.  Website types for first time web creators or for advanced pros start with a basic site and become more complex and far reaching in their internet presence.

  • Brochure Websites Have the Following Characteristics:
  • Static, meaning they stay the same and do not need updating
  • Quicker and easier to create
  • Less expensive
  • Often used for small businesses
  • Lack the abilities to reach and keep visitors that a full featured site will have

Brochure Sites – These are often a traditional looking static website look with only a few pages.  A typical brochure site might have a row of three to five items in a menu across the top.  For example the menu labels might include Home, Products or Services, FAQs, About and Contact. 

Small local businesses might have a Brochure Website and list it with Google Places for their town.  This way their website and location shows up when someone searches for a keyword phrase including their town name and their type of product or service.  A red balloon on a Google Map on the front page of the search results shows where the business is located.

These Brochure Websites can work well for a small business owner who wants to set up a basic site and then forget about it.  They are called “Static Websites” because they stay the same.  Since there is no blog with articles being added there is little maintenance. 

The sites do not have much opportunity for search engine optimization other than using Google Places.  Since new content is not being added there is not enough content to do content marketing or social media marketing.

But for someone who wants to put in only a small amount of time building an easy site this can be a solution. 

The site can be expanded and customized later as desired.  A blog can be added.   The basic WordPress Brochure Type Website can be changed by using the tools in the admin area.  If later a complex, full-featured site is needed then this can be built.

Q.  What are the more complex, full featured website types?

A.  Moving up in complexity and wide ranging internet presence capability from the basic, static brochure site means having more content, search engine optimization, social media marketing, ecommerce and probably more multimedia.

The Full Featured, Complex Website takes more time and work but offers more opportunities for marketing on the internet.

Features May Include the Following:

  • Blog
  • Multimedia
  • Search  Engine Optimization
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Content Marketing

A basic brochure site can easily be altered in the admin area to add a blog.  This is a huge step up from the basic brochure.  It enables you to keep your visitors on the site longer and to meet their needs with content that helps them and answers questions they may have.  The purpose of the blog is provide useful information that adds value to the website and to the visitor’s experience.

The articles on the blog are often referred to as quality content.  This is different from advertising copywriting or sales pitches.  The quality content does what is says.  The first goal is to add quality.   There are times when blog articles or posts have sales items or sales pitches as well.  But the sales copywriting is different from the quality content writing.

The blog posts with quality content offer useful information such as tips, strategies, steps, explanations how to do something, definitions and so on. 

A big advantage of adding a blog to the website is because the blog enables you to do content marketing, social media marketing and search engine optimization.  The blog posts can be optimized.  This means you use keywords in the blog posts that someone might use to search for the information.  Search engines pick up these keywords and index your website and the blog posts according to keywords or keyword phrases.  This is part of search engine optimization.

You can also share the content on social media.  This creates backlinks to the website and brings visitors.  When people see the blog posts with their links to the website on Facebook, Twitter or other social media then may click to visit your site.  This is social media marketing.

The more complex websites may have a variety of multimedia in addition to the blog.  Content on the pages and the blog posts may have videos, podcasts (audios that you record which play when you click a button), photos, screencast tutorials, ebooks, graphic art and info-graphics. 

To create the multimedia you can use a variety of free softwares, free services and paid tools too if you wish.  For instance, Camstudio offers a free screen recording software.  To make a tutorial you download the Camstudio and then click the Start button when you start the screen recording.  You attach a microphone to your computer to record your voice over. 

Other free softwares that people use include Picasa for photo editing, Youtube for posting videos, camcorder video editing software that comes with your camcorder, Audacity podcasting (audio only recordings of voice) and Microsoft Word for making pdf ebooks.   It does not need to be expensive to create multimedia if you use your own labor and the free softwares and tools.

Q.  What are the biggest differences between a Basic Static Website and a Complex Full Featured Website?

The Basic Static Website stays the same, needs little maintenance, is quicker and easier to create and has fewer pages.

The Complex Full-Featured Website can range from simply adding a blog to the Basic Static Website to adding a huge number of useful features that do take time to create and keep up.

The advantage of the Basic Static Website is that its quicker and easier to set up and maintain.  The disadvantage is that it has more limitations in terms of search engine optimization and providing visitors with useful content.

The Complex Full Featured Site may cost only a little more if you add a fairly basic blog and just write a new blog post once in a while. 

Or you can go all out and add blog posts frequently, use a lot of multimedia and use various types of search engine optimization and marketing.



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WordPress Theme Twenty Thirteen

WordPress Theme Twenty Thirteen – Colorful, Playful, Bold

WordPress Twenty Thirteen WordPress Theme Twenty Thirteen Focuses on:

Blogging, Post Formats, Artistic Possibilities, and Colors 

 Post Formats each have their own colors.  The colors extend the full width of the window.  The colors are distinct but compliment each other. 

WordPress Theme Twenty ThirteenHere is another screenshot showing the bold, gorgeous colors.  It is a departure from the more conservative themes.  

WordPress Theme Twenty Thirteen

 WordPress Theme Twenty Thirteen is described as preferring a single column layout with widgets in the footer.  A sidebar is supported for those who need one.  But a single column blog with fun and playfulness is probably what Twenty Thirteen likes best.

WordPress Theme Twenty Thirteen

Twenty Thirteen header images have a fixed width and height.  Since they will be cropped at smaller resolutions it will be best to upload a creative, artistic header that does not show 100%.  The theme will arrive with three headers.  As you can see creativity, playfulness and fun are at the heart of Twenty Thirteen.

Strong Opinions Expected With Twenty Thirteen

Twenty Thirteen makes a bold, fun, playful statement and there will be lots of opinions.  But we will still have Twenty Twelve too if Twenty Thirteen does not fit your needs.

Twenty Twelve Still Here for a Long Time –  Versatile, Strong, Mobile, Fast 

With WordPress Theme Twenty Twelve we have a mobile responsive, extremely versatile theme that can do almost anything.  Static traditional website look for a home page is easy.  Blog style with sticky posts is also an option.  Combination sites with a static homepage without sidebars and a blog in the custom menu are also easy.

Twenty Thirteen says let’s have fun!  I can’t wait to use it.  Imagine making use of the colorful post formats by uploading photos and videos.  It will also look great on a smartphone screen with the colorful bands setting each post apart.

Visit the Demo Site and Read the Comments

You can see WordPress Theme Twenty Thirteen by going to the demo site.

The many comments below the post about it showed people expressing a lot of “Wow,” “love the colors,” and “can’t wait to try it out!.”

A Great Theme for Blogging

It will be a great theme to get back to blogging, uploading pics on the go, adding asides and comments, and expressing our creative sides. When we feel the need for a lift or a change of pace Twenty Thirteen will be there.

Not a Blank Canvas

Twenty Thirteen is different from other default themes because it is less like a blank canvas waiting for our work.  It comes with a personality of its own that can inspire.

Mobile Use of Twenty Thirteen

Since the horizontal color bands will set each post apart on a smartphone screen there is potential for this theme to be a popular theme when mobile viewers are expected.  Instead of scrolling down through white backgrounds and grey or black text the color bands will stand out.  Posts will be separated this way.  Colorful fonts could be used that contrast with the color bands.

Twenty Thirteen Marks Another First in the History of WordPress Default Themes

Last year we had the first theme to put “mobile first.”  This year we have the first theme with bold, distinctive color bands for each post.  No more being careful here – it’s experimental and dares us to take some risks.

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Add Photo Gallery to WordPress – Photos Plus Slideshow

Add Photo Gallery to WordPress to Show Off Your Business or Products

Photos Are Important Marketing Tools

Use a Plugin Such as DD Simple Image Gallery

Add Photo Gallery to WordPress. To add photo gallery to WordPressPhotos are one of the internet’s most popular uses. The success of sites featuring photos shows how magnetic visuals are for people.  For marketing your site successfully you can use photo galleries to get attention and please visitors. 

Add Photo Gallery to WordPress by following these steps to add the plugin and set it up.

For an example of the gallery please see below the text.

Steps to Add Photo Gallery:

  1. Go to Plugins
  2. Click Add New
  3. Type DD Simple Image Gallery into the search box
  4. Click Install under it in the list that pops up
  5. Go to Installed Plugins
  6. Click Activate
  7. Go to the new label that was automatically added in the lower left of the dashboard for Galleries.
  8. Click on Galleries.
  9. Type in a name for your gallery.
  10. Type in a description of the gallery.
  11. Click Save.
  12. Go to Manage Photos which is a new label that will have been added in the dashboard list on the lower left below Galleries.
  13. Click the down arrow to choose the name of the gallery you just created.
  14. Click the browse button to browse on your computer for a photo.
  15. Type in a title for the photo and a description if you wish.
  16. Click Save.
  17. Follow the same steps for more photos.
  18. Click Default Settings under Manage Photos in the lower left of the dashboard to change settings.
  19. Copy the embed code from the Manage Photos page near the bottom center.
  20. Paste the code into a post or page where you wish to have the gallery.
  21. Important: Hit the enter key to add some space below the slideshow in the post or page.  I found that the social media icons below the post floated up to show on top of  the photos if I did not use the enter key to add some more space below the embed code. 
  22. See example below.

[DDSPG_Gallery id=”1″]







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Add Calendar to WordPress

Add Calendar to WordPressAdd Calendar to WordPress – Make It Easy for Customers to See Business Hours, Events, Meetings, Classes

Online or Offline Businesses Often Need a Calendar for Activities

Add calendar to WordPress – Use the Plugin for WordPress Event Calendar – It is very customizable.  There are lots of themes and colors for it.  You can use it as a widget in the sidebar or bottom widgets or in a post or page.

When people click on the calendar date a box pops up with the title, times, and article or sentence about the event. 

 There is a free version and a paid version with more options.  It automatically adds a calendar icon to your post and page text boxes so you can choose a particular calendar you have created and insert it.  It also adds a widget so you can just drag it over to the active widgets area. 

Online businesses may list the hours and days when live support is available or for other services.  Customers often expect that a business will have a calendar of hours, activities and events.  It shows you are a current existing business with useful and interesting activity. 

  1. Steps to Add an Events Calendar to WordPress 
  2. You can add this calendar as a sidebar widget or into a post or page. 
  3. The dates with events will show a different color and when clicked a box opens up with room for lots of information.  You can write several paragraphs if you wish. 
  4. Go to Plugins
  5. Click Add New
  6. Type WordPress Events Calendar into the search box
  7. Click the word Install below the title WordPress Events Calendar 
  8. Go to Plugins and click the word Activate below the calendar.  On my computer it was listed as Spider Events Calendar.  It is the one recommended by WordPress.org at their support site. 
  9. Go to the new label for Calendar in the lower left of the dashboard list of labels.  It will be below Settings in the list. 
  10. Type a name for the calendar in the box, click to choose a few settings and click to create the calendar. 
  11. Calendar Manager will open up. 
  12. Click Events Manager on the right hand side of the Calendar Manager
  13. Click Add an Event in the page that opens up. 
  14. Type in the title of the event and other information in the text box that opens up.  
  15. Title, date, time and the usual text box choices for adding media will be in the calendar text box.  It looks similar to a page or post text box. 
  16. Use headings, bold or italics, fonts and font colors to make your calendar listing stand out. 
  17. Click in the box to the upper right to choose to have the calendar repeat the event daily, weekly or monthly. 
  18. Click Save in the upper right to save that event to the calendar. 
  19. Go to Widgets and you will see the Spider Events Calendar listed in the available widgets. 
  20. Drag it over  to a widget area for the sidebar or bottom of the site. 
  21. Click to Save it. 
  22. A monthly calendar will show in the sidebar with days colored in that have events.
  23. When someone clicks on a day a box pops up with the posted information.  Since you have a regular text box not just room for a title you can add useful information and directions. 
  24. You can also add the calendar to a page or post. 
  25. Click on the button that was added automatically to your post and page text box in the rows of icons.
  26.  The Spider Events Calendar will have a calendar icon with a date. 
  27. Select the name of the calendar you want to add to the post or page from the list on the box that opens up. 
  28. If you are using the paid, commercial version you can also click to select a theme for the calendar. 
  29. Click on the Insert button in the lower right. 




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Add Google Map to WordPress – Online Marketing for Your Business

How to Add a Google Map Showing Your Business Location to WordPress

Help Customers Find Your Business Location With a Map

Steps to Add Google Map to Post or Page 

  1. First open a new post or page so it is ready for you to paste in the embed code for the map
  2. Minimize the post or page window
  3. Open another browser window
  4. Type the address into the google search box
  5. Click on Maps in the row of menu items that shows above the results list if the map doesn’t pop up
  6. To the upper left of the map you will see a link icon that looks like a link form a chain.
  7. Click the link icon
  8. Click the second link showing which has the embed code.
  9. Do not click the first link because while that is the address code for the map it will not embed it into your website.  
  10. The code you want starts with <iframe
  11. If you accidently click the top link with the address link then when you paste it into your site you will only  get a row of code. 
  12. Click to switch your text box to “text” instead of visual so it will process the code and paste the embed code into the page or post and click Publish. 
  13. Check the front of your website to see the map.
  14. Below is an example of a map of San Luis Obispo that was added to this post by using the above steps. 
  15. Add the Google Map to your Contact page and perhaps to your About Page.  
  16. Visitors to the site can print out the Google Map if they wish to take a copy with them.
  17. People who are using a mobile device can simply check the map with their device. 
  18. Adding a Google Map for a business that has a physical location (instead of a business that is online only) is an important part of marketing. 
  19. Real estate agents can add Google Maps to a housing listing
  20. Real estate rentals may also be listed with a Google Map

Map Example Below

View Larger Map

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WordPress Audio for Podcast, Music, Mp3 Upload, Using Audacity Software

Audacity Software for Recording AudioWordPress Podcasts or MP3 Files Can Be Added Using the WP Audio Player Plugin

Audacity Software Can Be Used for Recording Podcasts Which Can Be Uploaded To WordPress  After the WP Audio Plugin is Installed

Audacity Icon on Desktop screenshotAdd Media is the button you will use to upload the audio file from your computer after you install the WP Audio Player Plugin

WordPress Audio Upload steps including Installing WP Audio Player plugin and downloading free Audacity software to create recordings.

Click the link to listen to the podcast for adding WP Audio Player, and free Audacity recording software.  Listen to:     WordPress Audio Using WP Player Plugin and Audacity


1-14-13 Note; There is a limit to the length of podcast that can be uploaded through the Add Media.  To add a really long podcast of 60 minutes my research on the net indicates you need to do it by using ftp such as filezilla.  More about that after I finish my research.

Recording podcasts using free Audacity software means you will go to the Audacity.com site, download the free software, and basically use the Record and End buttons on it in addition to any customizing you would like to make.

After you record and click End then save the file to your computer desktop or where it is easy to find.  Browse for it and upload it using Add Media after you have installed the WP Audio Player Plugin.  A $20 microphone from Logitech can be plugged into your USB port on your computer to avoid using the speakers which have poor sound quality.

Steps for WP Plugin, Audacity Download, Recording and Uploading to WordPress

  1. First install the WP Plugin.
  2. Go to your Dashboard
  3. Go to Plugins, Add New
  4. WP Audio Player is the title to type here
  5. Click Install under it when it pops up in the list
  6. Go to Plugins, Installed
  7. Click under WP Audio Player to Acivate it.
  8. This will add the ability to upload audio files through your Add Media button in the upper left of the text box by browsing and clicking to upload.
  9. Audacity Download Steps
  10. Go to Audacity.com
  11. Click the Download label in the menu across the top
  12. Click the Audacity install link
  13. File box will appear near the bottom of your screen or a box will pop-up with the file waiting to be installed
  14. Click Run
  15. Click the Setup language you choose, English or another
  16. Click OK
  17. Audacity Setup Wizard pops up
  18. Click Next
  19. Info box pops up, click Next
  20. Select destination box pops up, leave it at the C:/programfiles and click Next
  21. Ready to Install box pops up, click Install
  22. Installing box shows, wait while it installs
  23. Information screen pops up, click Next
  24. Completing Audacity Setup box shows, leave checkmark in box for Launch Audacitiy
  25. Click Finish
  26. How to Get Help box pops up, click OK
  27. Now you have an icon your desktop with the label Audacity.
  28. When you click it a box opens with numerous customizations available. You can check those out later.
  29. Go ahead and just use the buttons for Record and End to try making an experimental recording.
  30. Use a microphone plugged into your USB port.  A $20 mic from Logitech will do.  The computer speakers quality is very poor so do not use them.
  31. When you are done with your experimental recording click to File and Export - Do not click Save As because this format will not work for this purpose – Export it to your desktop or somewhere easy to find.
  32. To listen to it go to the file and click to open it and listen to it.
  33. Click Add Media to upload it to your WordPress Post.
  34. It will show as a link that uses the title of the file.
  35. Type in directions to your readers to click the link to listen to the podcast.
  36. You can add a title for the link in the info box that pops up when you use the Media Player to upload the file.  Title it according to the content.
  37. When readers click the link the audio player box will automatically open up and they can listen to the audio whether it is a podcast or an mp3.

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