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Thursday, 3 February 2011
Is it Time for You to Use Google Calendar?

Google Calendar: Before you get started placing a Google Calendar on your Webon site here are a couple of things to know:

  • You must have a Google account. It's free and quick to set up if you do not.
  • Your Google Calendar must be set to “Public.” This tutorial explains how to do that.

Displaying your Google Calendar on your Webon site using the Google Calendar Add-on is easy. Here’s how to do it:

1.     Go to your Google Calendar and click the drop-down arrow next to the Calendar you want to appear on your Webon site. (You can have multiple Google Calendars... each will have it's own “settings”)

2.     In that drop-down menu click “Calendar settings”

3.     Open up your “Calendar Address”, HTML version

4.     Copy your Calendar Address from the Pop-up window that appears

5.     Go back to your Webon editor and click the “Settings” icon at the top right of the Calendar Add-on

6.     Paste the Google Calendar Address into the “Google Calendar URL” window and click “Save” - This is also a good time to name your calendar if you like... though that is not required and you can come back and do that anytime you like.

Your Google Calendar should now appear on your site in the editor window.

Adding or editing entries to the calendar must be done from your Google account... but they will automatically appear on your Webon site.

Posted by tips-tricks at 11:20 AM EST
Thursday, 2 December 2010
How do I create a link?

To create a link:

Click Text on the menu at the top of your screen.

Type or select the text you want to use for your link.

In the Text tool bar, click Link.

Create a link

In the “Create a link” pop-up window, next to “I would like this link to go to” you have four options:

  1. An external link—Link to a site outside of your Tripod website. Enter the URL of the page on another site that you want to link to. Leave the box unchecked if you want the page to open in the same window. Check Open link in a new window if you want the page to open in a new window. 
  2.  A media item—Link to an audio, video, image or document on your site. Click the View Media Manager button and navigate to the file you want to link to. Leave the box unchecked if you want the page to open in the same window. Check Open link in a new window if you want the page to open in a new window.
  3. An internal page—Link to another part of your website. Your options are Home, Map, Photo Gallery. Leave the box unchecked if you want the page to open in the same window. Check Open link in a new window if you want the page to open in a new window.
  4. An e-mail address—Link to an e-mail address. Enter an e-mail address in the space provided.

When done, click Create.

Posted by tips-tricks at 11:06 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, 2 December 2010 11:09 AM EST
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
SEO Site Analysis from the Experts

In this video, Google's SEO guru Matt Cutts talks about how to get better search results. It's about an hour but worth the time. 

Posted by tips-tricks at 9:02 AM EST
Monday, 15 November 2010
Raise Your Visibility on Google

Google's Webmaster Central is a terrific resource for helping you understand how to boost your visibility to Google's search bots. If your site isn't appearing in Google search results, or it's not performing as well as it once did, check out these steps to identify and fix potential causes of the problem.

Check your site is in the Google index

Make sure Google can find and crawl your site

Make sure Google can index your site

Make sure your content is useful and relevant

Posted by tips-tricks at 11:27 AM EST
Updated: Monday, 15 November 2010 11:31 AM EST
Friday, 5 November 2010
Back up early and often with FTP

Practice safe computing and regularly back up the critical files that make up your website on Tripod.  The way to do that is via FTP, short for File Transfer Protocol).

There are several free and paid FTP programs available. FileZilla is among the most popular free FTP program for PCs, Macs and Linux machines. You also can use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer’s built-in FTP function.

To use FileZilla or another FTP program, you’ll need to know the following:


User: Your Tripod username

Password: Your Tripod password

Downloading and uploading files is a snap. FileZilla’s main window consists of two columns. In the left column, you’ll see the files and folders or directories on your desktop. In the right column, you’ll see the files and folders on the server you’re connected to. To upload/download files, select and drag them from one column to the other.

Consult FileZilla’s documentation for detailed instructions on how to use the program.

Internet Explorer

To FTP files using Internet Explorer, enter into the browser window.  Next, enter your Tripod user name and password in the spaces provided.

In the window that appears, click Page, and then click Open FTP Site in Windows Explorer. You’ll be prompted to reenter your username and password.

Once you’re connected, you will be able to transfer files between folders or directories on your desktop and the server you’re connected to in the same way as when you use the Windows Explorer file manager on your desktop.

Posted by tips-tricks at 3:57 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 8 November 2010 10:15 AM EST
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Be Sure to Claim Your Free Google Business Listing

These days, anyone who needs to find the address of a business near where they live will most likely go to Google or Google Maps and do a search.

If you run a business, you want to make sure your listing can be easily found when someone does a Google search. Google maintains a business directory called Google Places where you can add content such as your address, phone number and details about your line of business. Google Places also lets you include such tidbits as store hours, photos/videos, reviews, coupons and links to your website.

With Google Places, creating a great listing takes just a few minutes. Best of all, it’s free.

To start, go to Google Places and sign in with your Google account. If you don't already have a Google account, click Sign up now to create a new one.

Each business listing on Google comes from a few different sources. However, Google says it trusts the info you provide more than what it gets from third-party providers. This means that your info will appear in the listing instead of the info Google gets from anywhere else. To make sure the info you submit is accurate, Google will ask you verify it first by entering a PIN that will be sent to either your business address or phone number.

Right now, Google Places is available for businesses in only certain countries. To find out if your country is one of them, click Add new listing when logged in to your Google Places account. Check the country drop down at the top of the sign-up page. You can also check country availability on the Mapping tool availability page.

Posted by tips-tricks at 9:26 AM EDT
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Don't Forget You Can Add/Delete Pages

Reminder: You can add and delete pages on your website with a few simple clicks. Log in, go to your Control Panel, and click Edit opposite the website you want to work on. Next, click Pages on the menu at the top of your screen. To add a page, click the Create a Page icon (the one with the plus sign). Enter a page title and click the Add button. To delete a page, highlight it on the list of pages and click Delete a Page icon (the one with the minus sign).




Posted by tips-tricks at 11:03 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 26 October 2010 3:19 PM EDT
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Alternate Text Your Way to Optimizing Your Images for Search Engines
When optimizing your site for search engines, mobile users and visually impaired visitors to your site, don't overlook your graphics and photos. Use alt text--short for alternative text--to accurately describe the content of all the images on your site.
Here’s why:
  • Alt-text descriptions help search engines find images when people confine their searches to images.
  • If the image doesn’t load, its alt-text description will appear in its place.
  • Mobile users may not see your images when browsing your site on their handhelds.
  • Visually impaired visitors to your site who use screen readers will hear the alt text accompanying your image.
You type an image’s description into an image tag’s alt attribute in the HTML code. In Webon, once you place an image onto your page, mouse over the image and click on the Edit Options link that will appear at the top of the image. In the window that pops up, you’ll see spaces where you can enter alt text and a title for your image. Enter your text and the click Save.

A few tips to keep in mind:
  • Write alt text that is unique and specific to the image.
  • Limit your alt text to a short sentence or phrase that includes keywords
  • Make your alt text meaningful. Rather than merely write something like “Dog,” write "German shepherd watch dog guarding the junk yard."
In Webon, you also have the option of entering a title at the same time you enter your alt text. The title should also be relevant and concise.

Posted by tips-tricks at 11:36 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 6 October 2010 1:23 PM EDT
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Use the File Manager to Upload Your Images and Files
Tripod's File Manager enables you to upload new images and files as well as organize, edit, copy, move and rename files in your member directory.

To access your File Manager:
Log in.
Click on the Control Panel tab.
Click on the File Manager tab.
To upload your files, click the down arrow on the Upload Via dropdown menu.

Most often, you'll use the Single files (8) option. 
You'll be taken to the Upload Files page. Click the Choose File button and navigate to the image or file on your computer that you wish to upload. You can upload up to eight images or files at one time.

For each image or file, you have the option (it's not required) to make it lowercase, rename it or allow an overwrite. 
  • Make lowercase will make all characters in your filename lowercase, Tripod URLs are case sensitive and it's good practice to keep your file names in lowercase.
  • Rename will allow you to rename the image or file to something you'll easily remember. 
  • Allow overwrite enables you to overwrite an image or file of the same name, as when you're replacing an image or file with a newer version.
Click the Upload button.

Posted by tips-tricks at 9:20 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 23 September 2010 9:39 AM EDT
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Three Ways to Customize Your Photo Album
You have multiple options for customizing your photo albums.

When you're working with the Photo Album manager tool, you can select either Change Appearance, Change Settings or Advanced Customization.

Change Appearance will allow you to simply select a new pre-made layout for your photo album.

Change Settings will allow you to change basic settings about your photo album. (URL, title, caption, e-mail address for comments notifications, time zone, etc.).

Advanced Customization, which is recommended only for advanced users, enables you to make changes to the CSS (color scheme) for your photo album. This will allow you to change almost everything about your blog. We strongly recommend making a backup of this file (copy into Notepad on your computer) before making any changes, in the event you need to revert to a working copy of the file.

Posted by tips-tricks at 8:56 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 8 September 2010 8:57 AM EDT

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