Category: How To


Do you like Webeden enough to leave us a review?

December 5th, 2011 — 11:06am

We would love to know exactly what how you feel about the service that Webeden provides, whether you are a FREE customer or a Max customer we would love to know.

If you have ever been helped out seriously quickly or just found the tool easy to use it would be great if you could leave an honest review on Review Centre.

You can go to Review Centre direct here or you can visit our Forum and and click on the Write a Review on the right hand side panel.

Why not get a badge for your site. You do need to have had a review on the Review Centre site so you will need to get your customers/visitors to leave a review.

Once this has been done and published you can go to your listing in Review Centre and click on Get your own Star Rating badge!

Choose a design you would like to display on your site.

Then you can choose your colour.

Then you will be given the HTML code to place with your site.

Next step is to go to your site and paste in the code using the HTML snippet which you can find when you click INSERT and then HTML SNIPPET on the left hand toolbar.

… and paste your code into the Setup tab on the Editor Box and click Apply.

That is it.

If you need any further help with this then please check out the Forum for free advice.

How to explain computer stuff to your less tech-savvy friends

February 25th, 2011 — 4:05pm

Last month we let you know how to explain the Internet to your, well, less interested friends. And here’s another way you can help with their computers.

Do you – as someone who takes an interest in computers, the web, building websites and all that stuff – get asked tech questions by your friends and family all the time? Do they always want to know why ‘it won’t print’ or ‘where is that file’ and ‘how do find that website’?

Well here comes Google to the rescue with a website designed to help people (well, kids) teach others (erm, parents) about computer basics.

It’s called TeachParentsTech.org, and it lets you choose from over 50 how-to videos to send to people who don’t know how to do stuff. It’s all the way from basic copy and pasting onto other things like how to share a big file. You can customise an email and thend send the video off to the person who needs help.

Here’s a video with a bit more detail:

So no longer will you spend half your evening and weekend helping others with their computer problems!

How to explain ‘this internet thing’ to friends

February 1st, 2011 — 3:15pm

It’s now twenty years since a chap called Tim Berners-Lee first published his concept of the World Wide Web.

And where are we now? 47 bn web pages, 350 million different websites 500m domain names; a place where one company alone (Google) adds more than 20,000 servers a month to their data centers. We’ve got websites, blogs, photo sites, video, apps, email, Facebook, browsers, clouds, collaboration, open source, cookies… the list goes on. How can you explain all of that to someone who – up to now – has turned their back to the web?

Google have tried to do just that as easy chapter sized chunks in their new guidebook ’20 things I learned’ about browsers and the web, in collaboration with illustrator Christoph Niemann. It’s not just for beginners, but for anyone who wants to ‘better understand the technologies we use every day’.

Google wanted to give the guide the same feel as reading an actual book – holding the cover, flipping a page – and have used some very smart HTML5 programming to come up with it.

Once downloaded the book can be read offline too.

So next time one of your friends says to you “so, I hear you make those web wotsits” you know where to refer them to!

Take a look and let us know what you think.

Create a word picture for your website

January 18th, 2011 — 2:55pm

Do you have trouble finding images for your website? Are you able to find a good matching image for your carefully crafted text?

If you’re anything like me, it’s a real challenge and part of the challenge is in the choice.

You can choose an image that you have taken, but the chances are that it lacks the right lighting and setting of a professional shot. You could also resort to searching on Google images, but of course run the risk of infringing someone else’s copyright. And then there’s buying images – I like fotolia.com – but you may not want to shell out each time.

Wordle is a fun way to create a relevant image without actually resorting to an image. This online service creates a word-based masterpiece from a paragraph of text on your (or any) web page.

You can choose from a basic cloud image popular on WordPress blogs, or something a little more artistic. Just go to Wordle.net/create and paste your text into the box.

Here’s a something made from the text of this post

Take a look and share with us what your image looks like!


Can’t open a file? You can now!

January 10th, 2011 — 2:15pm

Do you ever get sent email attachments that you can’t open? This is usually because the original file was made with a program you don’t have on your PC.

Sometimes you can ask the sender to resent in a different format, or as a last resort you can download the program in which the file was made. But what if neither of those are an option?

Thanks to some format wizardry, new website fileminx.com can solve your problems. It’s a web based too that open documents in all sorts of formats and let you have a look at the content.

For normal office files it handles DOC, DOCX, Word 6, Word ’97, PDF and WPS.

When it comes to music you can unscramble iPhone, iPod, MP2, MP3, WMA and WAV.

And as for video it can reveal what DIVX, iPod, MOV, Flash, MP4, WMV, XVID and MPEG files inside.

Take a look at Fileminx and let us know what you think.

How to boost your website conversion rate in 7 easy steps

July 5th, 2010 — 1:07pm

Did you know, the average visitor spends just 5 seconds on your website before deciding whether to stay or leave?

This make it so important to grab their attention, and get them to do something, using a ‘call to action’. This ‘action’ could be reading an article, clicking a link, leaving their details or buying a product.

Here’s my top 7 ways to improve your web pages so that visitors respond to your call to action. You can do ‘em all with the WebEden Website Builder!

1. Make sure your buttons are BIG!

Seems a bit Alice in Wonderland, but if you want someone to do something, give them a great big button to press. Make sure the big button is:

*above the fold
*a contrasting, bold colour
*Includes some action text like ‘buy’, ‘order’, ‘sign up’.

Don’t be worried about repeating your call to action elsewhere on the page. Keep it the same size, and in the same vertical line if possible.

2. Give your visitors a reason to act

If you’re selling a product, or want your visitors to do something else, make sure you let them know why they should! A picture of a product won’t sell it alone, you need to list the benefits.

*Sell it with a headline
*Use a supporting image
*Add benefits in bullet points
*consider adding customer testimonials
*Make good use of white space
*Avoid blocks of text – 50 words max

But make sure these benefits don’t compete with the call to action for your visitors’ attention

3. Don’t give your visitors a choice

If you give your visitors a choice between two or more calls to action, many will dither, and some would sooner leave your site than make that choice.

Simplify your pages so that you funnel visitors towards your desired action, and don’t let them consider alternatives.

4. Create a unique page for every product

Not only does this give you a chance of grabbing more traffic from the search engines, it also lets you showcase each product in the best way, and without choice.

5.    Have to have more than 1 product per page?

If you can’t get away from offering more than 1 product per page, help your website visitors decide by highlight 1 product with extra benefits. This might be ‘most popular choice’ or ‘best value’ or it might be the product with the biggest discount.

6.    Let your users buy from every page

If you list your products on the homepage, a category page and an individual page, make sure visitors have the option of buying them from every one. Make it easy to buy – not hard.

7.    Test your theories

If you’re not sure which layout works best, try them all and then:

*Ask a friend what they think
*Submit your alternatives to our forum to get feedback
*Submit your website to 5 second test to get feedback
*try to test which version sells more products

That’s it

If you want your website visitors to do something on your site, then make it clear what that is, give them no choice, and make it easy for them to do.

Got an experience of changing design and improving (or ruining!) results? Leave us a comment below.

How to integrate your WebEden website with Blogger

April 8th, 2010 — 11:39am

A few weeks ago we had a guest blog from Alison Cross from AlisonCross4Webs.co.uk about how to set up a blog with blogger.

Now its time for the second part of that blog – how to integrate your WebEden website with your blogger blog. Over to Alison!

In this second and final instalment about setting up a blogger account, I’ll show you how to make your blog look professional by personalising the domain name and setting up your google analytics to run on your blog.

Y’see, when you set up your free blog, it will be called something like myblog.blogspot.com with EVERYONE who has a blogger account sharing that ‘blogspot’ domain name.

How much more professional would it look to have your blog showing as blog.yourdomain.com. Much more top drawer, don’t you think?

Here’s what you do

First of all, you need to tell your domain name to hold out its hand to hook up with the incoming info.  To this end, you need to create a CNAME record.

If you have purchased your domain name via webeden, they can set this up for you.

To request these changes, please send an email to ken@webeden.net

All you need to supply them with is the name that you want to call your blog (something short like ‘blog’ will do, but for illustration purposes I’m going to use ‘mymusings’) and from where to expect the incoming info.  For Blogger, this is ghs.google.com

The boffins at webeden will do this for you and thereafter the technical bit is down to you.  Relax.  I’ve done it so YOU can do it too.

Go to your blog and open it up.  Under the Settings tab, go to Publishing and there, you’ll see a link that allows you to publish to a custom domain.

Type in the details of the new domain name.  Whatever name it is that you submitted to webeden (in the case of the illustration provided above, that was ‘mymusings’) type in here:

Mymusings.yourdomainname.com

Type in the word recognition box and save and you are good to go!

Some of us own domain names via other suppliers, such as 123-reg.  In this case, you need to set up your CNAME record yourself. Again, don’t worry, it’s easy!

Go to your domain account with 123 or 1and1 etc and open up your control panel for that domain name.  There will be a section that allows you to footer about with the DNS records.  Click on that tab.  Somewhere on that page – possibly as a drop down menu option – there will be the option to add a CNAME record.

For 123 Reg it looks like this.

Underneath ‘Add new entry’ select the CNAME option and in that first box, type your blog name mymusings and in the end box type ghs.google.com.

Save your changes and then go on to your Blogger account and make the changes there as shown above.  Give it a couple of minutes for your domain name and your blogger account to ‘shake hands’ and voila! Your blogger account will have its new name!

Nearly there!

If you have google analytics set up on your website, get the SAME code as you used for your website and insert it into the HTML of your blog. To grab the code, just go to your Google Anayltics account and click on Edit (far right)  next to your report details. When that page opens up, there is a text link called ‘check status’ in the top right hand corner, click on that and you will see, half way down page, a box with all your coding in it. Copy it.

Then open up your blogger account. Under the Layout tab, you’ll see an Edit HTML option. Don’t panic! First of all you should ‘download the full template’ just in case you make a mess of things! Scroll right to the bottom of all the code until you reach the </body>  tag.

Paste your google analytics code above the </body> tag.

Save your changes!

And that’s it!  If you HAVE made a mess of fiddling about with the HTML, then just upload the template again :- )

If you have any problems or queries that my burbling hasn’t answered, please give us a shout here on the webeden blog or in the forum.

About Alison

Alison Cross is a self-confessed Twitter addict who occasionally tears herself away from the world of social-networking to build or revamp websites, to design logos and website banners, to blog shamelessly about the joys of the intertubes and who sometimes even manages to factor in some light housework. She also runs alisoncross4webs.co.uk

How to solve Canonical issues with your Website domain

March 18th, 2010 — 11:21am

If you’ve dipped your toe into Search Engine Optimisation (the process of boosting your website up the results page on Google), or have read our SEO Guide, you might have heard about something called a ‘canonical’ issue.

This is where there is more than 1 version of your homepage.

What do you mean more than 1 version?

This means that your website exists on two slightly different URLs. These would be:

http://www.yourdomainname.co.uk

and

http://yourdomainname.co.uk (without the ‘www’)

This is called a ‘canonical issue’, and creates a problem for search engines. And if search engines have a problem with you then they’re less likely to rank your website highly.

The problem is this.

Because your homepage exists on two different URLs, Google isn’t sure which is your ‘main’ homepage. Therefore, when deciding where to rank your website in the Search Engine Results Page, it dithers between the two, and ranks both – but very low down.

The links on your website serve as pointers to direct search engines around your website. The page with the most links pointing to it is usually the homepage. But if your homepage is basically split into two different places, half the links will probably point to one, and the rest to the other. This means that ‘power’ of those links is split in two – effectively halved.

There is a solution to this problem (that you didn’t know you had!)

What you need to to is to designate 1 version of your homepage as the ‘main’ one, and automatically point all the link power from the other to the main one.

In order to do this you need to buy a domain name, or use the domain you’ve already registered. When setting up your domain name to be your main website address (IE getting rid of the ‘webeden.co.uk’ bit) you go to:

Admin –> Site addresses –>Add site address

The dialogue box looks like this:


Enter your domain name here as your site address. BUT make sure you enter it both WITH and WITHOUT the ‘www’ on two separate lines. Then all you need to do is designate one version – the WWW one – as your main ‘preferred’ site address.

Once this is done, anyone and any search engine trying to get on your website by typing your domain name with the ‘WWW’ will automatically be forwarded to the version with the ‘WWW’

And thats it.

Solve the canonical issue with your website by following these steps. Its one of the basic things you need to do to help your SEO program.

Any canonical questions? Leave us a comment below.

How to Sell your Skills online

March 15th, 2010 — 2:40pm

We talk quite a lot on this blog about how to set up a website so that it makes you money. That money might come in the form of online sales; it might come in the form of leads on your website, as people express an interest in your service. And it might come in the form of advertising, as you can place google Adsense on your website.

Of course, there are other ways to make money online. One of the fastest growing are websites where you can offer your skills and elbow grease on a project by project basis.

People who need things doing can post their project online; if you want to complete it, then you can bid to do so. You make money, the project owner gets the work done.

One of these skills based sites is called PeoplePerHour.com. You can bid online for projects and work by the hour. You need to explain why you can do the job, and how much you want to get paid for it. You have to pay a small slice of the fee to the site; the rest is yours to keep.

Here are some others:

iStockphoto.com: Earn money from selling your photography online
Mturk.com: Amazon’s very own ‘Mechanical Turk’ lets ‘employers’ post individual (and usually repetitive!) tasks. As a user you can have a look at who wants what doing, and sign up.
Elance.com: Like Mechanical Turk, but the jobs are much more complex and ‘professional’.
Guru.com: Similar to Elance, Guru.com is good for Writing, Graphic Design and Web Development tasks.

Are you interested in selling your skills online? Have you any experience of getting work from these websites? Leave us a comment below.

How to add a Skype button to your Website

December 29th, 2009 — 4:05pm

Last month we talked about the 10 essentials that every business website should have.

No.1 on this list was contact details – its probably the most important element to any website.

You should give your website visitors the option of interacting with you in as many ways as possible: Telephone, email address, physical address, contact form, forum, Twittter, Facebook.

Today we had a great tip from Phil Evans who runs Fractal Design. Its all about how to add a Skype button to your website, so that people can contact you by Skype.

1. Go to this page on Skype: http://www.skype.com/intl/en/share/buttons/

It looks like this:

2. Enter Your Skype Name

3. Choose a Style of button (and here are the choices):

3. Press ‘Preview your Button’

4. Copy the HTML that is generated in the box beside the ‘Preview’ button

5. Go to your WebEden control panel and place the WebEden HTML Snippet in the place on the page that you would like your Skype button to appear.

The HTML snippet can be found by going:

File Manager –> Library –> HTML Snippet

This is what it looks like:

6. Paste the code from Skype into the Snippet, and press ‘save’.

Hey presto! A Skype button on your Website! People can now contact you via Skype.

Many thanks to Phil for this tip.

Any comments about this tip, or if you have any of your own, please leave them below

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