Category: How To


Website Builder Tutorials: How to extend your page length

June 26th, 2009 — 2:53pm

Having done a few tutorials of a really complex nature, its back to basics this week. This tutorial shows you how to extend your page length. It might seem quite simple using our website creator, but you’d be surprised how frequently we’re asked how to do it. Have a watch:

Let us know if you have any problems.

Website Builder Tutorials: How to send updates to Facebook & Twitter

June 19th, 2009 — 11:40am

Lots of you have grabbed to new social networking features of the WebEden Website making system with both hands. Last week we showed you how to send out membership invitations to your website. This time around we show you send updates from your WebEden website to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. This really is exciting stuff!

How did you get on? Leave us a comment below

Website Builder Tutorials: How to send membership invitations

June 5th, 2009 — 9:54am

Judging from your feedback, our new update that turns your WebEden website into social media hub has been a big hit. We’ve tried to explain why its good to create members to your website, and lots of you are taking full advantage. Our previous tutorial showed you how to add members to your website. This time around we’re looking at how to send membership invitations to people.

Follow the tutorial and let us know how you got on.

How did you get on? Leave us a comment below.

Why should I create members to my website?

June 2nd, 2009 — 1:51pm

We’ve been speaking quite a lot recently about how you can introduce things on your site that make it more interactive. These include things like adding a poll to your website, or adding a forum.

All these features are part of a website movement that the media have dubbed ‘Web 2.0′. In the original (Web 1.0!) vision of the Internet, websites were places where a 1-way process took place. A company would give out information about themselves, or a newspaper website would tell the news.

In web 2.0, the interaction between visitor and website is two-way. Not only does the website distribute information, but the website visitor also contributes to that information. The communication is two way between website and visitor. And the communication can also be between one website visitor and another.

One of the principles behind Web 2.0 is that if a website visitor contributes to and interacts with a website, then they are more likely to come back to that site later. It improves the ‘stickyness’ of the site. In addition, if a website visitor contributes to a website they are more likely to feel ‘part of it’, and will recommend it to others.

One of the great new features we introduced with our most recent update is the ability to create members to your website, and allow those members to add to and sometimes edit your site. This is another fantastic Web 2.0 feature.

Members have their own login that they have created by signing up and getting an account with your site. These members have a close relationship with your website, and are highly likely to both return to the site, and also recommend it to others. One of your main objectives should be to look after your members, so that they in turn will sing your website’s praises to other people.

In order to get members to your site, you need to give website visitors a good reason to sign up. This could be exclusive access to members-only pages on your site, pages that have unique and valuable information on them. You might want to grant them editing privileges for some pages, so that they can shape the content there. Additionally, it might be that they can join in on certain discussions. Another idea is that they can get a regular newsletter that gives them access to valuable new insight. Most importantly, you need to give them unique information, advice or ideas that they cannot get elsewhere.

Whatever you do, however, don’t force people to sign up: the last thing you want to do it alienate them.

Here are the four main rules to follow in order to grow your site membership:

1. Give your members access to unique content and information that they cannot get elsewhere

2. Give your members MORE than general website visitors e.g. members-only content, discounts or communities

3. Communicate with your members using newsletters, Facebook & Twitter…

4. Listen to what they say, and given them a forum for their feedback. This helps them feel valuable and valued..

Have any of you managed to create lots of members so far? What pitfalls or successes have you encountered? Leave us a comment below.

Website Builder Tutorials: How to add Members to your website

May 27th, 2009 — 2:08pm

Last week we announced the launch of a range of new features of the WebEden website making system. These features put your WebEden website at the heart of your social networking sites. The feedback so far has been very positive. However every new thing always takes a bit of getting used to, so we’ve put together video tutorial that shows you how to add members to your site.

Have a go and let us know how you got on!

Is this the Idea that makes Twitter worthwhile for Business?

May 26th, 2009 — 3:23pm

We’ve written quite a lot on this blog about Twitter: what is it, how do I use it, and what, frankly, is the point? Well a business practice is emerging that might finally be able to answer that last one – what’s the point – and make Twitter a good place to do business.

The potential to use Twitter for business all lies in its ‘real time search engine’. Whilst you can search on Google for all information added to the web on a particular topic, ‘Twitter search’ allows you to search for what people are saying right now.

And that becomes quite interesting if people are either talking about your product or service, or asking a question that you can answer by pointing them towards your website.

For example, if you run a B&B in the West Country (yes, I’m back to that example!), then you could try looking out for any searches to do with ‘B&B west country’ or similar. When someone asks for a recommendation, then get in there and point them towards your site. Something like ‘have you had a look at Dave’s B&B in Somerset?’. This might get some direct sales, but is also an opportunity to promote your website to their followers.

You can have a look at Twitter search here.

But who has really got the time to be searching on Twitter, spending time waiting for potential customers to ask a relevant question? The good news is that there are a couple of services that will do this for you. These services send you an email alert for specific twitter searches. One of the better known of these is called tweetbeep.com, but we’ve also come across twollow.com too.

Here’s the personal bit. Since receiving this recommendation we’ve been trying it out. Whenever anyone mentions that they want some help building a website, then we ask them if they have had a go at webeden.co.uk. The upside is that we’ve generated a few sales through this. The downside is that you really feel like you’re intruding in other people’s conversation, and trying to sell them something. It’s something equivalent to listening to a conversation in the pub, and then interrupting to sell them a packet of peanuts.

If people are genuinely looking for help, then that’s fine. But how many of those ‘need help’ Tweets are a just rhetorical?

Is this the idea that makes Twitter work for business? Are you using Twitter to promote your website? Want to follow WebEden on Twitter? Leave us a comment below.

Website Builder Tutorials: How to use the Page Master

May 22nd, 2009 — 12:56pm

Do you ever want to make the same change on every page of your website? If you’ve got lots of pages then that can take a while.

That’s where the Page Master comes in. Changes in the page master affect every page of your site. Get to grips with this feature and your website building and editing experience is going to be a lot quicker and easier!

Have a go, and let us have your feedback!

How to use HTML on your WebEden website!

May 21st, 2009 — 11:57am

More exciting news here at WebEden! This time its strictly for the advanced users amongst you.

Our Sitebuilder developers have been burning the midnight oil and have produced an ‘HTML widget’ that lets you place pieces of HTML on your WebEden website. You can find it in the File manager and its called ‘HTML Snippet’. Beware though – its still in BETA, and there are some very good reasons why its not on full release yet.

What does it do?

It allows you to add HTML snippets to your site! Add your Amazon links, web rings, banner ads, friends list from Facebook or try any other snippets you find on the web. We can’t guarantee it will work for everything but it’s worth trying.

How does it work?

Place the widget on the page and using the ‘Setup’ tab on the ‘Editor’ paste in the HTML for  your snippet and click ‘Apply’. If a height and width is detected in your code you will be given an option to resize the widget accordingly. To view the HTML widget use the ‘Preview’ button on the ‘Editor’ or click ‘View my site’ on the toolbar. If a visitor is using a browser that doesn’t support the widget it will render as a broken image link and the HTML will be displayed just below your site along with instructions on how to fix the problem.

Issues

There are known bugs with this widget.

Currently the HTML widget only works correctly if you view the site using Internet Explorer 6 or above, with Flash Player 10. So for Firefox users, it displays the HTML content below the site so they can still see it, but its not ideal.

We’ve had some exciting news from Firefox that the bug that prevents the HTML widget correctly displaying in your site for Firefox users will be fixed in the 3.1 release of the browser, due sometime in the next couple of months (hopefully). This is great, as this bug was something we couldn’t fix ourselves.

The main bug that we’re looking at on our side is why some HTML snippets don’t load correctly, which seems to be mainly those that use external JavaScript files in the HTML. Hopefully we’ll be able to fix that too and open the net wider.

Once the HTML widget is fully robust we hope to be able to offer many different pre-configured flavours of it. There will always be the generic ‘paste in any HTML’ widget, but we’ll also do some that are focused on particular services.

Have a go, and let us know what you think!

How to delete your cookies in Internet Explorer

May 20th, 2009 — 2:18pm

Once again, if you don’t know what a cookie is then read our post on ‘what is a cookie‘.

For those of you I am yet to convince to change to Firefox, here’s how you delete cookies in Internet Explorer (IE).

Go to ‘Tools’ and then ‘Internet Options’. You’ll get a dialogue box like this:

Half way down, where it says ‘Browsing History’, press ‘settings’. The new dialogue box will look like this:

Half way down choose ‘view files’. You then get a massive list of files that Internet Explorer has downloaded from websites that you’ve visited. Some of these will be your cookies; they’re usually listed as ‘text documents’ under ‘file type’.

This is where Firefox has the edge. In IE you have to go through these files one by one to find the cookie for the website that you want to delete. Once you’ve found the cookies for a particular website, right click on it and then choose ‘delete’.

The easy option is to just make the switch to Firefox ;-)

Good luck!

How to delete your cookies in Firefox

May 19th, 2009 — 1:14pm

If you don’t know what a cookie is then read our post on ‘what is a cookie‘.

The easiest way to delete your cookies is to use the browser called ‘Firefox’ from Mozilla. If you’re still using Internet Explorer then we’d strongly recommend switching over. If you prefer to continue using Internet Explorer then read our post on how to delete your cookies in Internet Exlorer.

In the case of Firefox, go to ‘Tools’, and then ‘Options’, and then choose ‘Privacy’.

This is what the dialogue box looks like:

Half way down the dialogue box choose ’show cookies’.

You then get a box that looks like this:

You can see you will have 100s of cookies attached to your browser, mostly from websites you have visited in the last 30 days.

In the search box type a word that exists inside the domain of the website whose cookies you want to delete. In the case of Alison’s website, I searched for ‘pagan’, since her domain name is paganmoontarot.com.

This will select all those cookies that start with the word ‘pagan’. Choose those ones for paganmoontarot.com, highlight them and then press ‘remove cookies’.

Then press ‘close’.

You then need to clear your cached version of the page, so press F5.

That process will have cleared the cookies attached by the website ‘paganmoontarot.com’. You can of course repeat the process for any website whose cookies you want to delete.

Good luck, and let me know how you get on.

Thanks to Alison for recommending this post.

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