The power of a quality website

The power of a quality website

The power of a quality website You're Reading: The power of a quality website In Pod Creative News and Events & Resources Contact us Subscribe A website is a powerful tool for any size business, from emerging all the way to conglomerate! Working with Pod Creative brings an understanding and appreciation of the influence a quality, professional website has. Both an emerging, or established business can benefit from an updated website.  Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative Websites grow! One of the main principles we instill in our clients is the importance of growing and changing your site as your business grows. The website your emerging business started out with will not be the same one that exists 5, 10, even 15 years from now! Your business’s website is a constantly growing and evolving entity that may take a bit of time and effort but will be one of your biggest assets. Not sure what we mean? Let’s look at one of our clients. A little over 9 years ago Jarrett Krentzel of Hand-in-Hand Nature Education signed on as an emerging business with Pod Creative. Jarrett had a dream to run an outdoor early childhood nature education program for children. He wasn’t sure exactly what he wanted but knew he needed a website to help market and grow his business. With a lot of education, time, and patience the Hand-in-Hand website, and business, grew. From its humble beginnings with just Jarrett and Alix and a forest, the program now operates out of Cambell River, Comox, Courtenay, and Cumberland, and employs 14+ educators. The power an up-to-date website brings to...
7 settings you need to check when starting a new WordPress site

7 settings you need to check when starting a new WordPress site

7 settings you need to check when starting a new WordPress site You're Reading: 7 settings you need to check when starting a new WordPress site In Resources & WordPress Contact us Subscribe Here's 7 must-check settings for WordPress Beginners! If you’re new to WordPress like our recent team addition Tony, setting up a new WordPress site can be intimidating. Fear not! If you follow our list of 7 settings you should check before you start designing your new site. Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative How to get to your Settings Start at the dashboard of your site. On the left-hand side bar click on Settings. This will give you access to all the settings we will talk about today including General, Writing, Reading, Discussion, Media, Permalinks, and Privacy settings.  1. Configure your General Settings Typically your General settings don’t need to be adjusted, however, we highly encourage you to take a look just in case. Ensure your website is in the correct time zone, your happy with the time/date format, and that the new user default role is set to your preferred role. For more information check out this tutorial from the Elegant Themes blog! 2. Configure your writing settings Our friends at Elegant Themes wrote a fantastic How To blog on the WordPress writing settings. At its core, WordPress is all about writing. There are several WordPress writing settings that you can tweak to modify parts of the content creation experience. 3. Configure your Reading settings Check out this How-To post from our friends at Elegant Themes! No matter what you want your website to do, chances...
How to Add a New Woo Commerce Simple Product to your WordPress Site with Divi

How to Add a New Woo Commerce Simple Product to your WordPress Site with Divi

How to Add a New Woo Commerce Simple Product to your WordPress Site with Divi You're Reading: How to Add a New Woo Commerce Simple Product to your WordPress Site with Divi In Resources & Tutorials Contact us Subscribe Step-by-step instructions on how to put a product into your Woo Commerce merchandise store. This will be a step-by-step guide for WordPress beginners, requiring you to be logged into the back end of your website to begin.  Let us know if this tutorial has helped you or if you have any questions or comments! Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative Here are a few reminders about making a successful product Set your price Pick a good photo to display your product Write a clear, distinctive description 1. Click on the products Tab on the left hand side bar Hover your mouse over #1 Products and select the tab.  As the products page opens then click on Add New Product #2.   2. Setting the name, price, category, and image A)   Enter the product name you desire. B) Select your product category (you can also add a new category) C)  Set your product image D) Set your price 3. Continue to set up the Product as per Below A)  Set Your SKU Code B)  Click the Manage Stock Box C)  Set Your Stock Quantity D)  Set your Backorder Permission (Allow, Do Not Allow or Allow but notify customer) E)  Set your Store-wide Threshold (Min number of stock to notify you to order more stock) 4. Setting up the Shipping A)  Click on the shipping tab B)  Set a weight for item to...
Mailchimp for Beginners: Creating a Template

Mailchimp for Beginners: Creating a Template

Mailchimp for Beginners: Creating a Template You're Reading: Mailchimp for Beginners: Creating a Template In Resources & Tutorials Contact us Subscribe Creating your first template in Mailchimp may seem daunting, but it's pretty fun! Templates are time savers, and time is money! Spending half an hour creating a template in Mailchimp saves you time in the long run, and provides you with a consistent look, messaging, and branding. Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative So many benefits! We love templates, and for a good reason too! Spending a bit of time creating yourself a template saves you so much time in the long run. Plus, when you go to create your Mailchimp Newsletter, simply place your images in their spot, fill in the text, and you’re good to go.  Starting from the top 1) Log yourself into your Mailchimp account and start at the dashboard. 2) Click on Campaigns in the left-hand white bar (it’s the megaphone). 3) Now click on Email Templates. 4) Click on Create Template. IMPORTANT! When you’re creating your template remember to keep your branding consistent! Use the same fonts, colours, and designs you use for marketing.  Creating the Template 5). Select your starting point. Depending on your account you may have access to a larger number of options, however, we typically recommend the 1 column option located directly under Basic.   6). Design your template! It will start out looking pretty basic, like the photo to the left, but with some time and work it will look great.  6) a. Drag and drop blocks from the right-hand side to add various modules such as...
How to add a new post to your Divi WordPress website using the Gutenberg editor

How to add a new post to your Divi WordPress website using the Gutenberg editor

How to add a new post to your Divi WordPress website using the Gutenberg editor You're Reading: How to add a new post to your Divi WordPress website using the Gutenberg editor In Pod Creative Divi Tips & Resources & Tutorials & WordPress Contact us Subscribe Here are step-by-step instructions on how to create a new post in WordPress, using the Divi Theme and the Gutenberg Editor. The steps will walk you through the process in a straightforward, clear manner. This will be a step-by-step guide for WordPress beginners, requiring you to be logged into the back end of your website to begin.   Watch the video or scroll down for the instructions. Let us know if this tutorial has helped you or if you have any questions or comments! Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative Here are a few reminders about making a successful post Make sure you have a Featured Image. Categorize your post. Choose or create appropriate tags. Check if you can link anything in the text. 1. Start at the dashboard Hover your mouse over Posts and click on Add New.  2. Create A Title Give your post a title that is relevant to the content.  3. the right hand side bar is your friend A). In the right hand Side Bar, typically located at the bottom, click on Add Featured Image. B). Select the correct image from Media Library or upload new image. C). Make sure the image has a relevant title and duplicate the title in the Alt Text field. D). Click Set featured image button at bottom of window. 4. Assign categories Set the appropriate category in the...
Plugin Highlight: Monster Insights

Plugin Highlight: Monster Insights

Plugin Highlight: Monster Insights You're Reading: Plugin Highlight: Monster Insights In Resources Contact us Subscribe Monster Insights say it best, they are the #1 Google Analytics Plugin for WordPress. We love MonsterInsights! Having access to accurate, user-friendly Google Analytics data is a game-changer. With MonsterInsights you can see useful information about your visitors right inside your WordPress dashboard. Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative What does it cost? Basic MonsterInsights is free and provides ample information to analyze and adjust your web traffic efforts. For those who need just a bit more data the Plus version is a great option, however does ring in at $99.00/year. In our opinion, with updated Google Analytics 4 and basic MonsterInsights, you are good to go! It’s so easy to install! Unlike a lot of Google Analytics data plugins, MonsterInsights is straightforward to install. Other plugins require multiple verifications, the addition of coding, and complicated Google Analytics linking. What used to take Web Developers like us upwards of two hours for installation now takes a fraction of the time! Interested in using MonsterInsights on your website? Check out the extremely handy video below for instructions! We install MonsterInsights on every single one of our sites. To install on our client’s site we need access to the Gmail login details for the business that is attached to Google Analytics. While the verification process for us to log in with Gmail can be tedious the results are well worth it. Analytics tracking The amount of information MonsterInsights can provide is honestly a bit overwhelming. Even we as a web development company don’t use it all! But...

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