Mailchimp for Beginners: Account Basics

Mailchimp for Beginners: Account Basics

Mailchimp for Beginners: Account Basics You're Reading: Mailchimp for Beginners: Account Basics In Resources & Tutorials Contact us Subscribe Mailchimp is a popular email marketing service used to reach subscribers across the globe. Mailchimp is a fantastic way to reach current and potential future clients with minimal effort. Many different styles of e-newsletters can be set up to alert clients to new products, new services, website updates, and more! We send a monthly newsletter to our subscribers with post updates, client shout outs, recently completed projects, and much more. Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative Who should use Mailchimp? Every business should have an active Mailchimp account! Email marketing is one of the most cost-effective ways to promote your business, whether your goal is to build your brand or sell more products. These emails can be anything from automated RSS feeds sending a compilation of the new posts on your site to specially crafted messages. It’s all up to you! Modern email marketing is based on the principles of consent, segmentation, and personalization. Choose a plan! Choosing the right plan is wholely dependent on your audience. Most businesses we work with don’t need a paid plan, the free one works great! Pod Creative utilizes the free plan from Mailchimp and its a fantastic option to keep your marketing costs low while reaching up to 2,000 people. When first starting out with Mailchimp we recommend starting off with the free plan, you can always upgrade if need be! Below is a comparative photo highlighting the different plans available Compare Mailchimp Plans Fun Fact! If you decide to go with a paid...
A how-to guide on Post Revisions

A how-to guide on Post Revisions

A how-to guide on Post Revisions You're Reading: A how-to guide on Post Revisions In Pod Creative Divi Tips & Tutorials & WordPress Contact us Subscribe Post revisions are a quick and easy way to restore a post back to a version (or more) previous! Somewhere along the line we have all made a mistake in our posts or regretted a new layout idea we saved. It happens! An extremely handy feature of WordPress we will be highlighting today is the ability to revert your posts to a previous version(s). Let’s dive in. Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative What is a revision? Post revisions enable WordPress to automatically save versions of your posts, pages, or custom post types after every 60 seconds while a user is working on them. Revisions were added to WordPress for two very important reasons. One, to prevent the risk of lost data and two, to improve the editorial workflow. Revisions allow users to restore a previous version(s) of the post.  Where to start To start with, we want to be at the back end of the post you wish to do a Post Revision on. To get there start at the dashboard of your website, click on Posts on the left-hand sidebar, and click Edit underneath the title of your intended post. On the right-hand side, in the Publish box, click on the Browse beside Revisions.  Review the Revisions This is where the magic happens! The revision slider, located in the middle of the top part of the page, allows you to slide back and forth to different revisions throughout the history of the...
How to add a Gravity Form to your Divi WordPress site!

How to add a Gravity Form to your Divi WordPress site!

How to add a Gravity Form to your Divi WordPress site! You're Reading: How to add a Gravity Form to your Divi WordPress site! In Resources & Tutorials Contact us Subscribe We love Gravity Forms! It is an excellent contact form plugin with lots of features. Having an easy to use, and more importantly, a reliable contact form is extremely important for your website. You want people to contact you! We’ve covered the differences between the Divi Contact Form and Gravity Forms in the past, so today we will focus on adding a Gravity Form contact form to your website.  Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative Customize the form! Your basic, main contact form should be simple with little more than Name, Email Address, and a space for the visitor to leave their message. And that’s it! Specialized or customized forms can be longer and more complex, but your basic contact form should be that, basic. The simpler the form, the easier it is for visitors to reach out to you!  Creating a new formOn the dashboard of your website click on Forms on the left-hand black sidebar. Then click on “Add New” to create a new form. Title your Form appropriately, such as Contact Form, and give it a description. This will make it easier to differentiate if you have multiple contact forms for different pages.  Adding a new form The fantastic thing about Gravity Forms is they tell you how to create a new form! Follow these straightforward instructions to create your new form. We have summarized the steps below for you.  Select a Field Type from...
Tips and tricks for speeding up your Divi WordPress site!

Tips and tricks for speeding up your Divi WordPress site!

Tips and tricks for speeding up your Divi WordPress site! You're Reading: Tips and tricks for speeding up your Divi WordPress site! In Pod Creative Divi Tips & Resources & WordPress Contact us Subscribe Is your site slow? Not for long! Slow loading websites are frustrating for everyone! The average load speed of a website is expected to be under 5 seconds nowadays. 5 seconds! That is pretty darn fast. There are many factors that influence a website’s load speed, so today we will focus on the factors we CAN influence! Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative What is measurable load speed? Measurable load speed is the speed at which a website loads that we are able to quantify and measure using specified programs online. Because there are so many factors that we are unable to control, such as device speed, internet speed, connection issues, and more, we focus on the measurable load speed time. By using programs such as Google’s PageSpeed Insights, GTmetrix, and Pingdom we can gain insight into the effectiveness of the strategy and find areas to improve. GZIP compression codingEnabling Gzip compression on your Divi Site can give you a big boost in speed. If you are familiar with creating compressed (or zipped) files on your computer, you already have a basic understanding of how Gzip compression works. Utilizing Gzip compression can reduce your page size by up to 70%! The Gzip compression code tells the server to compress all the files it can into smaller versions so that it can be served to the client much faster.  To enter the below code in your website: You...
How to add a newsletter opt-in to your Divi WordPress site

How to add a newsletter opt-in to your Divi WordPress site

How to add a newsletter opt-in to your Divi WordPress site You're Reading: How to add a newsletter opt-in to your Divi WordPress site In Pod Creative Divi Tips & Tutorials & WordPress Resources & Tutorials Divi Tips & Layout examples Subscribe An easy to use e-newsletter opt-in can help you grow your newsletter base! E-Newsletters are a fantastic way to share news, service updates, and stay in touch with subscribers. We at Pod Creative use Mailchimp to send monthly e-newsletters. Our newsletters contain shout-outs to our latest completed projects, links to our latest blogs, and a friendly update from Pieter, Michael, and Hannah. An email newsletter should feel like an update from an interesting, helpful friend, rather than a pushy salesperson. Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative So Many platforms So Many platforms There are many email marketing platforms to choose from. Through the Divi email opt-in module, a multitude of email marketing platform integrations are available including Mailchimp, MailPoet, Aweber, SendinBlue, and more! While it’s handy if you already have one of these platforms when you’re starting out it can make choosing one difficult. A good email marketing service will enable you to create highly engaging email newsletters with an easy user interface (ideally drag-and-drop editor). Grow your list!Adding an email opt-in to your site is a great way to grow your Newsletter list! The more people who sign up for the list means the more avenues to grow your business. Make sure your opt-in is easy to use and located on every post and page. Bring attention to it wherever you can! [/et_pb_signup] Setting up the Opt-in...
Python vs. Java: Uses, Performance, Learning

Python vs. Java: Uses, Performance, Learning

Python vs. Java: Uses, Performance, Learning You're Reading: Python vs. Java: Uses, Performance, Learning In Resources & Tutorials Contact us Subscribe In the world of computer science, there are many programming languages, and no single language is superior to another. Juni Learning is an award-winning online Computer Science & Mathematics academy that offers private, online courses to students from ages 8–18. With today’s technology evolving rapidly, Juni Learning can provide your children with a head start in the online world. Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative Python vs. Java Each language is best suited to solve certain problems, and in fact there is often no one best language to choose for a given programming project. For this reason, it is important for students who wish to develop software or to solve interesting problems through code to have strong computer science fundamentals that will apply across any programming language. Programming languagesProgramming languages tend to share certain characteristics in how they function, for example in the way they deal with memory usage or how heavily they use objects. Students will start seeing these patterns as they are exposed to more languages. This article will focus primarily on Python versus Java, which are two of the most widely used programming languages in the world. While it is hard to measure exactly the rate at which each programming language is growing, these are two of the most popular programming languages used in industry today. The differences One major difference between Python and Java is that Python is dynamically typed, while Java is statically typed. Loosely, this means that Java is much more strict...

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