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...
WooCommerce for Beginners

WooCommerce for Beginners

WooCommerce for Beginners You're Reading: WooCommerce for Beginners In Resources & Tutorials & WordPress Contact us Subscribe Woocommerce is our go-to plugin to turn your WordPress site into an e-commerce store! WooCommerce is one of the most recognizable brands in the WordPress ecosystem. In fact, it’s one of the most recognizable brands in ecommerce thanks to its incredible marketing, great design, and fantastically accessible cost. (FREE!) Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative We love Elegant Themes! We are loud and proud Divi users and tote their theme to anyone who will listen! The amazing creators of Divi, Elegant Themes, have written many posts on Woocommerce and have provided us with ample resources to share with you. Watch these recommended videos! This first video by Mak is an incredibly helpful tool for getting your WooCommerce shop up and running! Yes, it is just over 1.5 hours long but by the end of this complete WooCommerce tutorial video you will be well on your way to finishing your online shop. One little caveat, this video is geared towards Divi WordPress users, Mak does have another video that is geared towards users who do not have a specific page build. This walkthrough, also by the talented Mak, is a fantastic tutorial on creating a custom shop page using Divi! Creating custom shop pages can enhance your branding, add style, and tie your shop into the rest of your website.  The next two videos (again, thank you Mak!) walk you through how to create a custom WooCommerce Product Category Page with Divi’s Theme Builder, and how to create a custom checkout page design in Divi...
Plugin Highlight: Smush

Plugin Highlight: Smush

Plugin Highlight: Smush You're Reading: Plugin Highlight: Smush In Resources & WordPress Contact us Subscribe Smush for WordPress is a powerful plugin! We install Smush for WordPress on all our sites. This powerful plugin provides image compression, lazy loading, and so much more!  Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative Free or paid version? Smush is a free plugin that provides image optimization, and so much more. While they do have premium upgrades available in our opinion the free plugin is the way to go! Smush has been benchmarked and tested number one for speed and quality. It is also the award-winning, back-to-back proven crowd favorite image optimization & image compression plugin for WordPress. What does it do?  The single, most important function Smush provides is increased website load speed. By optimizing and compressing your photos (without sacrificing the quality of the photos!) smush allows your website to load faster while maintaining the high-quality photos on your site! Large photos are a drain on web resources and can even cause pages to not load or produce time out errors.  Faster! Slow-loading websites are frustrating for everyone! The average load speed of a website is expected to be under 5 seconds nowadays. Smush is one of the plugins we use to speed up our sites. Want to know more? Check out this post! Lazy Loading and Page Speed Smush also enables the ability to lazy load your images. Normally when a user opens a webpage, the entire page’s contents are downloaded and rendered in a single go. While this allows the browser to cache the web page, there’s no guarantee that the user...
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...

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