13 Jul

Word Press for RVers, Part 3

In the first two articles, I talked about creating a post and a page.  In this article I want to talke about posting pictures.  The actual process is pretty simple, but before I get there I want to talk about some changes to make before you load the pictures.

When you create a digital picture it is a bunch of little dots called pixels that are color coded.  There are millions of pixels and each one is represented by a number.  These numbers are the data that you will be sending to the website so that the computer of your friends and family can understand them and recreate the image that you transferred to the Internet.

When you take a picture with a digital camera or your cell phone each picture is millions of these little pixels and that takes millions of bytes (computer data) to represent.  All this data takes time to transfer to the Internet and from the Internet for your friends and family.  If you or they are on a cell phone plan that means it is very costly as well.  There is another thing that you want to be aware of.  Your Internet browser can’t display all of that data.  It is limited to just 300 dots/pixels per inch.

So what can we do about this.  How can we speed up the process and reduce the cost of viewing pictures?  We start with the good old Paint program that comes with Windows.  Right click on an image and select edit. This will open Paint and the picture.  Now the image may be off the screen but don’t worry, we are going to fix that.  In the upper left hand corner of Paint you will find the word RESIZE.  Click on it.  Now click on the Pixels option.  The numbers will change for Horizontal and Vertical. Click on the largest number and type in 600.  Your picture is now 600 pixels in that direction.  We have changed the size of the image.  This will reduce the amount of data required and also make the image a good size for the Internet.  We have not changed the number of colors or the detail by have simply resized the photo.  By resizing it we save data and improve the transfer process.

Now we need to save the image.  Do NOT simply save the image, it will update the one on your computer and will resize it.  Choose File, Save As, PNG.  Give the image a new name and click save.  I usually use the name and put small or 600 after it.  This lets me know that I have resized the image.

Now we are ready to upload the photo to our website or even Facebook if you want.
Connect to the wp-admin page of your website and log in.  You will be at the Dashboard page.  On the left hand side of the page you will see Media.  Click on it.  All of the images (if you have any) that are available will be displayed.  At the top of the page next to the words Media Library is an Add New button.  Click on it.  A new box opens under it telling you to either drop the images here or click upload.  You can simply open your file manager, find the photo, click and hold the mouse key down and then drag it to this box or click on the upload button and find the file and click on it.  Your image is now ready to be used in your next post or page.

Remember, RD-Webhosting.com offers WordPress websites installed free of charge with a free domain name for only $36 per year when paid annually.  You will also have one of our Personal Assistance to help you via email or text while you host with us.


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28 Jun

WordPress for RVers, Part 2

Word Press is an extremely powerful application. There are so many things that it can do by itself and it is also a program that has hundreds of programs that extend it capabilities. You can make a photo gallery, an eCommerce site, a book club, travel guide, interactive studio, just about anything you want can be done with WordPress.

This article is going to continue our administrator tour of WordPress. In the first article we logged in, wrote and published a post. I want to discuss the differences of post versus pages. When you write information or articles on WordPress, you have the option of selecting a post or a page. Post as you have seen are quick and easy. When you ‘post’ them they are displays chronologically and will continue to slide down the page as they get older and new post are added. Eventually, they will no longer be displayed and will be archived based on the date they were written. A page is permanent. When you create a page, it will be displayed on the site menu system and is always available. Pages are used for information that you want people to find easily. Perhaps things like the About You or your store or where you are page. You might even create pages for your photo album.

The next type of post you can have is a media post. Media allows you to post picture or videos on your website. This is actually an extension of either a post or a page. Basically, when you are creating a post you can insert into that post/page video or pictures. But before you can insert them you have to load them onto your website. That is where the media section of WordPress comes into play. When you select Media, WordPress shows you all of the images and video that it currently knows about. To load a new picture or video into WordPress you select Add New and WordPress will guide you through the process of finding, uploading and making minor changes to the image, then inserting into your article.

The last part for this week article will be others people writing on your blog. These are called comments. Comments are both good and bad. Friends and Family comments are good. Strangers comments can be really bad and worse that SPAM. For the most part I do not allow comments to be posted or approved automatically, saving them for review and approval. Some of my websites, I do not even allow any comments. Your site will be set up with not allowing comments to be posted automatically and I will guide you via newsetters or email on the management of these comments.

Well that is it for this week. Next week we will start on the Appearance of your website. Changing the look and feel so it is more to your desires.

Remember, RD-Webhosting.com offers websites for only $36 a year complete with domain name and WordPress installed and configured ready to go. You also get a personal consultant to help you when ever needed.

Please comment and let me know what you think of these articles and whether or not they are useful and if you understand or have questions about the topic.

Until next weekend, thanks.

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24 Jun

WordPress for RVers, Part 1

Ok, you have probably heard of blogging, but just in case, blogging is writing about anything and putting it on the world wide web for people to read.  For those of us use to the old newspaper days, think of it as an editorial or guess writer column in the newspaper. The only real difference is you own the newspaper!  To start blogging you need to have a place to put the articles you write so people can read them.  This is called a blog and the blog is made up of post or articles that you and others write.

There are lots of software packages that you can use to create a blog.  Why do you need software?  Well, you have to have a website and the website has to be hosted on a server, which is a computer that is connected to the Internet full time.  Your website has to have a name and an address as well.  Think of it like your house.  A physical place with a physical address so people can find you.  A website is the Internet Place and the name is the Internet Address so people can find you. The software tells the computer what to do when someone comes to your website or Internet house.  WordPress is the software that is used my millions of people to create the house that displays the writings of those people.

So, we need a website, software, a server so people can find out about our writing.  Sounds really complicated, but that is why I am here. I will take care of all of that stuff for you.  Your job will be to tell me what you want. Don’t worry, I will guide you along as well.  Oh you are probably wondering what this software is going to cost you, nothing!  That is right, WordPress is free, which is one of the reasons I use it on all of my personal websites.

So with everything set up the next step is to start writing.  For this you will need to know a little bit about WordPress.  We are going to start with some basics.  You will need a username and password to get into the administration side of WordPress.  I should have sent you an email with that information.  You will type into your web browser the address of your blog and the location of the WordPress administration page.  It will look like www.yourblogname.com/wp-admin.  The website will ask for your username and password which you can get from the email.

Now you are ready to write your first article.  I did some cleaning up of WordPress when I installed it.  So all you have to do is determine if you want to use a Post or a Page.  The next article will talk about them in detail.  For now I think we will use a post.  On the left hand side of the screen you should see the word Posts with a little pin symbol next to it.  Click on the word Posts.  This page will show you all of the posts that have been made on your website.  Currently there are none.  At the top of the screen next to the word Posts is a button called Add New.  Click on it.

You are now at the Add New Post page.  This is where you will write your first post.  For a title enter, Welcome to my new blog. Now click in the big empty box, this is were you type in the body of your post.  Introduce yourself and let people know what you are doing.  When you are all done, on the right hand side of the screen is a button call Publish.  Click it and your first post is on your website.

RD-Webhosting.com has been around since 1997. We have changed our focus from small business to you, the recreational user.  We found that most people don’t understand how to setup a website or all the different things that can be done with one.  With the right tools and focus you can even make money with your website.  We wanted to be part of that.  So with this new focus, you will find we are trying to make your life a little easier. All of our website now offer a free domain name (your internet address), so you don’t need to worry about that part of having a website.  Your domain name can be anything you want, if it is available.  We would recommend your name or something that is easy for people to find when looking for you.  Next, everyone who host (has their website) with us will have their own personal consultant to help them when needed.  You can email, text or even chat with them.  Your Personal Consultant will install and do basic configuration on any of the software we make available free of charge.  No need for you to learn how to install software on a real server. Finally, we hope you will find our prices fair.  Our basic package is only $36 a year to get your own domain, web hosting, software and Personal Consultant.  Please take a minute to like our Facebook Page and to visit our website.  If you have any questions, please let us know.

Next in the series will be the Admin Menu and setting up categories for your articles so people can quickly find posts that are of interest to them.

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24 Jun


Welcome to the RD Web Hosting’s new website.  This is part of our renewed focus to the camping and recreational vehicle industry.

As part of this new focus you will see a lot of changes.  First all of our plans now include free domain name registration when you pay annually.  Next you will be assigned a personal assistant who will take care of software installation and basic configuration as well as be available to assist you with any issues you may have regarding your website while you are hosting with us.  No more need to enter support tickets, just contact your personal assistant for help.

One of the things the personal assistant can do is install any of our hundreds of applications.  There is no charge for this service.  Our way of helping the recreational community get on the web.

Want to learn how to manage your website yourself?  We have free video training courses available.  Ask your personal assistant to show you how to access this free resource.

Free Video Training

Part of our new focus it to help you, help yourself.  We are giving you access to a set of videos that will show you how to manage your website.

Each video shows you how to do things like add a new email account, change passwords, see who has been visiting your website and many more administrative tasks.

Don’t worry, your personal assistant will still be available if you need them.

Free Application Installation

We recently installed a new server and with it came hundreds of new applications.  Programs like WordPress and several other blogs packages are included.  We even have a Facebook like application so you can start your own Facebook like website.  Perhaps for your hobby group or even a new RV group that you want to build and keep in touch with.  Just ask your personal assistant for details.

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