Monday, August 31, 2015
Change the main website password (also known as the web hosting plan password) once a month. Use a combination of numbers, letters and symbols to form a secure password that is hard to guess or crack through hacking programs. For example, the password 'N3409Fn29aa' is harder to guess than 'sunshine29,'
Log in to each PHP script installed and in use (guestbook, blog, mailing list) and change their administrator passwords. Form difficult administrator password for each script that you're using on the website.
Update all scripts that are in use and are planned to be parts of the website in the future. Upgrade to latest available and stable versions by downloading them from the developers' websites. Update any security patches available through the developer. Outdated PHP scripts have insecure coding and are often hacked and injected with malware code.
Remove any scripts that are outdated and no longer in use. Delete the files off the web server or follow uninstall directions if available through your website's control panel.
Disable global directives and variables (which can be used to gain access to administrator panels and inject malware code) from your web hosting account. Alter the '.htaccess' file to secure the website and protect it from this common malice.
Go to a free online badge generator where you can pick out the text, size and colors of your badge.
Open a graphic editing program such as Adobe Photoshop. If you don't already have a good graphic editing program, you can download a free trial of Photoshop or a free, open source program such as Paint.NET.
Create a new file in your program that is 125 pixels wide by 125 pixels high. This is the standard size of a blog badge. Do this by choosing the size when you create the new document.
Open the file that holds the logo for your blog, or create one if you don't have it. Right click and 'Copy' the image from your site, or simply type the name of your blog on the new file that you created. Find a freeware image or clip art to add to your badge. Make sure that however you decorate it, it represents the look and theme of your blog.
Save the badge to your computer when you are satisfied with it. Make sure you save it with a file extension of .jpg, .png or .gif. These extensions are the ones that are used the most often for badges. Go to a free image-hosting site and upload your badge. When you upload it, the badge will have a URL so you can put it on the sidebar of your blog for people to use. If you have a domain that is hosted on your own server, you can upload the badge with an FTP program or from the online file directory in your host's control panel.
Put the badge on your side bar with a line of HTML code. If you uploaded your badge to a free image-hosting website, it will most likely give you the code you need for your badge to show up. If you uploaded to your own server, use this code to place your badge on the sidebar of your blog (replacing 'yourdomain' and 'yourbadge' with the correct names):
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Choose an audio file. You can use an mp3 or .wav file. If you do not have an audio file, make one using any one of the freeware or shareware programs available on the Web.
Upload the audio file to your webserver. Select the file to play on your website and make sure it is in the same directory as your website. To play an audio file on a blog that is hosted on a different server, upload the audio file to a free Web hosting company.
Embed the audio file. Copy and paste the following code onto your website:
Replace the 'myaudio.mp3' with the name of your audio file. Keep the quotation marks. This not only embeds the audio, but also creates a player that allows you to turn the audio on and off.
Embed the audio file onto your blog. Change the file name in the code to the complete URL where the audio file is located. For example, using the following:
Change the name of 'myaudio.mp3' to the full URL address where your mp3 is located. The embed code will create a music player.
Adjust volume, height and width settings to match your blog or website. A width setting of '144' is recommended.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Sign up for free website hosting with a host of your choice. Two popular hosts that offer free website hosting are Yahoo! Geocities and 50Webs.
Design your free website. Most of the free website hosts allow you to design your site using free templates. Some knowledge of HTML code may be required, depending on how creative you want your free website to be.
Create your own radio show with Blog Talk Radio. The radio show will be hosted from your computer. You will be given a telephone number to dial in and access your control panel to begin hosting your show. You will be given a separate telephone number for listeners to call in live to speak with you on the air.
Embed your Blog Talk Radio HTML code into your free website to promote your radio broadcast. Listeners can click on the link on your website to listen to your show.
Create your own Mogulus television channel by creating a new account with Mogulus, which is an online company that will allow you to create your own Internet television channel for free. After setting up a new account with Mogulus you can start broadcasting your own live television show or play old video clips on your website. You will need to connect your digital camcorder to your computer using a Firewire or USB cable to show the live video or upload old video clips.
Embed your Mogulus television channel HTML code into your free website to promote your live broadcast. Viewers can click on the link on your website to watch your broadcast.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Secure a domain name for your devotional/inspirational website. A domain name will cost you $10 or less per year. To secure a domain name, visit a domain name registrar, such as GoDaddy, Network Solutions or NetFirms. In order to earn a better search engine ranking, try to incorporate the word 'Devotional' or 'Inspirational' in your domain name. For instance, instead of using the domain name janesnuggets.com, you can use janesinspirationalnuggets.com.
Find server space on the web for your devotional/inspirational website. Consider using a blog site for server space. By using blog hosting instead of traditional web hosting, you won't get frustrated with the technical stuff while trying to put your inspirational pieces online. A blog site will also keep your inspirational pieces organized and archived by date. Blog sites you can use are WordPress, TypePad, and SiteGround. You will have to sign up for an account in order to use the blog hosting sites.
Connect the domain name that was purchased in step 1 to your website. This is done during the sign-up process.
Select a template (background) for your devotional/inspirational website. The blog sites that are listed in the step 2 will provide a variety of templates to choose from.
Start adding content to your devotional/inspirational website. To do this, click on the option to create a 'New' article. You will be able to upload inspirational pictures to go along with your devotional content.
Submit the domain name for your devotional/inspirational website to search engines. If you don't your website won't be found by those who are searching for inspirational content. You can use websites such as Submit Express and Free Web Submission to submit your site to numerous search engines at one time.
Post new content on a regular basis. If you are inconsistent, readers are likely to stop visiting your website and move on to another that can deliver consistently.