Upload and share videos easily with Dropbox and Vimeo

Want an easy way to upload and share videos? First, sign up for free Dropbox and Vimeo accounts if you don’t have them already. Dropbox is great for sharing all types of files and Vimeo is good for uploading and sharing videos.

  • Create a Video folder in your Dropbox account, this is where you will save your video files.
  • Log into Vimeo and go to Me > My Settings
  • Click “Connect” next to Dropbox. Make sure to give Vimeo full access to Dropbox and tell it where your new Video folder is on Dropbox.
  • Save your videos to your Dropbox folder and they will automatically upload to Vimeo! If you install the Dropbox app on your phone, you should be able to save videos you take on your phone right into that folder too.

More information on Vimeo.com

Renew your Web Hosting & Domain Names

I’ve talked before about Domain Names and Web Hosting. If you have purchased either of these services in the past, don’t forget that you need to renew them either monthly or yearly! If you don’t remember to renew, you could lose your domain or your entire website. Your registrar/hosting company should email you when it’s time to renew, so keep an eye out.

Google Analytics

Google AnalyticsInterested to see how many people visit your website and where they are coming from? You can keep track of these statistics and many more with Google’s free analytics software.

Here are the steps to get started.

Want to learn more about how to use analytics to improve your business performance? Google offers a free fundamentals course with short videos on basics and advanced topics.

Confused or overwhelmed? Contact me and I can help you get set up with analytics on your website.

What is a website wireframe?

Wireframe for the homepage of my website.

Wireframe for the homepage of my website.

A website wireframe is a lot like a blueprint for a house. It’s a document that shows the framework of how the website might look or function. It will show things like navigational elements, form fields, and content placeholders, but usually does not show typographic style (fonts), colors, or particular graphics. The point is to show how the information will be displayed, the priority of the specific elements on the page, and particular functionality (how parts of a page will work).

If you’re interested in creating a wireframe, here are some great tools for the job:

What is Responsive Web Design?

Today, people look at the internet on all kinds of devices, from phones and tablets to desktop monitors and huge HD TVs. Each of these devices has a screen of a unique size and shape. It used to be that we only cared about the desktop experience, but a website built at that size is not always easy to use on a smaller screen.

Responsive Web Design is a way of building websites so that they respond differently to screens of different sizes. A responsive website automatically adjusts its layout to fit your screen instead of forcing you to scroll around or zoom in and out.

Look at the way my website rearranges itself depending on the screen that’s being used:

Responsive Web Design

Notice that the same elements are always present, they’re just arranged differently depending on the width of the screen. The best way to see this in action is to view my website on your computer, resize your browser window, and watch the site adjust.

More and more of us are using phones as our primary internet device. Who knows what we’ll be using tomorrow? Responsive Web Design is the way of the future. If your website isn’t responsive yet, contact me today.

Browse privately

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If you are browsing the internet on a public computer, you may not want others to see what you have searched for or what web pages you’ve looked at. Fortunately there are several browsers that let you look at the web without leaving a trail behind you.

Mac:

  • Safari: Go to Safari > Private Browsing
  • Chrome: Go to File > New Incognito Window
  • Firefox: Go to File > New Private Window

PC:

  • Chrome: Go to Settings (icon next to address bar) > New Incognito Window
  • Firefox: Go to the orange Firefox menu > New Private Window
  • Internet Explorer: Go to Settings (gear icon) Safety > InPrivate Browsing

Listen to music for free

I like to preview an album before I buy it. Websites like Grooveshark and Spotify allow you to “stream” music-–to listen to it in your web browser without downloading any files. Grooveshark is completely free but doesn’t have a huge selection. Spotify has a wider selection, but requires you to either pay a monthly fee or listen to ads every few songs. Either way, make sure to support the artists you like and buy their albums!