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Class Slides Advanced WordPress

Yesterday I had the pleasure of teaching a class of Advanced WordPress, especially designed for tourism businesses. The event was organized the Tourist Board of the Costa Brava Gone to cabo and the magnificent Auditorium of the Technological Park of the University of Girona.

This class was the second part of the class Creating Websites using WordPress, y ya dábamos por supuesto que todos los asistentes sabían cómo utilizar un WordPress y las utilidades de sus funciones básicas. Así que dedicamos las 4 horas de clase a mejorar la instalación base de WordPress para conseguir una página web con un mejor posicionamiento en buscadores, a conocer cómo incluir los códigos de Google Analytics, a cómo conseguir una página web con un buen formulario de contacto, una zona con suscripción a una newsletter o a novedades de la web, vimos un gran número de plugins que pueden sernos de utilidad en la página web de un hotel o de cualquier establecimiento turístico, vimos cómo crear una landing page para una campaña (y conseguir que esta página no aparezca en el menú) y vimos también ejemplos de páginas de hoteles creadas utilizando WordPress.

Overall, I think the students were well prepared to work a little more on their projects and get excellent web professionals with all the features necessary for their business sites.

I used slides to illustrate my explanations are as follows.

I hope you find them useful.

A hug.

Advanced Course in Girona WordPress

On April 14 I have the pleasure of teaching in Girona (at Parc Ttecnològic UDG) course Advanced WordPress, Designed for all those students who participated in the first two editions of Course for Creating WordPress Tourist Websites, They can expand their knowledge.

In this course we will see the following topics:

  • How to improve WordPress SEO.
  • How to install Google Analytics codes on our WordPress and how to define the objectives and the conversion funnel page, Google Analytics (it is recommended that students come to training with the access data to your Google Analytics account. If do not have it, they can register www.google.com/analytics)
  • How to embed videos and other content in WordPress.
  • What are the best plugins to enhance your WordPress. With these plugins we can: create a good contact form, get a multilingual site, include the "likes" of Facebook and the "Twit this" Twitter, connect with our WordPress Twitter, etc.
  • How the payment templates work and how we can change the design of the same.
  • How the e-commerce plugin for WordPress.
  • How to start having subscribers (see how to install the different services of Feedburner)

In the second half of the course we will deal specifically how it should be the website of our hotel or tourist establishment. We will see

  • How to create a good who we are.
  • How to create a good where we are.
  • How to create tabs room.
  • How to create pages for different market segments (for families with children, business tourism, event, etc.)
  • How to create landing pages (landing pages) for our SEM campaigns (see how to create pages that do not go and get the menu, and see how to include contact forms on a particular page)
  • How to create a nice favicon (if you know what a favicon click here: What is a favicon)

The course will last for 4 hours and will start at 10 am on April 14.

This is an advanced course so taken for granted that all students have installed WordPress and know it to work at a basic level (create a page, create an entry, create a category, download a theme, download a plugin, etc. ). People who know me know I would do anything to help others, but in this case I will stand and not spend time on basic issues related to WordPress and even less, to issues related to the installation of the program.

If you think you may be interested in attending the course, you will find more information here: Advanced Course WordPress for Tourist companies

See you in Girona.

A hug.

Slides Creating a website for Tourism WordPress

Today I had the pleasure of teaching the first classes WordPressOrganized by the Tourist Board of the Costa Brava.

In class we have seen how a WordPress is installed in the domain of a company or a new domain and then customize have seen from or free from templates payment templates. We have also seen the plugin's how they work and how to convert a website monolengua one in as many languages ​​as you want.

The slides he had prepared for the class are (although I have not used almost ... since I've been explaining over the web we've created during class).

During class I have been referring to WordPress manual Alfonso Gonzalez wrote to facilitate the work of assistants and also to help them install WordPress without someone to guide them in person.
The manual can be read and downloaded here: Manual WordPress.

Although I have already indicated in the power point, if you want to see some templates for hotels, look at these links:

If you want to see the website of a hotel on WordPress, look at this: SixtyTwo Hotel Barcelona

On the internet you will find many more (I'll looking at having a time and will publish it here. If you have attended the course and create your page, please post in the comments and I'll look ... well the rest of the readers, I hope the comment.

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Slides and manual "Building websites using WordPress"

Last Monday I had the pleasure of being able to deliver one of the most difficult classes that I face from time to time: this is the kind of "Creating websites using WordPress"As a tool for publishing and content management. installation is not difficult ... it is very difficult to explain how people who have not ever done, using different tools and hosting services which have different control panels (and some unintuitive).

This time the class was oriented to cultural industries and was aimed at the more than 50 attendees consiguiesen put online your own website and would understand the operation of WordPress as content manager.

The success was not total, but many succeeded. Some of the incidents encountered were the following (I am writing to serve as support for upcoming classes):

  • The hosting was hired too late and the beginning of class, the domain and hosting were not yet activated. How to fix: hiring before hosting.
  • The hosting contract does not support creation of databases: you need to ask before making a purchase. The hosting where you do purchase must allow the phone call and ask. If not, it's a web host that does not interest us why will be very hard to give us a good day technical support that we need.
  • The student does not have the necessary data for the class. These data are the login and password of hosting control panel (to create an FTP account) and to create the database.
  • The hosting contract does not support WordPress: we find a case in which the contract was hosting on Windows servers that did not support the use of WordPress. My recommendation is that servers with Linux operating contract. But anyway, again, it is best to ask before hiring hosting.
  • In the already available hosting a website. In this case, no problem: a directory is created within the website and the new page there is installed for testing. When we are sure we want to use WordPress and we know how to customize it, you can uninstall it and install it again so in the root directory.

They think they were all incidents.

Luckily I could count on the collaboration of 2 assistants: Alfonso Gonzalez (author WordPress manual you'll find under these lines) and my son Jaume (that has helped me several times in the WordPress installation on computers of students). Both I give them the thanks publicly. Without your help, everything would have been much more complicated.

Attached below the WordPress manual Alfonso Gonzalez and PowerPoint presentation I used to go to guide the class to the installation.

Here is the manual:

Here is the Power Point:

I hope you find it useful in case you want to perform your own installation.

A hug.

Building Workshop for Cultural Business Websites - February 28

SDEOn February 28 I have the pleasure of imparting Building Workshop for Cultural Business Websites which organizes the BDS (Business Development Service of the Catalan Institute of Cultural Industries).

La duración del taller será de 5 horas (de 9:00 a 14:00) y el objetivo es que al terminar las 5 horas, todos los presentes consigan poner online una página web, perfectamente funcional, con un gestor de contenidos y con una plantilla especialmente pensada para páginas corporativas. Los alumnos avanzados podrán aprender también cómo se instala un comercio electrónico.

During the session, students will learn to create a database using a program that goes up files to a hosting (FTP), learn how to install a content manager (in this case is the WordPress) and learn how to change templates that allow you to customize the website to get make it unique and how content is managed.

You do not need technical expertise to do so.

For it will be necessary for students:

  • bring their own laptops WIFI connection and power cord (the classroom have enough outlets for computers)
  • A domain name for the website you want to create (for example: vuestronombre.com). You can buy here www.sync.es or any ISP and costs about 13 euros per year.
  • A hosting in that you can host the web, I recommend to www.sync.es why your control panel is simple and easy to handle (but any will do). The hosting should be as simple that you find with PHP and mySQL (it is important to allow the creation of a database). The cost of this type of hosting is between 38 euros and 50 euros per year (depending on ISP). For example, this hosting: http://www.sync.es/hosting/virtuales-linux100.php
  • It will facilitate the work if students arrive already with an FTP client installed on your computer (I recommend Filezilla is free and can be downloaded from Softonic)
  • It will also facilitate the work if students arrive with the latest version of WordPress downloaded. It can be done from here in Castilian: WordPress in CastilianAnd from here in Catalan: WordPress in Catalan. If someone wants the multilanguage site, which either download and install class and see how a plugin that allows you to have a website in all languages ​​as necessary.

Having all this takes an active couple of days ... so better not wait until the last minute to buy because they serve to have it ready in class.

The workshop must be reached with the login and password control panel of the contracted accommodation. This is sent by email when hiring the hosting is done.

The workshop will be held on February 28 from 9:00 to 14:00 in the Universidad Pompeu Fabra - ESCI-Born classroom Edifici 4.1 (Pg. Pujades, 1) Barcelona (Attention to the seat! It's the same university, but not the same building in which we impart training normally BDS Digital Marketing, this office is on the other side of the Parc de la Ciutadella, between the courts and Commerce Street).

For more information about this course, please contact the SDE.

Note to blog readers who are in GironaThis course will impart in Girona in early March and will be specially designed for tourism businesses. I'll write a post soon showing the exact time and place in which it is performed. organizes Costa Brava Tourism.

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What is a Favicon and what is

Every time I make a conference or a course, look at me down the websites of the attendees. To do this, the organization of the event sent me a list of your URL and will open in the same browser but in different tabs. Unfortunately, when I have opened pages and I can see favicons around the world, I note that a large part of them are favicons CMS used to build your web pages (usually Joomla or WordPress), not a favicon corporate, which is what it should be.

So here's this short article explaining what is a favicon Y what is a faviconTo see if in this way, I get that people give the importance it deserves.

What is a favicon

It is a small icon (usually 16 × 16 pixels or 32 × 32 px) used to identify a website on the tabs of a browser, a list of favorites, or anywhere else that requires a small identification.

In this blog you are reading, the favicon It is a "MP" with fuchsia background you can see next to the URL or the page tab on your browser.

What is a favicon

It is a symbol that conveys corporate image and used to:

  • Transmit our brand image when someone browsing our website and fixes his gaze on the area of ​​the browser URL.
  • For our page is easily identifiable when someone has open multiple tabs in your browser.
  • For our page is easily identifiable when someone keeps it in their favorites.

this is a favicon

How can we create a favicon to our website

There are many programs that will help you create it. This is the one I use to create them: creator of favicons.

My advice is to think your favicon 32 × 32 pixels and is like your logo. You can create favicons from images ... maybe this can be of help, but one pixel is also easy to create. Another tip: before designing your favicon look favicons other companies in Google imagesThis can help inspire you to yours and make sure inadvertently, do not use any favicon which it has already been created by someone else.

When you have already created, you must save it using the name favicon.ico and upload it via FTP to the root directory of your website. Some content management systems like WordPress have a section in the admin panel for the exact URL you indicate the favicon... But it works even if there not indicate anything but you do have favicon in your root directory. WordPress also some templates already carry a zone in which you indicate the URL of your image favicon and it is already.

For your favicon look as soon as possible, you can make known their existence through the source code of your web page, using meta tags in the following line of code:

<link type=”image/x-icon” href=”favicon.ico” rel=”shortcut icon” />

Although again, if you do not use the line of code, the browser will see it on its own at some point. In Firefox and Chrome is almost immediately in Explorer takes a little longer.

I leave a picture here with a few favicons Example ...

(See if you can tell me how many favicons from Google appear in the image :-)

favicon

This is all.
I go all right ... (and when you have a moment, please ensure that your website has its own favicon ;-)

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Mission Accomplished: blog template updated

My goal for this first week of August was, in addition to vacation with my kids, give it a more modern touch to my blog. As you saw in the previous post, this has not been an easy task've been testing a lot of templates (free and paid [and had bought for other projects]), but none of them I liked for the blog. Or were too cold or lacked personality ... the point is that neither I liked enough.

Navegando por los blogs que normalmente leo, y pensando en por qué me gustan estos blogs, me he dado cuenta que el diseño es lo de menos, lo importante es que el contenido sea de calidad, esté bien categorizado y que sea fácil de leer (es decir, la calidad y la usabilidad son más importantes que el diseño). También me he dado cuenta que lo importante es que la gente encuentre contenido interesante y que participe con sus comentarios. Así que en lugar de utilizar una nueva plantilla, me he dedicado a mejorar la que ya he venido utilizando durante estos dos últimos años.

A template you've entered the following:

  • Menu pages related to the base of the blog.
  • A contact form.
  • More categories in the articles.
  • Section with the most commented articles.
  • Section with links to my profiles on social networks in which I participate.
  • A cloud of tags like using my daughter on her blog :-). In Flash, but without it if you do not have the plug in ... so in principle does not harm the SEO.
  • Files in a drop-down (SEO bit, but hey, make it up somehow).
  • In the entries displayed in the home, more information about comments and categories.
  • Footer with different information.

El pie de página es donde aún me queda algo de trabajo. Por un lado, hay 10 pixels a la derecha que no hay manera de saber de dónde me salen. Por otro, tengo que cambiar las imágenes de los bordes inferiores del cuerpo de las entradas. Y por otro, intenté incluir los últimos twits y los amigos de facebook en el footer, pero no quedaba bien, así que lo desactivé y trabajaré de nuevo en esto cuando tenga un momento.

For the blog not so much like the previous one, I changed the background color of the body of the page. I spent garnet to beige / tierra_de_Siena. I hope you like it. My kids do not like, but I do like. So far, it's going to be beige.

Comments about these improvements are welcome. And suggestions as well.

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Changing blog

Throughout this first week of August I will be changing the design of the blog.

Please, I beg you to be patient with bugs layout and content you can find.

I'm working on a new template for WordPress. The basis of this template is the issue Bueno de Woo Themes, A free theme but with many features. The trouble is that I tweak it enough and rather than in a development environment, I'm doing it live on the web that is online (I'm not in the office) ... so anything can happen while you are browsing these pages.

I hope to have it finished by the end of week. Sorry for the disturbances.

Comments are welcome, suggestions and criticisms highly desired, provided they are constructive, they are anxiously awaited :-)

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Later note: after 2 days testing templates and costumizándolas, I think I will explore the way: sigo_con_mi_vieja_plantilla. So today I will continue working on the blog, but on the template you took the last 2 years. Again, sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Class WordPress - Part Two

Good Morning!

Go class of yesterday! I do not feel very happy even though a good number of students got everything to work ... many did not. And thank goodness that Alfons and other people who got it to work helped me get by solving the incidences of the rest.

On the one hand, I now realize that next time to impart this kind have to reduce the number of attendees and secondly, I have to centralize all students in one ISP to seeing a single control panel can work all (and will be the www.sync.esOf course, he was the one who gave no problems). But ... we get to the point which is what I've written this post.

Like many not hit one out WordPress install and operate 3.0 left with were to repeat the session this coming Monday at 10 am, if I got a classroom at the Graduate School. Unfortunately this has not been possible, because I did not remember that Administration is making summer time and contacted them last 15h. So I could not request the classroom.

What I will do is this: the first thing Monday morning I will ask for the classroom Thursday 29 10 am to 2 noon. As soon as I confirm it, the public and comment on this blog.

On the other hand, that ye quedasteis half or who failed installation, please Look back the following:

  • What do you have:
    • Login and pasword of the hosting contract
    • Domain name directed to the contracted hosting.
    • Name of the database, the user name (with administrative rights) and password.
    • FTP client (Filezilla is good).
    • Download WordPress 3.0 to install on the hosting contract.
    • If you have already installed WordPress, well, you have a login and password to access the content manager WordPress
  • Critical points where mistakes can be made are:
    • Create a database and a user, but not assign the user to a particular database or not give admin permissions to that user.
    • While not pass WordPress from your computer to the server (FTP) and lose some files along the way.
    • Paswords logins and confused when installing WordPress asks for data from the database.
    • The hosting can have problems with WordPress 3.0
  • How to fix these problems:
    • Look over the database created. This will be able to see it on the control panel hosting contract.
    • WordPress hosting up to carefully and making sure that all files uploaded.
    • A mistake that had users who hired the hosting CDmon was that the FTP there is already a file called index.html and index.php when we get our WordPress conflicts with it. You must delete the index.html. That makes WordPress installation can begin well.
    • Creating a good document with the logins and paswords all, so that it is clear what is what.
    • Using WordPress version 2.9 if doing the installation and have no problem but when you hang up critical errors and gives you no way to enter the control panel of the content manager.

Mi consejo es que intentéis hacerlo vosotros solos este fin de semana y los días que quedan. Empezad de nuevo con todo: borrad la base de datos, creadla de nuevo, revisad todos los logins y passwords y subid de nuevo WordPress al servidor (no hace falta borrar la nueva versión, podéis indicarle al FTP que “machaque” los ficheros anteriores). Buscad por internet un buen manual de instalación de WordPress (en wordpress.org mismo lo encontraréis).

Come on, good luck! If all goes well, see you on Thursday, we will conduct an installation again and again we will see how to use templates (themes - themes) and how to modify them. We will also install some plugins so you can see how it works, including facilitating auto_install codes Google Analytics.

A big hug.

On July 23 course Website Creation with WordPress

Following requests received from some of my students next Friday, July 23 I impart a special meeting for all students in any of the Masters where I teach en la UAB. This class is open to students in the 2010 editions as alumni of the 2009 editions.

In principle, students can attend this class should receive a notice from the university in their emails.

Class: Creating a website using WordPress as content manager.
DayFriday 23 at 10am
Place: Graduate School of the UAB (room to be confirmed)
Cost: for free.

Duration of the class: About 4 hours, although if they wish, students may leave as soon as they have the website online and running.

What we learn: aprenderemos cómo descargar el software para la gestión de contenidos (WordPress), cómo utilizar un cliente de FTP (File Transfer Protocol) para subir ficheros a un servidor, cómo crear una base de datos y un usuario para esa base de datos, cómo instalar WordPress en un hosting, cómo configurarlo, cómo cambiar el diseño original de WordPress utilizando nuevas plantillas, cómo editar una plantilla y cómo entrar el contenido al sitio web. Si tenemos tiempo y todo sale bien a la primera, también veremos cómo abrir una cuenta en Google Analytics y cómo incluir los códigos de seguimiendo en WordPress para poder analizar el tráfico de la página web que habremos creado.

Example of some corporate websites created by our team using WordPress: www.fertilaiser.com, www.restaurantinsolit.com, www.sixtytwohotel.com, www.albumdigitalcanarias.com, www.biciescapa.com, www.top-noticias.com and of course, this blog www.montsepenarroya.com

What you need: While the class to follow and end up getting a perfectly functional website you must have the following

Having all this takes an active couple of days ... so do not wait to the last minute to buy it because it will serve to have it ready in class. A class you must arrive with the login and password control panel of the contracted accommodation. This will be sent by email when you make the hiring of hosting.

If someone does not want to buy a domain or hire a hosting but want to follow the class, you can do it anyway. I will live installation screen classroom.

If someone wants to start the installation without the class, here's a good tutorial on how:
http://info.cdmon.com/index.php?page=instalacion-wordpress&hl=esp in case of emergency we can see in class what happened.

What you learn in this class will serve to install any type of content management system (including electronic commerce). You will see how in a morning get a fully functional website!

Class language: It is possible that this class students of the Master is aimed at Euroasian International Business, if any of them do not speak Castilian class would be taught in English ... but do not suffer because'll going table to table checking what you are about doing and helping those who have difficulties.

If you are a student and the week of July 23 has not yet received the notice from the university and wish to attend this class, please send me an email.

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