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The world wide web is too crowded

World-Wide-Web

Like in the real world the worldwide web is lacking space. The population growth has taken its biggest growth. The planet is too crowded, but with the wars, hackers, less people being born, the planet has a chance to survive compared to the web.

A few years ago the first voices started screaming about to much domain names being claimed. At the moment we have a lack of space, mostly because people buy domain and don’t use it, forget about it or redirect to their website on another domain. Cleaning up this mess will be a big problem, because not all the old domains can be used anymore because of competition, strange use and other problems.

The big companies see market in this and start giving space away too email users to build their website on their domain. The space is limited and the possibilities are limited but growing. It’s still a try-out, but something to watch.

There are advantages and disadvantages in the use of these web spaces.  The advantages are that you can build a website at the moment for free, it’s protected by the big companies, the developing team and brainstorming teams are still interested in it. The disadvantages are that the space is limited, the design isn’t ok at the moment, you don’t have to pay for it and that if it isn’t used enough of profitable in money or marketing it will disappear.

Use it or not is a choice with a risk, but worth it if you are handy with it or willing to pay someone to set it up for you and can live with the limited possibilities. The possibilities are even less than in WordPress. So be aware before starting just because it’s free.

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Draw your own IP address out of the statistics of Google Analytics

Own IP address

With Google Analytics you can see how many visitors have been to your website and how they have walked through your website and much more. But often these figures are blurred because you have been 100 times on your website in a month. Something can be done about this by removing your IP address, so that you get graphs and tables in Google Analytics from your visitors without including yourself as a visitor.

IP address

Ip stands for internet protocol. Every computer that is connected to the internet or network has a number that makes it visible to all other computers on the internet. This can be compared with unique telephone numbers. These numbers are IP addresses.

On the site ‘what is my IP address’ you can request your IP address: http://www.watismijnip.nl/ or mijnip.nl. These can be entered in Google Analytics, leaving you from the graphs, tables (numbers).

Google Analytics

I assume from this explanation that you have already installed Google Analytics on your website and have already used it. Go to www.google.com/analytics and login with your google Account information.

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What is WordPress

What is WordPress

WordPress is a system to manage your website, blog or even webshop without having to know HTML or PHP

Originally, WordPress is a free weblog software. It is currently the most used content management system (I explain later). WordPress uses the PHP programming language. All files are stored in a MySQL database (I explain this later). WordPress is open source, which means that you can download it for free and work with it to customize it.

CMS

Because WordPress is a content management system (CMS), the user can easily make changes to the website without technical knowledge. The user writes in plain language what should be on the website and the CMS translates this into HTML code. So the system writes the HTML code for you. A CMS is a software application (web application) that enables people to publish data and documents on the Internet without much technical knowledge. A CMS consists of:

  • Administrative module in which data can be entered, modified or deleted.
  • A database for storing data.
  • A presentation module, the actual website where the visitor sees the data.

MySQL database

MySQL database is a kind of rack cabinet where you have different courses (tables). In these tables you can place things, such as pages. When you add a page, message, category, tag or anything else in WordPress it is stored in a table. On your website, at the front, it is then retrieved from the database and displayed on your website. Without MySQL database you do not have WordPress.

WordPress.com

In addition to WordPress that runs on a server, it is your own or a rented via hosting package. Host WordPress also WordPress on their own system under WordPress.com. This free version is limited, but suitable for small blog or website. With WordPress.com it is not possible to use self-made themes and plugins. This is possible on a private server.

Functions

WordPress has a number of functions:

  • Templates are the design and appearance of your website.
  • Plugins, small pieces of software that you add to your website to make a contact form, for example.
  • Widgets are small modules that you can add to the website by dragging. For example, a search bar, a blogarchief, etc.

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WordPress terms

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Blog

Usually these are texts that appear in reverse chronological order. The author (blogger) actually offers a log of information that he wants to share with visitors to the site. Usually it concerns text, but sometimes also photos, video (vlog) or audio (podcast).

Browser

Web browser, internet browser, browse program, is a computer program for viewing of web pages. Popular browsers are Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera.

CMS

Cash management system (CMS) offers users the possibility to maintain and adapt a website without needing knowledge of this code. So the system writes the code for you and you can focus on content.

Cookies

An amount of data that a server sends to the browser with the intention that it is stored and returned to the server on a subsequent visit. This way the server can recognize the browser again and keep track of what the user has done in the past.

Customizer

Customize your wordpress theme according to your own insight.

Domain name

Naming system, refers to IP address consisting of numbers. The name consists of a piece before the point and piece after the point. For example: wanderingguiselaine.nl. Nowadays more and more behind the point is possible, such as data.beet.

To download

Acquisition of digital information.

Username

Name to access a computer system. Together with the password, it is the identification just like your passport or identity card in ordinary life.

Google Analytics

A service from Google to collect statistics from a website and display them in detail. The purpose of this service is to give the administrator of the website a clear picture of visitor flows, traffic sources and pageviews.

Header

Header on a page or blog.

Homepage

Is the home page, home page. This is the first page of your website.

Hosting

Hosting is a service that offers people or businesses space to store information, images, or other content accessible through a website.

HTML

Markup language, language that indicates how something should look like.

Internet

Is a computer network.

IP address

Similar to phone number. Each address on the internet has its own number combination with which the computer can be identified and can communicate with another computer.

Link

Hyperlink, connection or link that refers to something else. By clicking on you will end up on the web somewhere else.

Menu

List of possibilities.

Page

These pages contain general information about the organization. Pages are used to publish content.

Plugin

A plug-in is a supplement to a computer program. Plugins are generally made to expand a program or give more possibilities.

Pop-up

A new, often smaller window that appears on top of the existing window. Pop-ups are widely used to advertise on web pages.

Provider

A provider is a company that offers users and businesses access to the Internet.

Reactions

Reactions from people on, for example, a blog that you have written.

SEO

SEO stands for search engine optimization. Finding your website on relevant keywords.

Social media

Social media is a collective name for all internet applications with which it is possible to share information in a user-friendly and often fun way.

Theme

A WordPress theme is a series of files. These files determine how your website looks like. There are thousands of themes available for WordPress.

Url

Unique address on the internet.

Password

Password, a secret word that gives you access together with user name to information.

Web design

Designing websites on the internet.

Web hosting

Is a service that offers private individuals or businesses space to store information, images, or other content accessible through a website.

Web page

Is a page on the worldwide web, internet.

Website

A collection of related web pages with data, such as text, images or videos, that are stored.

WordPress

WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) with which you can easily create and maintain a website.

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Digital diarrhea

There is so much online! We could spend our entire life searching online from birth till dead without doing anything else.  Having so much information online is a good and bad thing. Good because everybody can read up about a subject. So people can know more about the subject that interest them. But there is also a lot of crap online. This is where you have to decide when reading something online if it is ok information or crap. There is no directory for this. Everybody has to investigate this for themselves.

Another thing what can happen when you look for information online is that you keep looking and start going for parts of the subject you were interested in instead of the subject itself.  Then you find something and Google that, and find another thing and Google that and so on. It’s a bit like diarrhea, it goes on and on. This is when information over flow comes near.

So the best thing to do when researching a subject online:

  • Have a list of keywords you are going to look up
  • Set a time limit on your search
  • Go for good information and not crap ones
  • Is your source reliable?
  • Have a lot of different opinions on a subject read them all and form your own opinion on the subject.

Post vs Page

Post vs Page

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Post

Post is used to share news or a blog. A post is automatically displayed by date on your post page by WordPress sorted by date with the last post first. A good example is this post that you are reading now.

Page

You create a page for standard texts about your company, yourself, subject, etc. A good example of the page is the about page, which is called Guiselaine on this website.

Differences

These are the differences between Post and page:

  • A page is static page is not displayed by date
  • A post has tags
  • A post has categories
  • A post is displayed by date on the post page with the newest first
  • You can view an archive of posts
  • Posts can be sorted by categories
  • Posts can be sorted by tags
  • Pages are displayed in menus

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Design in WordPress

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Theme

There are a lot of themes in WordPress. So much so that if you start searching without having an idea of ​​how you want your website to show you get lost in the themes. There are both free and paid themes. There are also some themes that have a free and paid version. You can do more with the paid version. The prices of the themes vary greatly. If you have a small budget, a free theme is soon  good enough.

Find theme

Find a suitable theme by thinking about the following things in advance:

  • Colors in which you want your website (usually your house colors)
  • Menu where do you want your menu (top, left, right, bottom)
  • Do you want to use photos in your design and where and how
  • How many columns do you want
  • Do you want to use a certain font
  • Do you have a logo and have it on the website
  • Where does your logo appear on the website
  • Do you want a lot of fuss on your website or little?

And that is how I can come up with more questions, the more you think about how you want your website to be in advance, the easier it becomes to find a template that is suitable as the basis for your website. But remember with free template you can make small miracles, not big ones. Do you really want a customized website and do you have that budget (read large budget) then WordPress may not be suitable for you and you better take a programmer who customizes your website.

Tips on finding theme

Tips:

  • Choose a theme with support in the form of forum, faq and / or mail support, so you can ask questions if you get stuck in the theme.
  • Read the reviews of the theme, often you can see if the theme is usable.
  • Color is often adjustable so look through it.
  • There are a lot of free themes that use them.

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I have been eyeing the Wordcamp congress for years. I even subscribed to one years ago, but didn’t make it. But this year I was dedicated to go to a few.

Wordcamp Utrecht

My first Wordcamp was the one in Utrecht. I got to experience it and it was interesting. Lots of talks. So an overload of information.

Wordcamp Rotterdam

The one in Utrecht was good so I decided to go to another one, the one in Rotterdam. I went for the talks about blogging, SEO and worklife balance. It was good. So good I decided that Wordcamp Europe should also be added to my schedule.

Wordcamp Europe

Wordcamp Europe was held in Berlin this year. So I got to travel to Berlin and see some more of Berlin. It was my second time in Berlin. I was there years ago for a conference on digital nomadisme. A whole other thing although a few WordPress people are nomads.

Back to the subject Wordcamp Europe. It had some nice talks about writing blogs, free software, but the most remarkable thing was that Marcel hiked to Berlin, 700 km, from his home town Berkel & Roderijs (near Rotterdam). He did this to get sponsor money for people who can’t afford going to Wordcamp. With this money these people are able to travel to Wordcamps around the world. He got more than 8,000 euros for this action. This can send a lot of people to the Wordcamps in the future.

Next Wordcamp

If the program is interesting I will do Wordcamp Utrecht and Rotterdam again, but Wordcamp Europe is already in my agenda! It is held in Porto, Portugal next year! So maybe see you in Porto?

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Plugin

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  • Themes: the design of your website.
  • Plugins: later more about this.
  • Widgets: similar to apps on your mobile, additions to your website.

What are plugins?

Pieces of software, written for WordPress and developed by third parties that you add to your website making it possible to add something to your website, for example a contact form.

Are plugins safe?

Plugins are a piece of software, so they can also contain vulnerabilities and vulnerabilities. There are a number of ways you can safely use plugins in your WordPress site, namely:

  • Before you install a plugin, read carefully what it does and other people’s experiences with it.
  • Choose especially plugins with 4 or more stars.
  • Choose plugins that are updated / maintained by the creator.
  • Update your plugins as soon as there is a new update.
  • If you still find a bad plugin, turn it off and delete it from your website.

Sometimes a plugin does not coincide with your theme or other plugin then you have to switch off the plugin and find another plugin to prevent problems on your website.

How do you find the right plugin?

Consider in advance what you want the plugin to do. Then search on keywords for a suitable plugin. Often you get a list of plugins that make contact forms for example. Look especially at the plugins with 4 or 5 stars. Read the description and the experiences of others with the plugin. Then install it and test if it goes well with your theme and other plugins.

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In 2009 I walked the Vierdaagse van Nijmegen (The Walk of the World), 4 days 40 km every day. Afterwards I said 40 km is too far and too tiring, never again. I stayed with this thought till the beginning of 2019. In the meantime I did a lot of walking, even the Camino de Santiago in 2016. I tapped the 35 km a number of times there, but remained below 40 km each day.

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Night of the Refugee

A few years ago I saw the night of the refugee passing by and I thought I would like to participate. I forgot about it until this year. Someone I knew registered. I asked her about it and she said walk with us. I registered and thought I am walking 40 km again?!

40 km

In 2009 I was 25 kg lighter and in shape. I played tennis at least twice a week on average and I walked long distance once a week. Yet I found the 4x 40 km in 2009 very tough.

Well then what?

I said Yes to walking and the first sponsor money came in. And I occasionally walked the Pieterpad, on average 20 km each time. There were now 5 kg off again and I also made sure that the counter came to 6 km every day.

Oh, I’m going for it

The date was approaching. The weather was bad beforehand. The person with whom I would walk canceled a few days before. Yet I decided to go for it.

The night

On the day itself I tried to get some sleep in the afternoon. It didn’t work except for a 1-hour nap. I did rest though. I am not a night person so how am I going to keep going through the night? I took another bottle of coke cola and a banana.

Skyline Rotterdam

And then it was time!

It was a nice trip. It was very nice to walk at night and very different from walking during the day. I was entertained with beautiful skies and the sound of frogs and of course the skyline of Rotterdam. What was also very beautiful was the walking to the day.The predicted rain did not come and the pains stayed away too. I walked with breaks included from 0:00 to 10:30 the next day. I was a bit stiff, but it went well. I thought 40 km is a bit too far again.

The route

One day later

It was a super experience. Nice experience and route. And a goal that I support. Slowly the thought came to join again next year, because it is a beautiful goal and a spicy but beautiful challenge for your body. So next year I will walk one of the 3 other routes and hopefully then again 20 kg lighter.

Thank you this years sponsors!

The finish

Are you sponsoring next year? 

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