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Post vs Page

You often see people using a post when it is more convenient to create a page and vice versa. What is the difference?

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

Design in WordPress

The design in WordPress is influenced by Theme (template) you choose and possibly the plugins you add. You can also adjust the theme with programming. The latter is not recommended if you do not know enough about coding.

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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Wordcamp a must if you do WordPress

Wordcamp Europe

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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, what is that?

Plugin

A WordPress site consists of:

  • The CMS system WordPress.
  • 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.

Tip: With each plugin you install, you should consider whether you really need it on your website.

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40 km once but never again or again?

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.

Night of the refugees

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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Dashboard Google Analytics

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is one of the most used tools to keep track of which pages people visit, how they move through your website and how long they stay, among other things. This is possible once you place the Google Analytics code in your website.

Dashboards

You have installed Google Analytics and then? An enormous amount of analysis is possible in Google Analytics. You are overwhelmed by data in Google Analytics. How do you get the most important for your website (read company / sales) and can you see them immediately? To do this, Google Analytics has Dashboards.

With Google Analytics you get a beginners dashboards with charts and tables about your website for free. This is not enough to get a complete picture of the visitors of your website. You can store 12 graphs, numbers or tables in each Dashboard. You can make this yourself or hire someone. Before you start, make a clear plan about what you want to measure and what the purpose of your website is. If all goes well, you have a business plan or project plan and you can translate and supplement this with the right statistics you need to view the figures once a month / quarter / half year / year. This allows you to better evaluate projects and adjust the progress and turnover if necessary.

Share dashboard

If you work with several people on a project or want to share the website with others, you can email the dashboard to another or a periodic pdf report automatically. These reports work one year and must then be renewed after that. The mailing is done in the same way as a newsletter. So you can always unsubscribe. You must register with the person responsible for Google Analytics.

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7 remarkable things of Berlin

I was for the second time in Berlin. Again for a conference, but also this time I managed to squeeze in some exploring time. These are the 7 things I noticed about Berlin.

Train station

The train station is free to wander. No gates like in Holland which you can’t open without a card with money on it. And it works, So why did NS choose to close everything?

Berlin Central station

Homeless people

Berlin has a lot of homeless people. On every street and station in Berlin they are. Not just one, but a lot. I wonder if it is because of the housing prices that went up through the sky the last years and because of airbnb.

Public transport

There are stations everywhere. So it seems like every corner of Berlin can be reached. And the card system is simple with area A, B and C. It is definitely cheaper than in Holland.

Station

Language

In Berlin they speak German and more and more people are speaking English. Which is a good thing with the loads of tourists coming to town. Even if they don’t speak English, they are friendly and want to help. I asked for directions, but one of the people spoke English. I got there in the end.

Graffiti

Berlin is the capital of Graffiti. There is graffiti everywhere. Sometimes it is nice or functionally and sometimes it is just not art. On the Eastside a whole part of the Berlin wall is decorated with graffiti art.

Graffiti on the Berlin wall

German Bread

German bread is different from Dutch bread. They seem to use more seeds and nuts. Also the bread is heavier. So you need less.

Curry wurst

It used to be a lot of Curry wurst on each corner of the street. Now it is shoarma on each street corner. It is a bit sad, a cultural thing is gone. And I don’t need shoarma I can make it myself or buy it in Holland too.

Curry wurst

Edible garden

My next home will have a garden or a balcony on which I can cultivate edible plants. Besides that it is hard to move in Holland my knowledge of edible plants besides fruits and veggies is none excisting. So to do something about this I joined two workshops this spring.

edible flower

Wild picking

On a grey Saterday I went to the Genneper parc in Eindhoven where Linda of natuurlijke verbinding gave a workshop about wild picking. We walked through the park and she pointed us to edible plants/flowers in the wild (parc). We tasted them and some of them were very good. She also gave some warnings about wild picking, like be aware of ticks, worms and pollution of cars.

Flower tea

Edible flowers

The first workshop made me want to know more. So I booked the workshop edible flowers with Geertje of wandeloogst. And again on a grey Saterday (it is Holland so don’t expect sun) I went to Graafse Akkers in Den Bosch for the workshop. It is a really big garden in the middle of town, a beauty. We started with some flower tea and then walked with Geertje around the grounds with her pointing to flowers and telling us how we could use it. And of course we tasted all of them. Each flower has it owns specific taste.

Savory flower butter

Flower lunch

After a while we dived the group and everybody went about to make lunch of the flower harvest. We had two types of herb butter one with savory flowers and one with sweet flowers. Kind of a omelette pancakes with flowers, some more flower tea and flower lemonade. It was great to see what can be made of flowers and how to combine them in tea.

Preparing the flower

More edible flowers please

These two experiences were great and tasted of more. I can’t wait to move and experiment with flowers, but unitl then maybe a autumn workshop edible flowers.

When do you choose WordPress?

Choose WordPress

Build WordPress site

You are ready for it. You start with your own company. You have registered with the Chamber of Commerce and ready to start. The only thing missing is a website. Then besides the questions what you want and the design, the question is: Will I build it myself or will I hire someone? The answer to this question depends on the following factors:

  • Do I have time to build yourself?
  • Do I have the patience to sort things out?
  • Am I handy with computer programs
  • Do I want a complicated site?

If you answer yourself honestly to these questions, you will find out what the best option for you is.

Outsource

If you choose to have your website built by someone else, there are also many options depending on your preferences and budget, namely:

  • Customized building usually the website is then made in php of scratch by the programmer / website builder. This is also the most expensive option.
  • Another option was to have CMS systems (content management system) built as Joomela or WordPress and then partially customized. Even then there is a programmer who adjusts everything to the ‘standard’ WordPress or Joomela site. This option is slightly cheaper than the previous option.
  • A cheap, but no less interesting option is to have the website built with the standard possibilities of themes (designs) and plugins in WordPress or Joomela and with minimal coding
  • .A variant of this last option is to guide your website. You build and someone looks along and helps you find your way in WordPress or Joomela.

WordPress or Joomela

I think that choosing WordPress or Joomela is a personal choice depending on:

  • Your own preferences
  • Experiences of others
  • Which builder you choose.

I have worked with Joomela as well as WordPress myself and notice that WordPress is experienced as more intuitive than Joomela by users. And easier to explain to the user.

After construction

Your website is ready. Self-built, assisted or built, does not matter maintenance is required. With a custom made website, the technical update will probably continue to be done by the builder, unless you have the knowledge.

If you have chosen WordPress or Joomela, you can choose to do the maintenance yourself or have it done. Maintenance means more than just placing content on your website and adjusting your texts from time to time. Namely plugins, themes and WordPress have to be up-to-date. The latter many people forget and then their website is hacked or no longer works optimally.

It is better to have the necessary updates once a week / month than to deal with a hacked site!

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Built a website

When building a website there are a number of fixed steps that you have to take or the builder or someone else. You can help by writing out your website before you start building the website. These steps are very important for the building process to proceed quickly. Of course, you can still make changes while building, but thinking while building is delayed and costs more money than drawing and writing.

  • Think of a name for a website
  • Register website name
  • Hosting party subscription
  • Install WordPress
  • Think about what you want to communicate with your website
  • Think about whether you do it yourself or outsource
  • Think about which pages you want
  • 1st version of texts to come up with pages
  • Thinking of what else you want with your website (think of social media, online sales, subscribing blog / newsletter, sharing photos)
  • Consider which colors you want on your website
  • Consider how your website should look like
  • Consider which pages should appear in your menu
  • Create pages in WordPress
  • Set up the blog
  • Load photos
  • Choose the plugins you need
  • Create a menu
  • Choose a theme
  • Get started with widgets on the sides, bottom of your website
  • Let your website rest for a while
  • View your lyrics again
  • Set up Google Analytics
  • View the look of your website are you satisfied?
  • Set up SEO
  • Share your website and see if you can do something with feedback
  • Promote your website

Use your imagination and go! Good luck with your website!

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