How to Add Content Using the Powerful Enfold Theme

Quick & simple Enfold theme

Once you catch on how to use the WordPress Enfold theme, you will very likely not want to go back to anything else. It makes web design so quick & simple. You just use Layout Elements to create your columns. Then you drag & drop your content & media elements into the columns.

YouTube video

To understand this blog post, you have to follow the corresponding YouTube video and vice versa. Pause the video frequently and takes notes.

Getting started with a new page

Enfold themeAfter you have clicked the New link and opened a brand new page or post, add a headline and then click Advanced Layout Editor.

Enfold themeClick Layout Elements tab, decide how many columns you want and drag the appropriate element down to an area that turns green. (See the 25 second point in the video.)

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Click clone icon to make another column.

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From Content Elements, drag Text Box into a column. You are allowed to drop the element after the area turns green. At that point lift finger of mouse button.

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Drag Image element into column 2.

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Click on column 1. Highlight text. Change it to your new text. I like to change my Font Size to 20. Then I scroll up and click Colors tab. I define custom colours and then click on the lower right-hand corner of the colour square to change it to a dark black. Click Save to exit column 1.

1:03 Make sure image size is OK

Enfold themeClick in column 2 to add image. Before downloading, make sure you have a size that is appropriate.

1:46 Adding HTML code

The ad in a freewebdesign.club website is represented as a widget. That means that it is a bit of computer code that presents the same ad on every page or post in the website.

    • Dragged a 2-column layout element to blank space below the last entry.
    • Clicked Clone icon create 2nd column.
    • Dragged Code Block content element into 1st column.
    • Dragged Image media element into 2nd column.
    • Clicked Insert & Save
    • Went into a freewebdesign.club page in edit view and clicked on Appearance > Widgets
    • Clicked Custom HTML
    • Select HTML code & Cmd C to copy into clipboard

Enfold theme

  • Clicked Code Block in website I was working on
  • Clicked Save
  • In page view same ad shows up only image is beside text

3:14 Inserting a video

  • Insert a one-column layout element
  • Drag Video media element into column
  • Click Video
  • Insert Video
  • Open Finder
  • Drag MP4 file from folder
  • Insert
  • Save
  • Update
  • View Page
  • Watch video

Related page

How to add CSS to an Enfold page
How to add CSS to an Enfold page (this blog)

 

 

 

How to Market Your Amazing Ebook on Amazon

The problem

There are well over 6 million ebooks available for sale on Amazon. When people search for the topic of your book, how will they even find it among so many books?

Here is the cover of my ebook. I was asked to choose two categories in which the ebook belonged. I chose Disabilities and Customer Service.

When people choose either of those categories, I want my title to be listed near the top. It is very much like wanting to be on page 1 of Google.

Below are some of the tricks I used to market my book.

How I launched and promoted my ebook in 13 steps

1. Pre-launch on Twitter

Before I even put the ebook up for sale on Amazon, I created the tweet below.

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The tweet reads: I’m launching a new ebook called How to Serve Customers with . It’s a training manual. Reply to this tweet if you want early access to Amazon’s 5-day free ebook promotion.

If people do reply, I will send them a  link to where on Amazon they can get a free ebook. At the end of chapter 1 there will be a request for a review on Amazon. The request will include the link image below.

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Having lots of reviews helps a book get closer to the top of the search list.

2. Create website

Before starting the 5-day promotion mentioned below, make sure you have a high-quality website. (See example.) You home page ideally will make people want to see the book. Try to make sure there is a testimonial page.

3. Publish book

Go here for instructions on how to publish an ebook.

One thing that can hold you up while trying to publish is not completing the tax information. I’m a Canadian living in Canada. So, I went to https://www.irs.gov/individuals/international-taxpayers/taxpayer-identification-numbers-tin to get a tax identification number (TIN).

I finally completed the Tax Information Interview and filled in the radio button below.

Then I was taken to another page where I checked the form and clicked the Exit Interview button.

That took me back to a KDP Amazon page where I was told that I had completed the required tax documents.

I returned to the Jumpstart web page and clicked on #3, Write Your Book Description.

On scrap paper I jotted down all of the information I gleaned using Jumpstart. This included a “yes” for DRM and the categories. (Mind you, I could not use the categories I had chosen. They were not in the list.)

Then I went to this web page for pretty good uploading instructions.

This page is where you can check to make sure you HTML manuscript and cover have been uploaded properly.

If you read the Kindle Create PDF file mentioned below, you will realize that there are 3 types of books. For a book with lots of images, this is the best way to make your ebook uploadable:

  • Make a PDF file of the ebook, check it very carefully to make sure the links work & the images are in the right place.
    • Check every page, especially to make sure that no titles are on the bottom line.
    • If there are shortcomings, fix them in the DOC file and make a new PDF file.
  • Use Kindle Create to change that PDF file into a KC folder.
    • Make sure the pictures are attached properly.
  • AmazonWhen you click Publish, Kindle Create produces a publishable file (.kpf) that you can submit to KDP. (The .kpf file is only used for publishing; the .kcb file is used for updates.)
  • Upload the ebook to Amazon.
  • To learn much more about Kindle Create, study this PDF file.
  • AmazonNote that the KCB file mentioned above is in the KC folder.
  • After you finish publishing, hover over the In Review text. You will get the text shown below. That means you are finished and you can relax.Amazon

 

 

  • After the 72 hours is up, you can stop relaxing and start marketing using the suggestions from this blog post.  (In my case, about 12 hours after I uploaded the ebook to Amazon, I received an email saying that the ebook was now listed and available for sale.)

4. Ask for reviews within book

Amazon

Remember that may people will not finish a book. Also, remember that people are more likely to give reviews if you make it easy for them.

Combining those 2 ideas, the about Click button was inserted at the end of chapter 1. It has a link to https://www.amazon.com/review/create-review/ref=dpx_acr_wr_link/#.

Lots of positive reviews will help push your book closer to the top of the Amazon search engine. Keep in mind that they will not be able to leave a review unless they have spent at least $50 on Amazon in the previous year.

This was first started during the 5-day Free Book Promotion.

5. Five-day free ebook promotion

    1. Create a PDF file that has click buttons similar to the one in the article above. The purpose of this is to get more positive reviews on your ebook. That will help increase Amazon search engine rankings.
    2. Open Kindle Create and use the New Project from File to change the PDF file into several other files including  KCB file.
    3. Go to Amazon and search for the title of your book.
    4. Make sure you are signed in with your Amazon username & password.
    5. Go to Kindle Direct Publishing.

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      1. In the right-hand column click on Non-fiction or whatever category your book is in.
      2. Click on Bookshelf in the horizontal menu.
      3. Click on Promote and Advertise next to the book you are trying to promote.
      4. Click Manage KDP Select Enrollment.
      5. Under Run a Price Promotion heading, click Free Book Promotion radio button
        1. Click Create a New Free Book Promotion button
        2. Choose start & end date.
          1. These dates are as of midnight Pacific time. So, if dates were set at Sept.2 to Sept.6, the promotion would run all day Sept.2,3,4,5, and 6 Pacific time.
          2. Scroll down and you will see that the promotion has been created.
KDP Select

Note: If you set up a free ebook promotion, you must have chosen KDP Select. That means you will be unable to sell the ebook on any other platform for about 3 months.

To enroll, go to the KDP Select page and scroll down to How to Enroll.

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6. Ask Facebook friends

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Create an eye-catching graphic. Beside it ask people to download the free ebook before the end of the 5-day promotion. Ask for review.

 

7. Blast to email address book

Create an email that explains your ebook and makes people want to share it. Starting with the letter “A”, start dragging select email addresses into the BCC section of the email. After the last address as been sent in, enter your own address into the email so that you can check the performance. Send it.

8. List on free ebook sites

Go to sites such as Reddit, Slickdeals, Mashable and Hongkiat to see if it is reasonable to add your free 5-day promotion to their website.

9. Search out teachers from Udemy

Go to the Udemy website to find what online classes are being taught in your subject area. Each time you find a class, look up the teacher. You may have to use both Facebook & LinkedIn.

Email them and ask them to contact their students to find a free copy of the ebook. Tip: Create a sample email so that it will be very easy for them to copy & paste it.

10. Notify links in your ebook

You most likely have links to other websites within your ebook. If so, write an email corresponding to each of the links.

For instance:

Hello,

Please forward this to the appropriate person.

Page 36 of our new ebook, How to Serve Customers with Disabilities, has a link to one of your web pages: https://www.padraig.ca/blog/3773/goal-setting-worksheet/. Check it out: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=how+to+serve+customers+with+disabilities.

11. Contact free book groups on Facebook & Twitter

AmazonAmazonIn the Facebook & Twitter websites, search for free Kindle books and Twitter free ebook promotions respectively. Contact some of these groups and promote your 5-day free trial.

12. Thank people on Facebook

AmazonAmazonHave a graphic on Facebook along with a thank you to the people who have given reviews. Tell them how long the ebook will still be free. Go to Amazon’s Your Account > Your Orders to see if anyone has downloaded the free ebook. If so, mention that statistic also.

This will encourage other people to give reviews.

13. Pricing your ebook

Ebooks on Amazon are priced significantly lower than an equivalent paper book in a bookstore. If you price your book between $2.99 & $9.99 USD, you get a 70% royalty. Otherwise you get a 35% royalty.

So, the minimum I’m willing to charge for my book is $2.99 USD. The maximum is $9.99 USD.

After my 5-day free ebook period is over, I’m going to set the price at $2.99. I might make more money at a higher price. But, I want to get more volume so that it will have a higher ranking on the Amazon search engine.

The 2 categories of my book are physical impairments and customer relations. So, I will search Amazon Kindle books & look at prices of similar books in each of those categories.

The most common price for customer service is $9.99 USD. However, none of the ones on page one of the search engine mention physical impairments. Physical impairments is the main topic of the book.

However, when I searched for those categories, they were too broad. So, I searched using the keywords disabilities & customer service.

I’ll put more weight on the prices of books in the Disabilities category. There was one book on page one that covers both Disabilities and Customer Service. It was priced at $4.99 USD.

So, for the third week I will raise the price the price to $4.99. For the fourth week I will raise it to somewhere under $10.

Then I will chart profits for each of those 4 price points. The price with the highest profit will become the semi-permanent price.

 

Related pages

The DNA of a Successful Amazon Seller
How to Get Your First 100 Sales
10 Steps to Reselling Your Product (Infographic)

 

How to Find What Sub-niches Want Your Amazing Product

Who wants your sub-niches?

sub-nichesI came across a fascinating website today. It’s about what they call the Ask Method class. The idea is to find what smaller-niches want your product and market to them. The Ask Method people call each of these sub-niches a bucket.

Drilling down with Google

The Ask Method people say that you can find your ideal sub-niches by using Google to figure out what people are searching for. Let me give you an example from my personal experience.

sub-nichesI sell a training manual called How to Serve Customers with Disabilities.  So, I typed this into the Google search window: best training manual for. (If I was selling socks, I  would have typed best socks for.) Google gave a number of examples of what people had searched for when the search began with “best training manual for”. For my purposes, the four best phrases were:

  • Receptionists.
  • Restaurant staff.
  • Restaurants and
  • Front office hotel.

I drilled down further with “restaurant staff”. I typed best restaurant staff training for into the Google search box and got:

  • Restaurant server training manual template.
  • Restaurant server training outline.
  • Basic training for restaurant staff and
  • Restaurant employee training manual.

Bottom of SERP

I decided that the most useful phrase of the 4 above phrases was Restaurant employee training manual. So, I went to Google.com and entered the above phrase into the search box. The SERP (search engine results page) had 8 search results at the bottom.

I decided that basic training for restaurant staff was close to the phrase I wanted to use. However, the training manual I’m promoting is titled How to Serve Disabled Customers. So, I decided that the ideal phrase would be basic training for restaurant serving staff .

Become an authority

Using the above information, you can drill down and find very specific sub-niches in your area of expertise. Then you can write blog posts in those areas and use the sub-niche phrases several times in each article.

You could become known as an authority in your sub-niches. Your blog posts could become the go-to posts to find information in your area of expertise.

You can communicate to these groups in a more targeted way. In my example, I could:

  • Target my promotion to every business and organization that deals with customers who have disabilities. Or, using sub-niche marketing, I could
  • Target specifically at people who are searching for basic training for restaurant serving staff.

It is intuitively obvious that the second bullet point would be the preferable marketing strategy.

Examples of sub-niche marketing

 

 

 

After writing this article, I created the Pinterest pin you see to the right. I also created the blog post you see below. It also promotes the training manual within the article. (Click on the picture below if you want to read the blog post.)

The sub-niche heading is the first H2 heading. The name of the article was different because I felt it was more likely to entice people to read the article. (I could be wrong.)

Related pages

8 ways to find profitable sub-niches
Target specifically using a Pinterest group board

How to Set up AWeber Email to Quickly Autorespond

Free 30-day AWeber trial 

AWeber emailI really enjoy working with the tech support people at AWeber. With all of their help, my AWeber email marketing got off to a great start.

To get started, start a free 30-day trial now.  After the thirty days is up, you will pay AWeber monthly. I get a small portion of that.

Setup a list

AWeber emailTo start sending an AWeber email, you first make a list. A list is a way to separate subscribers with common interests into different groups for easier targeting. Whenever anyone signs up to your list, they are doing so to receive a specific kind of information from you.

For instance, depending upon who wants what information from you, the points in the above list include Merchandise, Economy and Company Deals. When people send a request via AWeber, they could be sent emails about merchandise, the company economy or else company deals, depending upon where they sent their request.

AWeber email

Click Manage Lists in the top horizontal menu and then click Create a List. Simply follow instructions.

Create messages

AWeber email

Click on Messages > Drafts and then click on the drop-down arrow in the green Create a Message button.

I usually choose HTML editor so that I can add hyperlinks, change fonts, etc. There is even a paper clip in the lower left-hand corner so that you can attach a file.

Insert your subject in the upper left-hand corner.

I usually begin my message with this: Hello {firstname_fix}!. That way the AWeber email will be personalized.

Legacy Follow-up Series

Legacy Follow-up Series in another term for autoresponder.

AWeber emailClick on Messages > Drafts. To the right of each message is a Send Options link. From the drop-down list click on Add to Follow Up Series.

This will be one of your messages that will be emailed out.

Under Interval you can use the drop-down box to decide how soon you want it sent out. If you want it sent out less than a day from time of an action, use 0.

You can use this process for as many emails as you want to send out. I like to use a total of 2 emails. The second one links to a web page with a thank you message. If the messages are in the wrong order, drag and drop them so that the one on top will be the first one sent out.

Related AWeber email pages

How to get ebooks automatically emailed at time of payment to PayPal

If this blog post has insufficient information, go to this page and click on the icon in the lower right-hand corner. You can start chatting with AWeber tech support to get more information.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Get Ebooks Automatically Emailed at Time of Payment

Automatic distribution of ebooks

So, you have written a few ebooks and are using PayPal to sell them. Every time someone buys, PayPal sends you an email. As soon as you get time, you send a message with a PDF copy of an ebook.

After a few weeks, you are selling a hundred ebooks a day. You cannot keep up with the emails. What do you do?

Simple. Use the AWeber app. Get a free 30-day trial of AWeber and link it to PayPal using the instructions below. Every ebook will be emailed out as an attachment to your personalized message. It will be emailed out as soon as payment is received.

Before you set up your AWeber-PayPal integration, set up the Messages (emails you will be sending out).

Setting up AWeber-PayPal integration in 8 steps

1. Sign into your AWeber account

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2. Click on Integrations

ebooksClick on Integrations in the top menu.

3. Click on  PayPal

ebooksYou will see a huge number of icons. Cmd F to find PayPal. Click on it.

 

4. Click Enable

ebooksClick green Enable button. This will open up the AWeber and PayPal Integration page.

5. Log into PayPal

You’ll see a form allowing you to log into PayPal. Login.

6. Grant permission 

Click yellow Grant Permission button to grant permission to have PayPal payment buttons on your website.

7. Add URL linking PayPal & AWeber

Click Integrations link in horizontal menu again. Click on the PayPal button near the top.  Copy and paste the Notification URL into box under Point #4.

Click the proper ratio button in point #5 (probably receive IPN messages) and click the Save button.

8. Select appropriate list

Back on the “Integration” page again, select the appropriate list.

You’re finished

Assuming you want all of the people who buy your product to go on the same list, you are finished. If you want to make things more complicated, go to the Related Page below.

Get a free 30-day trial of AWeber now. Click on the green Free Trial button. Note that if you continue with AWeber after 30 days, you will pay them monthly and I will get a tiny commission.

 

Related page

Official AWeber article on integrating PayPal with AWeber

How to Make Your First Online Quiz

Amazing marketing with an online quiz

online quizAn online quiz is the most shared content on social media. These quizzes can be used to market just about anything.

The picture on the right represents the first two questions of a complex online quiz.

In this post you will learn how to make a very simple online quiz.

Getting started

  • Go to riddle.com.
  • Click the green Try Now button to get 14 days free access.
  • Sign up and store your username & password in a safe place.
  • online quizClick on the Dashboard link.
  • Click Create link on the horizontal menu.
  • online quizClick the turquoise Quiz icon
  • If you are using an online quiz for marketing, it is foolish to not have lots of pictures in it.
    • You can go to freeimages.com and get some at no charge. (Their higher quality photos cost money.)
    • All pictures must be oriented wide, square or tall. So, click on the proper orientation button.
    • Drag and drop your picture into the main image panel.
  • online quizGive your quiz a title.
  • Throughout the quiz-making app you will see the letter “i” within a grey circle.
  • Click blue Question 1 Untitled button
  • Add your first question and up to four possible answers
  • Click the radio button of the correct answer.
  • Click plus sign on blue square to add more questions.
  • Have a maximum of 10 questions.
  • Click the Save button near the middle of the top.
  • When you are finished, click My Riddles in the horizontal menu.
  • Click the 3 dots to the right of Edit
  • Click the green Publish button in order to make your quiz public.
  • Click the green Get Code Button.
  • Click Copy. The code is now in you clipboard.
  • Open a web page in Text view and Cmd V to paste the code wherever you want it on the page.
  • Save your page and check the quiz to make sure it works.

 

How to Make a Website Secure with SSL

Let people buy securely from your website

SSLWhen people buy from your website, they will be looking for signs to make sure that their credit card and other personal information is protected. They’ll be looking for a URL beginning with HTTPS to make sure their data is encrypted. They’ll be looking for assurance such as the image above. In other words, they’ll be looking for an SSL certificate.

How to buy an SSL certificate

To buy an SSL certificate, go to your web host’s website to see if it is possible to buy one there. Otherwise you will have to make an online search.

SSLI use LiquidNet Ltd Hosting. To buy my latest certificate, I clicked on My Domains > Order SSL Certificate and then clicked on the drop down menu to choose the domain name that needed securing. After that it was just a matter of filling in the blanks. After that I had to get tech support to help me make it active so that the “S” would show up after HTTP. Then I made sure an SSL certificate logo showed up.

What an SSL certificate does

SSLWhen people buy things from your website, they obviously submit personal information such as a credit card number. This information must travel through several computers.  An identity thief could be using software that makes his computer appear to be your computer.

If you have an SSL certificate installed in your website, the identity thief will be unable to capture your encrypted data.

Advantages of having a certificate

One advantage of buying your certificate is that the money will go to you rather than some hacker. However, the main advantage is peace of mind for your customers. When they see your HTTPS or see your certificate logo, they are much more likely to feel secure enough to buy from you.

 

 

How to Protect Your Internet Browsing Privacy

 They don’t respect your privacy

privacyAdvertisers and tracking companies don’t respect your privacy. They use various techniques to record your Internet browsing habits. They collect all kinds of information:

  • Websites you have visited
  • Kind of products you are interested in
  • Your political ideologies
  • Health conditions.

There are other reasons why you may not want people to be able to see your Internet use:

  • You are a celebrity
  • You are an employee doing market research of your competition
  • You are a reporter, law enforcement officer or writer covering sensitive topics. You want to make your computer untraceable to prevent reprisals.

Snooping search engines

Google, Bing, and other search engines:

  • Catalog every web search you perform
  • Online search choices are then attached to your computer’s IP address
  • Subsequently used to customize the advertising and future searches for your machine
  • Zero respect for your privacy

Privacy solution: PrivateVPN

There is a technique to protect you from those prying eyes. It’s called using PrivateVPN (virtual private network).  It makes you untraceable on the Internet.

privacyWhen you start a web surf, you go straight to PrivateVPN and BYPASS YOUR ISP (Internet service provider). When you get to the website you want, you will be using the IP address of the particular PrivateVPN server. Whoever would like to track you does not know it is you.

PrivateVPN cloaks and encrypts your signal:

  • Makes your online activity completely illegible to eavesdroppers
  • Manipulates your IP address
  • Makes you appear to come from a different machine/location/country.

You may be concerned about the wrong party:

  • Getting information about your browsing habits
  • Using your IP address to charge you more or
  • Using hackers for major cybersecurity breaches.

Wherever you lie in that spectrum, PrivateVPN will be a good step in the right direction.

In the case of PrivateVPN, the signal may even jump to a server in another country before you get to the website. The snooper won’t even know what country you’re from.

10 reasons why people may want PrivateVPN

Intranet outside the office

PrivateVPN will allow employees to access a corporate intranet in complete privacy while located outside the office.

Secure chat rooms

Your girlfriend, wife or business partner can enter the URL of a chat room to take part in a secret chat.

Con menprivacy

Every place you go to, your online activities can be monitored by Internet service providers, government organizations or criminals. Protect ourselves against malware or con tricks when web browsing.

Securely connect separated offices

Use PrivateVPN to securely connect geographically separated offices of an organization, creating one cohesive network.

Circumvent political censorship

Secure your transactions with PrivateVPN to circumvent geo-restrictions and censorship. Countries like Afghanistan, Belarus, China, Cuba, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria surveil and limit access to the Internet. Activists and journalists in one of these countries can connect privacyto PrivateVPN server and tunnel out of the censorship restrictions. PrivateVPN conceals your page-by-page activity from any government eavesdropping.

YouTube users might have come across a message that says, “This video is not available in your country”. PrivateVPN’s free YouTube proxy allows you to watch any video with zero constraints.

Note that you must add Private VPN to your computer before you arrive in the geo-restricted country.

Online shoppingprivacy

Do you get annoyed by the shopping sites keeping tabs on you? They start sending you ads related to where you shop. PrivateVPN makes that a thing of the past.

Test online strategies geographically

PrivateVPN’s services allow SEO and marketing professionals to connect to servers in different regions to test their strategies and processes.

Make public wifi private

privacyThose Starbucks or McDonald’s hotspots are not safe for confidential email and browsing. Public wi-fi offers no encryption security to its users, and your signals are broadcast for anyone savvy enough to eavesdrop.

Accessing insecure websites makes  it easy to steal your private information.

It’s very easy for even a beginner hacker to intercept your unencrypted wi-fi signal using an Evil Twin phony hotspot or a Firefox Tamper Data plugin. Mobile users should consider spending the 4 to 5 dollars per month for the safety of a PrivateVPN connection.

Secure Skype phoning

It’s relatively easy to eavesdrop on Voice-over-IP (Internet telephoning). Even intermediate-level hackers can listen in to your VOIP calls. Perhaps  you regularly use VOIP services like Skype. If you log into a public wi-fi network and then connect to your PrivateVPN, all of your hotspot web use will then be encrypted and hidden from prying ears & eyes.

Make booking flights & accommodation cheaper

privacyFlight and accommodation Booking websites:

  • Display different fees based on users location and currency.
  • Use tracking of your online activity
    • Allows them to increase the fee on your next visit
  • To ensure the cheapest rates, use PrivateVPN services whenever planning your next trip.

Free 7-day trial

If you wish to tryout a VPN at no cost for 7 days, go to free 7-day trial VPN. No credit card is required.

You will create a password that allows you to use PrivateVPN from anywhere in the world — on up to 6 devices at the same time.

It takes only a few minutes before your own PrivateVPN will be downloaded into your Downloads folder.  Double click on it and then drag the PrivateVPN app into your applications folder icon.

In a few seconds you will actually see it within your actual applications folder.

Double click on PrivateVPN. Fill in the email address and password that you gave during registration.

Click on the country list link. Click on the country from which you want to appear to be browsing.

Suppose you tested your new PrivateVPN out by clicking on the Belgium country link. Then search for what is my IP address? IP Lookup will give your IP address. Click on Get IP Details.

You will see data telling that you are in Belgium.

During the next 7 days, test out everything you can think of.

Email problems?

After you have used your PrivateVPN, you may be unable to use your regular email. That’s because you are not using your regular IP address.

To enable your regular IP address, click on PrivateVPN in your applications folder. You will get a PrivateVPN panel. Click on the button in the centre of the panel & your home IP address will be set up again. Then you email will work the way it did before you got PrivateVPN.

Blogger’s notes

To buy PrivateVPN, please click on any PrivateVPN link on this blog post. I will get a commission & it will help defray the cost of creating and keeping up this website.

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Distorting Picture While Maintaining the Theme

Distorting a photo related to a business

distortingI needed a header for a Greenhouse’s website. I wanted the header to reflect the nature of the business. So, I took a hanging basket of petunias and began distorting them.

The petunias in the centre have very little distortion. The petunias within the letters have no distortion at all. The letters were madedistorting invisible on a white background. Then they were pasted onto part of the hanging basket.

These are the steps necessary for distorting the basket.

1. Erasing the background

distortingAdd an invisible layer behind the picture. Using the GIMP Erasure tool, erase much of the background. Then combine the Fuzzy Select tool to delete more of the background.

2. Ripple effect to distort

distortingUse the Ellipse Select tool to select part of the photo. Then click Filters > Distorts > Ripple. Experiment with the settings and then click OK. Keep one small area of flowers with no distortion. Apply ripples to the rest of it.

3. Increase opacity

distortingOverlay the photo with a white layer. Decrease the opacity. Merge the 2 layers.

4. Change to size of header

distortingMake a new box that’s the exact dimensions that the header should be. Change the latest petunia picture distortingto have the same length. Eyeballing it, select a rectangle from the hanging basket that has approximately the same dimensions as your new box. Scale the header image to be the prescribed dimensions of the real header.

5. Create letters with flowers inside

distortingSelect a large font such as Rockwell Bold. Using black text, key your words on a white background. Combine the Fuzzy Select tool with your Delete key to create invisible letters. Paste it onto an original photo of the hanging basket.

Using the Rectangle Select Tool and the Erasure, crop the letters so that they have a minimum amount of white around them. Paste them onto the image from point #4.

Creating a header in just 5 steps

By distorting a photo closely related to the theme of the website, you have created an appropriate header in just 5 steps. Go here to see the actual header.

Related page

How to Make a WordPress Twenty Sixteen Header

GIMP

GIMP is a free open source program. Programmers from all over the world collaborated to make a program similar to Photoshop.

When I downloaded a free version, it somehow came with lots of advertising that took me hours to purge from my system. For that reason, I suggest you go to the PhotoEditorX website, scroll all the way to the bottom and click the Download Now Button.

You can buy it for $47 USD. Not only do you get GIMP, but you get a large number of tutorials that will teach you how to get the most out of GIMP.

 

Checkout with a WooCommerce Online Store

Setting up your checkout

Getting started

Start setting up your checkout section by going into your dashboard and clicking on WooCommerce > Orders. Then run the Setup Wizard and set up as much as the Wizard will allow.

Among other things, this will set up four new pages. Here are the names of the pages that will show up after the slash (/) in your address window:

  • shop
  • checkout
  • my-account
  • cart.

Next

checkoutThen you should click on Settings. This will give you a horizontal menu. Click on the Checkout tab.


After getting to the checkout page, you will see another horizontal menu. After you click on the Checkout Options tab, read through each section and make an appropriate response. Personally, I would check the Enable Guest Checkout button. I would buy an SSL certificate and then check the Force Secure Checkout button.

 Page index

Checkout pages

For the Cart Page, Checkout Page & Terms and Conditions lines, click on the appropriate dropdown arrow. It will give the names (H1 headings) of the various pages. Click on the one corresponding to each line.

If the page has not been created yet, create it and then click on the appropriate dropdown arrow.

Products page

Starting a new products page is similar to starting a new post or regular page. You click on New > Product.

The products page on the right is for a website that sells blog-writing services. The points below explain how to add various features of the product page.

  • Product name (what’s called heading in the image here)
  • Write description that will show up below product image
  • In Product Categories panel check off product category (add a new category if necessary)
  • Scroll down. Set product image > Upload files > Drag & drop picture > Set product image
  • General
    • Regular price
    • Sale price (if any)
    • Tax status
  • Inventory
    • SKU, etc.
  • Shipping
  • Linked product — Click on question marks for explanation
  • Attributes — See definition
  • Advanced — self-explanatory except for menu order
  • Scroll down to Product Short Description. Write the description that appears at the top to the right of the picture

Checkout form

The Checkout form is the simplest way for you to securely collect your customer’s payment information. When your customer enters their credit card information, it’s validated and then tokenized for your server-side code to use.

Using Checkout, sensitive credit card information is sent directly to Stripe, and does not touch your server. Stripe returns to your site a token representation of the card, and this token can then be used in a charge request.

Below is the code snippet for the Checkout form.

<form action="/your-server-side-code" method="POST">
  <script
    src="https://checkout.stripe.com/checkout.js" class="stripe-button"
    data-key="pk_test_aUfv37UMFj6BxSxE2qzCGj7x"
    data-amount="999"
    data-name="Demo Site"
    data-description="Widget"
    data-image="https://stripe.com/img/documentation/checkout/marketplace.png"
    data-locale="auto"
    data-currency="cad">
  </script>
</form>

Add the above code to your payment page.  (This link tells you how to do that.)

This is added to the page ending in /checkout/. However, it results in an error message. Find out from the forums why.

In response to a question about this, tech support said

Building a website and especially a custom payment flow with Stripe is not a complete copy and paste procedure, and therefore it’s unfortunately not possible to have one example at hand that will work with every website.

What I can do is point you in the direction of our list of third party integrations for one-time and recurring payments that work with Stripe:

https://stripe.com/works-with/categories/recurring-payments

You can have a look around and see if you find one that suits your business needs.

If you’re not confident you can do it by yourself, I’d recommend hiring a developer to look at it for you. I know there are skilled developers on these websites you can hire just for a Stripe integration:

https://www.upwork.com/o/profiles/browse/?q=stripe

https://www.peopleperhour.com/freelance/stripe?ref=search

The story continues & gets more complicated. I end up seeing that I should PROBABLY delete WooCommerce Stripe Gateway and set up something else that will cost me 2.9% of charges plus 30 cents per successful card charge. There will be NO other charges such as setup charges.

Disclaimer

The data on this page is based on my research for the store I created in June 2017. Software and government rules both change with time. So, I am not responsible for any problems you may encounter because you follow my advice.

Checkout endpoints

Endpoints are an extra part in the website URL that we detect and show different content when present.

For example, you may have a ‘my account’ page shown on the URL yoursite.com/my-account. When the endpoint ‘edit-account’ is appended to this URL, making it ‘yoursite.com/my-account/edit-account’. WooCommerce shows the Edit account page instead of the My account page.

You have 5 boxes in the Checkout page. Going from top to bottom, I would use these default names:

  • order-pay
  • order-received
  • add-payment-method
  • delete-payment-method
  • set-default-payment-method.


When you click Save Changes at the bottom of the Checkout page, the above endpoints will be saved.

You also should usually keep the defaults on the Accounts page. When you click Save Changes at the bottom, the eight endpoints will be saved.

Read much more information about endpoints.

Searching & registering a name

In order to accept payments, you need a bank account (preferably in the name of your business). If you want a bank account in the name of your business, a business name must be registered with the government. An inexpensive way to search for a name & register it with the government in Canada is to use Speedy Search.

In order to register a name, it must be unique, distinctive and descriptive. Here’s how Kelowna Virtual Assistant meets those criteria:

  • Unique — No one but Kelowna Virtual Assistant has that name
  • Distinctive — The city “Kelowna” makes it distinctive from any other virtual assistant company.
  • Descriptive — “Virtual Assistant” describes what type of business it is.

Payment gateways

checkoutAfter you click on the Checkout tab, you can scroll to the bottom & see the Payment gateways. You will see 4 or 5 choices of payment Gateways. PayPal also includes credit cards. So, it should be first choice if the Stripe credit card choice is not there.

Setting up PayPal

Click on the three lines to the left of “PayPal”. Your cursor becomes 4 arrows. Drag and drop PayPal to the top of the list.

Direct bank transfer has been enabled already. In the picture, none of the other Gateways can be used because they have not been enabled.

To enable PayPal, click on the blue PayPal name. When you get to the PayPal page, click on what seems the most logical.

Image URL

If you want your logo to appear on the PayPal checkout page, copy your 150×50 pixel logo to any page you wish. Go into the page in text view and find the code for the image. The URL of the image will begin with “http”. It will be within the quotation marks that follow the term “src”. Cmd C to copy it into your clipboard. Cmd V to paste it into the Image URL box.

API credentials to process refunds

In order to be able to process PayPal refunds, you must set up something called “API credentials”. This is how to do it.

  • Go to paypal.com and set up an account for your business
  • Login
  • Click on Profile in top right
  • Profile & Settings
  • On left click My Selling Tools
  • In the My Business Setup column go down to API access.
  • Click Update and then Request API credentials
  • Click Request API Certificate radio button
  • Agree and SubmitDownload Certificate
  • You will find your API certificate in the Downloads folder of your hard drive. The name will be cert_key_pem.txt.

PayPal Sandbox

A sandbox is something you play in. So, the feature you use to play with PayPal and pretend you have orders is called Sandbox.

So, when you go into Checkout > PayPal, you should enable the Sandbox. Then you can check PayPal to make sure everything is set up properly.

Direct bank transfer (BACS)

The BACS feature in WooCommerce does nothing more than provide your bank transfer details to the customer. The bank transfer happens outside WooCommerce (initiated by the customer) and you have to manually mark the order complete when the transfer comes through.

So, in the instructions box, make sure you give good instructions to the customer including an idea about a secret question.

When filling out the Account Details, the first 3 boxes are self explanatory. The Bank Transit Number is a 5-digit number comprised of your 4-digit branch number followed by a number indicating the geographical location of your branch.

The transit number appears on your cheque after the cheque number. In the illustration, the cheque number is 004 and the bank transit number is 12345.

You may or may not need to fill out the IBAN and SWIFT boxes. They are numbers to facilitate international wire transfers. Ask your bank which number you should use and what it is.

Learn more about IBAN & SWIFT.

Here is some sample text for the instruction box: Before starting a wire transfer, decide upon the secret question and answer. Your contact at Kelowna Virtual Assistant must know the answer to the question. Your exact technique for wiring the money will vary from bank to bank. With the Bank of Montreal, you click on the Payment and Transfer tab at the top of the page. Then you click on Interac e-Transfers in the left-hand column. Follow instructions.

Accounts

Tokenization

Tokenization is the process of

  • Replacing sensitive data with unique identification symbols
  • They retain all the essential information about the data without compromising its security.
  • Tokenization seeks to minimize the amount of data a business needs to keep on hand
  • It has become a popular way for small and mid-sized businesses to bolster the security of credit card and e-commerce transactions while minimizing the cost and complexity of compliance with industry standards and government regulations.

Related pages

Instant payment notification (IPN)

API Credentials

 

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checkoutPeter Enns has been developing websites since 1996. He is a social media blogger and author of the free YouTube video-creation tutorial called 7 Day YouTube.

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