Camtasia alternatives and other media tools for screencasting

Camtasia is one of the best and most complete set of tools out there for capturing a recording of your screen (called screencasting) but comes at a cost of $313.99 per person (as of this writing). While you might be able to afford it for a few licenses, if you want to give access to this tool to your whole staff, the cost can really add up. Here are some recommendations for (mostly) free media related tools — for those on a limited budget: Greenshot — Simple to use, comes with an editor to annotate still screenshot (no video). Kind of like … Continue reading

Productivity Tip: Copy and Paste without Junk

Have you ever tried to copy information from a web page or a MS Word document and got more than you bargained for when you pasted it into another Word document or web page? Text often comes with unwanted junk in the form of extra formatting codes. The solution is usually to use Paste Special and then choose to paste as Plain Text or Unformatted text. Word actually gives you an opportunity to also choose whether you want to paste using the sources formatting — where you got the content from, target formatting — uses the formatting in the current … Continue reading

Finding a Photo’s License Using Google Images Search Tool

Have you ever come across the perfect photo and wanted to use it on your blog, website, social media post like Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, report or print publication? Google Images has a very useful tool to search for an image and hopefully find out the type of copyright license attached to it. Searching for an image To search for an image, you will either need to get the address of the image on the web or you will need to have a copy of it saved locally on your computer. If the image is located on a publicly accessible website … Continue reading

31 Free Stock Photo Sites for Your Web Projects

Adding photos to your web page can be a great way to connect with visitors who are more visual and to make your website generally more appealing. Here is a list of websites where you can find free stock photos for use on your web projects, in your e-learning courses, blog and social media posts and other types of publications including print. The old adage “you get what you pay for” applies here. You will often find the best of what a photographer has to offer, the photos that have been touched up to perfection on commercial stock photo sites like … Continue reading

Setting Up a WordPress Website

Note: Originally published May 4, 2012 — updated August 28, 2016. Web Hosting Step 1. Get Web Hosting Sign up for Web Hosting, preferably with a company that offers a cPanel, Panelbox, 1-Click or Fantastico from a Web Hosting company such as HostPapa, Funio or HostGator (NOT GoDaddy!). If the company offers domain registration, simplify your life and take it. That way it will all be integrated and working for you. Otherwise, you can get domains from places like GoDaddy (but not web hosting!), HostGator, or NameCheap.com. What’s the issue with GoDaddy? Although they have a great Domain registration service, their web hosting … Continue reading

Useful WordPress Contact Form 7 Field Definition Templates

Here are some useful field definitions for use in WordPress Contact Form 7 that are useful when collecting mailing addresses. Canadian Provinces (English / 2 characters ) <p><label for=”province”>Province (required)</label><br> [select* province id:province include_blank “AB” “BC” “MB” “NB” “NL” “NS” “NT” “NU” “ON” “PE” “QC” “SK” “YT”]</p> Canadian Provinces (French / 2 characters ) <p><label for=”province”>Province (required)</label><br> [select* province id:province include_blank “AB” “BC” “MB” “NB” “NL” “NS” “NT” “NU” “ON” “PE” “QC” “SK” “YT”]</p> Canadian Provinces (English / Full names) <p><label for=”province”>Province (required)</label><br> [select* province id:province include_blank “Alberta|AB” “British Columbia|BC” “Manitoba|MB” “New Brunswick|NB” “Newfoundland and Labrador|NL” “Nova Scotia|NS” “Northwest Territories|NT” “Nunavut|NU” “Ontario|ON” … Continue reading

Bug in Chrome Renders WordPress Admin Menu Incorrectly (fix included!)

Do you work in WordPress using Chrome? If so, you may have recently noticed that the sidebar admin menu gets messed up bit when you hover over menu items or just work in it for a few minutes. I haven’t noticed if this bug affects other websites. The Problem Notice that there are menu items overlapping others, menu items missing and as you hover over them, they may fix themselves temporarily or move on you. This is a bug specific to Chrome which first appeared in v45 (the current version). The Chrome team has has discovered that the problem is … Continue reading

Building Your Mailing List by Offering Free Downloads in WordPress

Offering a free eBook or other digital download on your website is a great way to build your email mailing list which you can then use for any number of business building purposes. Here are a few ways you can do this using Wordpress. Some of the things you will want to watch out for include preventing people from: Using a fake email address; and Sharing direct links to your freebee with the world. IMPORTANT: If you are going to add people to a mailing list when they sign-up to download your book or free chapter, you must comply with the U.S. CAN-SPAM law. An even … Continue reading

Adding / Editing Photo Images in WordPress

Adding an Image to a Page or Post (skip to editing an image) Note: If you are replacing an existing image, it is easier and quicker to simply remove the old one from the page and then insert a new one. 1) Log into the Admin Dashboard of your website by going to http://www.yoursite.com/wp-admin/ 2) Click on Pages or Posts in the left column. 3) Click on the page or post where you want to add the image. 4) Once the editor appears, place your cursor where you want the image to appear. 5) Click the Add Media button right … Continue reading

Adding a MailChimp Signup Form on Your Website

There are several ways to integrate MailChimp into your WordPress website. Getting a form on your site is relatively easy. The challenging part can be to get it to integrate with the look and feel of your site, especially if you don’t know anything about HTML or CSS. If that’s the case, you may want to find someone to help you out. Before we get into adding a form to your site, it is worth mentioning that you should only be collecting the very minimum amount of information that you require. An email address is essential for any kind of sign-up. … Continue reading