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Don’t Remove Your Site Title – Hide It!

Don’t Remove Your Site Title – Hide It!

Most WordPress themes allow you to upload a header image, including ours.  But your header image may also include your logo with a unique font style and color. Then once you upload it and  check it out on the front end you see your image logo and your site title above it. So you remove …

How to Disable Trackbacks and Pings in WordPress

How to Disable Trackbacks and Pings in WordPress

Are you seeing more spam trackbacks listed in WordPress comments? A trackback helps to notify another author that something related was written to what the they wrote, even if you don’t have an explicit link to his article. This improves the chances of the other author sitting up and noticing that you gave him credit …

Designing Fine Art Websites

Designing Fine Art Websites

When presenting to artists about their online presence I always preface my remarks about designing fine art websites with… There’s a reason why galleries have white walls and minimalist environments. That reason is that nothing is to interfere with the viewing of the art. Nothing! I started using WordPress in 2004. At that time minimalist …

How to Open WordPress Menu Link in New Window

How to Open WordPress Menu Link in New Window

There’s a little known button concealed in the screen options menu that will allow you to have your links open in a new browser window. Standard web practice is NOT to have links open in new windows as it is thought that in the end there would be to many windows open which will inconvenience …

WordPress Single Image Gallery

WordPress Single Image Gallery

The WordPress Media Library has come along way since I start using WordPress back at version 2.6. Internet connections are faster too (is anyone still on dial-up?). Having faster computers and lightening speed internet means that we don’t have to use thumbnail images as much. You have probably seen this concept on sites like This …

The Blog Newsletter Combo Makes Art Blogging Easy

The Blog Newsletter Combo Makes Art Blogging Easy

CONCEPT: The concept behind the blog newsletter combo is that content sent to followers in emails can also be blog posts. This will make creating content and art blogging  easy. As an artist I did not set out to blog about anything, let alone my art work.  However, I did start to blog when a client …

Insert a Single Image from NextGen Gallery

Insert a Single Image from NextGen Gallery

Once you have images in NextGen Gallery you can use them throughout WordPress posts and pages. This tutorial will show you how to insert a single image from NextGen Gallery on to any post or page. You can always upload images into the media library for use as feature or post images but if you …

The differences between WordPress and Squarespace, Wix and Weebly

The differences between WordPress and Squarespace, Wix and Weebly

The differences between WordPress and Squarespace, Wix and Weebly After researching, comparing and gathering information on what you need to know to make a choice between WordPress, Squarespace, Wix or Weebly, I have come to the conclusion that there is no conclusion. Each of these services has something to offer depending on what you need. …

Quick Steps to Create & Link NextGen Gallery

Quick Steps to Create & Link NextGen Gallery

These three quick step lists should help you remember how to do the common tasks required to create and link NextGen Gallery. Create and link a gallery to a page Create the gallery and upload your images Inside the gallery’s top task pane click the button that says add page. Go to Appearance > Menus and …

How to Copy and Paste a Link

How to Copy and Paste a Link

You will find many uses for it so I am going to show you how to copy and paste a link URL. It is important to know that pasting a URL does not automatically add a hyperlink to it. Nor should you be using a URL as the link text for a hyperlink. This is because most URL's are not pretty and don't have meaning. Read more about meaningful hyperlinks here.

How to Add a Red Dot to Sold Art in WordPress

How to Add a Red Dot to Sold Art in WordPress

Artbiz receives the odd request asking if there is a way to put a red dot in the description of their images. Unfortunately NextGen Gallery doesn’t have that option and you’ll hard pressed to find a WordPress gallery plugin that does. By the way, the red dot tells people who the work is sold.  • …

What do You Name Your Homepage

What do You Name Your Homepage

You may or may not know that you really don’t need a home page per se. With WordPress you can set any page or your blog to be the landing page of your site. But if you want a special page as a home page then don’t name the home page home. Why? Because home really isn’t …

Reasons to write blog excerpts

Reasons to write blog excerpts

It is good practice to write blog excepts, it will help you focus and stay on topic. An excerpt can be used as the basis to write a meta description and will help your readers find what they are looking for faster. For these reasons what you write for your excerpt is important.

Create meaningful hyperlinks

Create meaningful hyperlinks

Best practices to create meaningful hyperlinks and links to PDFs

By using appropriate link text you will create meaningful hyperlinks to internal and external web pages. Use these guidelines for linking to non-web documents such as PDFs and email addresses.

Using Web Page Heading Titles and Headlines

Using Web Page Heading Titles and Headlines

Draw in visitors using web page titles and headings

Titles and headings are important; they provide users a glimpse of your content and organize your content into readable "chunks." Your WordPress theme has styling tags that can be applied to your web page heading titles and headlines in the visual editor.

Scanning Web Pages

Scanning Web Pages

People are scanning web pages in an F pattern.

Eye tracking studies show people read the first full paragraph of the page but their attention wanes as they continue down the page. It is therefore important to tell your readers what the article is about by putting the summary at the top of the page.

Web Page Writing Tips

Web Page Writing Tips

People read web pages differently than printed materials.

Following these web page writing tips will make your content scannable and increase user engagement. Remember to write the opposite way you would for print media and make your content easier to read by using lists and bolding keywords.

Should Artist’s Add Online Collections to Their CV

Should Artist’s Add Online Collections to Their CV

Should Artist’s Add Online Collections to Their CV? Definition: An online collection would be a website that your work has been juried into. Not a free-upload-your-images and be apart of your 1000’s of artists portfolios. Read the full article on why artists should add online collections to their CV. Weigh in, leave your opinion. Have …

How to use Excerpts and Read More Tags

How to use Excerpts and Read More Tags

There are two ways to create summaries of blog posts; excerpts and read more tags. The results are quite different depending on the styling and coding of your WordPress theme. In this article I show visual examples of both and explain how to use them.

Schedule WordPress Posts to Auto Publish

Schedule WordPress Posts to Auto Publish

One of the keys to a successful blog is consistency. If you’re anything like me you produce a number of articles in one sitting (or two). Well you can’t publish them all at once but you can schedule WordPress posts to auto publish. Reasons why you may want to schedule your posts to publish automatically on …

Subscribe to Blog Posts

Subscribe to Blog Posts

In a previous article I talked about providing site visitors an easy way to stay connected to you using Jetpack Subscrption module. In particular the subscribe to comments feature. Jetpack’s Subscription Module also allows visitors to subscribe and receive email notifications whenever you publish a blog post. But is it a good idea to use …

Get People Back to Your Site with Subscribe to Comments

Get People Back to Your Site with Subscribe to Comments

Make it easy for site visitors to interact with you and your other followers by installing Jetpack and activate Subscribe to Comments

Tricks and Tips for Using WordPress Menus

Tricks and Tips for Using WordPress Menus

Here are 3 tricks and tips for using WordPress Menus to make your menu items stand out. With WordPress Menus you can create as many menus as you like.

Using Jetpacks Tiled Gallery with Lightbox

Using Jetpacks Tiled Gallery with Lightbox

For the last few days I have been playing around with the different modules available with Jetpack (did I say there are 25). Since we are all about art and images here, let's get straight to what matters the most; the WordPress Gallery using Jetpacks Tiled Gallery and my twist of using it with Auto Thickbox.

How to Delete the Admin user in WordPress

How to Delete the Admin user in WordPress

Notification – Global Brute Force Attack on the admin user in WordPress About a week ago a major network of remotely controlled machines across the world started to actively scan for all WordPress that may have weak administration passwords. This caused outages, slowness, and site access issues for some. As long as you don’t use …

What is Jetpack and How to use it

What is Jetpack and How to use it

That's what I am going to explain in this tutorial...What is Jetpack and how to use it. There are 25 modules with the Jetpack plugin from WordPress. I'll go through them one by one but first how do you get it.

How to add an image to your sidebar using the text widget

How to add an image to your sidebar using the text widget

The text widget basically adds a content area to any widget area. In this tutorial we are going to do two things... 1. Learn how to add an image to your sidebar or other widget area using the text widget 2. Use a page as a "scratch pad" to create content for the text widget

A New Kind of Home Portfolio Page

A New Kind of Home Portfolio Page

After writing the post “You Don’t Need a Home Page Per Sa”, which basically says that with WordPress, you can set any page to be the landing page of your site; I have been wondering why we need a specific page called HOME or WELCOME at all. By the way, more often than not, there isn’t …

How to use Your Blog for Exhibition History

How to use Your Blog for Exhibition History

In this post I provide step by step instructions on how to use your blog for Exhibition History. By using your blog posts for listing your exhibition history you will not only have something to blog about but also have a way to share more about your work. To see a live example of what I mean …

Responsive WordPress Themes for Artists

Responsive WordPress Themes for Artists

The WordPress Themes for Artists are RESPONSIVE! This is a screenshot of the David theme on an iPhone. It looks equally as good on iPad, Tablets and Smartphones. Responsive means that your website’s content will shift to fit the size of the window.  Images will also reduce to fit; everything will reduce to fit. BUT the …

Artist Website Portfolio Page

Artist Website Portfolio Page

Whether you use an artist website portfolio page with an album with all your galleries OR individual gallery pages without an album, it is imperative that you include descriptive text with images. It is our job as artists to inform and educate people about our work, using words.

Artist About Page Content

Artist About Page Content

For an artist, the about page is typically where you place your biography. A biography provides visitors with an in depth account of your art career. Since an artist's bio is written in the third person your artist about page content should be as well.

It should also include...

Artist Website Contact Page

Artist Website Contact Page

An artist website contact page lists ways people can contact you. It can and should be more than just a contact form or an email address

List more information on this page, such as...

What is a Pingback?

What is a Pingback?

When you or someone else creates a hyperlink to a blog post at your site you are notified with a Pingback. You approve it under Comments in WordPress and once approved it will appear in the comments section of the post as a link.

Artist Seminars: artbiz speaks

Artist Seminars: artbiz speaks

“Artbiz Speaks” is an article about actually speaking, out loud, in person, in front of people giving artist seminars. Otherwise known as “public speaking”.

Yes this is about the dreaded public speaking, don’t freak out, please read on, I have a story to tell. This is about how I got over myself, out of my head, conquered my fears and into the real world.

WordPress Hosting

WordPress Hosting

Host providers are companies that have climate controlled computer rooms in data centers that are manned 24/7. They rent out space on their web servers for you to house your site files so your website can be visible on the internet.

Here's a list of things to look for in a host provider

Why Add Image Meta Data

Why Add Image Meta Data

There’s no denying that re-sizing, re-naming, optimizing and filling in the file info, also know as metadata, is a time consuming process. So why add image Meta Data? It is worth the time; this is why...

Choosing a Domain Name for an Artist Website

Choosing a Domain Name for an Artist Website

As an artist you need to ask yourself how you want to go down in art history. Choosing a Domain Name for an Artist Website is part of that decision

10 Tips for Choosing a Domain Name for an Artist Website and using your Domain Name.

Keep Domain Name and Hosting Accounts SEPARATE

Keep Domain Name and Hosting Accounts SEPARATE

You can easily change host providers or web design services if you keep Domain Name and Hosting Accounts SEPARATE. Otherwise you have to ask for what should have been yours in the first place.

Artist Website Home Page Content

Artist Website Home Page Content

By crafting one sentence for artist website home page you have not only made home page content more memorable to the actual people; you have just written a meta description for the search engines.

Why Artists Should Use WordPress

Why Artists Should Use WordPress

Why I believe artists should use WordPress for their Artist Website I have looked at 100’s, even 1000’s of artist sites since I started working on artist websites. Here's three...

Selecting a WordPress Theme for Art

Selecting a WordPress Theme for Art

A WordPress theme is the structure and look of your site, sometimes referred to as a template, a theme can be easily changed with out disrupting your content. When selecting a WordPress Theme for Art look for the following items.

Ultimate Security Checker

Ultimate Security Checker

A few weeks ago I helped Frances Clements Fawcett Art get her blog back online after it was infected with Malware. After we got the site back up I wrote the article "What to do if Your WordPress site Gets Hacked"

In this article I list some measures you can take to prevent your site being hacked in the first place.

Grant Writing Example and Tips

Grant Writing Example and Tips

I learnt a lot going through the writing process and wanted to share those tips.

My biggest wish when putting the proposal together was to be able to read another similar grant proposal to see how it all goes together.

WordPress Tutorials for Artists

WordPress Tutorials for Artists

"Your tutorials are very well written and illustrated. While some assume a moderately knowledgeable user, they make sense to a neophyte such as myself. You have given me the tools to learn how to highlight the visibility of my website to search engines while protecting my web images from appropriation - and so much more. I would strongly recommend your tutorials to all artists." Bev Tosh

What To Do If Your WordPress Site Has Been Hacked

What To Do If Your WordPress Site Has Been Hacked

Last week I was hired to help an artist get her WordPress blog back up. When I went to the site all that was there was a blank white page. At first I thought it was a simple plugin conflict and if so a quick fix, but alas it was not.

The site was hacked with Malware/iframe virus code. The first thing you have to do when this happens...

SEO for Art Websites

SEO for Art Websites

Have you applied any SEO for your art website? You have probably heard the term and have even been contacted by some SEO company promising to get you to the top slot in search engine results - HA!

First off I should tell you what SEO for art websites is, we’ll get back to my “HA!” in a minute.

You Don’t Need a Home Page (per se)

You Don’t Need a Home Page (per se)

Your Home Page can be any page that exists on your WordPress site. For example if you have a important event that you want to publicize you can set that page to be the landing page of your site. When the event is over change the "Home" page to your Artwork, Bio or anything other page you have.

Open a Second Browser Window

Open a Second Browser Window

You login to your WordPress site and want to open a second browser window or tab open so you can view the front end of your site while working in the back end. This is very handy because while you make changes to your content you can just refresh the other window with out...

The Horizontal Rule

The Horizontal Rule

When you are composing the content for a page or post and include a number of images with your text it is always nice to float your images to the right, left or center. Gaining a decent page layout with WordPress can be just a tiny bit frustrating to get text to wrap images and not have everything run together. Solution: the horizontal rule!

Resizing Images

Resizing Images

The first thing you have to do in preparation to add content to your site is to optimize your images. Optimizing is a term used to indicate a change to a photo or a graphic, to reduce it in both visual size and file size, for use in other programs.

10 Posts for your Facebook Page

10 Posts for your Facebook Page

Think of your Facebook page as a mini blog to share thoughts and ideas that are to short to warrant a full blown blog post but are important none the less.

Formatting Your Visual Artist CV

Formatting Your Visual Artist CV

Formatting your Curriculum Vitae (CV for short) can be a royal pain using the limited editor features in WordPress. Even with the advanced editor features from TinyMCE there is still no tabbing.

Kim Bruce Art Blog

Kim Bruce Art Blog

Over at KimBruce.ca I talk about my art but I have also have a category called "Art Management" which really doesn't fit into my mission here at Artbiz. So I decided that I would expand myself and you by writing about the in's and out's of being an exhibiting artist.

Blogging Terms

Blogging Terms

In this article I explain the blogging terms you should know if you are using a blog on your website. I have tried to keep it simple providing definitions for the most common terms and things you may ask about.

Comments or not

Comments or not

I think one reason why people may shy away from blogging is because of the dreaded “no comments”. It’s like no body is coming to your party. Blogging is about building relationships so don't be shy leave a comment.

Artbiz at VAAA

Artbiz at VAAA

VAAA recently started to new category "Professional Development" where they will build an inventory of instructional posts to help artists develop their art practice.

Website Check Up

Website Check Up

The Website Check Up list relates to how well your website performs overall. Use it to review your own site to ensure that it is efficient and logical. In this post I am referring to the structure of your website as well as a few more content related items.

Make Your Website Content Stronger

Make Your Website Content Stronger

Visit your site and review the list of tips that I have compiled and implementing them to Make Your Website Content Stronger.

Website Terms

Website Terms

Ever wonder what the heck I am talking about when I use terms such domain name, hosting, DNS? Here is a list of common website terms that you may hear me use when we are working together on your site.

Pages Vs Posts

Pages Vs Posts

Before we start working on your site, it's important to have a clear understanding of the difference between pages and posts: Pages are usually those which have a static purpose in life. For example an artist statement, bio, CV, Gallery pages or a contact forms. They do not usually contain information about news items, for example, which are added to the site on a regular basis.

Clear Your Browser Cache

Clear Your Browser Cache

When I am working with a client and make changes to their site I ask them to clear your browser's cache and refresh the browser so they can see the changes. Refreshing the browser just reloads the page.

WordPress Gallery

WordPress Gallery

Uploading images whilst working on a Page (or Post) allows WordPress to create, and store, a direct association between each image and its parent Page (or Post). It is this association that is used to create your gallery.

Retain Line Breaks

Retain Line Breaks

Here's a trick to maintain the single spacing when pasting from a Word doc. In Word we call it single spacing in HTML we call it line breaks. Either way all we want to do is keep the tight spacing.

Blogging for Artists: It Works

Blogging for Artists: It Works

A couple of weeks ago I received a phone call from New Haven artist Susan Shutan. She was in the process of finalizing an exhibition proposal to turn over to the curator. But before she finished she decided to Google "Pins & Needles".

Warning: Bad Galleries

Warning: Bad Galleries

Here at Artbiz I work with a lot of artists, pretty much all artists, all the time. Sometimes we get to talking about our unique world and share experiences. Over time I have conversed with a few artists that relayed stories about bad experiences with galleries.

To blog but not be a blogger

To blog but not be a blogger

It seems to me that with everything I read about blogging it is an all or nothing scenario. That you must write a post at least 3 times a week and if you do your search engine rankings will increase and will get you all sorts of recognition.

But what if you’re not that gregarious and still want to share your thoughts and ideas?

The real reason artists need to blog

The real reason artists need to blog

The point of this exercise is that very often buyers of art (especially those who do not buy art often) want to have something to say about the work they buy because when they put their work on display in their homes or offices they want to have something intelligent to say in response to the compliments it generates.

How to use your website as a submission tool

How to use your website as a submission tool

The procedure for submitting via your website is really no different than what you would do normally. You still need to do your homework, write your words and take your pictures. Perseverance Furthers!

Here's 10 tips on how to use your website as a submission tool and 3 thing never to do

Let’s Talk Image Quality

Let’s Talk Image Quality

Since the art world is moving more and more toward website submissions it is very important - no it is paramount - that your images are high quality. That does not mean that they are large file size and 300dpi. That would take forever to load and your visitors will leave your site before the image finally gets there.

Shameless Self Promotion For Artists

Shameless Self Promotion For Artists

Here are some ideas for self promotion for artists to increase the traffic to your website If you don’t promote your website who will?

Writing Resources for Artists

Writing Resources for Artists

Do you absolutely hate, detest and despise writing artist statements, submission letters or proposals? I get anxious and break out into a cold sweat (well not really but I still don't like it).

To help in this daunting task I have compiled some writing resources for artists to people and sites that actually have some useful tips.

Art Shippers

Art Shippers

Artbiz has compiled this short list of art shippers. I have only had the experience of using Art Packed; which was a good one and can not vouch for the others on the list. If you have some experiences or know of a good shipper and want to share them with others please provide your comments below, share and share alike!

Domain Names

Domain Names

YOUR Domain Name is the most important thing that you need to maintain OWNERSHIP of. All to often websites are constructed with out the owners rights to their domain name which can cause you grief later on if you want to make a change. Let's follow this scenario:

Domain Name Scam

Domain Name Scam

It came to my attention this morning that there is an email or mail solicitation from Domain Registry of Canada. This is a scam to get you to renew a domain name with them and not your regular domain registrant. At an outrageous price I might add

Shipping art and getting it back again

Shipping art and getting it back again

Shipping art to the U.S. and getting it back again. It's the getting it back that's the tough part. I had 5 pieces in an exhibition in New York last year. After the show was over and the gallery shipped it back, the work was stopped at the border.

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