I have been asked about SEO and to do it for clients, which I am happy to do, but before I take your hard earned dollars I would like to show you this example. Search engine optimization (SEO) is not that complicated. It involves focusing on one search term per page or post. Google wants … Continue reading Blue Rhino Paintings
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 … Continue reading Don’t Remove Your Site Title – Hide It!
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 … Continue reading How to Disable Trackbacks and Pings in WordPress
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 … Continue reading Designing Fine Art Websites
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 … Continue reading How to Open WordPress Menu Link in New Window
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 … Continue reading WordPress Single Image Gallery
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 … Continue reading The Blog Newsletter Combo Makes Art Blogging Easy
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 … Continue reading Insert a Single Image from NextGen Gallery
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. … Continue reading The differences between WordPress and Squarespace, Wix and Weebly
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 … Continue reading Quick Steps to Create & Link NextGen Gallery
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.
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. • … Continue reading How to Add a Red Dot to Sold Art in WordPress
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 … Continue reading What do You Name Your Homepage
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.
Best practices to create meaningful hyperlinks and links to PDFsBy 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.
Draw in visitors using web page titles and headingsTitles 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.
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.
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? 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 … Continue reading Should Artist’s Add Online Collections to Their CV
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.
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 … Continue reading Schedule WordPress Posts to Auto Publish
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 … Continue reading Subscribe to Blog Posts
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 … Continue reading How to Delete the Admin user in WordPress
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 … Continue reading A New Kind of Home Portfolio Page
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 … Continue reading How to use Your Blog for Exhibition History
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 … Continue reading Responsive WordPress Themes for Artists
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.
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...
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...
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
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...
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.
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.
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 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...
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.
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.
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.
"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
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...
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.
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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:
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 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.