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Using Optimize Press – Good and Bad

Well, I recently cut over our new rendition of the JaveLLin Solutions, LLC website.  Overall, things went ok, but I certainly learned some lessons for next time.  One of our biggest changes was moving over to a theme called Optimize Press.  Our site is built on WordPress, so that makes things pretty easy.  The theme is hyped up as being completely customizable, great for landing pages, blah blah blah.  Well, this is true is true in certain areas, but certainly has a some areas to be improved.

When I bought this theme, I certainly thought it looked cool, easy to use and would give me exactly what I needed to start building a better site.  One of the biggest things I quickly discovered is the inability to really create a good header.  A couple of different issues on this point.

1. you can add a logo, but you can’t add anything next to it, not even a text version of the company name.2. No easy way to add phone numbers, RSS links, social media connections, etc.
3.  Creating a template once and applying it to all the pages that already exist, not happening.

The designer itself is really nice and easy to use.  It comes with lots of templates to get you started, and it’s all drag and drop.  This is especially helpful, since I’m trying to push the website over to my partner for the majority of stuff.  Of course, I’m sure I’ll be tweaking content forever, but as I learn more marketing, I come up with better ways to say things =)  However, without creating a brand new page, it’s very difficult to take existing content and just drop it into the new theme.  I resorted to copy and paste for each existing page.  Not the end of the world, but certainly tedious.

I’ll talk more about the cutover next time.  That came with it’s own challenges.  Anyway, thanks for reading,

WordPress – Admin Login not working in Firefox or Chrome

Well, this one has been plaguing for a while now, and now that we are making a transition to Optimize Press in order to redo our website, I had to figure this one out, since Optimize Press has limitation in Internet Explorer.  So I was able to find some cludgy work arounds, but today I think I finally found the trick to our WordPress admin login not working in Firefox or Chrome.

Get into your WordPress files and find:  wp-config.php

You’ll need to edit this page and add a couple of simple lines.

Look for either something like this:

define('ABSPATH', dirname(__FILE__) . '/');


/** Absolute path to the WordPress directory. */
if ( !defined(‘ABSPATH’) )
define(‘ABSPATH’, dirname(__FILE__) . ‘/’);

Add the following two lines.


suddenly everything started working for me.  Now, my new web guru (Mike Golden) can get back to work creating our new masterpieces.

Thanks for reading,

Website – Adding a youtube video to your page

Well, since I’ve been busy updating all my materials for the big upcoming conference, I thought i’d do a quick post of how to add a youtube video as an embedded object into your web pages.  All and all, it’s pretty simple, but I’m glad someone else gave me the first one, so I could just mimic it going forward 🙂

<object width=”640″ height=”360″ classid=”clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000″ codebase=”,0,40,0″><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true” /><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always” /><param name=”src” value=”;hl=en_US” /><param name=”allowfullscreen” value=”true” /><embed width=”640″ height=”360″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” src=”;hl=en_US” allowFullScreen=”true” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” /></object>

Now the important pieces are the width, height and the src parameter.  You need to make sure you update each of these in BOTH places they show up.  in addition, when you upload your video to youtube, you get a full address, but here you just need the last piece of it.  in the code above, you see XXXX.  Replace XXXX with the last portion of the YouTube web address (everything after the last /).  And magically, you get a nice embedded youtube player directly in your webpage.

It’s not rocket science, but for a web novice like me, tricks like this are invaluable.

Thanks for reading.

Cloning a WordPress Website

Hello again, the past few days I’ve been working pretty hard on getting things setup for the new website.  Being the CTO means that I should probably be able to handle little things like a website.  If you’re been following me, “and judging by the attendance, you haven’t”, you’ll know that I recently had this site redone.  I worked with a guy, Ben Fitts, that I would highly recommend.  Well, I spent a bunch of money to launch that site, and My partner Mike said he also liked it, so why not use it again for JaveLLin Solutions.  In my head, it sounded like a simple task.  I’ll just take my paper street website, copy it over to JaveLLin, and rebrand it.  I’ll give you time to time to stop laughing.

Well, as any good newbie would do, I went to the web and started searching.  It wasn’t long before I found a several pieces of software offering to do this.  I looked at the price tag, and it was $100.  I only needed to do this one time, so I kept digging.  I finally found someone that did the smart thing.  They found out how to do it, added some screen shots, and then sold it for $15.  I bought it.  The instructions were good, and pictures clear, and it was as easy as 8 simple steps…  “mostly”.

My first challenge was using a poor hosting site.  For those of you looking for a hosting site, take my advice and avoid Fatcow.  For a long time, they were good enough for me.  But as soon as I started to up my game, I quickly discovered that all of the stuff they offer is out of date.  I can’t updated to latest wordpress, or database, the blog platform was aweful, and the help desk was substandard.  Short story, I’m cancelling my account there.  Hostgator has been great and i would highly recommend using them.  Reasonably priced, and great service.

Anyway, after playing with my site on Fatcow and not figuring out what I did wrong (this took about 2.5 days), I finally decided to make a new domain on my existing hostgator account.  Almost instantly, the cloned site worked.  However, since Ben set me up with a login and protected area to download files, I had to completely reconfigure that.  Not rocket science, but it was time consuming.  However, I’m excited, because the new site is up and running and seems to be great.  One of my next challenges will be adding all the information for Proximity (our newest product).  Adding pages is easy, but coming up with graphics that looks good… well, that will be a learning exerpience again…

Anyway, that’s why you have me…  I learn things the hard way, so you don’t have to…