Spring 2015 Website Creation Workshop is Open

Registration page for the Website Creation Workshop Spring 2015 Program is here: http://www.WebsiteCreationWorkshop.com/register.

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Here are some details:

What? – Website Creation Workshop Spring 2015 Program: An Online Webinar training program with Private members area full of Step by Step Videos

The Website Creation Workshop is an Online Program that takes you through the process of creating your own website without a webmaster. Using the self hosted WordPress software you will learn how to create a blog or a website that is easy to update, great for the search engines, and does NOT require special webmaster skills. You learn hands on by having your own “student project” WordPress Website Installed for you. It is a very interactive visual program with videos, audios, PDF handouts, and step by step assignments.

Who? – Christina Hills (your teacher/mentor/coach)

Why? – To create and update websites yourself without having to rely on a busy webmaster

When? – Starts on April 28, 2015 (with getting started orientation call on April 25).

Where? – All Online! From the comfort of your home or office, you listen on the phone or computer and watch online. We meet via Webinars and/or Teleseminars . Plus online in the private members area you get mini videos, online study guides (PDF), an interactive Facebook group to mastermind with fellow students, plus a WordPress Website installed for you so you can get started learning WordPress immediately.

How? – When registration is open, register on the link below

How much? –Details and registration page can be found here:
http://www.WebsiteCreationWorkshop.com/register

Hope to see you in the Workshop!

Big Google Ranking Change Coming Up This Month. Is Your Site Mobile-Friendly?

Over the last few years, we kept on hearing experts say, “You have to make your website mobile-friendly!” I’ve written a post on this topic in the past, too.

“Sure, it would be nice if my website shows up pretty on a smart phone. But it’s not on the top of my priority list. My website can still be viewed on a smart phone,” you still might be thinking, just like many others out there.

But the time has come to get really serious about this “mobile-friendly” issue. And it should be taken care of fast!

Why…? Because of the upcoming Google algorithm change.

Next Big Google Change – What Does This Mean?

christinahills-mobilesearchIn February this year, Google announced the change they will be making in the way they display their search results. Come April 21, 2015, they will be using the “mobile-friendliness” as one of the big factors in determining the search engine rankings of each site. If you are a Google Webmaster Tools’ user, you might have received an email from Google like this:

Google systems have tested xx pages from your site and found that 100% of them have critical mobile usability errors. The errors on these xx pages severely affect how mobile users are able to experience your website. These pages will not be seen as mobile-friendly by Google Search, and will therefore be displayed and ranked appropriately for smartphone users.

When people do a Google search with a keyword/phrase, your non-mobile-friendly site might be showing up on the first page now. But as of April 21, when searched on mobile devices, your ranking will get surpassed by other mobile-friendly sites. And the impact could be significant, considering the statistics showing that people are spending more time on mobile devices than desktop computers to access Internet.

Google is already marking mobile-friendly site as such in mobile search results. See the image above.

How Do I Know If My Website is Mobile-Friendly?

Mobile-friendly sites basically can be viewed on a mobile device easily without you having to zoom in, but Google also looks at more factors to determine if your site deserves their “mobile-friendliness” approval.

To see if your site is considered mobile-friendly, simply search for your site on a mobile device to see if your site comes up with a label, “Mobile-friendly.”

Google also provides a Mobile-Friendly Test page at:
https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

This is the result I got when one of my sites was still NOT mobile-friendly:

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 …and AFTER…

 

Convert Your Website into a Mobile-Friendly Site

Didn’t pass the Google Mobile-Friendly test?

Fortunately, turning a non-mobile-friendly WordPress site into a mobile-friendly one is not that difficult.

There are many excellent mobile-friendly themes out there you can switch to, and for those of you who are married to your current theme, some mobile plugins are available to do the magic.

And for those of you who are not using WordPress as your website platform yet… Time is NOW to convert to WordPress!

I will be explaining the advantages to using WordPress during the upcoming FREE webinar, and will touch upon this mobile-friendliness as well. Come join me to learn more!

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What: FREE Webinar “Easily Create a Beautiful Website in WordPress, Even if You Hate Technology!”
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Time: 4:00pm Eastern / 1:00pm Pacific
Format: Webinar

Register here for this free webinar by following the link below
http://www.websitecreationworkshop.com/2015/041515-webinar

Simple 5 Rules You Should Follow When Choosing a WordPress Design (Free PDF)

Planning on creating your first website?

One of the many advantages to using WordPress as your website platform is, it’s really easy to make it look the way you want. There are so many beautiful themes you can choose from.

3dcover-5rulesHowever… not all themes are created equal, and choosing the right one could be quite confusing. Also, you might be thinking, “Even with a great theme, I still need to create beautiful graphics, don’t I?” or “I’m not a web designer. How I can put together a nice-looking website by myself without knowing HTML?”

Well, I have simple answers to all these questions, all compiled in a free pdf report called, “5 Rules for Successfully Choosing a WordPress Design That Will Grow Your Business.”

 

These 5 rules have really saved me time and money while growing my business, and I would love to share them with you!

Request a copy here and get instant access:
http://www.websitecreationworkshop.com/2015/theme-design-report

You really can create a beautiful, professional looking website without having to hire a designer. Get my report and learn how!

Happy Easter 2015!

This weekend is Easter (and Passover week too!) and I wanted to give you a big Easter egg “hello”

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I love these old fashioned graphics! 

If you are looking for retro graphics like this, check out these 3 free resources:

  • The Graphics Fairy : lots of royalty free graphics, plus fun craft projects.
  • Retro vectors  : cool black and white retro graphics to use
  • Free Pik : hundreds of graphic resources and a section on retro graphics

If you want to make your own graphics, check out  Canva.com or Picmonkey.com to create something beautiful! (do always check the terms of any graphics site you use)

Finding or making graphics nice way to take a break from building your online business!

Hope your Holiday is filled with laughter and light!