What is a “Breadcrumb” ?

Hansel and Gretel BreadcrumbsRemember the story of Hansel and Gretel? Hansel takes a slice of bread when he and his sister go into the woods and leaves a trail of bread crumbs to follow home.

In the web world, we also have something called “breadcrumbs” to help you find where you are (and birds cannot eat these breadcrumbs, so you won’t get lost like Hensel and Gretel!).

Breadcrumbs are typically a string of words, located at the top of the page content, showing you which page you are currently looking at in relation to its parent pages.

This is an example of what the breadcrumbs look like in a webpage:

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(In this image above, you are viewing this Blog Post, under the “WordPress Tips” category, under the Home Page page)

Why You Might Want to Use Breadcrumbs

You might or might not need breadcrumbs, depending on the type of the website you have.

Here are some examples of when you might want to have breadcrumbs:

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Target’s site makes it easy to find out which category the product is in
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Breadcrumbs in Dropbox help you find where your files are located

It’s all about making the experience better for your website visitors, so think about if this will be useful to your audience before adding or removing the breadcrubms to/from your website.

How You Can Add Breadcrumbs to Your WordPress Site

Some WordPress themes give you a built-in breadcrumbs option. With the Beautiful Pro theme from StudioPress, you can easily turn on the “Breadcrumb” feature. Check your WordPress theme options to see if your theme has breadcrumbs built in.

And of course, there are plugins that enable you to add breadcrumbs to your site!  Here are some you might want to look into:

Yoast SEO (formerly known as WordPress SEO by Yoast)

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You might know this plugin as a great search engine optimization tool, but did you know it also allows you to add breadcrumbs if your website is compatible? (And even if your site is not compatible, they have instructions on how to make this work for your site.) It’s very easy to use, and according to Yoast, gives you an advantage in the search results pages as the breadcrumbs will be shown there as well.

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Breadcrumb NavXT

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Breadcrumb NavXT is another plugin that makes it easy to generate breadcrumb links on a website. You can customize the look of the link, and if you are working with an advanced website developer, you can do even more with it.

There you have it. Now it’s time for you to decide whether or not you want to use “breadcrumbs” for your website.

Pictures from My Summer Vacation in Maine

Last week I got back from a fabulous 3 week vacation to the East Coast to visit my family and attend a wedding.  Having an online business helped enable me to take 21 days off, with only minimal time working in my biz.  Here are some pics from my summer vacation:

(For this gallery of images, I used the Jetpack Plugin: Tiled Galleries feature . This plugin is free and let’s you display galleries in various ways. Refresh the page and you will see the pictures displayed in a random order)

In fact, during my trip, I was able to do a promotion of Lisa Sasevich’s 6 Figure Teleseminar and Webinar Sales System.

But I also wanted to let you know that this Wednesday July 22nd, 2015
I’ll be one of her guests on her livestream.  Come attend this event for free by going to: http://www.ChristinasResources.com/livestream

 

What is a “Portfolio” Site?

Many artists/photographers/designers carry a “portfolio” with them when they see a prospect. A portfolio typically showcases the best samples of your work – your artwork, photos, product packaging, etc. thebestthemes.jpgso that your prospects can actually see your style and samples prior to deciding if they will want to hire you.

Over the past several years, artists have started showcasing their work on a website instead of carrying around a physical portfolio. That allows people to see work samples more easily. It is also expanding the market immensely… An artist’s portfolio could now be easily viewed by anybody in the world where Internet is available!

So, what is a “Portfolio” Site?

The websites with the main purpose of displaying the portfolio is called “Portfolio Site.” Although there is no solid definition of “portfolio site,” here are the typical characteristics seen in a portfolio site:

  • It’s not a technique; it’s just a way to display your content pictorially.
  • Visuals are the main focus. You don’t typically see a whole lot of text that accompanies it.
  • It displays images in some kind of grid form so that multiple images are shown on the screen in a very organized way.

Do I Need to Use a Special Theme for a Portfolio Site?

There are many excellent themes that are suitable for a portfolio site, and using one of those is the quickest way to create a portfolio site in most cases. Here are some themes that I think would work great for a portfolio site:

Premium Themes

  • Modern Portfolio Pro from StudioPress is a nice one (See it in action at thebestthemes.com)
  • Divi from Elegant Themes comes with “portfolio module” that makes it easy to insert your portfolio images anywhere in your site
  • Many InkThemes‘ themes offer Gallery page that can be easily used as your portfolio page

Free Themes

Can I use a Plugin to Make a “Portfolio Page”?

Yes! If you don’t want to change themes to a portfolio theme, take a look at these plugins to see if any of these will do the job for you:

Plugins for Portfolio Pages

Or you may want to utilize one of the image gallery plugins for this, too. (Here is my post on Image Gallery: http://www.websitecreationworkshop.com/blog/wordpress-tips/image-gallery/)

Well, the possibilities are endless… Find something that you like and start showing off your work to the world!

How Private is Your Domain Registration?

Most people talk about Internet privacy in terms of their site getting hacked. But one of the very important simple security measures you must take, which is often overlooked and generally cost under $10/year, is your domain name privacy.

What is Domain Privacy?

Domain privacy is a service offered by a number of domain name registrars. A user buys privacy from the company, who in turn replaces the user’s info in the WHOIS with the info of a forwarding service (for email and sometimes postal mail, done by a proxy server). – Source: Wikipedia

Domain privacy protects your private information by hiding your home address, phone number, email address that you have associated with your credit card, that  you used when purchasing your domain name.

You see, when you build a website, you first have to buy a domain name, and every domain name is associated with the registrant’s information that is made public.

Many solo or small business owners don’t bother to get a business address or a separate business phone number, or even a separate business email address; they simply use their residential address and personal phone number/email address for their business. So, that’s the information that gets submitted when you register your domain names.

See what happens next in this scenario?  When somebody runs a search on your domain name, they will be able to easily find out your personal phone number and where you live!

This is why it’s important to pay for domain privacy when purchasing a domain name!

Most domain registrars offer this service as a small extra cost (generally $5-$9.) When you purchase the domain privacy option your private information will be hidden from the public. Instead of your sensitive personal information, contact information of the domain registrar will be displayed.

For that reason, I strongly believe adding domain privacy is totally worth it. If you don’t have domain privacy for your website, check with your domain registrar and add that option now to avoid the unnecessary risks of exposing your private personal information!

It’s better to always keep your private information safe.