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Oct 04, 2008 10:56 amFree Web Site Answers & Advice - Yours for the Asking!#

Bobbi Jo Woods
Click here to ask BJ a question about your Web site/Web design issues! Visit the A Bit of Humble Pie Network on Ryze.com Click here to visit Ask BJ questions and answers Working on your Web site and got stuck? Got a tiny problem or a HUGE one?

Help is on the way! Faster than a speeding locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound...er, OK. So I can't do any of those things. I'm maybe faster than your grandma, and able to leap SIDEWALK cracks in a single bound!

But I *can* design great Web sites and have done so, for over 10 years.

So send me your most urgent and pressing question now. Or your not-so-urgent and pressing ones. I will be on hand!

Here's the link in case you missed it:
http://www.ryze.com/go/bwoodsdesign#askbj

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Brief Introduction to how this works and then some...



Here to help all those with website conundrums/queries/what-have-you's!

Think "Dear Abby" for the website-impaired/less-than-savvy business owners in need of web design/development advice.

We'll be posting at least a few times a week, to answer a question posed by an ABHP member.

Your web-geek host is BJ, aka Bobbi Jo Woods. We'll also address any web copy writing/SEO questions that people may have, with the much needed (and much appreciated) expertise of Eileen Brown, owner of Buddy Copywriting & SEO/BEK Enterprises.

Do you need some pointers and useful advice to help you and your business SHINE online?

Members of A Bit of Humble Pie are invited to submit their Web design or Web site questions to Ask BJ, and this will serve as an informative Q & A topic discussion for newbies AND established website owners. BJ will do its utmost to answer your questions in a (somewhat) unbiased manner to help you achieve success in your business/product/idea/yourself in this exchange.

Each week a new question will be posted and answered in a plain-English, and easy to understand format by our own Bobbi Jo Woods (aka BJ).

  • In need of pointers for a website that's struggling?
  • Planning on hiring a web designer/developer but don't know what to ask them?
  • Thinking of building your own website, but don't know where to begin?
  • What is on your list of "to do" items that you may need help with, to get your Website is top shape?


  • ...Ask BJ, your seasoned expert, she'll be glad to help! BJ

    About BJ

    Bobbi Jo Woods is a freelance designer and solo-preneur in Maplewood, MN. Her company, B. Woods Design was founded in 2002 with the intent on proiding a new perspective on website design for small business. Bobbi Jo has 10+ years experience in the field of web designing / development. Her clients include small businesses, corporations, non profits, professional associations, industrial companies/manufacturers, contractors, creative professionals (artists, craftsmen, photographers, designers), and entrepreneurs.

    One of her first articles, "Designer Profile: Beware the Flashy Firm" pointed out the dangers of spending too much on a website when starting out. Bobbi Jo has also written website reviews in the recurring feature, "Surf" for "Create", a national magazine for creative professionals (now Graphics.com). Read more about Bobbi Jo here. Eileen

    About Eileen

    Eileen Brown is owner of Buddy Web Enterprises and Buddy Copywriting (also provides SEO--search engine optimization) and will be on hand to field any and all questions related to Web copy, writing for the web effectively, and SEO. She is an accomplished webmaster and writer herself and also is the owner of A Bit of Humble Pie network on Ryze (like, in case you didn't already know that!)

    Please note:

    This is intended only as an informational resource for business/website owners or individuals who are interested in website design expertise as related to their own website and should not be construed as legal advice. if you are concerned about the legal issues related to your website and/or business, please consult with an attorney.

    Private Reply to Bobbi Jo Woods

    Oct 04, 2008 11:29 amAsk BJ Update - OLD Question thread#

    Bobbi Jo Woods
    This topic used to exist at a different URL!

    I believe that because the way it was named, it was dead in the water (used words like "preview", "sneak peek", etc.), it needed to be moved to a new one to actually get some attention and be effective.

    For anyone interested, the former URL (contains some Q & A):

    http://www.ryze.com/posttopic.php?topicid=978375&confid=3273

    Private Reply to Bobbi Jo Woods

    Oct 11, 2008 7:49 amAsk BJ: How do I add images/photos to my site?#

    Bobbi Jo Woods
    The following question was asked by our own Johanna Cunningham...

    Q: How do I add images or photos to my Web site?

    OK, everyone tells me this is simple but I just can't figure it out.

    How do you guys all get the photos on your websites? I see all these really cute pictures, pictures that are animated, and links to other websites with photos. I would love to dress mine up but I don't know how.

    Signed,
    Frustrated

    A: It can be a bit tricky if you've never done it before, but here's some quick steps to get started. In no time, you'll be an image-posting fool!

    Dear Frustrated

    Great question, and one that gets asked frequently. I'm not sure if you were asking how to add images to your own Ryze profile, or to your own Web site, but either way, the general advice is the same.

    Getting started: It's as simple as using the image tag:

    The "img" in the above tag stands for image. "src" stands for source. The source of the image is going to be the Web address of the image. If you are adding an image from your own Web site and the file path is the same as your web site, you will be able to just type the filename of the image here, like this:

    Now, if your images are in a directory other than the one your HTML document is in, you will want to link to it using the full address of the image. So, if your image is located in a folder of your Web site called, "photos", you would use this url as the image source:


    If you want to center the image on the page, you would place the center tag around the image tag, like this:

    This will place the image in the center of the screen, like so:



    How to wrap text around an image

    To allow text to wrap around an image, you just need to add one of these commands to the image tag:


    So, the image tag would look like this:

    Now just type in your text and it will wrap around the image, rather than jumping to the bottom of the image. Here is an example.



    This will give you the following:

    Here is an image
    This text should wrap around
    the image like this.
    Notice how the image is on the left
    and the text is to the right?
    You've got it!



    To align your text to the right of your image, use the same formula above, but change the " align = " part to say, "right" instead of "left". The image will be on the right and your text will wrap around the left of the image, like so:

    Here is an image
    This text should wrap around the image like this.
    Notice how the image is on the right, now
    and the text is to the left? You've got it!

    The filename does not have to end with .jpeg. You could also use a .gif, .png, or .jpg file as well. .jpg (or .jpeg) and .gif are the most common image file extensions used on the Internet. If you have images in other file formats (such as .psd, .tif, .eps, or .bmp) which you want to use on your Web page(s), you will want to convert them to .gif or .jpg . This can be done with most image editing programs.

    Some popular graphic editoring software programs:

    BJ says hotlinking is a NO-NO!What about just using another image available online?

    There are many articles available online instructing folks to copy an image's location and paste it to your own Web site (called hotlinking), and is a BIG no-no.

    Hotlinking images from other Web sites which are not your own is bad because the image does not belong to you and may not be in the public domain (and could be copyrighted).

    Moreover, hotlinking is stealing bandwidth. Saying "It's more complicated, but that way [their] site doesn't have to serve up graphics for your personal page." Right you are. But you basically are using up this other Web site's resources when you do that. Like hooking up your cable TV from your neighbor's, instead of your own.

    It is highly recommended that if you want to use an image you see on another Web site, that you ask the Web site owner for their permission to use it, and then if they grant the request, save the image to your computer FIRST, then upload the image to your Web host server and serve the image using the methods outlined above.

    You may also find an image to be in the public domain, meaning it is available for anyone to reuse, post and share. You can find many Web sites offering images for the public domain here http://www.google.com/search?q=public+domain+images.

    There are also tons of Web sites offering free and paid (but royalty-free) stock images and photos. Here is a link to a page with a list of 40 such free stock photo sites: http://www.thewebsqueeze.com/articles/40-free-stock-photo-sites.html.

    I personally recommend the following sites, myself, as great sources for free stock images:

    Private Reply to Bobbi Jo Woods

    Oct 11, 2008 5:37 pmre: Ask BJ: How do I add images/photos to my site?#

    Eileen Brown
    Thanks BJ for explaining this for all the folks who "need
    to know." Useful information.

    One step further is "imagemapping."

    It is possible to make one image link to several pages,
    depending on where the image is clicked. You simply
    specify which areas of the image should link to where.

    If you have a large image with several components, like the
    images on the ABHP home page, you can add alt text and
    links to those "multi-purpose" images. BJ added those for
    us here at ABHP - look at our home page at the second image
    down, mouse over and when the alt text pops up, you can
    click and be taken to another page.

    The poor mans "imagemapping" instructions and utility are
    located here:

    http://www.pangloss.com/seidel/ClrHlpr/imagemap.html

    There are still a couple of free imagemapping utilities out
    there for download too.

    Eileen :D

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    Private Reply to Eileen Brown

    Oct 13, 2008 12:47 amre: re: Ask BJ: How do I add images/photos to my site?#

    Bobbi Jo Woods
    Yes! Absolutely, image mapping can do wonders in certain areas/applications.

    The "Click here to ask your question" image above with the cartoon version of me, is an example also, of an image map :)

    Bobbi Jo Woods, Owner
    B. Woods Design - Professional Managed Websites & Hosting
    Twin Cities (651) 774-0811
    Toll - Free (877) 99-MY-WEB
    http://www.bwoodsdesign.com

    A Bit of Humble Pie - The best Ryze Network there is!
    http://abhp-network.ryze.com/

    Ask BJ about your Website issues - free answers & tips
    http://tiny.cc/AskBJ919

    Private Reply to Bobbi Jo Woods

    Oct 13, 2008 12:49 amJohanna, your Answer at Ask BJ is up!#

    Bobbi Jo Woods
    Just posting this so Johanna knows her question is being answered.

    Also, who's next?

    Bobbi Jo Woods, Owner
    B. Woods Design - Professional Managed Websites & Hosting
    Twin Cities (651) 774-0811
    Toll - Free (877) 99-MY-WEB
    http://www.bwoodsdesign.com

    A Bit of Humble Pie - The best Ryze Network there is!
    http://abhp-network.ryze.com/

    Ask BJ about your Website issues - free answers & tips
    http://tiny.cc/AskBJ919

    Private Reply to Bobbi Jo Woods

    Oct 14, 2008 7:42 pmre: Johanna, your Answer at Ask BJ is up!#

    Johanna Cunningham
    WOW, lots of great information. Now, I need to take that information and try it out. thank you for answering - I have printed it and will follow directions. I will then let you know how it goes!

    THANKS BJ!

    Johanna, Creative Corporate Solutions
    Creating Changes That Stick
    http://stratpartner.blogspot.com
    creativecorpsol@aol.com

    Private Reply to Johanna Cunningham

    Oct 16, 2008 2:27 pmre: re: Johanna, your Answer at Ask BJ is up!#

    Bobbi Jo Woods
    You are very welcome, Johanna!

    Let us know how it goes! I'm very interested.

    Here's to your web site's success!

    Bobbi Jo Woods, Owner
    B. Woods Design - Professional Managed Websites & Hosting
    Twin Cities (651) 774-0811
    Toll - Free (877) 99-MY-WEB
    http://www.bwoodsdesign.com

    A Bit of Humble Pie - The best Ryze Network there is!
    http://abhp-network.ryze.com/

    Ask BJ about your Website issues - free answers & tips
    http://tiny.cc/AskBJ919

    Private Reply to Bobbi Jo Woods

    Oct 17, 2008 7:00 pmFree Web Site Advice and Answers!#

    Bobbi Jo Woods
    Who's next?

    Ask away: http://tiny.cc/AskBJ919

    Bobbi Jo Woods, Owner
    B. Woods Design - Professional Managed Websites & Hosting
    Twin Cities (651) 774-0811
    Toll - Free (877) 99-MY-WEB
    http://www.bwoodsdesign.com

    A Bit of Humble Pie - The best Ryze Network there is!
    http://abhp-network.ryze.com/

    Ask BJ about your Website issues - free answers & tips
    http://tiny.cc/AskBJ919

    Private Reply to Bobbi Jo Woods

    Sep 05, 2009 2:19 amre: Free Web Site Advice and Answers!#

    Bobbi Jo Woods
    Since people have been asking, I'm going to be posting some cool tutorials soon!

    * Image mapping in Dreamweaver
    * Turn Outdoor Photos from Blah to Ahh in Photoshop
    * Create seamless web backgrounds in Photoshop

    Stay tuned!

    -Bobbi Jo

    Bobbi Jo Woods, Owner - B. Woods Design
    Professional, Managed Websites for Small Businesses

    "A good designer can do SOMETHING. A great designer does the RIGHT thing."

    Twin Cities (651) 774-0811
    Toll - Free (877) 99-MY-WEB
    Website: http://www.bwoodsdesign.com
    Website tips blog: http://www.webprospeak.com

    Private Reply to Bobbi Jo Woods

    Oct 12, 2009 8:05 pmFree Web Site Advice and Answers!#

    Paul Finkelstein



    Is there FREE SEO advice that's is really worth a darn???
    :)
    I know, you get what you pay for, but talk about an unregulated industry.
    P

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    Private Reply to Paul Finkelstein

    Oct 26, 2009 4:10 pmre: SEO - Paul (Free Web Site Answers)#

    T.E.A.M. Mom!
    Hi Paul, everyone - in re to your request for some SEO information, this is what I found on my archives:
    http://www.ryze.com/postsearch.php?confid=1022&st=SEO

    There is some good stuff there, hope you find something you can use.

    I also have these links yet to post:
    Search Engine Marketing Glossary
    http://www.seobook.com/glossary

    Big List of SEO Blogs
    http://www.toprankblog.com/search-marketing-blogs

    Free SEO Tools & Optimization Software
    http://tools.seobook.com


    Enjoy, Patricia
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    Private Reply to T.E.A.M. Mom!

    Oct 26, 2009 5:05 pmre: Free Web Site Advice and Answers!#

    Reg Charie
    >>Is there FREE SEO advice that's is really worth a darn???

    Paul, I have several SEO articles on my site http://dotcom-productions.com/08/articles.php?tPath=6
    and I have my SEO 101 series http://dotcom-productions.com/cms/index.php?cPath=69_88
    and my SEO WhitePaper on my archived site. http://dotcom-productions.com/cms/index.php?cPath=69_73

    Just follow the recommendations to get a top listing.
    If you need help, you have my IM info.

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    Private Reply to Reg Charie

    Oct 31, 2010 5:54 pmAsk BJ: How do I add a feedback tab for my Facebook page/profile?#

    Bobbi Jo Woods
    Hey, BJ-

    I've often seen Fan pages or Business pages on Facebook with a tab or page that allows customers or other visitors to give feedback directly on that person's Facebook page. How do they do that? I'm still new to all this stuff, and can't seem to keep up! Help!


    -Noob in New Jersey



    Ask BJDear Noob-

    That's a great question, and one that you asked just in the nick of time! Last week, I ran into two solutions that can pull this off, and I'm going to share them with you here (in no special order).

    First option:
    AppBistro's Feedback Tab
    Example: The Graphic Guru's Fanpage Toolkit

    AppBistro, one of the many Facebook services out there offering specialized applications for Businesses and Fan pages, has a free Feedback Tab application which you can install to your page in seconds. View the article about the Feedback Tab and install it to your page here.

    Pros:
    The feedback tab offers a way for your Fan page visitors to give you a positive or negative review by choosing between a thumbs-up or thumbs-down symbol to accompany their feedback, or they can choose another symbol (looks like a chat balloon) to indicate they are just posting a general comment or question (you can manage these reviews, by the way, so you won't be stuck with something unfair or mean).

    Cons:
    There is an ad linkback to AppBistro and/or the Feedback Tab link. But free is good, and they certainly deserve the credit. Another downside is that people may not wish to post something honest when facing the thumbs-up/down situation. It could go the other way, too. I guess it depends on your services/products and your customer demographics.

    Second option:
    Facebook Developer's Feedback code
    Example: Crowd Conversion

    If you're feeling a bit more DIY or don't want the advertisement linkback to AppBistro, then here's another option. The Facebook Developer pages have been offering tools for Facebook app developers for some time now, but recently have added a set of tools for the average page owner. They have a Feedback code you can set up in seconds, without knowing any FBML or HTML. However, you must install the Static FBML application to your page before starting. To get the tutorial on how to do this, see The Graphic Guru's Fanpage Toolkit resource page.

    Pros:
    The footer linkback is less obvious than AppBistro's option. Also, it's stratightforward--there's no need for the user to choose a symbol of rating to accompany their feedback.

    Cons:
    You are fraced witha bit of tech stuff... the setup involves filling out a form asking you for your app ID and unique ID, which the average non-tech person may have some trouble decifering. Hint: Your app_id is the ID of the tab you want to place the code, and your unique id is your profile or fab page id.
    Ask BJ
    NOTE: Yeah, if you haven't figured it out by now, The Graphic Guru's Fanpage Toolkit is a venture that I'm involved in. Shameless plug alert! It was started along with my colleague, Rebecca Metz as a way to offer graphic designers who possess no HTML knowledge (nor care to learn it) the tools and resources needed to show graphic designers how to add Facebook fan page customization to their arsenal of services for their clients. We have already had one successful webinar in which we showed a few simple tools to them, and plan to offer some more webinars in the future. Please "Like" our page to keep up-to-date with what we're offering in the future.

     

    B. Woods DesignBobbi Jo Woods, Principal & Chief Designer
    Professional Web Solutions for Businesses

    (651) 998-9125 
     [Local]  -  (877) 99-MY-WEB  [Toll-free]

    [Company]  http://www.bwoodsdesign.com 

    [Facebook]   
    http://facebook.com/bwoodsmnwebdesign 

    Private Reply to Bobbi Jo Woods

    Nov 06, 2010 6:57 pmNot a place to chit-chat or complain...#

    Eileen Brown
    Hello Folks.

    As this thread got entirely out of hand, I've deleted all the
    CRAPOLA so folks looking for information can follow along or
    find it, once again.

    All parties are welcome to chit-chat in other areas of ABHP,
    unless unruly behavior becomes rampant.

    Eileen



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    Private Reply to Eileen Brown

    May 22, 2011 4:23 pmre: Not a place to chit-chat or complain...#

    Joseph A. Severa
    This place must've been a hoot in my days, why has it come to this Eileen? You are too entertaining t/b M.I.A., trust me, I know talent when I see it!

    Some Ryze folks got out of line, BOO? I'm the perfect Sergeant of Arms type, I take no prisoners either! Seriously, what the heck happened to Ryze Business Network?

    Sorry I wasn't here to help you, I'm really sorry t/b honest.

    Kindly,

    SageNot (Joe Severa)

    Private Reply to Joseph A. Severa

    May 28, 2011 4:10 amre: re: Not a place to chit-chat or complain...#

    Eileen Brown
    Hi Joe.

    This used to be one of the busiest, liveliest, and to my way of thinking, funnest networks on Ryze.

    Sometimes tho', too many dynamic personalities in the same place, all at the same time, can sour the milk.

    Then of course, SOME folks are ADULTS acting like 5 year olds.

    Sheesh.

    Eileen :D

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    Private Reply to Eileen Brown

    Jul 02, 2011 3:51 pmhello/Not a place to chit-chat or complain...#

    Paul Finkelstein


    popping back over to see who is here...
    :)
    kind wishes,
    P




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