ChiuJingHong.com http://chiujinghong.com WordPress, SEO & Affiliate Marketing Fri, 03 Oct 2014 14:31:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Cultural Difference Affects Your Website Conversion http://chiujinghong.com/cultural-difference-affects-website-conversion/ http://chiujinghong.com/cultural-difference-affects-website-conversion/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:17:42 +0000 http://chiujinghong.com/?p=1265 Yoast wrote an interesting post about the cultural differences affecting conversions on a website in different regions of the world. While the US readily accepts fun and comical images and converts better with individuals appearing on images, places in China and Japan gravitates to images that are more business-like and have groups of people in […]

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Yoast wrote an interesting post about the cultural differences affecting conversions on a website in different regions of the world. While the US readily accepts fun and comical images and converts better with individuals appearing on images, places in China and Japan gravitates to images that are more business-like and have groups of people in them. That is indeed a very interesting find.

If you are in your local market and paying for ads on Facebook, it is definitely worth testing out your image (fun vs business-like) and/or featuring a person vs featuring a group of people. Track your conversions and see which one works better!

https://yoast.com/cultural-differences-websites/?utm_source=newsletter-28-august&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=newsletter-28-august

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Google Updates PageRank on 6th Dec http://chiujinghong.com/google-updates-pagerank-6th-dec/ http://chiujinghong.com/google-updates-pagerank-6th-dec/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 02:29:08 +0000 http://chiujinghong.com/?p=1156 If you haven’t notice, Google had recently updated their Toolbar PageRank. How This Works? Google has an internal database for the PageRank of websites. However, this data is not provided realtime and visible to the public. What Google does is that they would usually update the toolbar PageRank every 3 months or so; therefore on every […]

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GoogleIf you haven’t notice, Google had recently updated their Toolbar PageRank.

How This Works?

Google has an internal database for the PageRank of websites. However, this data is not provided realtime and visible to the public. What Google does is that they would usually update the toolbar PageRank every 3 months or so; therefore on every of such update, you will get to see for the first time the latest PageRank of your site.

The last toolbar PageRank update was done in Feb 2013, if by their usual practice of a 3-monthly update, this has been long overdue. Google surprised webmasters on 6th Dec when they pushed out an update, especially when Matt Cutts had announced that there won’t be an update in 2013. Apparently, the team at Google had been fixing a different backend service and did an update along the way.

How This Affects Us?

In a way, the update does not change anything. It was a mere update on the Toolbar PageRank so that it reflects the latest PageRank of your website as of 6 Dec. (Recall that the PageRank is internal and updated frequently within Google, they just didn’t tell you as often what the change was. So it wouldn’t make any difference in terms of your rankings with this update because any changes would have been made when your PageRank changed unbeknownst to you.)

However, it’s always fun to check out all my sites and see what Google thinks about the website. The PageRank measures the authority of a website. A higher score relates to higher authority in Google’s opinion. So if you have been doing some serious work on your site, it’s a simple way to check out if what you’ve done resonates with Google’s policies (although this method is overly-simplified).

Shall We Go Crazy About Pushing Our PageRank For Rankings?

Yes and No. PageRank is only one of the 200 ranking factors that Google uses to rank a webpage. Hence, while a higher PageRank helps with your rankings, I wouldn’t spend all my efforts just monitoring and pushing my PageRank up. There are also other very important metrics such as the quality of your backlinks, content, user experience etc.

 

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Royalty-Free ≠ Free Images in Stock Photos http://chiujinghong.com/royalty-free-vs-free-images/ http://chiujinghong.com/royalty-free-vs-free-images/#comments Wed, 27 Nov 2013 07:15:20 +0000 http://chiujinghong.com/?p=1134 I’m been getting a lot lately from freelancers asking me if they could download and use images from Royalty-free stock photo sites like Corbisimages.com. Well, the answer is NO. It is confusing for many, especially first-timers, looking online for images to use on their sites or presentations. The problem is the word “royalty-free” suggests that […]

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corbisI’m been getting a lot lately from freelancers asking me if they could download and use images from Royalty-free stock photo sites like Corbisimages.com.

Well, the answer is NO.

It is confusing for many, especially first-timers, looking online for images to use on their sites or presentations. The problem is the word “royalty-free” suggests that no royalty fees need to be paid to the owner in order to use their work. Hence, it must be free. On the contrary, when it comes to images, this is something quite different.

And I quote Wikipedia on royalty-free images:

“In photography and the illustration industry, it refers to a copyright license where the user has the right to use the picture without many restrictions based on one-time payment to the licensor. The user can therefore use the image in several projects without having to purchase any additional licenses. RF licenses can not be given on an exclusive basis.”

So royalty-free image are not really free images. You would need to purchase a one-time license from the liscensor (i.e. the stock photo website offering the image) in order for you to legally use the image on your website. In other words, you need to pay to use royalty-free images.

Some Free Image Websites

While there are aplenty of stock photo sites, only a few truly offer free images with no restriction.

First there are royalty-free image sites (paid), which we’ve talked about above.

Dreamstime terms of use
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Next, there are sites such as flickr.com and dreamstime.com that allows you to use their images provided that you give a photo credit / author attribution under the creative commons attribution license or in their own terms.

It is great in a way because you don’t have to pay for these images, and you can modify and use them on the sites as you wish, so long you make sure that you comply with the terms (which you should check on their site) and attribute back to them.

 

Lastly, the truly free image repositories. The below are my favorites.

 

Pixabay.com

 

pixabay

You can download all their images and use them for personal or commercial purposes, without the need to ask for permission or attribute the image back to them. Particularly useful when you direct your freelancer to use images on this site for your projects, knowing that you won’t get into any trouble later on.

 

FreeRangeStock.com

 

freerangestock

Another website where you can download images for free. Although they suggest that you attribute the photos downloaded from their sites, it is not compulsory.

 

EveryStockPhoto.com

 

everystockphoto.com

This website is nifty and works like a search engine. It searches and collates images from up to 11 sources based on your search query. You can use the advance search filter to remove images that requires attribution. I did a simple video to show my freelance how she could do it. I’ll share it with you here. :)

 

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Optimizing Long Tail Keyword In The Face Of Penguin http://chiujinghong.com/optimizing-long-tail-keyword/ http://chiujinghong.com/optimizing-long-tail-keyword/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:13:43 +0000 http://chiujinghong.com/?p=1108 When you have a page optimized for a long tail keyword, naturally, Google will also rank the page for the shorter version for it. For example, a page optimized for “iPhone 5 accessories”, it will also rank for “iPhone 5″. Now here’s where it gets a little confusing sometimes, because you will need to exercise […]

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penguinWhen you have a page optimized for a long tail keyword, naturally, Google will also rank the page for the shorter version for it. For example, a page optimized for “iPhone 5 accessories”, it will also rank for “iPhone 5″. Now here’s where it gets a little confusing sometimes, because you will need to exercise some judgment. :)

The general rule of thumb is that you never want to optimize 2 separate pages for the same keyword and/or a long tail version of it when they really talk about the same thing. 

Let’s use 2 examples below to illustrate this:

Case 1: “iPhone 5 accessories” and “iPhone 5″ (former is long tail of latter keyword)

Case 2: “how to train a dog” and “train a dog” (former is long tail of latter keyword)

Case 1

If you look at Case 1 closely, the former keyword relates closely to the topic about accessories and the latter about phone.

So essentially, you can write 2 very different articles for both keywords. In the former, you describe about the accessories. The latter, you talk about the mobile phone. In this case, I would go ahead and write another article about “iPhone 5” and try to rank for it. Both keywords have very different search intent for someone typing in those search terms.

 

Don’t be surprised though that Google ranks both pages for the keyword “iPhone 5″ when you check your Google Webmaster Tools. That’s normal.

This is the part we need to help Google, to some extent, figure out which webpage is best for which search term. On the iPhone 5 accessories article, have a hyperlink to the iPhone 5 webpage using the exact anchor text “iPhone 5″ or something like “iPhone 5 features”.

Vice versa, on the iPhone 5 page, you want to have your article somewhere that briefly mentions iPhone 5 accessories, and then have that as anchor text and hyperlink it to your iPhone 5 accessories article.

Case 2

For case 2, both keywords mean quite the same thing. In these cases, you would want to make sure you optimize both keywords in the SAME article. It’s easy in this example here because when you include “how to train a dog” in the url, meta, sub-headings, image alt tags and article, you are naturally optimizing for “train a dog”. Of course, I’ll also use “train a dog” and omit “how to” in some sentences so it reads well. Google will rank this page for both keywords.

In case 2, if we were to write 2 articles for each keyword in the example, which essentially talks about the same stuff but worded differently entirely, it confuses Google. Google now has to decide which article has to rank better for the search term “train a dog”. Users who found both versions on your website also have to decide which one is the most updated copy.

From an SEO standpoint, you are also halving your link juice since someone would link to only either one of the articles. if you find yourself in this situation, it’s best to combine both articles, optimize the combined article for both keywords (the article must still read natural and makes sense). Do a 301 redirection from the old article to the newly combined article.

 

But what about if you write an article optimized for the keyword “iPhone accessories”? Would you be also ranked for “iPhone 5 accessories”?

iphone puzzleIf your article is optimized for iPhone accessories and nowhere in the article, meta or URL contains the keyword “iPhone 5 accessories”, it is quite unlikely that the page will also rank for “iPhone 5 accessories”.

There are exceptions though in cases when Google considers 2 words synonymous. (i.e. internet marketing and online marketing). In this case, “internet” and “online” are synonymous. Of course, there are other ranking factors that will also play a part in ranking a page optimized for “online marketing” to rank well for the search term “Internet Marketing”.

Ultimately, when optimizing for long tail keywords, you want to first think about whether you already have an existing shorter keyword article that has already covered what you are going to write about. While fresh content on website is great, generating multiple pages discussing the same subject over and over again can lower user experience on your site.

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The Zeigarnik Effect and How To Do Many Things At Once http://chiujinghong.com/the-zeigarnik-effect-and-how-to-do-many-things-at-once/ http://chiujinghong.com/the-zeigarnik-effect-and-how-to-do-many-things-at-once/#comments Thu, 07 Nov 2013 06:11:49 +0000 http://chiujinghong.com/?p=1095 I was reading a book “The Art of Thinking Clearly” (Rolf Dobelli) and came across a topic that sparked my interest. According to research, and named after the Soviet psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik who discovered it, the Zeigarnik Effect states that humans tend to remember outstanding tasks better than completed tasks. It works the same way […]

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I was reading a book “The Art of Thinking Clearly” (Rolf Dobelli) and came across a topic that sparked my interest.

According to research, and named after the Soviet psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik who discovered it, the Zeigarnik Effect states that humans tend to remember outstanding tasks better than completed tasks. It works the same way for remembering facts as well. And that once we complete the task, or no longer have the need for the facts, we check it off from our mental list and then they are erased from our memory.

How many of us had this experience that the history facts (replace history with the subject you hated in school)  that took days to memorize were quickly erased from our minds once the exams were over? I bet your kid (if you have one) drives you mad once in a while when he forgets to clean his room after getting the ice-cream. So remember…reward your kid only after the efforts were made. :D

But Zeigarnik found anomalies in her test subjects. While a majority of people succumb to the Zeigarnik Effect, she discovered that some people managed to keep a clear head while juggling with multiple projects at the same time.

ConfusingEver had the experience that you could only remember X number of tasks in your head and any more sudden injects start to make your head spins?

You then wished that you could complete a few tasks, so you can clear some space in your mind for new tasks. Until then, every new task is supposed to be on hold. Am I right? :D

Coming back about why some people keep a clear head amidst a number of tasks….

This was finally explained by a later group of researchers, Baumeister and his team at Florida State University. In their research, they set up a test where they divided a group of students who were going to be taking an exam at the end of the semester.

In the first group, the team asked the students to focus on a party that’s going happen within the current semester. In the second group, the students were told to focus only on the exams. And in the last group, the students were told to focus on the exam as well as a study plan for the exam.

Later, the researchers presented a few letters such as “pa-” and asked students to complete the word under time pressure. Some students came back with “party”, some came back with the word “panic” or “Paris”. This is a simple psychological test to find out what’s going in their minds. The consolidated results for Group 1 showed that the group were relaxed in their state of mind. Group 2 were anxious about the upcoming exams.

The results for Group 3 were very interesting. Although this group were also told to focus on their exams, the test showed that their minds were clear and free from worry. Later repeated similar tests yielded the same results.

It led the researchers to draw an interesting conclusion that humans can remain clear-headed when they have a good plan of actions for all their tasks at hand. In other words, Zeigarnik believed that it is necessary to complete the task at hand before you can erase it from memory, however, this is not necessary. All you need is a good plan of actions to take the gnawing task off your mind.

All along, even now that I’ve learnt about the Zeigarnik Effect, I amazed at my mentor’s ability to juggle so many things at once and yet don’t feel overwhelmed with stuffs. I asked him once how he did it and he said that was because whenever he felt that way, he’ll start to draw mind maps and then everything will become clear. He uses Mindmeister for his mind map (http://www.mindmeister.com) and that’s his secret. Shhh! :Þ

So there you go…If you want to do more stuff…you know what to do now!

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How To Setup Email Account For My Domain http://chiujinghong.com/how-to-setup-email-account-for-my-domain/ http://chiujinghong.com/how-to-setup-email-account-for-my-domain/#comments Thu, 07 Feb 2013 06:05:54 +0000 http://chiujinghong.com/?p=1068 If you own a website, it’s best to use an email that contains your domain name. This not only makes it look more professional during your correspondences with your clients or visitors on your website, it also lends credibility as people are assured you are from where you claim to be from. You can still […]

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You Got MailIf you own a website, it’s best to use an email that contains your domain name. This not only makes it look more professional during your correspondences with your clients or visitors on your website, it also lends credibility as people are assured you are from where you claim to be from.

You can still use Gmail or other free emails if you want, but it just doesn’t cut it, especially if you are running a business on your website.

In the video below, I am going to show you how to setup an email account for your domain. This is actually a very simple process. 

I use HostGator and HostGator uses cPanel. If you have a different web hosting account which uses cPanel, then the setup should be the same.

For other web host control panels such as vDeck, you should look for an icon that is for email account creation. It should be prominent quite on your control panel.

Video on How To Setup Email Account For Your Domain

Here’s a quick summary on how to setup an email account for your domain:

1. Log in to your webhost control panel. The login URL should be given to you. If your web hosting company uses cPanel, you can also try to access the login page on http://yourdomain.com/cpanel.

2. Locate the “Email Account” icon within the Dashboard of your control panel.

3. Enter an email name you would like to create and then the password

4. Click on “Create Email Account” button.

That’s all you need to do to create your own email address with your domain name!

Setting up Your Email On Your Mobile

Now, there’s one more thing I’ll like to share with you.

If you are like me who is constantly on the go, it can be quite a hassle to frequently check your emails on your computer.

If you have a data plan on your mobile (that is, if you can surf on your Mobile), then you can setup your mobile to fetch emails for you. This saves time and you don’t need to be sitting in front of your computer waiting for any urgent emails.

I’m not going to put the steps here. Someone else has done the job pretty well and I find their instructions quite easy to understand.

Here are the links:

To find out what your incoming and outgoing servers are, refer to your web host control panel, if they are not there, check your sign up email as some web hosting companies will email them to you for your convenience. As a last resort if you still can’t find them, google for it or send an email to your web hosting company.

Hope you’ve learned something.;)

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Web Hosting Hub Review http://chiujinghong.com/web-hosting-hub-review/ http://chiujinghong.com/web-hosting-hub-review/#comments Sun, 03 Feb 2013 07:27:02 +0000 http://chiujinghong.com/?p=975 I’ve already given you a clear introduction, features and pricing of Web Hosting Hub in my previous post, however here I will detail some of the key points of the service, as well as a more in depth look at both the good and bad this company has to offer for the aspiring entrepreneur in […]

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webhostinghub| web hosting hub review

I’ve already given you a clear introduction, features and pricing of Web Hosting Hub in my previous post, however here I will detail some of the key points of the service, as well as a more in depth look at both the good and bad this company has to offer for the aspiring entrepreneur in the Web Hosting Hub review below.

The Good…

And there is a lot of good.

The web hosting business has become extremely competitive, so any company still left standing is almost guaranteed to be top notch.

Web Hosting Hub is no exception. 

Web Hosting Hub makes its money on blogging sites. It is their specialty, and their full package gives the aspiring flogger everything they could hope for or want. You are able to have a fully functioning and robust blog up in under 10 minutes, which is quite a feat.

Facilitating this process to make it smoother is the cPanel control panel. It is the industry norm at this point and is the panel of choice for almost all web hosting sites, a few of its competitors such as FatCow and iPage still do not.

The bonus of cPanel is the plethora of documentation that can be found on the web, allowing you easy flexibility and a shallow learning curve for the aspiring entrepreneur or blogger.

The WordPress manual is written under the assumption that you are using cPanel, and if you are looking to monetize your site you’ll spend a lot of time dealing with WordPress.

Web Hosting Hub also has 24/7 U.S. tech support. 

They also offer contact, an excellent email marketing tool to help get your site or product out there and e-online data, one of the better credit card payment processes. Excellent if you are looking to set up an online vendor… 

One key thing we don’t see with other web hosting sites is the no down time website transfer.

Web Hosting Hub accomplishes this by giving its customers access to a temporary URL that they can upload web files, create email accounts and make sure everything is operational and working correctly before the domain name is transferred.

A god send for webmasters with high traffic or online vendor sites that don’t want, or cannot have, a hiccup in their services.

Now For The Bad…

Also the surprising for those who don’t comb through their Terms of Access.

The 90 day money back guarantee is just for the base features. Any extras you opt for while not be refunded, you’ll lose the money you spend on those.

Web Hosting Hub also offers only Linux hosting on its shared servers, and doesn’t offer dedicated hosting service. While this may seem minor, if the proper resources are not allocated correctly it will cause issues not just for that one person, but for all accounts on that server.

While its not usually a problem it is something to be aware of, especially for existing webmasters with large sites and multiple domains and accounts.

Web Hosting Hub Review Conclusion…

In conclusion, while Web Hosting Hub has far more pros than cons, it might come up short for serious web masters or entrepreneurs that know they are going to be scaling up their businesses. For most bloggers or small online vendors however, it is a great hosting services at just the right prices.

Hope you’ve found the review useful. If you like, please share this review with your friends using the social buttons below.

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WordPress Tutorials 1: WordPress Overview http://chiujinghong.com/wordpress-tutorials-1-wordpress-overview/ http://chiujinghong.com/wordpress-tutorials-1-wordpress-overview/#comments Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:49:10 +0000 http://chiujinghong.com/?p=721 Welcome to my first lesson on WordPress Tutorial! If this is your first time using WordPress, or if you are looking for a WordPress Overview to understand about it better before getting started, then this article and video is for you! You see…WordPress is actually quite easy to use. The learning curve is not that […]

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wordpress tutorials | WordPress OverviewWelcome to my first lesson on WordPress Tutorial!

If this is your first time using WordPress, or if you are looking for a WordPress Overview to understand about it better before getting started, then this article and video is for you!

You see…WordPress is actually quite easy to use. The learning curve is not that steep.

However, to figure it all out on your own is still tedious.

That’s why I’ve prepared this WordPress Overview video tutorial to help get you started.

In this video, I’ll show you:

    • How to log in to your WordPress site
    • Overview of your Dashboard (the first page you are going to see after you log in)
    • How to update your WordPress site after the installation.

WordPress Overview Video

Here’s a quick summary of the video:

1. To log into your WordPress site, go to http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin. (Replace yourdomain.com with you actual website address).

2. Enter your WordPress username and password and click log in. You will be redirected into your DashBoard.

3. Familiarize yourself with the Dashboard and the menu bar on the left.

4. To update your WordPress site, click on “update” or the update symbol on the top (See picture below.)

Click on the update link (left) or symbol (top)

5. Update the WordPress version, Plugins and Themes separately by checking their corresponding checkboxes and hit “Update”.

In my subsequent WordPress tutorials and videos, I am going to show you in more details about how to use WordPress and the cool plugins you can use to help your site rank better on Google!

If you’ve always wanted to set up your own website and had been procrastinating it until you find a good and easy video tutorials to show you how…

Then check out my Website Creation tutorials. 4 lessons is all it takes to get your website up and live!

Hope you’ve grasp a better picture of WordPress.

Don’t forget to leave me a comment and share this video with your friends using the social buttons below.

See you in the next lesson!

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Bluehost Review http://chiujinghong.com/bluehost-review/ http://chiujinghong.com/bluehost-review/#comments Sun, 27 Jan 2013 06:22:05 +0000 http://chiujinghong.com/?p=944 Over the past two years I have come to know and understand the BlueHost system, having used it to manage several different websites. And hence I’ve decided to do a Bluehost review here and share my experiences below. It is easy to understand why Bluehost is a popular web hosting company. Bluehost uses the Linux […]

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bluehost logo | bluehost review

Over the past two years I have come to know and understand the BlueHost system, having used it to manage several different websites. And hence I’ve decided to do a Bluehost review here and share my experiences below.

It is easy to understand why Bluehost is a popular web hosting company.

Bluehost uses the Linux servers known for its stability that delivers all that you need in one hosting plan. They pride themselves as one of the pioneers to simplify and repackage everything needed for launching a new website into a single plan.

They don’t just stop there and also provide a multitude of step-by-step guide and tools to ensure that novices are able to achieve what they set out for.

Thus, many non-techies can simply sign up and get to work.

Overall I rate the service pretty well, though it has a few minor annoyances….or it could be just me. :P

Now here’s my honest Bluehost review:

Bluehost Review: The Good

    • Bluehost offers an easy to use and popular C-Panel system almost anyone can use it. With cPanel, you can easily manage your domains, databases, emails and other things needed to run a website smoothly on a single platform.
    • The ease of use doesn’t stop there, the one click installs are not limited to WordPress, and there are about 60 useful cloud software tools you can install on your site. Some of which are very useful, including CMS solutions, Concrete, Joomla, and Drupal. These one click installs are also supported with an easy one click upgrade feature, to ensure your software is always up to date.
    • For webmasters planning to build an ecommerce store, it is good to know that Bluehost includes shopping cart software and SSL certificates required to perform transaction online. For some web hosting companies, you would have to pay an extra fee to get the SSL certificates, but this feature is included right into its hosting plan.

Now, you’ve noticed I haven’t talked about the features so far in this Bluehost review. And that’s because the features are pretty standard. Unlimited domains, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited storage, unlimited emails…the list goes on.

If you’ll like more details on Bluehost’s features and offers as well as how these match up to other web hosts, check out my article on the Best 5 Web Hosting Companies.

Bluehost Review: Some Minor Annoyances

    • While the one-click installations are great, the Webmail/Email system leaves a lot to be desired. Its “Postini” spam filtering is great at filtering out legitimate emails, and not very good at filtering out spam, and instead of putting them in the “spam” folder where you can easily access them, it holds onto them for a day before giving you access.
    • Unlike HostGator, Bluehost do not offer hosting plans such as Dedicated servers and Virtual Private Systems (VPS).If you want to upgrade to switch to dedicated servers in future, it would mean having to switch to another web hosting company – something you may want to factor in to avoid future hassle, if your online business plan is an ambitious one.
    • Another issue I dislike about Bluehost is its billing system. Unless you go into the system and turn off auto renew, it will automatically bill you 6-8 weeks before the expiry of your account for another year. I prefer to be charged just before the expiry and not 1-2 months before expiry. That’s just a personal preference.

Conclusion                                                     

On the whole, I would still recommend the service for its reliability and ease of use.

The good far outweighs the bad, though I will put one asterisk on the recommendation – I would investigate other services. In short Bluehost is good, but could do better.

Hope you find my Bluehost review useful. Feel free to share this article with your friends using the social buttons below.

One more thing….

If you are an existing or ex-Bluehost user, we’ll like you to share your experience with us. You can leave your user reviews and rate Bluehost using the review box below. Thanks in advance!

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how to create a website using WordPressDo you know you can create a website using WordPress in 5 minutes?

I’m not joking. It’s that simple…

Any WordPress users can attest to that.

Once your domain and web host has been set up properly, you are ready to install WordPress onto your site.

The installation process takes a few settings. The rest is automatic and takes less than a minute.

Once the installation process in complete, your site is live!

You are now ready to log into your new WordPress site and add your content.

Before we jump right into how to create a website using WordPress, here’s my little rave about why I loved WordPress so much

Today, about 15% of the websites online are built using WordPress and the numbers are growing.

Do you know big sites such as New York Times and CNN built their sites on WordPress too?

All of my sites are created using WordPress as well, simply because…

    • It’s easy to install.
    • It’s user-friendly.
    • It’s highly customizable.
    • It’s observed to rank better in search engines
    • It’s FREE!

I love it. Once you watch the video below, and my subsequent WordPress Tutorials, you’ll agree…. :P

How To Create A Website Using WordPress

There are a couple ways to install WordPress onto your new site.

The first method is to download the WordPress installer from WordPress.org.

WordPress has a very detailed guide on how to install the downloaded software. Follow their step-by-step guide and you’ll be fine.

Personally, I still find this method tedious, although it’s already very easy.

I’m the lazy Internet Entrepreneur, remember? Work smart. ;)

There’s even a simpler method which I used in the video below.

The second method is to install WordPress via your cPanel. If you are using popular web hosts like HostGator or BlueHost, the WordPress Installer is available via their cPanel.

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how to create a website using WordPress via your cPanel:

1. Log into your web host cPanel. The cPanel URL should be given to you after signing up with your web host.

2. Locate the Fantastico icon (HostGator/BlueHost/Web Hosting Hub) within cPanel. In some web host, it may be Softaculous.

3. Select WordPress on the Fantastico/Softaculous page.

4. Fill in the details and install WordPress on your site. Your new site is now live!

One last thing, not all web host have the same set up as the one in my video. Having said that, most big web hosting companies use cPanel and their cPanel interface should be somewhat similar.

If you cannot locate the WordPress installer on your cPanel, write to your web host company and ask whether they have a WordPress installation module in their cPanel. Sometimes, all it takes is to ask the right people. :)

We’ve come the end of my 4-part mini tutorials on Website Creation (Click the link to review any past tutorials from this series).

In my later posts, I am going to show you how to configure your new WordPress site as well as how to publish your content in the WordPress tutorials.

Remember to check back often to look out for new posts.

You can also subscribe to my newsletter on the right and be notified whenever a new WordPress tutorial or posts related to Internet Marketing is published.

Hope you’ve learned something.

Leave me a comment and let me know if I missed out anything.

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