Date: March 27th, 2013 | Author: Steve Longoria | Tags: Business Wordpress Themes, Corporate Wordpress Themes, Premium Wordpress Themes | No Comments »
If you’re like me your always looking for fresh new WordPress themes, especially business/corporate themes. Set one of these bad boys up for a small business owner and they’ll think you’re a genius, especially if it’s a responsive theme.
This is not a list of FREE themes, if you’re looking for that be sure to check this post out.
Here are a few of my favorites from the list of 50:
Nova – $39
deVision – €39
Avada – $40
What’s your favorite business style WordPress theme? Leave a comment and let me know.
Date: October 16th, 2012 | Author: Steve Longoria | Tags: Email Marketing, Infographic, Retweet, Social Media Marketing, Squeeze Page, Twitter, Viral Marketing | No Comments »
What’s better? A retweet or an email subscriber? This case study attempts to give us an answer, although it really all just depends what you’re looking to get out of your campaign. More exposure for your brand, or more subscribers on your list? I say do both!
Oli Gardener of Unbounce.com reports:
“There are two main takeaways here, and it really depends on your business goals as to which you’d prefer.
The Fear of Public Tweeting
As I mentioned in the original case study, the main hypothesis for our test came from the fact that just like public speaking, people are often reticent to tweet about something (usually when it’s a personal account where the subject matter may be off-topic with what they usually tweet). Also, not everyone has a Twitter account, but everyone has en email address (or 12)…”
Click here to read the 2nd takeaway and leave a comment to let us know what you think is more important. A retweet or an email?
Want to set-up your own “pay with a tweet” button? Go here.
Date: August 15th, 2011 | Author: Steve Longoria | Tags: Poor Functionality, Restaurant Websites, Terrible Design, Website Design | No Comments »
I always wondered why most restaurant websites sucked so bad. It’s all starting to make sense to me now.
“The first thing that pops up when you visit the website of the San Francisco restaurant Fleur de Lys is a nearly full-screen animation of celebrity chef Hubert Keller’s autograph. That makes sense—when I’m choosing a restaurant, the first thing I want to know is Can the chef sign his name?
Wait a second, though. What does Chef Keller look like? You’re not going to bother with this place if the chef doesn’t have a good headshot. Good news! After the signature, the site fades into a snappy photo of Keller. Fortunately, he’s a looker—think Peter Fonda with Fabio’s hair.
After the autograph and headshot, the site transitions to a “main menu,” which presents you with links to Keller’s other restaurants and his PBS TV show. Tempted though you are, you stay focused and click for the San Francisco restaurant. One bit of advice: If you’ve got a subwoofer attached to your computer, now’s the time to crank it up, because you’re in for some auto-playing, royalty-free, ambient techno smooth jazz! As you stifle your urge to get up and dance, you click around in search of information about the restaurant. (The page emits a friendly beep every time you click.) If you spend the better part of your lunch hour scouring the site, you’ll eventually find the menu. What you won’t find is the price—it takes a Web search to determine that the tasting menu at Fleur de Lys costs $72 a person.
By this point, you’ve likely been so beaten down by the music, the nested menus, and the interminable “Loading …” prompts that you’re considering Taco Bell for dinner (though it too has a terrible site). Still, I’m not arguing that Hubert Keller is responsible for the worst restaurant website ever created. That’s a bit like trying to decide on the most awful serial killer in history. The head-poundingly awful Fleur de Lys site is just one of many in an industry whose collective crimes against Web design are as routine as they are horrific. If you think Fleur de Lys is ugly, check out the site for New York’s Buddakan, which launches a full-screen window, auto-plays sitar-heavy technopop, and subjects you to a series of flying panels every time you click. (Eater NY described the site as “like the Inception trailer, but with summer rolls.”) Next, check out Cavatore, an Italian restaurant in Houston that hired Web designers who were either a) on a Monty Python-besotted acid trip, or b) looking to induce epileptic seizures. Seriously, this site is so bad it’s evil.
While lots of people have noted the general terribleness of restaurant sites, I haven’t ever seen an explanation for why this industry’s online presence is so singularly bruising. The rest of the Web long ago did away with auto-playing music, Flash buttons and menus, and elaborate intro pages, but restaurant sites seem stuck in 1999. The problem is…“
Continue reading this article here.
Date: May 26th, 2011 | Author: Steve Longoria | Tags: Entrepreneur, Tutorials, Video, Website Design, Wordpress, Wordpress Plugins | No Comments »
I made these videos a couple years ago to help some of my subscribers learn how to use WordPress. So for those of you just starting out with WordPress be sure to check out these videos. You’ll learn how to optimize your WordPress site for the search engines and much more! I also included a video tutorial for the free open-source, photoshop alternative called GIMP. These tutorials were created under the name WebsiteNoob FYI.
Let me know what you think, cheers!
Download The WebsiteNoob eBook
Getting Started” Video Tutorial
“Fantastico Installation” Video Tutorial
“Admin Area Walk-Through” Video Tutorial
Install Plugins (pt1) Video Tutorial
Install Plugins (pt2) Video Tutorial
“Theme Generator Tutorial” Video Tutorial
“Adding Content” Video Tutorial
“Updating WordPress” Video Tutorial
GIMP Video Tutorial