Explain me what a page is

Pages are similar to Posts in that they have a title, body text, and associated metadata, but they are different in that they are not part of the chronological blog stream, kind of like permanent posts. Pages are not categorized or tagged, but can have a hierarchy. You can nest Pages under other Pages by making one the “Parent” of the other, creating a group of Pages.

Creating a Page is very similar to creating a Post, and the screens can be customized in the same way using drag and drop, the Screen Options tab, and expanding/collapsing boxes as you choose. This screen also has the distraction-free writing space, available in both the Visual and Text modes via the Fullscreen buttons. The Page editor mostly works the same as the Post editor, but there are some Page-specific features in the Page Attributes box:

Parent – You can arrange your pages in hierarchies. For example, you could have an “About” page that has “Life Story” and “My Dog” pages under it. There are no limits to how many levels you can nest pages.

Template – Some themes have custom templates you can use for certain pages that might have additional features or custom layouts. If so, you’ll see them in this dropdown menu.

Order – Pages are usually ordered alphabetically, but you can choose your own order by entering a number (1 for first, etc.) in this field.

What is curation?

Midget Gems
Image via Wikipedia

Curation allows to find gems or otherwise interesting articles in a field I am always keen to find ideas or opinions about.

In these days and age when we tend to live in the immediacy of the newsfeed, this is extremely valuable in my eyes.

I remember when I started to be an internet active user, back in those times when we were not even speaking of web.01, let alone interactivy: that was when I became an editor for the dmoz on a topic I knew all too well: autism. I chose to bring the French page to an acceptable level, and managed to painstakly increase the number of relevant links from 4 to nearly 100.

The updating process on the interface was so time consuming, I let others finally do the work (which I suspect didn’t take off, as still my “old” links are there, and not so updated after more than seven years!).

Today, we are not looking at the web in the same way. Looking for good resources is so immediately satisfied by search engines. But in the same token, our thirst for particular topics has also increased tremendously, and it is difficult to find the time to constantly keep on top of what is published.

Thanks to curation, it has become possible to find those who are passionate about a topic, and trust them to bring us very interesting finds, because their watch is accurate and it has become less time consuming to publish and share the results of what we see and appreciate.

I am exploring those tools and enjoying them:

What tools are you using?

Tools for Finding Great Content Online !

quoted from Tools for Finding Great Content Online !

Do you sometimes struggle to find good relevant content online?

Are you always on the lookout for great articles to share with your friends, followers and your fans?

In this blog post I will show some of the best content curation tools that I use every day which allow me to manage and aggregate various forms of social media from all over the web.

Google Reader:

Perhaps my favourite tool, this is the first thing that I open along with my email every morning when I come in to the office. Many people think that RSS is dead but I still think there is life in the old dog yet. Google reader allows you to subscribe to RSS feeds from all over the web and aggregate them all in to the one place. You have the ability to share on various social platforms and create folders which allows you to manage all the sites you have subscribed to by category.

Google Alerts:

This is another great tool from Google that not too many people know about. Google Alerts provides email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, social media, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic which you have set up. Below is just some of the ways that you can use Google Alerts.

·         Monitoring a developing news story

·         Keeping tabs on who is talking about you online

·         Keeping current on a competitor or industry related news

·         Get the latest news and updates on a brand, product or service

·        Online Marketing, Reputation Managment

Twitter Lists:

Twitter rolled out this feature back in 2009, like Google Reader the lists feature allows users to create, organize and curate others into groups, or “lists”. When you click to view a list, you’ll see a stream of Tweets from all the users included in that group.  Once you have created a list other Twitter users can then subscribe to your lists. This means lists have the potential to be an important tool for discovery of news and relevant tweets.

Twitter lists are best taken advantage of when using applications such as Tweetdeck, Hootsuite or Seesmic as all these platforms allow you to create columns, which will make managing your lists much easier.

These are just some of the lists that I follow using Tweetdeck.

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What is web tutoring?

In a nutshell: I sit with you at your computer and show you what you would like to be more easily doing on the web.

Some of you, mostly if you are reading this blog, are already conversant with anything that is happening online, so you might not see the benefit of this activity. Well, you are the cream of the cream, but it is important for me to think about those who would not have such ease with everything on the web.

And you’d probably be surprised to know how many are struggling with what would appear to be basic to most of the geekiest of my readers.

I offer to sit with anyone and listen to what their concern may be. You may have a website but don’t know how to enhance it with pictures or video or music. You may want to add a storefront to your webpage or you may have seen that your neighbors have set up a donate button and you would like to do the same.

Or you have no idea how to get more customers to sign on for your new offer, or you want people to find you more easily and you are an individual who would never hire a marketing firm to start a campaign for you simply because you don’t have that kind of budget.

I am here to guide you through what is actually available online for you to use with no more cost than the effort to learn, the time to find out and understand and put to the test.

This is what web tutoring is.

So what do you think of that?

Web Tutoring

With Dropbox your files are always in sync

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With Dropbox your files are always in sync

A friend of mine was recently in a jam with her computer at work. It was giving all signs of imminent death (peace be upon it!) and I was asking her whether she had properly backed it up before losing access to her precious work files.

It was fortunate that her son who is in college had just introduced her to Dropbox. Most of her important files were accessible from her laptop, because what she needed to salvage them was simply to pick them up from her Dropbox folder.

Let’s say you’re editing a document in your Dropbox folder. As soon as you press Save, Dropbox will sync this file to all your other computers and mobile devices instantly and automatically. It’s as if you saved the document to all of your computers at the same time. This gives you the freedom to work anywhere and always have the files you need.

Get invited to your own Dropbox!