How to set up a free blog on Joomla? Tutorial #1

Hey!

Are you ready to launch your web presence?

Feeling nervous! No problem, I will help you as a guide with step-by-step process to launch your site.

So, ready! Here we go –

Before we start with the process, let’s look at the introduction to Joomla and the basics of it.

Joomla – Joomla is a user-friendly way for people all over the world to build anything from basic websites to advanced web applications. It is considered a Content Management System (CMS) and currently runs 10% of the world’s business websites. 

Joomla – is used all over the world to power millions of websites of all shapes and sizes.

Here is the showcase of companies created websites using Joomla. Showcase of Joomla

Joomla can be used for:

  • Corporate websites or portals, intranets and extranets
  • Small business websites
  • Online magazines, newspapers, and publications
  • E-commerce and online reservations
  • Government, non-profit and organisational websites
  • Community-based, school and church websites or portals
  • Personal or family homepages …

Now, it’s time to start yours.

1.To launch your site, you have to create an account with Joomla.

2.Once you have clicked on the link, <— this page will appear. As I written on the image, enter the name of your business or personal name. (If required business name not available, please enter your name or initials of your name)

3.In this page there are two options for you to select. When you click on Advanced settings, the image beside this paragraph will appears. Here you can select, the version that you want to use, location of the server, choose template and renewal period of your site. You can setup daily renewal option in Joomla.

4.If you want to purchase hosting, go through Add hosting and support button and it will give you the best plan options for your site.

5.Once you have done all these accept the terms and conditions of Joomla and click on launch now button.

It asks to register with Google, Facebook or manually (means need to enter your details in a form with your email address).

Here I have created with my Facebook account, as it helps to explore Joomla through social media as well.

It will take couple of minutes to set up your site with chosen template, so you can relax or take a sip of coffee 🙂 .

Done. Here is the look of dashboard of your site. It’s CCP (Cloud Control Panel)

That’s an amazing control panel. You can see lot of options here. Your site will appears under the Product/service tab. When you click on that link your site appears in new tab.

check the test site here, which I have created. It appears like that.

If you click on the Login button on the right side of your website link, the control panel will open, there you can modify the site options and edit the content.

In CCP you will see lot of options in the left side of the panel. From here you can open an online store or get trained on Joomla. You can become an affiliate for Cloudbase3 by opting for it. When you click on the Activate Affiliate Account the account will be activated and then you can start earning by promoting it.

Next is Accessing the Joomla site (Tutorial#2)

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What’s the purpose? How to find it for a blog?

Hey All!

Thank you for reading my previous post – Domain + Hosting + Content + ? = Blog.

So, after that my friends asked me questions like –

  • What’s the Purpose?
  • How to find it for a blog?
  • What’s the purpose of your blog?

So, questioning is our basic right. Isn’t it?

Yes…

Sometimes, I think myself or question myself – why am living? What’s the purpose of my life? I hope some of you also will have same questions at some point of time. That doesn’t mean that we are vexed with life, it means we are searching for something to know – what’s making us to live. Of course, few can say – family, children, job, business and etc., etc.. They are all part of our life not the purpose of the life.

I agree with this.

As per my knowledge and opinion, living life soundly (smiling always) is the real purpose of life. If you have family and not happy, it’s not a life. You have a job or business but not able to smile, then it’s also not a life. Living In Fearless Environment is the life.

Am I going deep or talking personal thing.. oh. OK. I will stop it here.

So, it’s the purpose. In brief, which fills your happiness more than required is the purpose. If you are more than happy, then you can share it to others. It really fills lives rotational and the purpose will be fulfilled.

OK. Let’s move on to our main thing.

Finding purpose for a blog…

It’s really in your hand. If you want to explore yourself, then it’s the purpose of blog, i.e sharing your personal experiences or knowledge that you are expert in.

If you have a business or launching a product, then it is the purpose. You can frequently share updates about your business or product on a blog.

If you are a professional, you can share your works by creating a portfolio blog. It really helps to explore your works, and how you made it. The purpose of grabbing client’s attention fulfills here.

So, for everyone there is one self purpose to create a blog. It won’t let you go down or nothing will go out from you. Once started do it with heart fully, never ever give up, if you don’t get follow ups or comments or likes. It’s clearly depends on the presentation of your purpose.

Whop… Did I spoke too much / right / any mistakes. Comment your words. I really appreciate it.

Now, my purpose of blogging…

Firstly, I want to get an identity with what I know – either professional career or personal life.

Secondly, it’s my source of income to fulfill my dreams. Yes, it’s true.

Thirdly, I want to see smiles on faces around me by giving my extra smiles to them. With hungry stomach, we can’t give our food to others heart fully. So, I want to eat a piece first and give remaining to others.

In my blog, I will share my knowledge to make others to learn and earn for their needs. I will show the path and it’s their call to go on it or not. I am confident that at least one in hundred will definitely work on it.

I do WordPress websites, design logos, write content, send emails. How I will do all these, will be shared soon in this blog. Success can’t be written in words, but it can be showed in smile.

I hope you like this post and please like, comment and share this post.

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Domain + Hosting + Content + ? = Blog

So, here I am asking a question. What will replace the “?” in the title of this post.

Before I start writing this post, I have asked my friends about this. Few of them replied with questions like –

What’s domain?

Which Hosting, you are using now?

Content! Oh God! I am really really worried about it. How you are able to build new content?

So many questions and the list goes on… But none told me the exact word for the replacement of the question mark.

Do you know? Actually, what it is?

It is what it is! Isn’t it?

First let me answer the questions, that I have been asked by few of my friends.

Domain

You are identified by your name, like that web presence is identified by domain name. It’s a name given to every website or blog online. Internally it’s an unique IP address for every website. These are basically numerical addresses that tell your browser where to find the website on the internet.

Example of domain name: passivearnings.com

I am not going to discuss about domain deeply here, but you can read it here.

But our question doesn’t fit this answer.

Am I right?

While reading this post, you can think about it as well. Or, you know the answer before, please type it in comments.

Before we move on to our question, let’s move to another query asked by my friend.

Which hosting service you are using?

You can also share about your hosting providers, so that readers may know about them as well.

I have few recommended web hosting providers.

Also, here is definition of hosting.

Hosting

Web Hosting is a space available for web pages of business owners to make their website available online. Service providers maintain servers which are connected to internet.

Website hosting with unlimited domains, email, and bandwidth for $1.99/month

What’s next?

Yes, content writing ideas. Isn’t it?

Content writing is an art like designing. Will you agree that? Yes, of-course everyone agrees. In designing, how you show your creativity, here in content writing also needs to show your credibility and potentiality.

I am not elaborating about this here, but you can check quick tips of content writing here.

Now, it’s time to get the answer for “?”

If you are given a blank paper, what you will do? You can write or draw or do a paper boat or something else. For each one you do with paper, it has special importance. How? it is your question, right?

Yes, if you write a story on paper, it can be read. If you draw an art, it can be sold. If you do a boat or doll, it can be kept as decor piece.

It depends on the usage of the paper. Right!

Hope you understand it. No? Need an elaboration.

Here you go…

Like we use paper for different things, we can use our blog for different purposes like for personal, business, organization, portfolios, etc..

The purpose of your online presence matters the most of everything. Once you have decided the purpose, you should focus on it everyday, every moment. Present it to the readers or visitors with your creative niche.

If you want to show your knowledge, then you can write content on it with good info-graphics. If you want to showcase your works, make it with images, point list and briefs on works.

For every purpose, there are many ways to expose it on the blog. Catching the right and smart way makes you the blogger.

  • Use catchy words
  • Info-graphics
  • portfolio (if you are a service provider)
  • be specific
  • divide into paragraphs
  • express it like a story

At every line, never forget the purpose of your blog. It should show in every page or line you are writing.


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Important steps to start your career as freelancer [2019]

Freelancing occupied a prominent role as work from home job. Before starting your career as freelancer, you need to do research well about it. You should be well versed with the freelancer requirements.

Here are the most important steps to become a freelancer:

  • Define your goals
  • Find Portfolio Niche
  • Identify your clients
  • Set prices for your services
  • Build quality portfolio
  • Create examples of your work
  • Mention about potential customers
  • Learn tips to pitch yourself
  • Thoughtfully choose your clients

Define Your Goals

Identifying your goal is very important for freelancers. You should be very specific and confident in setting your goal. Do you know what exactly you want to become? Where you want to be in next six months, a year or after five years? You may want to buy a new home or start an organization or something else!

Start writing everything in your mind. Each and every small detail will helps you to set an ultimate goal. Why do you want to become a freelancer? Which skill set you want to be in? What kind of approach you want to do? What services you can provide? How much time you can spend? How to manage time? How will you deliver the service? How to support customers? All these things are very important for a freelancer.

Once you made a note of them, refine them. Write down the goals, priority wise. Select few to start with– as less as you select at a time, the more chance of winning each goal. Scheduling goals will gives you strong ability to manage things perfectly.

Simple, basic but reliable steps of setting goals:

  • Put your goals in writing. Choose goals which are meaningful, measurable, and those that you can impact.
  • Write down achievements, actions and obstacles associated with each goal along with a step-by-step action plan for accomplishing goals and overcoming obstacles.
  • Identify the key performance indicators you will use to track the progress of your goal.
  • Assign each goal yourself in a specific period of time and then take ownership of the goal and be responsible for its success.
  • Have a system in place for tracking each goal before you take action. Include measures, dates and the name of the person or people who helped for each goal.

Find Profitable Niche

The most important and toughest part of freelancing career is – finding the right niche.

Isn’t it? Yes, obviously.

It’s not that much easy to set a niche for your freelancing career to get good money into your account. It’s a well designed professional career, yet it’s a good competitive world with certain limitations.

Do the research about freelancing career and check the most trending freelancing jobs online. Based on your research and your interest choose the best one as your niche. Polish it by learning in depth to become an expert on it.

Identify your clients

Finding clients and marketing yourself – it’s the most challenging part of your freelance career.

If you are a new comer and don’t know about marketing your freelance profile, then it’s time to build tasks yourself.

Prepare yourself with strong background, plan it to grab the attention of the clients. It’s not that much difficult to get right clients, but you have to do a plan and execute it without fail. Stick to your plan and never change, once you have started.

Define your target market

It’s first step to show yourself to the market. Define your target market, who is it you’re targeting? Know who your audience is in relation to your freelance goals. Then tailor your branding and promotions to them.

You have the freedom to define your market by what type of clients you’d like to work. You can describe – how you enjoy your kind of work!

If you are confused or don’t know – whom to target or what type of marketing you need to target, then don’t worry. You can expose yourself as generalist and detail the skills and area of expertise. Think broadly and act up on it.

Set goals and deadlines

You might have multiple goals to accomplish. It’s good to have but in order to achieve them, you need to break them into manageable tasks and create deadlines to achieve them.

When will you start marketing your freelance business? Will you have some sort of promotion over the holidays? If so, when does it need to be finished in order for you to prepare its launch? Consider this kind of stuff and write it down in your tasks.

Write down the each and every detail of your tasks and schedules. Every point is important to manage in a timely manner.

Breakdown the types of clients and send emails regularly framing them with respective content. Educate the clients with your services, reach them and show your works and how you can help them with your services.

These kind of tasks helps you to engage with more clients and make your name out of the competitors. Once you accomplish more tasks, you’re more optimistic about the goals ahead that you’ve yet to complete.

Finding your first client

Most of the time clients will come to you to get their work done. But for a new comer, it’s time to go to the clients. You need to expose your profile, works, show case your projects. Start promoting yourself on digital marketing.

Give detailed information about your services. How they can be benefit from your work? What they can expect? How will you get it done? Your timings, quality of work with time management gets you more clients.

Once you have done with your first project, through word of mouth only, you will get another. But to get them in your box, you need to do some foot work. The more you communicate and engage with clients one-on-one the more you get the works.

Tell everyone that – “I am starting my career as freelancer and I am giving my best of services. If anyone need my works, I am at service.”

Word of mouth makes lot of impact rather than digital marketing. Of course, now-a-days mostly used method it is. Though the initial projects are from small business or shops or whatever, it really important for a starter. Do your best and get more works with the help of those.

Review a potential client’s online presence and see if there’s any value you could bring to the table. Could you build them a more effective website? Are there any opportunities they’re missing out on? How can you make their business better with your services? Use this to your advantage when introducing yourself.

Personalize your email for each client, it’s easy to notify the mass mail. Don’t over boil it. Give an introduction, your services and projects you have done. Address the contact by their name, and be sure you don’t talk too much about yourself. Share with them your interest in them and how you can help.

Once you have successfully grab first project with client, then it’s time to start your job of making money. Along the way you can refine your sales process so you will complete projects faster, generate more leads with your completed work, and build an effective portfolio.

Set Prices for your Services

In freelance competitive market, pricing is very important along with the quality of work. There are various strategies in setting price for your services. I have discussed here every pricing style.

  • Hourly Pricing – As like all freelancers, I started working for hourly pricing. When getting started with this pricing isn’t bad idea for new freelancers. You are getting compensation for the work you are done for hours. If the client’s need changes or project gets more time to complete then you will get compensated for the extra hours you worked on the project.

Five effective principles of Logo Design


Now a days every business needs an identity to reach public effectively. There are multiple factors to be considered before making a brand identity to the business. Logo helps to identify the business quickly.

We have so many brands running since decades. We love them and identify them by just looking at their logos. That much impact will create a logo for any business. So, logo design is also an important factor for any kind of business.

In simple words…

Logo design is an art made by combining letters and images, only an image or only with letters. Logo itself portrays your business.

To design a remarkable logo, there are certain principles to follow. Here I have mentioned few important principles with description.

Simple

A simple logo design allows for easy recognition. Simple logo design also looks to be versatile & memorable. Good logos feature something unique without being overdrawn.

Idea here (above Logo) was complete opposite in every aspect. Evil/Good, Man/Woman, Sad/Happy, Black/White, opposite directions.

Memorable

This is the logo used in design textbooks and articles to describe simplistic yet effective logos. An effective logo design should be memorable and this is achieved by having a simple, yet, appropriate logo.

The bold FedEx identity, with the “hidden arrow” embedded in the “E” and “x”, conveys the dynamic attributes that maintains FedEx leadership.

Timeless

An effective logo should be timeless and should avoid trends. It should last the test of time. Focus on building a strong concept for your logo and keep away from trends. Over time trends will fade away, so will the logo. Timeless refers to no particular trend and will allow your client to enjoy its longevity, allowing your design to stay on board long-term.

This Coca-Cola logo had proven to be timeless and standing still over decades.

Versatile

A good logo can be used in a variety of sizes and colors. Your logo should have the versatility to appear on collateral for a pen to a plane. This dramatic physical scale in usage demonstrates how an identity needs to work across a wide scope of collateral.

Can a logo be applied to various forms of size and color?

Think about:

  • Printing in small and large sizes
  • Can the concept be understood in one color?
  • Cost of printing multiple colors

Amazon logo is not only simple but also versatile and memorable. The arrow from “A” to “Z” indicates two things – “You can buy Any item from A-Z” online, also it made a remark that they make customers smile by providing awesome customer service. Hence, they are called as most customer centric company in the world.

Appropriate

Does this logo fit the purpose and identity of my company? A logo much portray the company it represents through the use of shape and form. A good concept to keep in mind is smooth lines for a more youthful logo, while using straight lines for a more corporate brand. A logo’s relevance to your company is key when establishing a brand. For example a clothing company’s logo is identifiable based on the symbol and style of the type treatment. That style will not work for a food product.

This logo is for a website that lets users buy and sell new and used magazines. It is effective and simple, letting the consumer know exactly what they can expect – an folio of paper magazines.


DreamHost – is your best online host

>>A simple and short review on DreamHost

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Hosting means, giving space for something to utilize. For every business online presence is important to reach out public soon. One of the best way is having website and maintaining blog gives more reputation. To start your website / blog you need a space on online server. There are lot of online server providers globally, but choosing the right one for your needs saves you time and money.

DreamHost is one of the best servers provider globally. It was even referred by world’s leading content management system platform – WordPress.

DreamHost helps your website to grow faster. It is easy to use, has many tools, fast & reliable and you will get 24/7 support.

DreamHost provides packages for every need. There are wide variety of packages like – shared hosting, vps hosting, WordPress hosting, cloud hosting, dedicated hosting and website builder as well.

Their packages are affordable as they use free services like Let’s Encrypt for SSL certificates. 24/7 support make customers happy and burden less.

Hosting Features Includes:

  • Custom Control Panel
  • 24/7 support by humans
  • 1-click installer
  • 100% up time guarantee
  • Solid State Drives
  • Award winning support any time

WordPress.org recommended because of it’s salient features. It’s super fast hosting solutions are specifically optimized for WordPress. DreamHost has In-house WordPress experts, WordPress Optimized servers.

WordPress hosting at DreamHost makes it easy to build and manage a website, whether you’re starting a blog, running a small business, or getting into the e-commerce game. With their plans, you’ll get access to thousands of gorgeous themes and powerful plugins to customize your site. Plus, DreamHost always work with WordPress around the clock to keep your site safe with frequent auto-updates, so you can rest easy knowing your site is in good hands.

Powerful Features with EVERY WordPress Hosting Plan

  • Instant WordPress setup
  • Auto WordPress updates
  • 24/7 Award winning support
  • Free Domain
  • Free Privacy Protection
  • Free SSL Certificate
  • Advanced and Easy-to-use panel
  • Free Email Hosting
  • Automated Backups

You can contact dedicated WordPress support team either by chat or email anytime.


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