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Softwate Update

WebEden Blog feature now in live Beta!

With much fanfare, we’d like to finally announce the launch of the WebEden blog feature – now available for you in all its glory!

We’ve been taking about the new blog feature for the best part of 2 years, and it has been a long and intense bit of work to finally produce it. The product is still in beta so we’re really like to hear if you have any comments about how we can improve it.

To start with, we’ve got 9 awesome templates that are blog specific for you to choose from. If you prefer then you can just use a standard template.

If you just want to add a blog to your website, get started by clicking the new ‘blog’ button on the WebEden toolbar

That gets you into the new Dashboard:

from where you can add an Text Post, and image post, or an article post:

The two other main options from the dashboard are to manage your posts, or your comments:

Within settings you can control general stuff like posts per page, comments per page, author info, comments management, and where you want to upload images to:

That’s it

We’re really happy to get this product live, and we hope you enjoy using it. We’d really like to know if you have any feedback about the blog feature. Let us know what you think below, or the WebEden Facebook page or on Twitter.

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Softwate Update

New Release coming shortly!

6 weeks ago we let you know about our new release, which will be the biggest for a whole year. At that point we fully expected and planned to have the new version out this year.

However, we’ve had to take the decision to delay release until early January. It makes sense to avoid getting new stuff out there just at the point that everyone – support team, developers, the lot – are reduced to a skeleton holiday crew.

The most important thing for us to avoid is giving you something shiny and new and it breaking, without anyone being there to fix it.

To remind you, the January release includes a new mobile optimised HTML version of your website; some great enhancements to the current HTML version of your site; and some bits and bobs that need to come before the full blog update.

We’re also giving you some new shape components (with cool stuff like drop shadows, gradients and images fills).

There is a big change in the way that store all the data associated with your website. The full blog release should follow at the end of Jan / start of Feb.

So: sorry for the delay. We promise it will be worth the wait.

And Happy Christmas!

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How to

How to integrate your WebEden website with Blogger

A few weeks ago we had a guest blog from Alison Cross from AlisonCross4Webs.co.uk about how to set up a blog with blogger.

Now its time for the second part of that blog – how to integrate your WebEden website with your blogger blog. Over to Alison!

In this second and final instalment about setting up a blogger account, I’ll show you how to make your blog look professional by personalising the domain name and setting up your google analytics to run on your blog.

Y’see, when you set up your free blog, it will be called something like myblog.blogspot.com with EVERYONE who has a blogger account sharing that ‘blogspot’ domain name.

How much more professional would it look to have your blog showing as blog.yourdomain.com. Much more top drawer, don’t you think?

Here’s what you do

First of all, you need to tell your domain name to hold out its hand to hook up with the incoming info.  To this end, you need to create a CNAME record.

If you have purchased your domain name via webeden, they can set this up for you.

To request these changes, please send an email to ken@webeden.net

All you need to supply them with is the name that you want to call your blog (something short like ‘blog’ will do, but for illustration purposes I’m going to use ‘mymusings’) and from where to expect the incoming info.  For Blogger, this is ghs.google.com

The boffins at webeden will do this for you and thereafter the technical bit is down to you.  Relax.  I’ve done it so YOU can do it too.

Go to your blog and open it up.  Under the Settings tab, go to Publishing and there, you’ll see a link that allows you to publish to a custom domain.

Type in the details of the new domain name.  Whatever name it is that you submitted to webeden (in the case of the illustration provided above, that was ‘mymusings’) type in here:

Mymusings.yourdomainname.com

Type in the word recognition box and save and you are good to go!

Some of us own domain names via other suppliers, such as 123-reg.  In this case, you need to set up your CNAME record yourself. Again, don’t worry, it’s easy!

Go to your domain account with 123 or 1and1 etc and open up your control panel for that domain name.  There will be a section that allows you to footer about with the DNS records.  Click on that tab.  Somewhere on that page – possibly as a drop down menu option – there will be the option to add a CNAME record.

For 123 Reg it looks like this.

Underneath ‘Add new entry’ select the CNAME option and in that first box, type your blog name mymusings and in the end box type ghs.google.com.

Save your changes and then go on to your Blogger account and make the changes there as shown above.  Give it a couple of minutes for your domain name and your blogger account to ‘shake hands’ and voila! Your blogger account will have its new name!

Nearly there!

If you have google analytics set up on your website, get the SAME code as you used for your website and insert it into the HTML of your blog. To grab the code, just go to your Google Anayltics account and click on Edit (far right)  next to your report details. When that page opens up, there is a text link called ‘check status’ in the top right hand corner, click on that and you will see, half way down page, a box with all your coding in it. Copy it.

Then open up your blogger account. Under the Layout tab, you’ll see an Edit HTML option. Don’t panic! First of all you should ‘download the full template’ just in case you make a mess of things! Scroll right to the bottom of all the code until you reach the </body>  tag.

Paste your google analytics code above the </body> tag.

Save your changes!

And that’s it!  If you HAVE made a mess of fiddling about with the HTML, then just upload the template again :- )

If you have any problems or queries that my burbling hasn’t answered, please give us a shout here on the webeden blog or in the forum.

About Alison

Alison Cross is a self-confessed Twitter addict who occasionally tears herself away from the world of social-networking to build or revamp websites, to design logos and website banners, to blog shamelessly about the joys of the intertubes and who sometimes even manages to factor in some light housework. She also runs alisoncross4webs.co.uk

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‘Google’ named ‘word of the decade’

Google – a word that few of us had heard of ten years ago – is now so deeply embedded in our lives that there are some conversations that can’t take place without it.

It’s impossible to talk about the Internet without mentioning ‘Google’.

It’s hard to talk about finding stuff without mentioning Google

And any type of information reference has trouble slipping by without someone mentioning Google…

Word of the Decade

So perhaps it’s hardly surprising that the American Dialect Society has picked the verb as the most important word of the last 10 years.

The Society looks at the use of English in North America.

The Society’s members voted the verb ‘Google’ – meaning to search the internet – to the number 1 spot. Other technology runner ups were ‘blog’, ‘wi-fi’, and ‘text’.

Grant Barrett, chair of the New Words Committee of the American Dialect Societ” said “I really thought ‘blog’ would take the honours in the word of the decade category, but more people Google than blog, don’t they?”

“Plus, many people think ‘blog’ just sounds ugly. Maybe Google’s trademark lawyers would have preferred it, anyway,” he added.

Word of 2009

The society also voted on the word of 2009. This time it was the chance for Twitter to shine, with ‘tweet’ nabbing number 1.

2nd place in the 2009 vote was ‘fail’, a “noun or interjection describing something egregiously unsuccessful” according to the society.

Word of the 90s

Technology words frequently dominated the ‘words of the 90s’ with annual winners including ‘web’, ‘Y2K’, ‘cyber’, ‘information superhighway’, and ‘e’. But it’s been 10 years since a technology word has won.

In 1995 the society showed its forward thinking by saying that ‘World Wide Web’ would be the one “most likely to succeed”.

Does Google take top spot for you?  Or do you have a favourite you’d like to put forward? Is WebEden your favourite, just like it is mine ;-) Leave us a comment below.

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