Want Free Content To Help Develop Your Website?

We aren’t just a webhosting company. We want your websites to thrive and host valuable information to generate your online business. Are you stuck with ideas on how to flesh out your website and need a quick boost of content to keep your audience reading? Here are three great tips you can put into immediate use to get Google crawling and your visitor traffic sticking around.

1./ Infographics

Infographics are great because they encourage your visitors to engage and scroll around for longer to disseminate the information. There is no ranking penalization for duplicate content, and they are quick and easy space fillers. Great ways to stimulate discussion on your website is to present your own critique of the infograph. Not only is that original, but your insight gives the reader a deeper understanding of your abilities as a contractor. Infographics are also readily pinnable for free publicity via Pinterest.

Some free infographics by InMotion Hosting:

How to Research [Infographic]

Make Money Online [infographic]

20 minute SEO Audit

Where does your Website Live

WordPress Essentials by Industry

SMO Periodic Table App Map

HTML5 Cheat Sheets [Infographic]

2./ Web Freebies

Templates, icon sets, and anything your readers can download and come to you for recommendations. This saves them a search, and it also gets you bookmarked. Don’t forget to include videos as learning resource materials. Here are a few of our own you can share. I hope this also gives you ideas on what else you can host:

InMotion Hosting recommends these cool tools:

Social Media Tracker [Cool Tool]

eCommerce IconPack [Downloads]

Favicon & iTouch icon Generator

Facebook Cover Template [PSD Template]

Facebook Timeline Hack [PSD Template]

Let’s Explain Webhosting [Video]

Animate Google Plus [PSD Template]

3./ Guest Author content

It’s a well-known fact that getting valuable content contribution to your blog in exchange for a link can benefit both parties and strengthen your business relationships on the web…

Use our “How To Research Infographic” to find people on the internet to build solid online relationships. The exchange may be different for each and every website. As an example, I’ve embedded our upcoming blogroll to show where we look for contribution or exchange. If any of these articles apply to you, then please do reach out and place a comment on this blog. I’ll soon follow up and see what we can do for you!

Click here to add this document to your Google Docs:

You are free to use our content on your websites, critique it, and re-use it for personal or business use, all we require is a link back to our website. Simply copy and paste code below:

How To Install Prestashop Using Softaculous In cPanel

In a previous article, I introduced you to what Softaculous was all about: A utility software in your control panel which automates the installation of website applications. Today I’m going to demonstrate how to install Prestashop, an eCommerce Content Management System. Below is a screenshot of the user view of the Prestashop shopping channel installed without any modification. You can see there is plenty of opportunity to optimize the template to your liking, and I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of documentation available through the back-end to help you.

So don’t be afraid! Not only is Prestashop an easy install made especially fast through Softaculous, but I’m glad to see a plethora of supporting documentation and templates to continue optimizing to your heart’s content.

I will guide you through my firsthand experience of installing Prestashop, including some little errors to be aware of and what they mean.

Preparation To Install Prestashop:

Make sure you have enough allocated MySQL databases. Depending on your hosting package, if you already have a CMS website like WordPress installed, you may need to check your available allocation. One install of Prestashop will take up one additional database if you have that in your allowance. You can check this under your cPanel left-hand sidebar for Database allowances.

Add a subdomain if you want to separate your shopping area from your main URL. For example, shop.domain.com. You can do this through cPanel in the Domains Module; select Subdomains, and complete the form prompts in the frame when you click through.

How To Install Prestashop:

In your cPanel, open Softaculous, which you’ll find in the Software/Services module near the bottom.

In Softaculous, select the Prestashop application. Prestashop is one of the more popular applications, so it will likely appear in the homepage of your Softaculous. In case you don’t recognize their logo, it should also be filed from the left-hand sidebar of categories under eCommerce.

Once you click Install, you’ll be prompted with a single page input form. Check each form field. Make sure you check where you want Prestashop installed; it will give you subdomain or folder options. You do not need to create a folder, Softaculous will create one for you if you choose. Make sure you update your Admin Account settings to your correct email.

Now Let The Self-Install Commence:

If you tried and failed once, Softaculous will prompt you with a list of existing files that are duplicated with the following error message:

“Installation cannot proceed because the following files already exist in the target folder :”

Simply scroll to the end of the list of files, and check the box that says “Overwrite Files.”

It is likely that your first attempt to install may have failed if you didn’t have any remaining MySQL database allocation. If this is the case, you will see “The MySQL databases could not be selected” come up as an error message.

Hopefully the installation should go smoothly and all within 4 minutes. Softaculous will display a completion message and send you an email of your installation notes.

How To Administrate Prestashop:

To access your “Back Office,” go to yourdomain.com/admin123 as prompted by your Softaculous installation notes. Upon your first visit to the back-end, Prestashop will prompt you to change folder names for security reasons. To do this, leave the Softaculous application and return to cPanel Home; then go to your File Manager in your cPanel, which is located under the File module.

Once in the File Manager, finding the correct file is easy under the visual folder tree. Renaming a folder is as simple as right-clicking to bring up a drop down menu.

Your new Prestashop install should now give you “Back Office” access with these momentary security precautions in place. Simply go to yourdomain.com/admin123XXX, and upon completing the password prompts you will now have access to the Prestashop admin:

That’s it! You’re done. The back-end access is full of intuitive modules to add and navigate around. Honestly speaking, it probably would have taken you longer to read this article than complete the install itself! I managed to run through this install myself in just about 10 minutes with Softaculous and cPanel running. It’s more likely that you’ll manage a smooth install without bumping into any database errors as long as you follow the checkpoints I made at the beginning.

#IMHhangout | How to Research [Infographic]

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How To Research

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Our discussion channel for webmasters, is a live Q+A is a broadcast via Google Hangouts supported with a live twitter chat stream via #IMHhangout.

Is it a national and social problem that people don’t know how to research?. Social networks have allowed the majority of us to believe information is readily available. Take a look at Yahoo! Answers; these questions are easily searchable via Google, Bing, or any search engine. Type a question in on Yahoo’s homepage search bar and find a solution. Google’s interactive searchbar even does math and conversions for you. The skill itself of “Research” has become diluted in it’s meaning.

Today I’m exposing a range of web 2.0 research tools you’ve probably never heard of. This world of online data is important for small business, website owners, college students, interviewees, and analysts. The format is going to be a fairly open forum for debate, opinions, and shared experience, here are the guide questions to stimulate your thoughts.

Questions to follow a round of introductions: I’ve prepared a couple of handouts for you to keep track of in this huge subject!

  1. Introduce yourself!  #students #writers #smallbusiness #webpro
  2. What are your favorite Web 2.0 research tools: #analytics #trends #adwords
  3. What in the past helped you learn the importance of research? #college #competition
  4. Are there any research methods missing from our flow chart?


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How to Find the #IMHhangout

  • Look for our Custum URL [or click here]: google.com / +inmotionhosting
  • Type ‘InMotion Hosting‘ into google plus search to find our brand profile page. On your mobile device you have to do this through ‘people‘ [not circles] profile search to view our page profile.
  • Do a hard refresh [hold down shift + refresh] near broadcast time to make sure our google plus page refreshes and shows you the invitation to ‘join hangout

Our Hangouts are LIVE and recorded. As such you will be prompted to give permission to be recorded upon joining the hangout. Since the hangout is recorded, it is not an open public forum. Attendance is by invitation only, which you will receive once adding us on Google plus. We cannot issue invitations to those not already in our circles.

We are aware some of you get messages like this when accessing from your mobile device:

“This hangout is not currently supported on this device” In the mean time the only suggestion I have is to leave the G+ app, and restart it if you see this message come up. Even so, please don’t let this hold you back! We value your input through the TweetChat hashtag, make sure you tag your conversation with #IMHhangout so that everyone in the community can see your voice!

Keep an eye on this blog page as details get added to see who’s joining in! We are looking forward to giving you all a spot here in the live broadcast – so make sure you jump in

Circle us!

@InMotionHosting #IMHhangout will be hosted by @JulianaPayson.

Our team to welcome you and help you in the live chat are:

@AnieA203 – Our in-house Graphic Designer, will be scanning our Tweetchat

@IMH_Affiliate – Our Affiliate Manager, will be keeping a deft eye on G+ and hopefully making sure you can jump in.

@Maria_InMotion – Our SEO and Partner Specialist will be watching out for people on Facebook to make sure you get a mention.

A previous hashtracking report shows that we had over 127,000 impressions on #IMHhangout!

Introduction to Softaculous & cPanel

Our recent offering of the software “Softaculous” has probably left many of you wondering  what it is and how can it help you. Softaculous is a utility application within your cPanel used to help develop your  websites. It’s an auto installer program that comes with over 278 useful scripts and 1000 PHP Classes, any of which can be installed in just one step. In simpler terms, it’s a one-step method of installing useful apps, eCommerce solutions and CMSs to your website.

I’m going to demonstrate just how easy it is to use and how it can be a time saver for any inexperienced user. This newly featured software, which is provided for all of our cPanel hosting customers, makes building a website almost instantaneous.

Look under the “Software/Services” section  that appears towards the bottom of your cPanel. I’ve highlighted it’s icon below:

Opening up Softaculous gives you a beautiful Ajax powered dynamic menu, where options reveal as you rollover. Further ratings and descriptions expand when you hover over them. In addition, dynamic descriptions that reveal without you clicking through help you determine what will fit your preferences without leaving the screen and needlessly reloading a new page to investigate. Needless to say, it doesn’t take long to work out how to navigate Softaculous. It lives up to it’s hype and really offers one-step installs. After selecting one of the applications, you will need to fill out one set of fields for administration, and then the utility software takes care of the rest.

In the next introduction to Softaculous, I’ll be focusing in on specific installs. Why don’t you visit your cPanel login now and take a look around. You might find some website applications that are really worth investigating to add further usability or customer value to your website.

#IMHhangout | Make Money Online [infographic]

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Our weekly webmasters live Q+A is a broadcast via Google Hangouts supported with a live twitter chat stream #IMHhangout.

Everybody wants to make money online! If you are on the internet, there is a part of you aware of the massive online income potential that everyone else seems to partake in. Whether you are looking to gain freelance gigs, earn through advertising, sell services, do information marketing, or simply learn what affiliate marketing is all about, this hangout could be your starting point! This subject has the broad scope to enable a talk for a long time, so as the host I’ll simply aim to eek out of those that join us what has worked for them in the hope you might glean something useful for yourselves. The format this week is going to be a fairly open forum for debate, opinions, and shared experience, here are the guide questions to stimulate your thoughts.

Questions to follow a round of introductions: I’ve prepared a couple of handouts for you to  keep track of in this huge subject!

  1. List methods of online income: #affiliate #adsense #freelance
  2. What is your niche (if you make money online) #elance, #clickbank #seo
  3. What websites helped you learn about making money online?
  4. Do you agree or disagree with our top online money making resources?

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How to Find the #IMHhangout

  • Look for our Custum URL [or click here]: google.com / +inmotionhosting
  • Type ‘InMotion Hosting‘ into google plus search to find our brand profile page. On your mobile device you have to do this through ‘people‘ [not circles] profile search to view our page profile.
  • Do a hard refresh [hold down shift + refresh] near broadcast time to make sure our google plus page refreshes and shows you the invitation to ‘join hangout

We received a comment on one of our hangouts that one viewer couldn’t jump in. Google hangouts do work through iPhones and mobile devices. Unfortunately we cannot explain why some of you get messages like this:

“This hangout is not currently supported on this device” – So we are aware difficulties like this do happen, as this is what I saw on my iPhone. I’m looking forward to suggestions from other mobile people on how they overcome this. In the mean time the only suggestion I have is to leave the G+ app, and restart it if you see this message come up. Even so, please don’t let this hold you back! We value your input through the TweetChat hashtag, make sure you tag your conversation with #IMHhangout so that everyone in the community can see your voice!

Keep an eye on this blog page as details get added to see who’s joining in! We are looking forward to giving you all a spot here in the live broadcast – so make sure you jump in

Circle us!

@InMotionHosting #IMHhangout will be hosted by @JulianaPayson.

Our team to welcome you and help you in the live chat are:

@AnieA203 – Our in-house Graphic Designer, will be scanning our Tweetchat

@IMH_Affiliate – Our Affiliate Manager, will be keeping a deft eye on G+ and hopefully making sure you can jump in.

@Maria_InMotion – Our SEO and Partner Specialist will be watching out for people on Facebook to make sure you get a mention.

Our last hashtracking report shows that we had over 127,000 impressions on #IMHhangout!

#IMHhangout | Do Mobile Devices Really Increase Productivity?

Click this Image to Circle us and join our hangout! Wednesdays 2pm-3pm PST Western Time.

Our weekly webmasters live Q+A is a broadcast via Google Hangouts supported with a live twitter chat stream #IMHhangout.

With the talk of the release of the new iPhone 5, we decided to make our topic ‘Do Mobile Devices Really Increase Productivity’. We hope that our audience of web pros, gadget geeks and those that postulate working on the run will share with us their experience working while away.

Questions to follow a round of introductions:

  1. What mobile devices do you own? #iPhone #iPad #netbook
  2. What form of work do you do? #Webmasters, #Designers #Sysadmin
  3. Do you use your device for work or personal organization?
  4. Lets see which apps you use for each group: #personal #office
    1. PicSay for Androids, LogMeIn.com for remote desktop, Host CPanel iPhone/Android App
  5. How many hours daily do you spend on your mobile device? #texting #sharing
  6. Who or what is really doing the driving?
    1. I threw this sophomoric question in for debate!

So! Whether you’re a traditionalist who prefers doing things in person or keeping work to a focused time-frame rather than jumping to every alert that comes in, here’s an opportunity to find out if those that are really ‘connected online’ fare any better at productivity.

The event will go live both on Twitter using the #IMHhangout Hashtag and on Google. So you can lurk without jumping into the hangout if you’re too shy. We do want you to showcase your tech savvy reviews of mobile gadgets, to help the rest of us decide what we really want. Please interact using tweetchat.com here, and we’ll keep an eye on the live twitter stream to mention your name, and find out what products you root for.

How to Find the #IMHhangout

  • Look for our Custum URL [or click here]: google.com / +inmotionhosting
  • Type ‘InMotion Hosting‘ into google plus search to find our brand profile page. On your mobile device you have to do this through ‘people‘ [not circles] profile search to view our page profile.
  • Do a hard refresh [hold down shift + refresh] near broadcast time to make sure our google plus page refreshes and shows you the invitation to ‘join hangout

We received a comment on one of our hangouts that one viewer couldn’t jump in. So I decided to test it out and sure enough Google hangouts do work through iPhones and mobile devices. Unfortunately we cannot explain why some of you get messages like this:

“This hangout is not currently supported on this device” – So we are aware difficulties like this do happen, as this is what I saw on my iPhone. I’m looking forward to suggestions from other mobile people on how they overcome this. In the mean time the only suggestion I have is to leave the G+ app, and restart it if you see this message come up. Even so, please don’t let this hold you back! We value your input through the TweetChat hashtag, make sure you tag your conversation with #IMHhangout so that everyone in the community can see your voice!

Keep an eye on this blog page as details get added to see who’s joining in! We are looking forward to giving you all a spot here in the live broadcast – so make sure you jump in

Circle us!

@InMotionHosting #IMHhangout will be hosted by @JulianaPayson.

Our team to welcome you and help you in the live chat are:

@AnieA203 – Our in-house Graphic Designer, will be scanning our Tweetchat

@IMH_Affiliate – Our Affiliate Manager, will be keeping a deft eye on G+ and hopefully making sure you can jump in.

@Maria_InMotion – Our SEO and Partner Specialist will be watching out for people on Facebook to make sure you get a mention.

Here’s this week’s Hashtracking report which shows that we had over 127,000 impressions on this hangout! Thanks this week to @Brianna5mith who was our top contributor on Twitter from the Business Branding world.

Color Pallete Generators

There are a number of color palette generators out there, all with their own perks and special features. These are my top ones to go to because to me they’re the simplest ones to experiment with and I get what I want the quickest.

Kuler:

When I need a good palette quickly, I mainly use Kuler to browse through ones created by others. I choose a few color palettes that stand out to me or fit my needs and then I just change them around a bit until I get what I want. You can also create your own color palette by selecting a color off the color wheel, and then choose from a list of categories to select what type of palette you want, like monochromatic or complementary. And if you want to mess with the colors, you can use the color sliders to adjust them.

Color Scheme Designer:

I like Color Scheme Designer because I feel like it gives you more flexibility. You can choose a color, it will give you colors that go well with the one you’ve chosen based on how many you want in your palette, and then you can adjust the hue, saturation, lightness, and darkness of all the colors at once or just pick one to adjust that specific one. It will give you more variations of color too within that palette. And plus, it’ll give you an example of how the color palette would appear on a light or dark website.

Color Blender:

Color Blender is probably the simplest of the three. You choose one color such as maybe one from your logo and it will give you a six color palette that you can tweak to your liking. You get some flexibility with color sliders, and hue, saturation, and value options. They also have blends you can browse through too. It provides a quick and easy color generating experience.

All these color generators provide great usable palettes and they allow you to customize them in their own way. You can play around with them to see which one allows you to have the amount of freedom that you need.

 

Vote 2012 Election Icon Pack

If you’re joining the current political debate, whether it’s on Sodahead or discussing Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Newsroom’ make sure you stamp your presence with one of these nifty badges! Your voice adds weight to shared opinion, and helps towards an educated decision. We’ve developed these icons for you to use free of charge – whether you host a blog, website or debate of your own. All we require is that attribution is given back to www.InMotionHosting.com

The Topics covered are:

  • Economic Reform
  • Health Care Reform
  • Immigration Reform
  • Net Neutrality
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Tax Reform

Click on Image to visit election resources pack

 

Website Highlight: The Best Designs

The hardest part of starting a new business is figuring out where to begin, let alone the design of your company website. For inspiration, I get my feet wet by going to TheBestDesigns.com. It helps you get familiar with what the current standards of design are and it spurs up ideas that may work for you. Even if you’re not a designer, you can get ideas of what you want and what direction you want your company to go. Not all of the examples are standard business websites. They cover an array of websites, but it’s interesting to see what concepts people come up with when they’re not restricted by basic business type restrictions.

Web Icon Goodies

Have you ever been given the job of building a beautiful website, to find the important choices and design specifications for the eCommerce section omitted from your style sheet? Well, to save you the hassle of resorting to last minute searches, we’ve decided to compile niche icon packs to help you in those last minute website refinements.

Shopping Cart Icons

Our opening selection is the eCommerce icon pack. They are simple, sleek and scalable to maintain design consistency throughout your hosted website. We’ve gone to some effort to include dark and light themes to blend with any colored theme you have already built.

Feel free to give us any feedback on this article about other designs you’d like to see us produce. We’ll be doing a regular round-up of common resources for our audience in this blog, and we look forward to reviewing any of your suggestions. Simply place a comment in the reply section below and we’ll guarantee to take a look.

We have provided the use of this eCommerce icon pack under The Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0). This means it’s free to download and use, as long as attribution is given to InMotion Web Hosting www.inmotionhosting.com.