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What To Do When The Quality Of Your Blog Starts To Slip

What To Do When The Quality Of Your Blog Starts To Slip

Something I have noticed recently with my own blogs is the quality of my content is starting to slip. I’m used to writing great content, getting lots of social media shares and comments, and seeing increases on Google Analytics. Currently, I’m right in the middle of the fall semester at school with lots of homework and other obligations in life to tend to… All of which interfere with the amount of blog posts I’m writing and the quality of the posts that do go live. (more…)

Things I Hate (And How They Loosely Relate To Blogging)

Things I Hate (And How They Loosely Relate To Blogging)

It’s not too often where I post a rant like this (especially on Omega Web), but I think it is time to do so. This post is inspired by my inability to choose a major today at school. It’s not that I don’t like anything or don’t have a plan for my future, but it’s because I hate many things about college, the job market, and the American view on how to live your life. Of course, you can always relate anything to everything, so I thought it would be fun to relate my personal dislikes to blogging… Here goes. (more…)

Increasing Traffic to a Blog

Increasing Traffic to a Blog

In the world of blogging, I think it is important to collaborate and share ideas with other bloggers. This can lead to new ideas, new friendships, and even a more successful blog. I have decided to create a post here on Omega Web where I will ask a few questions, answer them myself, and then turn it over to other bloggers in the comments. (more…)

Germany Tells Citizens To Stop Using Internet Explorer

Germany Tells Citizens To Stop Using Internet Explorer

The following is a guest post from Doug Glaston. Doug is a writer on social media and Internet marketing who also is a content provider for Home Security Team.

It’s not very often that a federal government warns its citizens to refrain from using an Internet browser, but apparently the Federal Office for Information Security in Germany did exactly that. This past week, the federal organization which is called the BSI in German initials (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik), warned users not to use Internet Explorer 9 in fear that people would be exposed to too many vulnerabilities due to a compromised server. (more…)

Hostgator Hosting vs Godaddy Hosting Review

Hostgator Hosting vs Godaddy Hosting Review

If you visited Omega Web yesterday afternoon, you would have noticed an outage due to changing web hosts. I recently switched over to Host Gator for a couple of reasons and I sure hope I am here to stay. To recap, I purchased my first web hosting plan from FatCow in January of this year. I was happy with FatCow until they screwed me in June by suspending my websites for having “too many requests to the server.” I had to act fast, so I went to a company I knew and trusted, which is GoDaddy. (more…)

Review: Using Hello Bar Solo On a WordPress Blog

Review: Using Hello Bar Solo On a WordPress Blog

I recently bought and installed the Hello Bar Solo notification bar on Omega Web and I must say that I love the plugin! I was using a free WordPress plugin called Viper Bar, but it wasn’t displaying properly and it lacked customization that I so desperately need. After getting so frustrated that I simply gave up, I decided to buy Hello Bar Solo and here’s what I think.

Pros:

The Solo Version Is Fully Unlimited

Hello Bar SoloOne of the major benefits of buying the JavaScript file vs the code that you easily copy and paste is the fact that it’s truly unlimited. I can install this Hello Bar on an unlimited amount of sites and receive an unlimited amount of clicks for a one-time payment of $29. The Hello Bar Pro version starts at $4.95 per month but only limits you to 100 clicks per month. If you receive a lot of traffic and could potentially have a lot of people clicking a link on your Hello Bar, you will have to pay more ($12.95 for 500 clicks, $29.95 for 2,500, and so on). Being able to make a one-time payment of $29 will definitely pay off in the long run.

I Can Make Any Customizations I Want

Because they give you the .js library, you can customize Hello Bar to do whatever you want. You can link three bars together to display a new message every 30 seconds, you can change the color of the bar depending on the user, you can display your Twitter and Facebook follow/like buttons… Whatever you can dream up and create with JavaScript, you can include in your Hello Bar.

Cons:

The Hello Bar Solo Version Requires Coding Knowledge

I know enough JavaScript to get by, but if code scares you, this version is not for you. Everything your Hello Bar does has to be hard-coded into your WordPress theme files. In other words, this notification bar doesn’t have a settings panel like most WordPress plugins where you can enter whatever you want it to say in a friendly box. Changing or creating a new Hello Bar requires going into Appearance > Editor and editing/adding code in your footer.php file. Once you have this set up for the first time, it’s not hard to change, but if you mess up when you’re installing it, you could potentially break your entire theme. I suggest that you read the official WordPress installation guide before making the decision to purchase.

Verdict

Overall, I really like the plugin. It allows me to share links, important posts, social media like/follow buttons, MailChimp subscription boxes, etc. It’s annoying that I have to hard-code the entire thing into my theme, but you’re only purchasing a .js and a .css file. This plugin is not an official WordPress plugin and has to be installed by uploading the .css and .js files to your server via FTP and calling them in your theme, so basic coding knowledge is necessary.

Honestly, the only reason I bought the Hello Bar Solo option was to save money. At almost $5 a month, the Hello Bar Pro would become more expensive than the Solo version after just seven months (assuming that you are getting less than 100 clicks every month). If you’re just looking to try it out or have no coding experience whatsoever, I would suggest getting the Pro version instead of Solo.