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    Default Updated Greek Guesthouse site - please have a look

    Good day BV world,

    I've just gone in and hopefully repaired links and forms that guests were good enough to inform me about and hope the site is flawless now. Please let me know if you find any bad links, forms or error messages: www.redtractorfarm.com All critique of the site is more than welcome.

    I've also given the www.iloveacorns.com a new look (going for retro Soviet realism?!) and would really like feedback concerning content. If anyone is interested enough to think of questions they would like answered after reading through the site please let me know so I can add further information on these topics.

    As always, thanks team...

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    Default Re: Updated Greek Guesthouse site - please have a look

    Not sure why? But the front page has a lot of side scroll. Might be the top main menu blue tabs want pulling in on your BV page.

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    Thanks for that Chris, I believe the problem was with the Facebook icons being too far to the right.
    PS to all those who check our RTF site out: please push the like/recommend button for FB if you do like what you see!

    I don't know anything about social networking and would appreciate any tips anybody my have.
    Thanks,
    Marcie

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    I applaud all your work to update the sites to a refined, balanced presentation, Marcie!

    If you have specific requests regarding Social Networking, give me a holler ... I am always happy to share!
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    Thanks for your encouragement Vasili!
    I'm beginning to see a blog on the acorn site might be helpful especially since someone is now making a documentary about the acorn initiative during these dire Greek economic times and a blog would be a good way to record our progress. Just the idea of a blog freaks me out, where do I start? I think I want the blog to be a page on the iloveacorn site but will need help
    knowing how to promote it on FB. Seems I have much to learn and will post again when I've got the blog up. Thanks again,M

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    Cool Re: Updated Greek Guesthouse site - please have a look

    There are two ways for you to incorporate a "blog" into the site ... the easiest being to simply install a simple Wordpress blog via Fantastico! upon the domain as a sub-domain (a different but 'attached' directory) that is created automatically as the first step of the installation process by simply "naming" a new directory to be installed in (create a new name such as "acorn-blog" in the first little box shown on the installation page). Then you simply link your image, text link, or Menu link to that specific blog directory, as might be seen as "www.ILoveAcorns.com/acorn-blog/"

    The other suggestion is to have a much more "universal" platform to link to, that being a Facebook page (which is essentially a 'public blog'), where as we all know, there is far more familiarity with Visitors and potential global audience to participate with and which also makes for a more 'unified' single platform for your to "administrate" .... it is far easier to manage a Facebook page which provides far more visibility and potential Visitor interaction than to dilute your attention to managing a website, a blog, and a Facebook page -- which without needing to explain or emphasize, your need to have (a Facebook page).

    So, I would probably suggest creating a Facebook 'Company' or 'Group' page first, and getting the "link to"and "Like" buttons on your site first, to form a more viable base of followers. You can create Notes (longer, article-like compositions) and simple posts that are distributed directly to a core following without worrying if anyone is missing anything (people keep updated with Facebook more regularly than with favorite blogs and websites anyway). * Be sure to create your Facebook page in English, however, not only for it to be more easily cached and referenced, but because English pages are easier to translate into other languages as an option while the reverse is not true.

    Once you see how things go, and if you feel you are "outgrowing" your Facebook page, then you might re-visit the consideration of creating your own Wordpress blog to link to your site .... once you figure out how to effectively promote it and assure a smooth migration of followers.

    Just some thoughts to ponder ...
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    Wow, thanks again Vasili!
    I like the idea of a blog on the site to be honest.
    I know my intense dislike of Facebook is unreasonable but I've always been one of strongly held convictions and I don't see that changing anytime soon. There is so much flotsam and jetsam on FB and I'd rather carve my own little niche out over at iloveacorns.com! Looks like I have more to learn this way but I'll start reading now...

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    No prob! Go into your cP and find Fantastico! ... click on it, and then click on "Wordpress" in the left column.
    This will take you to the Wordpress interface page, where it will show you all the installations on any domain in your account, etc. In your case you will have none, so click on 'New Installation'.

    This will take you to the Installation Page .... the first empty little box at the top of the page where it asks your to Name Directory to install WP in, this is where you can create the "Name" of the blog's new Directory to which it will be automatically created for you (it will create the directory similarly as I exampled the link above -- www.iLoveAcorns.com/acorn-blog/ if you enter acorn-blog in the box).
    The rest is pretty easy to intuitively understand the process.

    Once you get the WP installed, if you wish, you can email me via the email address you just received and I can walk you through some of the initial steps to make things easier.
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    I got wordpress up and running but messed up and the blog is now located where my index page was www.iloveacorns.com
    Augh. Is there any way to change this or must I get rid of the blog and start over. Either way, I'll need a push in the right direction. Sorry to take up more of your time Vasili...M

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    You need to uninstall WP entirely (via Fantastico!)... this shows you the critical need for a separate directory.
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    Got that straightened out, the blog is now at www.iloveacorns.com/acorn-journal/
    Now that it is up I can't think of anything to write! I'll give the blog a personal look
    tomorrow when I've had some time to dig up a banner. Thanks again, M

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    I like what you've done to it so far!

    You do know that you can reduce or eliminate altogether the top white area by editing the style.css file from within the Admin Dashboard > Theme Manager, yes? Eliminating the area completely will allow the entire blog to "rise" on display, to show more of your actual page, and only eliminates 1 of the "Search" buttons. Just a thought.

    Your blog deserves a custom header, for proper recognition by Visitors to facilitate loyalty, frequent interaction, etc., and to fully establish a unique and distinctive identity (Branding). There are a number of easy methods to accomplish this (many using the tools found in Vodaland), so you may wish to consider planning on using a custom header yourself, starting by deciding on an image, most likely.

    Just messing around, I did this mock-up using your present header to demonstrate the effect a customized Header brings, and down-sized it to post here. A choice of 2 full-size 1000x288 versions can be saved from this page if you wanted to use them.



    If you have another image you want to use, or want specific wording or placement, let me know, as I've kept the layouts and can modify them in just a few minutes to create just the custom header you desire. Just email me whatever image and text you want me to use ...


    Nonetheless, you've done great, and I am looking forward to the emergence of your continued creativity, this time with regard to compositional flair....
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    Ha! I don't know about compositional flair!
    I hope the acorn-journal becomes a place where people can exchange knowledge because I'm fielding many private emails every day about Oaks and acorns and this way all these questions and answers can accumulate and be archived. I'll get some photos up soon and work on a logo for the blog over the coming weeks. The pine cone is a wordpress image and seemed fine until I figure out what I want the blog to look like. I won't pass out the blog URL for awhile yet until I've had a chance to beef it up a bit. As always, thank you so much Vasili for talking me through this new level of web mastering!

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    Cool Re: Updated Greek Guesthouse site - please have a look

    "We all get by with a little help from our friends ..."

    I see that you are adding a new article every day, which is excellent and a great habit to begin ... makes the larger task so much easier to make each step smaller and a nicer fit into your day. Something to do while having morning coffee, for instance!

    I couldn't help myself: I found some new images, since I thought I sensed a twinge of angst within your comment about your present header being a WP stock image. Soooooo ... I made a couple more using "acorn" as the dedicated theme. You can see the examples I posted here, and the full-sized 1000x288 WP banners can be downloaded from HERE.
    I also included the image blanks, in case you wanted to try your hand at it .... even though I am willing to "edit" (or even create anew) any banner for you.

    * Even if one is used "Temporarily" until a final design is selected, it's better than using the WP default with a 'Pine Cone', IMO!







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    Vasi;i, you are so kind! Now I feel very badly because sadly I can't use any of these great banners for fear of offending the diehard botanists that have already taken me to task once for using images of acorns other than the rare Quercus Aegilops we have here on Kea which has an enormous spiky cap. At first I didn't pay much attention to these purists but then realized they had a point since it is the spiky cap that European tanneries have used for centuries to tan and dye leather. And I really like the banners!!! I'll see if I can put something together today on photoshop before I start telling people about the blog. I have a nice list of people that have asked to be kept informed about acorn activities so hopefully they will find the blog interesting and informative. Again, thanks V for your wonderful efforts...

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    Well ... then use one of these Genus-Perfect banners instead, at least temporarily until you have an approving consensus!
    Matter of fact, the photos were taken on Kea and had captions in Greek.

    They can be downloaded from this HERE in the 1000x288 WP format, along with the 700w demos shown here that might prove useful to distribute via email to show the others that efforts are being attempted to comply as well as polish up the looks while a final image and look is selected ....








    These took only about 20 minutes to do all of them (the banners full sized, 700w, and publishing online), so think it not a big deal for me to edit or do something altogether new upon request with an image you prefer. Just let me know!
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    I've taken the pine cone off the blog and have decided to add photos each time I post and keep the header clear as you first proposed Vasili. Still haven't sent a notice out that the blog is up because I'm waiting to get some photos off a computer that just crashed. Hopefully I'll get photos up over the next few days. Thanks so much for all your good advice.

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    Question Re: Updated Greek Guesthouse site - please have a look

    I mentioned eliminating the top white "border" with the redundant Search tool (the white space above the Header) by editing the style.css file, to 'raise the blog higher' and to provide a tighter design appearance (with the header at the top of the page).

    But .... if you wish to remove the Header entirely for now and not use one even temporarily, that is your perrogative.
    I hope you find an image that you can work with and which proves not too difficult to customize!
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    I really do appreciate all your help on the banner Vasili but for now I'm hoping the killer photos I will continue adding to the blog regularly will be the main focus of attention. Since most people will probably be running into the acorn-journal through the iloveacorns site I also think the journal will stand out as a separate space if it has a clean unencumbered look since the site has such a bold banner. Anyway, thanks again, your expertise is always welcome!

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