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BLASTauthor’s Growing Feature List

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Whether you’re a seasoned pro or someone who’s barely touched a blog, BLASTauthor will make it easy to add and organize content within your website. On top of that, built-in tools will help with social marketing, offline marketing, and search engine optimization. Plus, these tools provide an edge over the competition by supplying readers, fans, followers, customers, vendors, and potential clients valuable information about who you are. So stick around as we go through a few of the many features of BLASTauthor.

Easily Create Articles

First off, articles should be easy to create which is why BLASTauthor’s interface is streamlined for rapidly writing articles. Uploading photos, managing documents, categorizing, and scheduling publish dates can all be done from one screen.

The control center for creating an article. Easily add, edit, and publish articles through BLASTauthor’s interface.The control center for creating an article. Easily add, edit, and publish articles through BLASTauthor’s interface.

Paragraph and Advanced Editor

Subheadings, bullet points, short paragraphs, and bold-faced text give the eye something to ‘grab’ onto as it scans the article. Since readers are more likely to skim through an article, the Paragraph Editor was created to help make content ‘scannable’. The Advanced Editor is similar to using Microsoft Word. It has many comparable features and comes in handy for those whose time is limited; maybe you want to cut-and-paste the employee handbook from Word – and call it a day. Read The Difference Between Paragraph and Advanced Editor for more information.

The most popular basic features, such as bold and italics, are included with the Paragraph Editor.The most popular basic features, such as bold and italics, are included with the Paragraph Editor.

Automatic AutoSave

Imagine working on an article and an emergency call comes in claiming a pipe broke and water is everywhere. There’s no time to save what you’re doing, you must go. BLASTauthor’s built-in auto-save feature saves the article every few minutes. you can rest assured that if distracted, you won’t lose the work you have created.

Articles are automatically saved in case an emergency arises. Articles are automatically saved in case an emergency arises.

Schedule Article Releases

A big snowstorm is on the way and you know business will come to a halt. Your team decides to have a big sale the day before to make up for potential losses. Scheduling an article release date is straightforward; simply write an article and schedule it for the following morning. At the designated time, it will appear on your site, making all visitors aware of the huge ‘Snow Storm Sale’.

Schedule release dates using BLASTauthor’s Publish toolbar.Schedule release dates using BLASTauthor’s Publish toolbar.

RSS Feed

RSS feeds are a bloggers best friend. It can connect to Facebook and Twitter. Afterward, when an article is published on BLASTauthor, it will automatically post to these social networks. All your fans and followers will be aware of the new article and possibly spread the word to their friends and followers. Read RSS Feeds: Part I to find out another reason why RSS feeds are helpful.

SEO Friendly URLs

SEO URLs are web addresses that make sense. For example, which one is more helpful; wisnet.com/inner.iml?ID=20 or wisnet.com/we-design-websites? The URL’s are listed along with results when searching Google and Bing. See example below.

The SEO friendly URL appears below the Meta Description on Google’s results page.The SEO friendly URL appears below the Meta Description on Google’s results page.

Automatic Creation of Meta Title and Description

Are you clueless when it comes to search engine optimization? That’s okay, BLASTauthor automatically borrows parts of the article for the Meta Title and Description. To become more familiar with this terminology, read How Important is the Meta Title and How Important is the Meta Description.

Take Control of the Meta Title and Description with SEO Ninja

For those who feel comfortable with search engine optimization, we have a solution called SEO Ninja. SEO Ninja’s easy-to-use interface will assist when editing meta data. If needed, read 5 Tips for Writing Effective Meta Titles to brush up on your skills.

Easily modify meta data with the SEO Ninja plugin.Easily modify meta data with the SEO Ninja plugin.

Easily Add Word Documents, PDF’s, and more.

With the Library Ninja plugin, you can easily link to documents from within your articles. Simply upload a document (Word, PDF, Excel, etc). and copy the link to the content. It’s that simple!

Social Bookmarks

If you’ve visited a few blogs lately, you might have noticed the Facebook, Twitter, Digg and various other icons at the bottom of an article. They are called social bookmarks and give readers the tools needed to post the article to their social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. If a reader finds interest in the article and mentions it to their friends and followers, it will draw traffic to your website and company.

Readers can easily share blog articles with their social networking buddies.Readers can easily share blog articles with their social networking buddies.

Email to a Friend

Similar to Social Bookmarks, the Email to a Friend plugin gives readers the ability to tell their friends via email about the article. It’s another tool to allow readers to ‘spread the word’.

Printer Friendly

Every once in a while, someone might want to print the article. It could be for many reasons (poor eyesight, future reference, etc).

Conclusion

With an abundant amount of features for both pros and amateurs, BLASTauthor is a sublime blogging tool to integrate into any site. Automation will save time, and social bookmarks and RSS can assist with social marketing through Facebook and Twitter. Blast off with BLASTauthor to take your website to another galaxy!

How To: Uploading Photos to Picasa Web Album

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Today’s modern websites aren’t built on one technology; they’re mashed together to create a product that can accomplish more – without the extra development expense. For example, when adding a photograph to Picasa, it could automatically post to your blog, website, Facebook, and Twitter. In addition, Picasa is built to manage and edit photos. Have red-eye? No problem, Picasa has a solution. Since Picasa is free, take advantage of it’s great tools. This article will explain how to get initial photos uploaded and sorted into a proper album – which is one step closer to having them appear on your website. Here are the simple steps to do just that!

Step 1: Sign Up

Go to http://picasaweb.google.com and sign in with your Google account. (If you have Gmail, you can use that login and password to access the site.) If not, click Create One and follow the steps to get a login and password. Once completed, you will enter your main page, also known as the gallery. It is here where your photo albums are stored.

Sign into Google to access Picassa Web Albums. Sign into Google to access Picassa Web Albums.

Step 2: Start by creating an album…

Click the Upload button to create an album and add photos to it.

Once logged in, click Upload to upload the first image.Once logged in, click Upload to upload the first image.

Step 3: Giving the new album a name…

Under ‘edit album information’, give the album a name along with a short description. The short description will help search engines properly index the album.

Provide details about the album by adding a Title and Description.  Provide details about the album by adding a Title and Description.

Step 4: Make the album public…

Under the ‘share’ option, make sure it is set for Public On the Web. If the album isn’t public, it will not appear on your website. Click Save Changes when finished.

Make sure to set the album to ‘Public on the web’.Make sure to set the album to ‘Public on the web’.

Step 5: Select photos to upload…

Now we can start uploading photos to the album. Go ahead and click Browse.

Click ‘Browse’ to search for photos.Click ‘Browse’ to search for photos.

Step 6: Find the photos…

We are hoping you have success finding the photos on your computer. Because the photos can be anywhere, we decided not to elaborate on where they could be. I’ll admit, there are times I can’t find what I’m looking for on my computer! Once the photo is found, click it to highlight it and then select Open.

What it will look like when searching for photos on Windows 7.What it will look like when searching for photos on Windows 7.

Step 7: Start uploading…

The directory location of the picture you select will appear in the text box. Now would be the time to browse for other photographs. When completed, click Start Upload.

Click ‘Start Upload’ to upload the photographs to Picasa.Click ‘Start Upload’ to upload the photographs to Picasa.

Congratulations!

Great job! A photograph has been uploaded to your album! Now, let’s add a description so search engines can index the photograph properly. Go ahead and click on the photo.

Success! A photograph has been uploaded.Success! A photograph has been uploaded.

Step 8: Add a Caption

Click Add a Caption

Click ‘Add a Caption’ to describe the photograph.Click ‘Add a Caption’ to describe the photograph.

Step 9: Describe the photograph…

After clicking ‘Add a Caption’, a text box will appear. Here you can write a short paragraph, phrase, or a full description (512 characters maximum) describing the photograph. When finished, click Save Caption.

The text box has room for 512 alphanumeric characters.The text box has room for 512 alphanumeric characters.

That’s it!

Good job!

A word about storage capacity….

Picasa Web Albums provide 1 GB of free storage space available for all your photos and albums when you start. This should be enough for a decent sized website. However, you can purchase more directly from Google if you need to. Go to https://www.google.com/accounts/PurchaseStorage?hl=en_US to view their pricing packages.

Conclusion

Using Picasa Web Albums, we can feed the photographs to your website, blog, and social networks, such as Facebook. Think of it as a one-stop shop to manage photographs for your company – there is no need for double entry. In addition to saving time, it will boost your presence online by keeping Facebook and your blog immersed in new content. Today’s modern websites are built around more than one technology, and Picasa can make your website and marketing more impressive. Good uploading!

Fall Migration – Time to Switch to the New Webmail Interface

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To coincide with the fall migration of the Canadian geese we are in the process of migrating clients over to the new webmail interface. Unlike geese, you have it made – it’s super easy! Just go to webmail.wisnet.com and log in. It’s that simple!

For those who have a branded domain for webmail, such as mail.mycompany.com, contact Rick (customercare@wisnet.com) and he will point it to the new interface. Nothing has to be done on your end! He just wants to make sure you are aware of when the change will take place.

What is the difference between the old and new interface?

The look changes slightly, but mainly, it’s what’s running in the background. It is more powerful, faster and has features that will make webmail feel like a desktop application. See webmail for more information.

The difference between the old and new webmail interface.The difference between the old and new webmail interface.

Conclusion

Friday, September 3rd, is the day development will stop for the old interface. If you’re still there, it will feel like being stuck in Canada eating frozen cattails. September 3rd is not a deadline, but we recommend taking the advice of a wise old goose and migrate to a warmer and brighter climate as soon as possible. We’re looking forward to seeing you there! Honk!

Verona Grove Benefit Concert for JDRF

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In collaboration with BioLife Plasma and Marian University Phi Sigma Kappa, wisnet.com is proud to be one of the sponsors for the Verona Grove Benefit Concert for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) on Thursday, September 9th, 2010. Verona Grove will be rocking live on stage and with your help, will raise money to support this good cause. All ages are welcome and all funds go directly to JDRF. Keep reading for further information details, hours, location and music videos!

Verona Grove rocks the Sadoff Gymnasium along with special guests Because I Can.erona Grove rocks the Sadoff Gymnasium along with special guests Because I Can.

Short Bio on Verona Grove

Verona Grove, from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin has been on tours with other legends including The Ataris, Lifehouse, and Plain White T’s. Their pop-punk style has lead to being featured on MTV. Here are a few songs that made them popular!



The Details:

Verona Grove Benefit Concert for JDRF

Sadoff Gymnasium – Marian University

7:30pm-9:00pm

Tickets are $3 with school ID and $5 for general public.

Marian University will be hosting a Verona Grove Benefit Concert for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The concert begins at 7:30pm with opening band ‘Because I Can’ and then Verona Grove begins at 8:15. The concert will be held in the Sadoff Gymnasium. Sponsored by wisnet.com, LLC and BioLife Plasma Services of Fond du Lac.

Stop by Common Grounds Coffeehouse (at Marian University) and purchase a Verona Grove / JDRF T-shirt for $10 – wear this shirt to the concert and get in free! – Hurry Limited Edition Shirts!