Archive for December, 2009

Post via E-mail (WordPress)

December 23rd, 2009 by Dan

As a followup to my post from the other day regarding managing your life online from anywhere, I thought I would take a minute to explain how you can create blog posts for WordPress as easily as you would write an e-mail.

Some might find it annoying (as I do) to login to your WordPress control panel just to write a blog post. Additionally, those posting on the run via a mobile device will find posting via e-mail is much easier than logging into the control panel.

In order to post to your WordPress blog via e-mail, do the following:

1. Login to you WordPress control panel (just this once)
2. Click “Settings”
3. Click “Writing”
3. Look for the section that says “Post via e-mail”
4. Use this section to create a customized e-mail address that only you know and begin sending your posts (just as you would an e-mail) to that e-mail address.

As you may have imagined, the Subject of the e-mail you write will be the Title of your post, the Body will be your actual posted content and any attached pictures will be the pictures that get included with your post.

Pretty much as simple as that. If you have any questions…shoot us a comment!

Shameless Posterous plug

December 21st, 2009 by Dan

posterous-logoWe are all about Posterous at Debut Designs! (no, we aren’t getting paid to say this)

Posterous is a great way for ANYONE to start blogging quickly and easily. The best part about Posterous is that it is just as easy as sending an e-mail. When you open your Posterous account you will be able to make blog posts simply by sending an e-mail to post@posterous.com. Not only will this post go to your Posterous blog but it will also be available on popular social networks that you link to your Posterous account. For example, if you were to send a post via e-mail to post@posterous.com your friends on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc. would also see a link to that post. This type of functionality built into Posterous makes it not only easy to start blogging but also promote your blog on your already established social networks.

Go to http://www.Posterous.com to learn more about the service and get started blogging today. This is by far the simplest and easiest way.

Lastly, implementing Posterous with your existing website can be done through the customizable CSS template. However, a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS would be required to make such customizations.

Manage Your Life (online) Anywhere

December 20th, 2009 by Dan

twitter-for-blackberry

Debut Designs understands the importance of social media applications like Twitter, Facebook etc. Many people who are using the web to communicate and reach out to their customers understands how powerful Twitter and Facebook can really be. On the other hand, many people who are just getting involved on Twitter and Facebook view each as a burden and have a hard time finding time to manage these applications.

A few months ago Debut Design sponsored a social media conference where many “newbies” to social media were in attendance. I noticed a consistent theme among all of these newbies; all were unable to find or take the time to manage their Facebook or Twitter accounts or even their blogs. It occurred to me at that point that instead of finding the time to sit down and manage these accounts it was ten times more effective to leverage mobile technology (cell phones) to manage these accounts.

The recurring theme that I realized when talking to people about using Twitter, Facebook or a blog is that they don’t have the time to sit down and do what needs to be done with each. Quite simply, my response is to take their Twitter, Facebook and blog with them. Smartphones have become more and more popular and Twitter and Facebook applications are available for every major smartphone today.

All of this being said, I encourage anyone who doubts their ability to find the time to manage their Twitter, Facebook or blog to invest in a smartphone this holiday season and start managing their accounts more effectively on the go. Another important note is that beyond the ability to manage these accounts on the go, it is those on-the-go Tweets and Facebook updates that make for interesting online conversation and dynamic.

For some information regarding smartphones, take a look at the Verizon Smartphone Resource Center: https://smartphones.verizonwireless.com/

OR check out the AT&T Smartphones and PDAs available: http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/cell-phones/pda-phones-smartphones.jsp