Category Archives for Tiny Tech Training

Tiny Tech Training: Choosing Between WordPress.com or WordPress.org

Today kicks off a series of Tiny Tech Trainings about building a website!  Over the next several weeks, I’ll cover all the aspects of getting started online.  With this series of videos, you’ll be able to get your own web presence up and running – quickly and inexpensively!

We start with:

Choosing Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org

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Doesn’t it seem like a mean trick that there are two things – named so similar, yet functioning so differently??

And in the realm of technology – where it’s already hard enough for the average person to figure out what to do and when!

Here’s a 15 minute video that shares the differences between these two tools, tells when to use each, and gives a little more information on how to get started with WordPress.org.

If you know anything about what I teach, then you know without even watching the video that I’m a fan of building your website on WordPress.org.  In the next Tiny Tech Training, I’ll go into more detail on hosting – the key component necessary to use WordPress.org.  From there, I’ll see how far I can get to getting a site LIVE – without making the training not tiny anymore!

There are two things you need to have in place to go live with a site – and I mention them in the video above – a URL and a Hosting Provider.

Your URL is your address – it’s your real estate on the internet.  I’ll talk more about this in the next video too, and I mentioned GoDaddy as the place that I buy my web addresses.   You can search for “GoDaddy coupon” and almost always find a link that will let you buy the first year for just 99 cents for most standard URLs.

Then there’s Hosting.  This is another conversation entirely, and I’ll go into details in the next video, but several of you have asked me about who to use for hosting.  Here are a few good options:

  • BlueHost – this is a “preferred” hosting service of WordPress.org.  It’s easy to use and one of the more in-expensive options
  • DreamHost – this is a top-rated hosting service, and this link will take you to a special offer for $100 off a year of service!
  • HostGator – this is the service that I have used and recommended for many years.  They are relatively inexpensive to host multiple sites, and easy to use.
  • WP Engine – this is a premium service – more expensive, but has extensive services and faster load times.  I am moving all of my domains to this service at this time.

That’s it for this week! I’ll be back next Tuesday (for real, next Tuesday) with the next Tiny Tech Training on building your website!

Of course, I love your questions and comments, and will reply to them all!  XOXO Dori

Tiny Tech Training: Editing Audio Files with Audacity

I’m excited to bring you the first in a series:

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Not only does it rhyme :-), it’s also going to be a great resource for you as you grow your own online presence.

There’s always so much to learn – and so much I want to teach – and sometimes an entire course isn’t necessary, or you simply need a little jolt right now.  So, that’s what I’m pulling together in this series.

Right now, I envision 3 different types of training, and I want to hear from you as well!

These short session will focus on one small technical challenge or tool that can enhance your online business or life.

Tiny Business Training

These will be more conceptual ways of thinking about growing a business, and how to avoid common mistakes.

Tiny Mindset Training

There will be about the Number 1 factor in all success – our Mindset.  These will provide inspiration and motivation quickly and on-demand.

So, on to installment #1 –

Tiny Tech Training: Editing Audio Files with Audacity

Audacity is a free and simple audio editing tool.  “Power users” of Audacity can do lots of advanced tricks – I’m not a power user, as you will see!

However, you don’t need to be a power user to:

  • Clip the beginning and ending off any audio file
  • Clip out any part of the audio you don’t want – even in the middle
  • Enhance the sound of audio, if the recording is too soft
  • Add a music track – either at the beginning and ending, or over an entire audio file (like background music)

Here’s a video that shows you all these tricks – it also highlights one of my core business tenets – Imperfect Action! You’ll see what I mean in the video!

Now, because I know that I messed up a few things – here’s a short video on just the parts that might not have been as easy to follow in the video above.

Also, here are the links to the sites referenced in the video:

You can get Audacity for your computer here.

Here’s a great free source for audio clips and music.

Here’s a great resource for audio and video clips at a great price.

I want to hear from you!

Please post questions about this training below, AND especially, let me know what other topics you would like me to cover in future Tiny Trainings!