Need to Manage Multiple WordPress Sites?
If you manage multiple WordPress Sites, either for your own business or for your clients, then you know how much time this can take up. ManageWP is a great tool that lets you carry out all of the essential Blog Management tasks on Multiple WordPress Sites from a single admin console.
Its completely FREE for 30 days and if you have fewer than 5 sites then it continues to be free forever.
ManageWP Intro Video
Watch the introductory video below and see how ManageWP can transform your WordPress management.
Manage Multiple WordPress Sites
This is one of the best WordPress Plugins I have come across and is a huge time saver.
If you like the introduction to the ManageWP plugin then watch the New User Introduction Video below and you have a Virtual Training course to be up and running in 5 minutes.
If you like what you have seen then pop over to the ManageWP.com and sign up for your FREE Trial account and start Monitoring, Managing and Optimising your WordPress sites.
Sparkol Videoscribe lets you create your own Hand Drawn Video for your website.
You can use your hand drawn Video on your website, or post it to YouTube. You don’t need to be able to draw to use it to create your own hand drawn video, you just need a good idea and a bit of imagination.
Hand drawn Video is a great attention grabber on your website, take quick look at the one below as an example.
You can use your own images,or import them from the web. If you want to use your own hand, or a custom pen, in the video you can import photos of your hand. You can even get Sparkol Videoscribe to draw your logo for you and use that as part of your hand drawn video.
Get your free 7 day trial of Sparkol Videoscribe and you can create your own hand drawn video today. It works on PC’s, Mac, Android and iPad
CamCard Business Card Scanner
CamCard lets Android and iPhone users create Contacts by just taking a photo of a Business Card, it really is that simple. The software is available as a Free Download for Android, iPhone and Windows Mobile.
Why a Business Card Scanner?
If, like me, you live out of Outlook then the first thing that I do when I get handed a business card is to add the contact details into Outlook. From there it synchronises with my mobile phone and also with our Office VoIP phone system, so no matter where I am I have all the details to hand when I am talking to someone. Now I don’t even need to take a Business Card from someone, I just need to take a photo of it and let CamCard do the rest.
How to get the CamCard Business Card Scanner for your Android Phone
You can download the Free or Paid for versions of the Android App from the Android Market, just search for CamCard. The Free version of the Business Card Scanner lets you convert 10 cards in the first week of installing the App and then an additional 2 Business Cards a week after that. To unlock it to allow the creation of unlimited cards requires a small payment of about £4.00.
CamCard Business Card Scanner for iPhone
There is also a version of the CamCard Business Card Scanner for the iPhone, which has additional functionality over and above that provided in the Android version of the App. CamCard supports 12 languages and works with the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. You can download the CamCard Business Card Scanner from the iPhone AppStore.
You can find out more about this great Free Business Card Scanner App on their website at www.intsig.com
Capsule CRM add Mobile Support
Capsule CRM have added Mobile support to their hugely successfully Cloud CRM Application. If you already use Capsule CRM you can start using the Capsule CRM mobile application today.
Mobile Support with Capsule CRM
Capsule CRM Mobile supports the following mobile phones.
- iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4
- Android phones running Android 2.1+ such as Motorola Droid X, Motorola Droid 2, HTC Evo, Samsung Galaxy S
- BlackBerry phones running BlackBerry OS 6 such as BlackBerry Bold and Torch
I am happily running Capsule CRM Mobile on my HTC Desire Z. It seems to work just fine, and the ability to call a contact by just clicking on the number is superb. If you have the customer address it will look up the location on Goggle Maps,another great edition.
How to Get Capsule CRM Mobile
Enter the the following URL into the browser on your phone to install Capsule Mobile:
Be sure to replace the [your-account] bit with the relevant part from your Capsule account URL. You’ll be prompted to enter your username and password and a pop-up message will ask your permission to allow additional storage space to be used on your phone. It may take several minutes for your contacts to be downloaded to your phone.
More about Capsule CRM
If you haven’t already tried Capsule CRM you can set up a trial in just minutes. Just go to www.capsulecrm.com and sign up for a Free Trial. Unless you are a very small business its best to sign up for the Free 30 day Trial rather than the Free Account, as the 250 contacts in the Free account quickly disappear.
The Free Trial of the Professional edition supports unlimited users and 50,000 contacts, once your 30 day Free trial is up Capsule CRM costs just £8.00 a month per user
Capsule CRM has integration into several other cloud services, these include:
We plan detailed articles about using Capsule CRM in future Posts. So do your business a favour and start using Cloud Based Sales automation with Capsule CRM today.
Microsoft Security Essentials
If you are looking for the best free anti virus product on the Internet for your home PC, or Small Business, now you can work and play on your PC more safely. With Microsoft® Security Essentials, it’s easy to help protect your PC from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software for FREE* with the same award-winning technology used by millions of consumer and enterprise PCs around the world. Security Essentials provides Malware protection in addition to Anti-Virus protection, making it possibly the best free anti virus tool available.
Is Security Essentials the Best Free Anti Virus Product?
You don’t need to pay for Home, or Small Business, Anti Virus software
Microsoft are the latest company to to make their Anti Virus products free for home users. Several other anti-virus providers, probably the best knows is AVG Free, have a version of their Anti Virus software which can be used for free on Home PC’s. In a recent update Microsoft have now made Security Essentials available free of charge to Small Businesses with up to 10 PC’s.
Is Security Essentials the Best Free Anti Virus product?
Well its certainly at least as good as the other Free Anti Virus products, if not the best free anti virus product that we have tried. Security Essentials is based on the Forefront technology that is used by hundreds of thousands of Microsoft enterprise customers, so it has a lot of research behind it.
Installing Security Essentials
This connect to the Internet and display the Microsoft Security Essentials site, where you can either download and install Security Essentials or you can find out more about the product by watching the video.
Click on the Download Now button and follow the instructions to complete the installation.
You can see the steps outlined for the download and installation, for what is possibly the best free anti virus product available, in the process below:-
Download Security Essentials
Confirm the Language version that you want to download and then click on the Operating System Version that you are using. XP 32 bit, Vista/Windows 7 32 bit or 64 bit.
Once you have confirmed your Operating System Version, in the download screen, then the download of Security Essentials will start automatically.
Note: you may get the ‘Standard’ Windows file download warning, you can safely ignore this warning message and proceed with the download.
The Download Process
The file will then be downloaded for you to save locally on your computer. Make sure that you note where the file is downloaded to, as you may need this information later on.
Once the download has completed you should select the option to run the installation file and then follow the detailed on-screen instructions. This will ensure that Microsoft Security Essentials is installed and configure correctly and that the latest updates are applied to ensure that your home computer is protected by, what is possibly, the best free anti virus product available.
The instructions on screen will guide you though the installation process and make sure that Security Essentials has the latest updates installed.
Install Security Essentials
You should, of course, read the ELUA before you accept and agree to it, by pressing the I accept Button.
Once you have accepted the EULA then Microsoft Security Essentials will verify that you are using a genuine version of Windows before continuing the installation process.
Should you be using a pirate, or unauthorised, version of Windows the installation will terminate at this point as Microsoft Security Essentials will only install on a system which passes the validation process.
Note: Microsoft does not collect any information during the Validation process which can be used to identify who you are, neither do they ask for any contact information such as an email address.
Operating System Validation
Once the validation of your Windows Operating System has been confirmed you can start the installation by pressing the Install > Button.
This will continue to update during the installation of Microsoft Security Essentials.
Security Definition Updates
Whilst your computer remains At Risk the Status Line will be bright red, to indicate that you are not currently fully protected.
This process will always happen as there will have been additional anti virus and anti malware updates which have been issued since Microsoft Security Essentials was packaged. The security updates will take a few moments to download and install.
Once the definitions have been updated the status line will change to Green and the status will be set to protected. At the same time a Quick Scan of the computer will be carried out. The status of the scan will be updated as things progress.
The Update Tab will show you the version of the virus and spyware definitions and also show when they were last updated. If you want you can manually update the definitions, or more likely you will set the updates to take place on a regular schedule.
Once the initial scan is completed then you are protected from Viruses. Security Essentials will automatically update the virus definitions on a regular basis.
One of the advantages of the Free Anti virus products is the fact there there isn’t a subscription which can expire. So the virus and spyware definitions should always be up to date, so it truly should be a ‘set it and forget it’ product.
In another post we will discuss how to configure and use Microsoft Security Essentials to ensure that you are always up to date and protected for viruses and malware. This will help you to get the most out of Microsoft Security Essentials and show you that it is, possibly, the best free anti virus product available.
Is Security Essentials the Best Free Anti Virus Product?
We certainly think its one of the Best Free Anti Virus products that you can get. Why not let us know your experiences with Security Essentials by filling out the Comments below.
* Microsoft Security Essentials is available at no charge for Home customers who are verified to have a copy of genuine Windows in select countries. No registration or personal information is required, only automatic verification of your genuine Windows installation.
Need security for your business?
Microsoft Security Essentials is now available for small businesses with up to 10 PCs. If your business has more than 10 PCs, you can protect your computers with Microsoft Forefront Client Security.
Do you think that Microsoft Security Essentials is the Best Free Anti Virus Product available, let us know.
I was looking for a good VoIP softphone to use my Voiplicity Hosted VoIP account. In the past I had used Xlite but was having a few problems getting it working reliably on my all of my VoIP accounts. I travel a fair amount for work so being able to use the office phone system from my laptop, in a hotel room, is a real bonus. Whilst looking for a good VoIP Softphone I tried several different ones and the one that impressed me the most was the 3CX VoIP softphone.
3CX VoIP Softphone
Not only does the VoIP Softphone look good, it looks very much like an iPhone on your desktop, but it also produces a high quality sound and is very simple to use. One of the really nice things about the 3CX VoIP softphone is that it supports multiple SIP accounts, you can select which account (and associated number) you call out on when you make your call. I haven’t seen support for multiple VoIP accounts in a free VoIP Softphone before, so was very impressed to find this as its something I have only seen in chargeable Softphones previously.
Support for Multiple SIP Accounts
If you have 3 different accounts, for example, they can all be configured on the same VoIP Softphone and you can see who the call is from. At that point you can choose to answer the call, reject the call or send it to VoiceMail. You can even configure the phone to auto-answer, not something I would recommend though.
The 3CX VoIP Softphone is really simple to install, configure and get working. Below are the configuration settings to get it working with your Voiplicity account, but the process would be identical for almost any VoIP provider.
Configuring your VoIP Softphone for Voiplicity
Account name: This is your name for the account, it is for reference only and appears in the Top Right corner of the Softphone screen so that you can differentiate between the configured accounts.
Caller ID: Enter your full Voiplicity phone number
Extension: Enter your full Voiplicity phone number
ID: Enter your full Voiplicity phone number
My Location: Select the ‘I am out of the Office’ option and set this to sip.voiplicity.co.uk
That’s it, there is nothing else that you need to configure. Although there are lots of other options,including the advanced set, that you can play with there is no need to change anything other than the 6 settings above. It really is that easy to get your Voiplicity account working.
I have been really impressed with how easy the PC version of the VoIP Softphone is to configure for Voiplicity and also how easy it is to use. I am looking forward to testing their VoIP Softphone on some of the other platforms that they support.
VoIP Softphone support for other platforms
3CX also provide Free VoIP Softphones for mobile phones, including the Android Platform and the iPhone. I haven’t tried either these as yet but plan the to test the Android version of the VoIP Softphone fairly soon, to see if I can answer the office phone when I am away without the expense of having to divert the call to my mobile number.
Voip Softphone for Android
A quick update on the Android front, the 3CX softphone for Android doesn’t appear to work with Voiplicity, I just can’t get it to register. However SipDroid loads and works perfectly, over wireless at least. I will be doing some more in-depth testing, of different VoIP Softphones for Android and Voiplicity, over the coming weeks and will write a seperate blog article about using VoIP Softphones on Android based mobile devices.
Next Steps for using a VoIP Softphone with Voiplicity
If you are looking for a hosted VoIP solution then take a look at the Voiplicity Hosted VoIP account that I use as its a very cost effective way of providing a business grade VoIP phone system. Not only does it provide a very flexible solution but it also supports VoIP Softphone on multiple platforms.
If you are running low on disk space on your computer but don’t know where to start looking then take a look at CCleaner from Piriform software. Ccleaner will help you get back disk space by performing an analysis of the common areas that take up space, but are normally hidden. As well as tidying up the files and helping to get back disk space Ccleaner can also help to tidy up the Registry on your computer to get rid of old unused Registry entries.
How does Ccleaner help get back disk space?
Ccleaner does this by analysing the hidden spaces of your computer and finding all the unwanted, space hogging, files and components.
The types of thing that Ccleaner roots out and offers to clean up to get back disk space inlcude:-
Internet Explorer – Temporary Files, history, cookies (optional), Autocomplete history and index.dat files
Firefox – Temporary Files, history, cookies (optional), download history and from history
Google Chrome – Temporary Files, history, cookies (optional), download history and form history
Opera – Temporary Files, history, cookies (optional)
Safari – Temporary Files, history, cookies (optional), form history
Windows – Recycle bin, Recent Documents, Temporary Files, Log Files and Memory dumps
So you can see that Ccleaner looks in lots of different places and works with most of the standard applications that people will have installed on their computer. Most of these files are in hidden, or obscure, locations where people are unlikely to look. Even if you knew where to look for the files would you know which files you can safely delete? I am not sure that I would, so for me Ccleaner is a great option as I can get rid of the rubbish without having to spend a lot of time thinking about what to do.
Before you Start
Before you start using Ccleaner you should really carry out a full backup of your computer. That way if you make any mistakes and accidentally delete something that you later find that you need you will be able to restore it.
How do I get back Disk Space?
Once you have downloaded Ccleaner from Piriform run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions. Ccleaner fully supports both 32bit and 64bit environments.
Using Ccleaner to get back Disk Space
When you run Ccleaner initially you should do it in Analysis mode. In this mode it just looks at your computer and tells you what how much space the different files and applications are taking up.
In my case you can see that Analysis Mode shows that I can reclaim over 1.7 GB of disk space. I hadn’t realised that temporary files and general rubbish could claim so much of my valuable disk space and that I could get back disk space so easily.
So the short analysis is the first thing that you should do to see what is filling up your disk. However you shouldn’t be over zealous and tick all of the boxes, as that can remove information that is still valuable to you. On most systems you probably don’t want to remove Cookies, otherwise all of the stored account details that you use to login to websites etc. will disappear.
The default values, which are pre-set when you install the product, are a very good balance between cleaning up rubbish from your computer and keeping valuable information. In most cases you will not need to make any changes to these selected values.
- Temporary Files
- Recently Typed URLs
- Index.dat files
- Last Download Location
- Autocomplete Form History
- Recent Documents
- Run (in Start Menu)
- Other Explorer MRUs
- Thumbnail Cache
- Empty Recycle Bin
- Temporary Files
- Memory Dumps
- Chkdsk File Fragments
- Windows Logfiles
- Windows Error Reporting
- DNS Cache
- FTP Accounts
- Start Menu Shortcuts
- Desktop Shortcuts
- Old Prefetch data
- Menu Order Cache
- Tray Notification Cache
- Window Size/Location Cache
- User Assist History
- IIS Log Files
- Custom Files and Folders
- Wipe Free Space
Run Cleaner button and get back disk space.
What should I do Once I get Back Disk Space?
Once you have used Ccleaner and claimed back all of your disk space you should then run a disk defrag. The defrag will reorganise the free space into contiguous free space, which will optimise it for speedy access.
Now you have a clean and optimised disk you should take a new full backup of your system.
The Constant Contact Guide to Email Marketing
Author: Eric Groves
If you run a small or medium size business then you will be engaged in some form of marketing. Email Marketing is one of the most common forms of marketing, as generally it is low cost and simple to do. There are loads of companies who offer email marketing services, Constant Contact is one of the major players, along with Awebber and Vertical Response.
Whilst this book is targeted at users of Constant Contact it contains a lot of useful information that is applicable to any of the common email marketing platforms. Eric Groves has done a great job of providing a invaluable guide to the art of email marketing.
What is Email Marketing?
Eric Groves and Constant Contact show you how to create high-impact, low-cost email campaigns
Email marketing is an incredibly cost effective way to establish and build relationships that drive business success. But, it can also be a challenge because the inbox is a hostile environment. Whether your email is noteworthy or an annoying waste of your customer’s time depends on your ability to stick to stick the fundamentals of good marketing and authentic relationship building.
The ‘Constant Contact Guide to Email Marketing’ presents best practices and relationship-building principles from America’s leading email marketing firm. With over 280,000 small business and non-profit clients, Constant Contact is constantly testing and learning what works and what doesn’t, and it’s all here. There’s no other email guide on the market that provides this level of comprehensive, practical guidance. Whether you’re starting your own small business or need to grow on a shoestring budget, this book will get you up to speed fast.
The Constant Contact Guide to Email Marketing will demonstrate:
- Ten email pitfalls that will get your business into trouble
- Ten things your customers expect you to do
- The “soft” benefits of email marketing
- The benefits of using email marketing in combination with other marketing efforts
- How four types of permissions can make or break your strategy
- How to build email lists that are valuable and effective
- How to Create valuable content
- The benefits of choosing an effective, professional email format
- How to ensure your emails are delivered, opened, and read
With The Constant Contact Guide to Email Marketing, you’ll learn to avoid the common mistakes of email marketing, give your customers content they love, and combine an effective email marketing strategy with your traditional marketing efforts giving you way more bang for your marketing buck.
What is in The Constant Contact Guide to Email Marketing
The book is laid out in 14 chapters that show you how to make the most of your email marketing campaigns.
- Chapter 1 The 40 “Know It or Blow It” Rules of Email Marketing
- Chapter 2 The Power of Email Relationships
- Chapter 3 Making Money: The Economics of Email
- Chapter 4 The Benefits of Permission-Based Email Marketing
- Chapter 5 Building a Quality Email List
- Chapter 6 Making Your Email List More Valuable
- Chapter 7 The Three Rules of Valuable Email Content
- Chapter 8 Creating Email Content That Leads to Action
- Chapter 9 Looking Professional: Choosing an Effective Email Format
- Chapter 10 Making Introductions: Subject Lines, From Lines, and Frequency
- Chapter 11 Email Filters and Other Delivery Challenges
- Chapter 12 Tracking and Improving Email Campaigns
- Chapter 13 Collecting More Feedback with Surveys
- Chapter 14 Getting Beyond the Inbox
- About the Author
- About Constant Contact
This book is full of powerful knowledge which show you how to improve your email campaigns and make sure that you don’t fall foul of privacy and spam regulations.
You can order the Paper copy of the book or download the Kindle Edition direct from Amazon by clicking on the book cover to your left.
I hope that you enjoyed our review of ‘The Constant Contact Guide to Email Marketing’