Setting Up a YouTube Channel Page

Whether you’re hoping to become a YouTube superstar or just post some videos for your business, it’s important to set up your YouTube channel properly with the Channel One design that YouTube uses.

Recently I recorded a screencast showing how to set up your YouTube page along with a free Photoshop .PSD or Pixelmator template to use as a starting point.

The Video

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The Results

You can check out (and subscribe) to a few of my YouTube channels if you’re interested to see some options:

Got a cool YouTube Channel set up? Leave a comment below and I’d love to check it out!

Theming 101 on

Matt Wiebe gave a talk at WordCamp Winnipeg 2013 walking through the basics of theming in WordPress:

Direct link to video

As Matt says in the intro, his talk assumes you have never built a theme and are literally starting from scratch. You’ll be looking at a bit of PHP code and HTML/CSS, but nothing too complicated. Matt does a great job of walking through the basics of making your own WordPress theme.

Your completed theme at the end might not win any design awards – but it gives you a good overview of all the files and code that goes into a WordPress theme.

Facebook Ads for Your Business – Two Part Video Series

I often get asked by clients about Facebook advertising and how to get started with it and so I thought I’d put together a screencast/tutorial video on how Facebook advertising works.

You can go watch part 1 or part 2 on YouTube directly or I’ve embedded them below.

It’s intended to be a general overview of setting up and getting an ad on Facebook – a part 3 is in the works if people are interested on looking at the analytics you get back from running your reports.

I’ve done plenty of other screencasts that I’ve posted to my YouTube channel but never one of this scope so I’d love to hear your feedback and thoughts. Too fast? Too slow? Too much information? Not enough? Leave a comment below or visit my contact page to send me something directly.

Part 1

Direct link to Part 1 of my tutorial on How to Get Started with Facebook Advertising

Part 2

Direct link to Part 2 of my tutorial on How to Get Started with Facebook Advertising

Thanks for watching!

Was Your Website Hacked? Google Can Help

Google just launched a site called Webmasters help for hacked sites that walks you through the steps required to get your website back on Google\’s good side if you see something like this in search results for your website:

Typically the only time I\’ve seen sites get hacked is when people have used WordPress themes or plugins that come preloaded with malware or other junk and don\’t even realize it. That\’s why I always recommend downloading your themes and plugins from reputable sources like the main WordPress download site, or other theme builders with a good reputation (i.e. WooThemes, Studiopress, The Theme Foundry or ThemeForest).

Jetpack WordPress Plugin Updated v2.1

Jetpack (download on, the great plugin developed by Automattic – the folks behind WordPress – was updated today with a new feature that allows you to automagically create mosaic layouts of your photo galleries. Previously limited to a straight grid layout, now you can do rectangular, square and circular gallery layout:

Create elegant magazine-style mosaic layouts for your photos without having to use an external graphic editor.

When adding a gallery to your post, you now have the option to select a layout style for your images. We’ve added support for Rectangular, Square, and Circular galleries. By default, galleries will continue to display using the standard thumbnail grid layout. To make the rectangular layout the default for all of your site’s galleries, head over to Settings → Media and check the box next to “Display all your gallery pictures in a cool mosaic.”

Take a look at the sample galleries below for an idea of how they’ll look.

Rectangle Example

Circle Example

Square Example

Slideshow Example

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If you’re not already using Jetpack, I’d highly recommend it. Along with the photo gallery options there’s other great features – view for full details:

  • Notifications – Monitor and manage your site’s activity with Notifications in your Toolbar and on
  • Publicize – Connect your site to popular social networks and automatically share new posts with your friends. (Although I personally prefer Mailchimp’s Social Plugin for this.)
  • Stats.
  • Sharing – The most super duper sharing tool on the interwebs. Share content with Facebook, Twitter, etc.

And many more features. All free and you know it’s going to be supported by WordPress because of who it’s made by. So much better than using a random collection of plugins to accomplish the same thing.