Using Your Website
As A Marketing Tool

by Mitch Mitchell


Pages




Follow Me On Twitter;
Click The Bird!



Add me on Google Plus!


Embrace The Lead
by T. T. Mitchell





Free Download; right-click on book


Listed on BlogShares
«
»


Blogging/Sales Experiment; The Follow Up

Posted by on Nov 4, 2009
Listen with webreader

In my last post, which was kind of brief, I mentioned that I was trying something new. That was to see if I could create HTML pages and attach them to this blog in some fashion.

The immediate answer turns out to be yes. I don’t know why I’d never thought about it before, but just because one has a blog, what would have prevented me from uploading HTML pages? Nothing, it seems. After all, I’ve uploaded pictures and files before. That part was actually very easy, as I just added a pretty much nothing page with one line, and it worked just fine.

The next part wasn’t as easy, though. I thought about it, and wondered how easy it would be to make at least the header look like the blog header. The first thing I realized is that I couldn’t just look at the source code and get what I needed because much of what you need is coded into the CSS files, along with the PHP files.

But I’m not so dumb; where there’s a will, there’s a way. It took me about an hour, but I figured out how to get the image to do what I wanted it to do so at least that looked like the blog. Then it took me another 10 minutes to figure out how to get the blog name onto the image; that was just stupidity on my part, and that’s one of the problems with trying to do things really late in the evening, or early in the morning, since it was almost 1:30 at this point. I did get it on there, though, got the font correct also. What I can’t do, though, is get the spacing correct. So, it’ll look like the main page, but the name will jump if someone comes to the page. That may or may not be a minor issue for some people.

The next thing I wanted to try was to see if I could get my brief content to look like it does on the blog. I spent 25 minutes on that before I decided either I was too tired or there’s something I’m missing. When I got the font and color to look like it does on the blog, it also added this line in front of the content, looking like some emails do when things are repeated and people aren’t using the > sign to indicate it. When I didn’t have the font color looking like my blog everything defaulted totally to the left. I tried adding the “blockquote” attribute, and things went, well, weird. Seems the blog software, even if it’s an independent page, just doesn’t like that one.

In the end, I’m left with some conclusions. One, can it be done; yes. Two, is it worth trying to make everything look like the rest of your blog? No. Three, is that a major deal? Probably not, but I’m troubled with some of the formatting issues I was having, especially everything defaulting totally to the left. I’d hate to get into having to add that “nbsp” thing all the time (I didn’t type the code in correctly because then you wouldn’t see it here) to add spaces for every line; that’s ugly coding, and way too much work if you want to have a long page with lots of content and products on it. At some point it might be worth it to do things that way. For now, though, I think I’ll continue sending people to my S&S blog to see my weekly specials. So much easier to deal with.

Sounds True, Inc.

Tags: , , ,

7 Comments »

Monique:

Thanks for blogging about the topic. The easiest thing to do is copy the code on the page template file and paste it into a fresh html file. I wish wordpress made it easier to add pages with out the 2nd and 3rd columns, so it looks more like a squeeze page. I did the same thing you are doing on my other site (myblueprintstory.com) and I linked to the blog in tiny font in the footer.

Just remember the blog footer and headers, etc all have separate php files, so the page template will call the footer files. It’s how they keep blog post and page creation dynamic in wordpress. The Thesis theme does a better job with letting you great a new page with a differnt column format as your default blog settings. How I don’t know, but I’m sure that why it’s priced the way it is.
.-= Monique´s last blog ..Gideon Shalwick Shows How to Post Live Video On Your Blog =-.

Mitch Reply:

Hi Monique,

I think, as you say, WordPress made it this way to keep some kind of control over what the rest of us might be thinking about doing with their software. I don’t have PHP knowledge, though I have broken into a file or two here and there. Overall, they’ve got us. Thing is, I could get it close, but not quite finish, and that’s just not going to work for me. Now, I still could create a page with a totally different look, and that’s not out of the question, but for now, it was an experiment, and at least I’ll know what I might be in for.

November 5th, 2009 | 9:39 AM

Dunno if it’ll help you or if you’ve heard of it, but the firebug add on for Firefox is VERY cool and can be a major help in tracking down colors, fonts, sections on your page etc etc.. Give it a try if you haven’t!
.-= Jake´s last blog ..My Birthday and Jake is Making His First Batch of Home Made Beer! =-.

Mitch Reply:

Hi Jake,

I did try that one a couple of years ago and couldn’t figure out what to do with it. I may have to give it another shot.

November 5th, 2009 | 8:12 PM
Mitch:

Hi Dennis,

Two reasons. One, I don’t want to have all the advertising show up that I have now with those other pages. Two, because I could only add it as either a post or as a page. As a page, I can’t make it private so it doesn’t show at the top like other pages, and as a post, though I could make that private, I’d still have the issue of all my other ads and stuff showing up. I guess that second big actually fits back into number one. As a regular blog post, it works okay if I’m only advertising one thing, but if I have a sales page with lots of products, that just doesn’t work anymore, as I’d want a more static page.

November 10th, 2009 | 5:43 PM

I agree Mitch.
Sometimes trying to find ways to make things easier can actually cause more problems. We have to find ways to make it simple. It took a while but with the help of a web savvy friend of mine(Roy Montero) I found a way to create a custom category page in my blog with my theme.
I admit it took us hours of trial and error to finally get the code right.
Total relief- but a lot of work.
.-= Eren Mckay´s last blog ..Make new friends on the internet =-.

Mitch Reply:

Hi Eren,

I thought about the time all of this would take, and truthfully, I need to concentrate more on income before I concentrate on trying to get all that modification in. At least I learned that it was possible to do, even if the results are less than perfect so far.

November 11th, 2009 | 10:58 AM