Using your website email

Your CPHT website comes a professional email related to your domain name (eg angus@cphtwebsites.co.uk). It is set up as a 1and1 Mailbox and can be used in a number of ways.

  1. You can have it as a simple forward to an existing email you use (Hotmail, Yahoo etc), but when you reply it won’t be your professional email that clients see.
  2. You can add an account to your email client (Outlook, Apple Mail, Thunderbird etc) using your IMAP settings following the instructions here. Contact me if you need to retrieve your email password. This way you receive and send using your professional email.
  3. You can login to your online 1and1 Webmail email account here using your email and password. This way you also receive and send using your professional email, and you can also login from any computer, as long as it is online.

The above 3 options are cumulative, and you can add emails to your account at no extra cost (3 max). Lastly you can always change the prefix on your present professional email at any time if you wish (the bit before the @). And if you wish to use your personal email (Hotmail, Yahoo etc) on your website instead, you can as well.

If you need any help with the above just get in touch – we can always set up a Skype session.

EU Cookie Law Widget

There is now an EU Cookie Law Widget available that you can install on your website, to comply with the European Union’s ePrivacy Directive which requires all websites to obtain consent from visitors for their use of cookies.

What are cookies exactly? They are small files of information stored on your computer by browsers (Explorer, Firefox, Chrome etc)  and used to “remember” your website visits.

As an administrator your WordPress website stores your username/password for 2 weeks in a cookie to avoid you repeated logins.

As regards visitors, your WordPress website, and the Jetpack plugin which comes with it, use a small number of cookies to remember visitors who leave comments on articles (so they don’t have to keep logging in with an email when they wish to leave a new comment), or those who have already subscribed to the Email Blog service (so they don’t sign up twice etc). Another classic example is the password to access password-protected pages. WordPress stores this password in a browser cookie for 10 days so visitors don’t have to re-enter passwords if they visit the same page multiple times.

Although the Directive is not directed at small sites like your own, who are obviously not collecting visitors’ information for commercial reasons, you may wish to install the widget for compliance sake.

Login to your WordPress Dashboard and go Appearance / Widgets. In the list of widgets available on the left drag and drop the EU Cookie law Banner (Jetpack) widget anywhere into the Right Sidebar. Leave all settings as they are – that’s all. Next time you visit your site the banner will appear at the bottom. The banner only appears once to visitors – it also has a cookie in it… If you need any help just send me an email and I’ll set it up for you.

The importance of having a Gravatar

Your Gravatar, or “globally recognized avatar”, is an image that represents you online — a little picture that appears next to your name on websites. Whenever you post an article on your Blog, the date and your name, as author, appear underneath the article title. If you click on your name and all you get is your name with a “grey blob face” then you have a Gravatar issue and you need to do 2 things.

1 – Go to the Gravatar website to create an account (free) and add your photo. The service is actually run by Automattic, the founders of WordPress. Make sure the email you associate with your Gravatar account is the same email as your WordPress user Contact Info – go to Users / Your Profile in your WordPress Dashboard to find out which email this is.

2 – Next, in your WordPress Dashboard, go to Users / Your Profile and fill in your Biographical Info with a few lines about yourself.

Now go back to your website Blog and click on your name – you should see something like this :

gravatar example

Visitors often click on authors’ names when viewing blogs so it’s important to have a Gravatar. If you need any help just drop me an email and I’ll set it up for you.

Your Relaxation CD online

Many hypnotherapists have a Relaxation CD they give to their clients as part of the treatment, but why not allow your clients to download it directly from your website or listen to it online? We install this free feature on all our websites, and the download can either be free for clients or payable, password-protected or come with a discount code. We can also add a short excerpt of your CD as a teaser. All you have to do is send us your CD in MP3 format. There 2 examples of how this works on Paul Milham’s and Sandra Churchill’s websites.

Will my website be easy to consult from a smartphone?

responsiveYour CPHT website is Responsive, which means it automatically adapts itself to whatever media device is being used (laptop, touchpad, I-phone etc) to consult it. Over 80% of websites being designed today are responsive, as so many people use their phones or I-Pad to browse the internet.