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8 minutes | 9 months ago
WordPress Plugin Highlight: Advanced Custom Fields | EP 662
WordPress Plugin Highlight: Advanced Custom Fields What is WordPress Plugin Highlight 01:34 Custom Fields 03:22 “I have another example..”06:04 Read the full episode transcript below: 00:25 David Blackmon: Hey everybody. Welcome to another episode of WP The Podcast brought to you by WPgears.com. I’m David Blackmon. Tim, tell them who you are. 00:35 Tim Strifler: And I’m Tim Strifler. 00:42 David Blackmon: Sorry that almost dove off into the topic before we finished introducing ourselves. So .. 00:48 Tim Strifler: It’s all good. 00:49 David Blackmon: My bad. We patched record. I’m going to go ahead and be a little transparent. We batch record, you know, um, One time a week. So we may record up to 10 episodes at a time, and guess what? This is the last episode we’re recording today. So we’ve been recording for a while and I got a little tongue tied and I guess I got a little anxious to get into the topics so we could be done. But, um, you know what we love being here. We love sharing this information with you. And today we’ve got a great topic. WordPress plugin highlight a new thing. We’re incorporating every Tuesday. We’re going to talk about a new plugin that. Tim and I recommend highly for WordPress today. We’re going to discuss the first one advance custom fields, and guess what? Tim’s going to do a lot of talking. So Tim, go for it. 01:36 Tim Strifler: Yeah. This is, uh, one that I contributed. And so that’s why I’ll be talking mostly on this one, but, um, really quick about this new series that we’re doing. We’ve talked a lot about plugins and we’ve, we’ve lifted, you know, our favorite plugins and stuff like that, but we always just kind of give it. Brief summary, if that, cause we’re usually talking about it, uh, a long list. And so we thought it would be a good idea and opportunity to dive a little bit deeper and to highlight some plugins that we find super useful. And so at, at this point, we’re going to start with some free plugins that we use and, and highly recommend that. Maybe you don’t know or haven’t heard of, um, and then we’ll kind of go from there and we might cover some premium plugins as well, but to give you a little bit deeper and why it’s a great plugin and why we use how we use it and why we recommend it. Uh, advanced custom fields is, is highly, highly popular. So if you haven’t heard of it, um, That’s okay. It’s a really grateful again. And I’m going to tell you what it is. Basically. It allows you to add custom fields to any post type that then you can, uh, have come up on the front end. And so, um, if that doesn’t make sense, I understand it’s kind of hard to wrap your head around, but basically I’m going to tell you how I’ve recently used it, uh, with my own word, WordPress website, dot com. And basically what I did is I was creating a. A product page, uh, for my website. Um, and there’s certain things that I wanted to incorporate into every one of my product pages. For example, I wanted, um, The number of reviews to show, right. And that’s going to be different on every single product because I have a different number of reviews. 03:22 Tim Strifler: And so I used the, uh, advanced custom fields to add a custom field to my product pages. And so when I’m editing a product, I’m adding the title and I’m adding the product description. I can then post the number of, uh, Of current reviews that I have for that product. And it’s going to then show at the top of the page. And so I don’t have it to where it’s automatically updating right now. Uh, that’s another step, but basically it’s a way for me to get that little piece of data that’s unique to that product and then get it onto the front end of the site. And so, uh, that was one example, another one. Uh, custom fields I did is I added syncing instruction. So for example, um, some, uh, some plugins have different licensing requirements. And so I don’t want add it static to the product page template. I want it to be dynamic based on the product. And so I can write a quick sentence that says, you know, this product requires a license key, you know, it renews yearly unless you buy lifetime, blah, blah, blah. And then. Yeah, that’s going to be different for every product. Um, and the same thing with renewal info, um, it’s going to renew every year, blah, blah, blah. And so those are custom fields. And then, um, when creating the product page template, I can then pull those custom fields with the short codes that advanced custom fields provides. And so, for example, using the Divi theme builder, I can create a, a. Product page template and use those custom fields to basically piece together where I want content to go on the front end of the site for that template. And so advanced custom fields and any type of dynamic content or a page template, those things kind of go hand in hand. And so, um, you can basically add a data input field on the back end and then make it show up on the front end with the shortcode. So that’s kind of a. Quick summary. David, did that make sense? The way I explained it, I know dynamic content and page templates and stuff like that can be a little bit difficult to wrap your head around if you’re not used to it. 05:29 David Blackmon: No, I think it made 100% perfect sense, Tim. Um, yeah, you gave some great examples and stuff. And, and I think at the end of the day, the bottom line with advanced custom fields is it allows you to add custom fields to any page, any post type in WordPress. And that’s ultimately the, the short answer, but you gave some wonderful descriptions and ways to use it and stuff which may give some people some ideas on how to use it on their website and stuff. So check out, check out… 06:00 Tim Strifler: And I do have one.. 06:01 David Blackmon: Go ahead… 06:02 Tim Strifler: Sorry. I didn’t mean to cut you off. I have one more example to illustrate the point to you if that’s okay. I I’m recently been rebuilding my documentation center for my Divi product website. And so, uh, using Divi’s theme builder, I was able to create a template that all of my product documentations will have. And I was able to add, okay, I want the header to be here. I want the main content to be here. I want this sidebar here. That’s going to show the other, uh, you know, documentation categories. And it’s able to do that with David’s team builder, but I wanted to wait to add in, uh, a search bar onto that page. Um, and then I wanted breadcrumbs and so I was able to use advanced custom fields to get the breadcrumbs over onto the page template. And, uh, yeah, it just made things really easy that way. 6:51 David Blackmon: Boom! Great example. All right. Head on over to wordpress.org, do a search for advanced custom fields and download the free version. Obviously, when we started this out, we said, we’re going to give you a few plugins that are free in the repository. We will eventually probably cover some premium plugins as well. Cause there are some great ones out there. And Tim. Guess what? We’ve got another great topic tomorrow until tomorrow. I’ll see you then 07:21 Tim Strifler: Take care. Bye. Bye. Did you Enjoy this Episode? Will you consider sharing it online? Just click one of the share buttons below! Will you leave us a review? Have a question, or a topic request? Let us know in the comments below! Want to Connect with David & Tim? David: Aspen Grove Studios Divi Space Tim: TimStrifler.com Divi Life The post WordPress Plugin Highlight: Advanced Custom Fields | EP 662 appeared first on WP Gears.
12 minutes | 9 months ago
5 Web Design Resources You Should be Using | EP 661
5 Web Design Resources You Should be Using Undrawn 01:26 UIgradients 03:42 Lottiefiles 04:18 Colorhunt 05:44 Blobmaker06:59 Bonus 10:04 Read the full episode transcript below: 00:25 David Blackmon: Hey everybody. Welcome to another episode of WP. The podcast brought to you by Wpgears.com. I’m David Blackmon 00:35 Tim Strifler: And I’m Tim Strifler. 00:37 David Blackmon: And this episode is brought to you today by the Divi Business Expert Course, if you’re a Divi user and you’re wanting to take your business to the next level. Come see what all the students have to say about the Divi business expert course, we’ve got about 500 students and it has really taken their business from zero to six figures, some of them a year. Well, that’s huge. Come see what they have to say. Head on over to WP gears.com. Check out the Divi business expert course, Tim is going to get us kicked off with today’s topic, five web design resources you should be using. And I promised yesterday that these are not typical normal ones that will list as a bonus at the end. 01:26 Tim Strifler: Yeah, absolutely. So, uh, as David mentioned, we wanted these to be a little bit outside the box things you haven’t heard of yet, uh, kind of newer resources, but very, very useful. And the first one on our list is Undrawn.co. So that’s the, the website domain dot co. And basically what undrawn is, is it’s. Open source illustrations. Now you’ve probably seen, uh, these types of illustration images on different websites, for example, elegant themes, uh, for the Divi layouts, they produce, they have a lot of, uh, layouts that have these types of illustrations. Um, I think theirs are like fully custom, but not every company has the resources to hire a full time illustrator to draw these types of things. And so. If you go to dot co, well, you get to use open source, um, illustration images, and they have a whole bunch for different things, uh, that are common, uh, on the internet. And then what’s really cool is these things are SVG, which means they’re very, very small, very, very, uh, Lightweight in terms of, they’re not going to slow down your website. And so you can actually put in your highlight color. And so they’re mainly black and white, but then they have an accent color and you can put in your accent color that you want for your website. And then you basically, you just download the SVG and you can add that to your site. Um, so I’ve used him once. I didn’t use it for our website per se. I use it actually for a presentation I gave last month. And so it was a great way to add some color and, uh, Just kind of some graphics onto my presentation slides and completely free, very easy. You can use the search to type different things, you know, web page or, you know, customer service or whatever, uh, and then add your, your, your accent color and then boom, download it. You’re done. 03:42 David Blackmon: Awesome next on our list. Number two is UIgradients.com. If the URL doesn’t give it away, this has to do with gradients. And this kind of, what it does is it’s a site that allows you to see what colors work well together. And then we’ll give you the gradient of those colors and stuff. So it not only gives you the gradients, you know, the code to put into your site, to use for the gradients. It also shows you. What colors look good with as with a gradient, such as like red, for example, or orange or yellow or green, you want to know, well, what colors work well with this? Cause you want to keep your brand on point, but you want to give it a little spice and a little bit of creativity and make it look a little bit different. And gradients is a great way to do that. So check out UIgradients.com. Fantastic website. Totally free. Go check it out. 04:17 Tim Strifler: Yeah. The next one on our list is Lottiefiles.com. Now a lot of animations are, uh, supposedly the future of interactive design. So they are, uh, really cool animated, uh, images or graphics. And what’s really cool is Lottiefiles.com. Has like a marketplace. And so there’s a bunch of free ones that you can use right away, but then you can buy premium ones from independent designers, animators all over the world. Uh, you know, some of them, a couple of bucks, some of them are expensive and, uh, yeah, they’re, it’s a modern, uh, interaction. Divi animation, uh, type of graphic. And so there’s actually a WordPress plugin, um, that will allow you to add these types of animations easily to your WordPress site. I think it’s just called something. If you search wordpress.org, it’s one of the only ones last time I checked, uh, and it’s L O T T I E a is the type of animation. And then the websites, Lottifiles.com, L O T T I E F I L E S. Dot com. 05:12 David Blackmon: Awesome. That was a new one for me. I’m going to be honest. And it’s, I have been perused in that website. Just checking out all of the different, uh, things that they have. And, and I gotta tell you that’s, that’s pretty awesome. I’m glad that’s the future of web design Tim, because I think it’s clean and it looks just awesome. So, yeah. 05:39 Tim Strifler: Yeah, definitely. Um, you want to do the next, your next one, David? 05:44 David Blackmon: Yeah, let me do the next one. Next one we’re going to talk about is a color hunt.co C O L O R H U N T.co. And what this is, is this is a color website, similar to Adobe’s or many of the other color sites that are out there, which will allow you to put. Color swatches together. So for example, if you’re designing a website and you’re, you know, there’s no brand. You know, there’s no, um, color palette already associated with the site and you’ve got to come up with some things on your own. This is a great site do that because it’s going to give you five colors that go really well together. It’s going to give you there. They’re hex codes or however you use it, RGBA whatever it’s going to give you everything you need and it’s free. It’s going to show you examples of, so if you have a primary color, for example, it’s going to give you four other colors that are going to go really well with it. If you have two colors, it’ll give you the other three. So it’s a pretty powerful tool. It’s awesome. It’s similar to, um, kind of Adobe’s. Which we’ll talk about at the end and the bonuses and stuff, but it’s a great tool. Check it out. Colorhunt dot C O 06:59 Tim Strifler: yeah. Yeah. And the next one on our list is Blobmaker. So it’s a Blobmaker.app is the URL and it is a really cool tool for coming up with creative blobs. Now you might not have seen this before. Maybe you have, uh, but blobs have become. A somewhat popular design, a tool, I guess a design element, I should say. Um, Especially for like background image types, things, you know, behind, uh, you know, overlapping or, you know, image overlaps the blob. And it’s just kind of like a subtle design element on the page. And so the blob maker allows you to generate these SVG blobs and you can, uh, Control how many sides it has, you know, the shape you can randomly generate it. Um, and it’s really cool. You can set the color and then you just download the SVG, uh, and add it to your site. And so, um, it’s a really cool way to add something different to your site. Um, I wish I had a better example. Um, To show. 08:07 David Blackmon: Yeah. I remember whenever these came out a few years ago when people started using them with like Divi, for example, and you know, it was kind of really good section dividers, you know, normally web’s webpage would be broken down and let’s just say it would have five sections and about section a portfolio, section a you know, an FAQ section and those sections typically broke with color distinctions, you know, like, you know, they would be different colors or something, but it would be a straight line across. And, you know, these, these dividers started being curvy, wavy lines and stuff, and it’s very similar to this. This blob maker, you know, is it’s, it’s a, it’s like a blob that you can put it’s, it’s included in the design element. And that’s the closest thing visually that I can give to you. Audioly that may help you visualize it. 09:01 Tim Strifler: Yeah. And I found a good example. If you go to ElegantThemes.com, the creators are Divi. You can scroll down their homepage and they have these blobs in the background, you know, there’s these blob type shapes they’re not using. They’re using some Brown circles as well as blobs, uh, as kind of subtle background. Uh, and so that can give you an idea of what I’m talking about here. Um, so yeah, definitely check that out. 09:25 David Blackmon: And ElegantThemes. Boy, it doesn’t surprise me that they’re they’re way ahead of the curve design wise, Kenny sing over there at elegant themes is he is on point. He’s a world class designer. That’s right. All right. Tomorrow we’ve got another great episode for you. WordPress plugin highlight… 09:43 Tim Strifler: Wait we have bonus! 09:44 David Blackmon: Oh, we’ve got the bonus! 09:46 Tim Strifler: Bonus resources. 09:48 David Blackmon: Bonus resources ding, ding, ding, Tim. Thanks for catching it. Uh, you know, some of them are common things that every web designer uses that may or may not use, but you’ve probably used is, uh, I’m just gonna name them really quick, Tim. Is that okay? 10:04 Tim Strif
6 minutes | 9 months ago
Page Cacheability and Why it Matters for WordPress Page Speed | EP 660
Page Cacheability and Why it Matters for WordPress Page Speed WordPress Loop 00:57 Dedicated working hours 02:41 Read the full episode transcript below: 00:25 David Blackmon: Hey everybody. Welcome to another episode of WP. The podcast brought to you by Wpgears.com. I’m David Blackmon 00:35 Tim Strifler: And I’m Tim Strifler. 00:37 David Blackmon: Today in episode 660. Let’s see if I can get this right, Tim. I really screwed it up yesterday. Page cacheability and why it matters for WordPress website. Page speed. I added a new word, but it sounded cleaner. So, Hey! 00:53 Tim Strifler: Yeah. So, uh, let me dive in here for a second and explain what. Page cash is when it comes to WordPress. So WordPress is a database driven dynamic content management system. And what that means is when you load a WordPress page, basically it’s going to the database and it’s grabbing the most recent version of the page or post or whatnot. And then it’s coming back and it’s loading it and it’s kind of seamlessly putting it together on the fly. That’s. A very, very simplified version of what’s happening. And when you have a blog post page, that’s a feed of all your blog posts. It’s going to go in and grab the latest posts. So that’s showing the latest content and that’s a very, again, simplified version of what’s called the WordPress loop. And so the problem is, is that loop. Kind of takes some time and it can slow down your website. So if you compare a static HTML site to a WordPress site with no enhancements, no optimizations, the static site is going to load way faster than a WordPress site. And so something that a programmers came up with years and years ago, Is page caching, WordPress cache. And basically what it does is it creates a static version of your dynamic page. So when a user visits that page it’ll load this static version, so it loads much quicker. And then when you update content, add a new blog post to whatever yeah. It rebuilds that cash, right? So the next time the, uh, a user goes and visits it, it’s gonna load the new version, but again, it’ll be loading. The cash version and therefore it will, uh, be very, very fast. And so that’s generally how a WordPress caching works and why it, it, it matters and how it can help speed up your website. 02:41 Tim Strifler: And so there’s a term called page, uh, or website cashability. And for example, hosting companies like I use WP engine, they actually have an automated way of measuring the cash ability of your site. Right. So if you have a. Like it simple brochure style website and not a lot of content, nothing crazy going on. No. It advanced, uh, functionality. Well, your website cashability will be like 100%. However, if you have an eCommerce site, well, there’s certain parts of eCommerce sites that can’t be cashed, for example, a cart or a checkout, uh, stuff like that. Or if you have a lot of, you know, different tools and stuff like that happening, it’s not gonna be able to catch those things because those things are being measured in real time. And so your cash ability score is going to go way down. And so, uh, it’s not going to be able to be, if it’s not able to be fully, fully cash, well, then it’s going to slow down the speed. And so that’s kind of generally what it looks looks for. Uh, when you’re measuring page cashability is, what can be cached what’s dynamic, what has to stay dynamic. And so, uh, that’s kinda what hosting companies. Look for, and, uh, it’s important to keep those things in mind. So when you’re adding things to your website, you’re looking at, okay, well, is this something that can be kept, uh, you know, or, and if not, it’s okay. It doesn’t need to be there because it will slow down your website a little bit. Um, for example, when you’re adding in, uh, you’re embedding YouTube videos, well, those aren’t being cashed. Those are coming from an external source, YouTube that’s being embedded, or I framed onto the page. Well that can’t fully be cashed. And that’s going to slow down your website a little bit, cause it has to go and fetch that data from YouTube. So that’s kind of a simple, but very, very common thing that will kind of decrease that cashability. 04:32 David Blackmon: Awesome, Tim, great episode today, bro. I wish I had something to add to it, but. I really don’t. I mean you’ve kind of covered it all and stuff. What I can do for our audience is tell you what an amazing topic we have coming up tomorrow. We’re going to talk about five web design resources you should be using. And we’re look, I’m going to throw’em put it out here right now. We are not talking about the common things that you already know about. We’re going to give you five web design resources that. You probably don’t know exist. So make sure you come to an end tomorrow and find out what those five are, Tim until tomorrow. We’ll see you then. 05:14 Tim Strifler: Take care. Bye. Bye. Did you Enjoy this Episode? Will you consider sharing it online? Just click one of the share buttons below! Will you leave us a review? Have a question, or a topic request? Let us know in the comments below! Want to Connect with David & Tim? David: Aspen Grove Studios Divi Space Tim: TimStrifler.com Divi Life The post Page Cacheability and Why it Matters for WordPress Page Speed | EP 660 appeared first on WP Gears.
6 minutes | 9 months ago
Why We Install Cloudflare on Every Website We Build | EP 659
Why We Install Cloudflare on Every Website We Build WPGears.com 00:37 CloudFlare Features 01:51 Read the full episode transcript below: 00:25 David Blackmon: Hey everybody. Welcome to another episode of WP. The podcast brought to you by Wpgears.com. I’m David Blackmon 00:35 Tim Strifler: And I’m Tim Strifler. 00:37 David Blackmon: Today episode 659 we talk about why we install CloudFlare on every website we build. And before I let Tim dive off into this topic, you may have noticed a little bit different intro on our, um, You know, openings. The last few episodes I have been giving the full URL for WPGears, WPGears.com, go over and check it out. We’ve got a lot of new and exciting things going on with, you know, at WPGears.com, Tim and I are, are going to take and just make it a WordPress content producing podcast and, and learning platform for all things. WordPress business marketing. So if you’re not on our email list, head on over to WPGears.com, sign up for our email list because we put out a tremendous amount of free content that can help you benefit you in building websites for clients, or just grow in your own business. So WPGears.com. Go check it out, Tim Dive into the topic. Why do we put CloudFlare on every single website we built? 01:51 Tim Strifler: Yeah. So CloudFlare is sort of a content delivery network. It’s a lot more than that. Um, but basically, uh, it’s a way to speed up your site as well as that security enhancements. Um, so for example, It’s it’s free. I mean, there’s pro versions. Um, but most of the sites I put on, I just use the free plan. It will speed up your site, um, because it’s going to load everything through the CloudFlare network, uh, specifically some of the heavier parts of your, your, your website. Uh, so it’s going to speed up your site. The second thing it’s going to do is add, gonna add some security enhancements. And so, uh, because CloudFlare is so widely used, they know. The IP addresses that are spammers hackers, stuff like that. And so they’re going to automatically block a ton of bad traffic to your site. And so right off the bat, just by using CloudFlare because of the popularity and how many sites are using it. You’re going to be your website is going to be a lot safer. Um, now I’m kind of giving you a very elementary, uh, definition of kind of these key things here. There’s a lot more to it. There’s a lot of different tools that are built into CloudFlare. Um, one of them is really fast DNS. So DNS is basically, uh, for your website. You tell the internet where. Your website’s hosted. And so when you update your DNS records, you’re telling the internet that, Hey, my website’s now going to be found over on this server here. And so when you use CloudFlare, you are basically using their DNS and that’s how they do everything. Uh, and so what I love about it is it’s really fast DNS. So if I, I am changing from one server to another server, I can update the DNS records in CloudFlare to point to the new server and it’s instant because of their CloudFlare network in the way that it works compared to typically when you host DNS with your hosting company or your domain registrar, it might take 24 hours to propagate. And so for 24 hours, and you’re not sure if your users are going to the old side or the new site with CloudFlare, it happens. Instantly seamlessly. And so kind of my launch routine, when I launch a new website, whether it’s for a client or for myself or whatever, I’ll make sure I get that a website site on CloudFlare 24, 48 hours in advance before the new site launches. So when I’m ready to launch, I flip the switch. Uh, by changing the DNS records and then it’s done, it’s live everywhere. And so those are some of the reasons why we love CloudFlare and why we put it on every website that we build and why you should too. Um, again, I’m just kind of scratching the surface here, uh, and I definitely do not play into or claim to be a CloudFlare expert, because there’s so much there that you can do. And, I’ve really only scratched the surface, but for those, those key features, I’ve gotten really, really good use out of it. 04:42 David Blackmon: Do not let Tim fool you. He’s a CloudFlare expert. He is our CloudFlare expert. That’s for sure. That’s why he talks so much on all of our CloudFlare issues or, or, um, episodes, not issues. Uh, tomorrow. We’ve got another great topic page cacheability and why it matters for WordPress? I think, I think I just scrolled over. Um, yeah. Hold on a second here. Let me get you the topic. Why it matters for WordPress page speed, man, that, that one was kind of half Tim and I have a spreadsheet and I’m throwing myself under the bus obviously. And it was half on the tab and not so I could only read half of it and I wasn’t prepared. So I apologize tune in tomorrow to find out why page cacheability and why it matters. And WordPress with a page speed, Tim, I’m giving up, man, let’s go to the next episode. We’ll see you all tomorrow. There we go. 05:41 Tim Strifler: Take care. Bye. Bye. Did you Enjoy this Episode? Will you consider sharing it online? Just click one of the share buttons below! Will you leave us a review? Have a question, or a topic request? Let us know in the comments below! Want to Connect with David & Tim? David: Aspen Grove Studios Divi Space Tim: TimStrifler.com Divi Life The post Why We Install Cloudflare on Every Website We Build | EP 659 appeared first on WP Gears.
10 minutes | 9 months ago
WordPress 5.5 – What’s New | EP 658
10 minutes | 9 months ago
Virtual Studio Series – The Video Live Streaming Software that David and Tim Use and Why | EP 657
Virtual Studio Series – The Video Live Streaming Software that David and Tim Use and Why Ecam Live 01:54 Ecam Community 03:39 Zoom 04:17 Restream 06:34 Read the full episode transcript below: 00:25 David Blackmon: Hey everybody. Welcome to another episode of WP The Podcast brought to you by WP Gears. I’m David Blackmon. 00:35 Tim Strifler: And I’m Tim Strifler. 00:37 David Blackmon: Today in episode 657. We’re going to talk about. Our well, we’re going to continue our virtual studio series. If you’ve joined us over the last few weeks, you’ll notice that we started the virtual studio series, where Tim and I go over the equipment and the tools we use to do live streams, to record podcast episodes, and to pretty much work on a daily basis. Because we get a ton of questions inquiring about this stuff today. We’re going to talk about the video and live streaming software that we actually use and what we’ve kind of settled on. Obviously, there are lots of choices out there. There’s lots of people in the game and there’s probably going to be even more companies getting in the game as people are working more from home because of COVID-19 and the pandemic. Um, lots of things that we’ve talked about have been sold out. You can’t even get them for an extended period of time because everybody and their grandma. Is doing live streams and video type kind of content. And so, so they wanted to talk about the software that we use and, uh, I’m going to let my good buddy and partner, mr. Tim Strifler for get us kicked off. 01:54 Tim Strifler: Yeah. Yeah. And before we do, I do want to mention, uh, if you haven’t listened to the other episodes in the virtual studio series, we definitely recommend it. So, uh, episode 646, 649, 652. 655. We talk about cameras, lighting, microphones, desks, everything that we use. Uh, and it’s all the stuff that we get. As David mentioned, we get a lot of questions for, so we thought it would be helpful. Um, so the on today’s episode, the video and live streaming software that we use, uh, in terms of live streaming, we use Ecam. Ecam live is live streaming software, and you can basically, uh, set up a virtual, uh, experience that will be pushed out to the interwebs. Uh, and so it’s really, really powerful. You can turn on overlays, you can program scenes. So when you change scenes, it will change the overlay and the camera angle. You know, if you have multiple cameras and, uh, if you can do picture and picture, you can do screen sharing. It’s very, very powerful, but it’s also very intuitive software as well. Uh, I’ve used other. Products, such as OBS, which stands for open broadcasting software as well as Wirecast, which is, uh, from ScreenFlow. I think same company that does ScreenFlow, uh, both are very powerful software, but very, very hard to use. Very overwhelming, huge steep learning curves, where E cam is, is very intuitive. It’s powerful. Uh, but it’s probably not as powerful as the other ones, but you can do everything you’ll need to do. Um, and the learning curve is a lot simpler. Once you dig into it. 03:35 David Blackmon: And their community is just awesome. Tim and I have joined the E cam live community on Facebook and they’re constantly all of the members in there are people just like Tim and I, and as they learn something new, they share it. So there’s very much a open source feel to it, even though it’s a SAS product. Um, like Tim said, he cam is fantastic. So check it out. Wirecast cast, cave, my brain in when Tim and I used that long once upon a time. As a matter of fact, I just let Tim handle it all and kind of gave up now with Ecam. Even Dave can handle. 04:17 David Blackmon: Next to what we’re going to talk about is Zoom. And Tim and I are actually on a zoom call right now, as we’re recording this episode. And occasionally we go live behind the scenes, WP, the podcast I’m recording, and we’ll go live to Facebook and YouTube and show you what it, what it’s like when we record these episodes behind the scenes and we use zoom. Zoom for that as well. Um, SIM is really easy, obviously it’s, it’s exploded because of COVID-19 all the teachers, students, schools, um, everybody around the world is using zoom. It seems like. And. We have noticed some, some, uh, you know, kind of loss in signal strength, but not a tremendous amount. I think it’s mainly because of the fact that more and more people are on zoom and their servers are just overloaded for whatever. Uh, but zoom is a great product for virtual calls for video conferencing with clients, for doing webinars, for doing live streams, even, uh, As we mentioned, we use we’ve transitioned over to Ecam for our live streams and stuff, but Zoom, we used to do our live stream through zoom as well. There’s just no customization. We want our company’s branding. We want our companies, um, you know, colors, all of the stuff that. We want to do, we can do an Ecam. We can’t do assume. So. That’s one of the reasons why we transitioned away from using Zoom, but Zoom is a fantastic platform. Guess what? There’s a free version, a free version that allows you to do zoom calls, live streams, anything. And. You know, it capture it 40 minutes at 40 minutes. It’s going to cut you off. So if you’ve got more than a 40 minute call, you can’t use hymns free version. So check it out. 06:06 Tim Strifler: Yeah. Can you do live streams with the Zoom free version, like go on from a zoom call to Facebook live and stuff like that, or is that only on the paid? 06:18 David Blackmon: Well, Tim, I just said it. If I just said it, if they don’t do it, they need to add it into the free version. What the hell? Honestly, I don’t know. We have, we’ve had the free paid version for so long. I honestly don’t remember if the free version has live stream or not. So I could be wrong. 06:34 Tim Strifler: Yeah, I have a feeling it’s in the paid version, but yeah, don’t quote us on that. So the third piece of software that we use for video and live streaming is Restream. Now Restrain is, is a software that you don’t really use. On its own, you, you use it with a different other software. And so for example, we actually use Restream with both Ecam live and Zoom. And so for example, restream is, uh, well, let me tell you what it is before I give you the example restream basically is a tool that allows you to stream to a bunch of different, uh, live streaming platforms all at once. And so, uh, The way we use it is we connect it to cam and you can basically broadcast the live stream to Restream and then Restream then takes it to, uh, YouTube Facebook, um, Facebook groups, uh, you know, different Facebook channels. So we’ve done like different channels at once. Whereas like all of David’s Facebook and YouTube channels, all on my Facebook and YouTube channels and then our joint Facebook and YouTube channels. And so we do that through. Restream and so we can connect Restream to Ecam live. We can also connect restream to Zoom. Uh, we, David and I are also part of a podcast, a weekly podcast called Divi chat, which is like a round table live discussion. And we do that through Zoom, uh, via Restream cause we’re live on YouTube and Facebook, the addition to Facebook’s Newark, but we it’s powered by, by Restream as well as Zoom. So, uh, very, very powerful. And those are the three that we use. Ecam live, Zoom and Restream. 08:12 David Blackmon: Boom. Well, that concludes our virtual studio series on our video live streaming software that use, I think it concludes our video studio series are our virtual studio series as well. Am I wrong, Tim? 08:29 Tim Strifler: That’s it. 08:30 David Blackmon: Is that kind of wrap up everything we wanted to talk about? 08:32 Tim Strifler: Yeah, absolutely. 08:34 David Blackmon: I think it was a ended up being what, a five part series… 08:37 Tim Strifler: I think so. Yeah. 08:38 David Blackmon: Where we’ve talked about the different tools, desks, you know, lighting, cameras, gear. I want to say it’s a five part series and you know what, we’re going to do a Roundup post. You know, if you’re not on our email list, come on over and jump on our email list. We’re going to do an email blast where we do a Roundup of, uh, of our virtual studio series. So you can have it all in one place and stuff. Um, but yeah, come on over and join it. Hope. This has been a great episode for you tomorrow. We’re going to discuss WordPress 5.5. It’s common. We want to talk about what’s new and we’re going to focus on the key features that Tim and I think are important to look at. Tim until tomorrow. We’ll see you then. 09:20 Tim Strifler: Take care Bye. Bye. Did you Enjoy this Episode? Will you consider sharing it online? Just click one of the share buttons below! Will you leave us a review? Have a question, or a topic request? Let us know in the comments below! Want to Connect with David & Tim? David: Aspen Grove Studios Divi Space Tim: TimStrifler.com Divi Life The post Virtual Studio Series – The Video Live Streaming Software that David and Tim Use and Why | EP 657 appeared first on WP Gears.
9 minutes | 9 months ago
How to Juggle Work Life and Home Life When You Work at Home with Family | EP 656
How to Juggle Work Life and Home Life When You Work at Home with Family Separate work area 02:09 Dedicated working hours 03:49 Read the full episode transcript below: 00:25 David Blackmon: Hey everybody. Welcome to another episode of WP The Podcast brought to you by WP Gears. I’m David Blackmon. 00:35 Tim Strifler: And I’m Tim Strifler. 00:37 David Blackmon: Today on episode 656, we’re going to talk about how you can juggle work life and home life. When you work at home with your family, obviously Tim and I have been working from home for quite a few years, so nothing really new to us, but the world, unless you’re living under a rock, has changed drastically with COVID-19 in the last six months where pretty much everybody’s working from home or a large majority of them are now. And guess what kids aren’t in school spins working from home, wife’s working from home, or I guess I should just say spouse is working from home. Cause you never know. Um, So everybody’s in the same place. So, and I know that Tim has said that, you know, it was an adjustment for him to have Courtney at home all the time, while working he’s typically used to having, you know, his time, his space is working. She’s a nurse practitioner, you know, working at the doctor’s office or the hospital. And it was even an adjustment for Tim, you know, and it’s Tim, Courtney and Murphy soon to be. Tim junior or, you know, they’re going to have a baby really soon. We don’t know I’m calling it, Tim jr. Tim, I’m going to call it… 01:56 Tim Strifler: That’s funny. Well, even if it’s a boy, it will not be Tim jr.! 02:03 David Blackmon: Well, we’re excited for the new edition regardless, so yeah. 02:08 Tim Strifler: Yeah, definitely. Yeah, no, it, it has been adjustment. Um, My wife had a maternity leave now and stuff. And, um, and as David mentioned, being working from home for five years, I have fully adjusted to that, but I’ll also, I’ve been able to adjust, having all the space to myself. And so having, uh, my wife here and then soon to be baby here, it’ll definitely be an adjustment. Um, And so I’ve been kind of thinking through some ways, cause my office is on, we have a two story house, but my office is on the first floor and that’s where we’ve spent all of our time. That’s where the family room is. The kitchen is and everything. And so my office is like right here where everything else is. And so I’m like, should I soundproof the door? Or, you know, so I can get work done. Cause my door it’s like my wife could be watching TV in the next room. And even though my doors are shut. They’re French doors and there’s like a huge gap in between them and, uh, or not in between them, uh, between the door and the floor and stuff. So I think I might look into some ways to soundproof, but yeah, I think really when know, talking about this episode, how to juggle work life and home life. When you work at home, I think something that’s really important is having a separate area that you work and you only do work and you don’t use it for personal space, you know, for, uh, relaxing. Um, and so when you’re in that area, you’re working, your family knows you’re working and that’s like your area. Preferably if it’s a separate room that you can shut the door, but that’s not always a lecture that everyone has, but if you can still have some area off to the side and a room, that’s not. You know, as crowded when you have your family at home, that can be hugely beneficial. 03:49 David Blackmon: Absolutely. I think another thing that’s really, really important is have dedicated working hours, you know, letting your, your spouse, significant other kids, uh, to know that, you know, Hey, this is, this is when I work. This is when I can’t be disturbed, unless it’s an emergency, you know, everybody kind of gets used to, you know, Oh, it’s work time now for dad, you know? Um, and. He’s got to go into his office and he’s got to do his thing. Cause I’ll tell you, um, recently my 24 year old came back to live at home with me. You know, I invited him, he’s going to be working with my company is going to be learning how to do some things with online marketing and video editing. He may even be doing some. Editing for our show, who knows, you know, with things that Tim and I do in the future and stuff. But anyways, I can tell you, it was an adjustment for me. It’s my son. We bond we’re really close. We like to hang out out and do things together. Uh, but you know, when you’re used to having that space all to your self and kind of doing your own thing, which is. That’s how I was just the same as Tim, you know, I had no one here during the day time. Well, when you have someone else is an adjuster, it, it did kind of, you know, kind of set me back a little bit until I, you know, Figuring out what I needed to do. And for me, it was just setting good, healthy boundaries, you know, uh, setting up the expectations of what’s. Okay. What’s not okay. Cause like right now we’re recording a podcast episode. I’m in my office, my door is closed. That’s one of my rules, you know, Hey, if the door’s closed, that means please don’t disturb me because I’m doing something like recording. Product videos, podcast, episodes or something where I can’t really focus on a person if they come into my office, unless it’s an emergency. If my doors open, which typically I leave my door open, my office is soundproof. It is on the other side of the house. And I don’t typically have to worry about hearing the TV and stuff because it’s on the other side of the house. So they know that if my doors open. I’m accessible. It’s okay. They can come in, they can interrupt me and stuff and they can ask questions or do whatever needs to be done, but going to have to figure out what works best for you as far as like setting those boundaries, those expectations. Um, Dedicated office space, dedicated, working time and stuff. And you know, don’t be a workaholic and work all the time, you know, because guess what your family needs you to, you know, especially if the kids are home, you need to realize that their lives are disrupted. Their lives have been disrupted. They’re not in school. They’re used to hanging out with their friends and stuff, and they’ve not been able to, especially the last few months with all of the lockdown stuff. So. It’s been a huge adjustment, not only for you, but yeah. It’s also been a huge adjustment for them. So try to remember that, you know, try not to get frustrated, try to understand that their lives for the most part have been turned upside down as well, you know, and they’re there, they’re having to make adjustments too. So I think working together communication is really, really important. Um, and just, you know, good old fashion, you know.. 07:10 Tim Strifler: Yeah, great advice… 07:12 David Blackmon: Golden rule, you know, treat, treat others as you’d like to be treated, you know, that, that kind of thing. So.. 07:18 Tim Strifler: No, I don’t think so. I think, uh, just expect that there is a, a season of adjustment, right? It doesn’t happen overnight. It will take time as does any major life transition. And so be flexible. So yeah! 07:34 David Blackmon: And if worst case worst, do what I did. And I’m trying to talk my 24 year old son into starting a father, son, YouTube channel with me, turn it in something fun. You know, y’all do something fun together where it’s outside of the scope of work and stuff. So, yeah. Alright. Tomorrow we’ve got another great episode. Tim until tomorrow. We’ll see you then. 07:59 Tim Strifler: Take care. Bye. Bye. Did you Enjoy this Episode? Will you consider sharing it online? Just click one of the share buttons below! Will you leave us a review? Have a question, or a topic request? Let us know in the comments below! Want to Connect with David & Tim? David: Aspen Grove Studios Divi Space Tim: TimStrifler.com Divi Life The post How to Juggle Work Life and Home Life When You Work at Home with Family | EP 656 appeared first on WP Gears.
15 minutes | 9 months ago
Virtual Studio Series The Desk Mounting Setup that David and Tim Use and Why | EP 655
Virtual Studio Series – The desk mounting setup that David and Tim use and why The desks 01:20 The mounting system 05:58 Protip about iMac mounting 09:24 Let’s talk about chairs 10:09 Read the full episode transcript below: 00:25 David Blackmon: Hey everybody. Welcome to another episode of WP The Podcast brought to you by WP Gears. I’m David Blackmon. 00:35 Tim Strifler: And I’m Tim Strifler. 00:37 David Blackmon: Today at episode 655, we returned to our virtual studio series. This is part four first three parts we discussed. Cameras lighting and microphones today. We’re going to dive in to our actual desks, set up the physical desks that Tim and I bought. We have the same one, and we’re going to talk about it, mounting systems and stuff. What we have our lights mounted to and our cameras mounted to, and computer’s mounted to and so on and so forth. Cause it can get pretty dang crowded on this desk. If you don’t have an organized system and way to go about doing it. So Tim. Drum roll, please. What desk did we choose to go with? 01:20 Tim Strifler: Yes. We chose to go with the standing sitting desk by uplift desk. And I say standing, sitting because it’s motorized and it has hydraulics or something to automatically press a button and automatically goes from standing to sitting or vice versa. And, uh, one thing I do want to quickly say is if you’re starting out, you don’t have to get all this high end stuff that David and I use. It’s just that we have been working at home for. Five six plus years. And so it’s like, are we spend a lot of time at these desks and using this gear and stuff like that. So like we’ve, we’ve upgraded right over the years to, to what we have now, but by no means is you need to go out and buy a, you know, a really expensive, uh, standing desk, unless you can afford it and see the value. But we’re going to talk about kind of why we chose this setup. Um, first of all, I will say. Standing desks are huge in terms of health benefits. Uh, their studies have been shown that sitting for long periods of time is terrible. It’s just absolutely terrible for you. But here’s another thing that a lot of people don’t realize is standing for long periods of time is also not good for you. And so really the most ideal is being able to change positions and move and stuff. And, uh, the, the standing sitting at desk, uh, allows you to do that. Um, Because it’s motorized and you can quickly with the touch of a button raise or lower your desk and go into stand mode or whatever. So, um, hugely, hugely beneficial for health purposes. Um, and there’s some, you can definitely get some cheaper ones. We got kind of a higher end one and that’s because I believe in paying for quality and having it last. Um, and so. You know, there’s ones you can probably find on Amazon or stuff that are maybe cheaply made and, um, you know, it might work for a year and then it stops working and yeah. We didn’t want to mess with that. We thought spending a lot of money on the front end to get something that lasts. And we’ve had these wet three, three plus years now. David’s still going strong? 03:20 David Blackmon: At least. Yeah. Yeah. It’s been three plus years. And, um, I’ll tell you, mine still looks brand new. I mean, I’ve put it through hell. It’s been through a couple of moves, cross country. I traveled in an RV, you know, “digital nomad” for five years. And two of those years were with this desk in the RV. So as I went down the road, traveling all throughout the continental US, this desk went along with me and, uh, I got tell you the quality is superbe, you know, for three years old. This thing looks like it just came from the factory. 03:54 Tim Strifler: Yeah, no, it really did. The quality is great. The mind survived a move from Texas to California as well. Uh, and yeah, I think they start around $500. Um, but depending on the, the wood that you get, the size that you get. And then there’s a bunch of different add ons to it. It goes up from there. So, you know, be prepared to spend the money. But, um, I like this is, has been a fantastic purchase and I have zero regrets. I’ve been very, very happiness. As I know, David has to obviously. 04:26 David Blackmon: Yeah. I want to talk about couple of things. Cause I think Tim and I have different size. And when we say size, we mean the length of the desk. How wide the desk, how much desk space we actually have. I purchased what I thought was the 60 inch. It’s a five foot desk and I actually bought the 72 inch. And which is really big. Now I gotta tell ya. I love the 72 inch. I have a ton of room on this desk. Now you got to have place to put this bad boy, cause it’s, you know, six feet wide, you know, and uh, most rooms will fit and stuff, but, um, that’s typically not an issue, but, um, I didn’t realize how much I would really enjoy the extra 12 inches of desk space. So Tim, am I wrong in thinking that you have the 60 inch? 05:22 Tim Strifler: I have, I can’t remember which one it is, but it’s, it’s definitely the smaller one than you have. And I’m actually that’s, I guess would be my one regret is I wish I would have gotten the wider one like you did, because it, I mean, I’m not like cramped, but because like now, which at the time we weren’t doing as much of the. You know, the hardcore video stuff. And now that we’re getting into a lot more of the video stuff for the courses and everything in live streaming, there’s more gear that’s getting added to my desk. And so I’m wishing I would have had a little bit more desk space. And then it’s also nice just to have more room in general as David mentioned. So I would say if you’re not sure, go bigger. If you, if you have the space for it. 05:58 David Blackmon: All right. Well, let’s talk next about our mounting system. Obviously we’ve got quite a few things mounted to our desks and I’ll talk about everything that we’re mounting to our desks. And Tim can tell you which one we went with. So, um, on our desk, we have our cameras, our lighting. Our computer monitors, um, our microphone stand, you know, so pretty much everything that we’ve covered in our virtual studio series is sitting on this desk, man, that sounds like a crowded desk. How the heck do we make it all work, Tim? 06:42 Tim Strifler: Yeah, so we, we have a mounting system. I’m trying to find the exact product name in my Amazon orders… 06:49 David Blackmon: “Wally” it’s w a L I is the Wally. Desk Mount system, I guess is, I don’t know if I’m pronouncing it right. Wiley Wally. I say, “Wally”, my mind says “Wally”, even though it’s one L it’s w a L I is the actual name of the, um, you know, the company that manufacturers these, you know, this mounting system. 07:15 Tim Strifler: Yeah, exactly. And so basically, uh, We followed a YouTube video that kind of walks you through. So we use that Wally system, as David mentioned that you can get on Amazon. Um, and then we. They’re they’re really meant to be monitor arms, but we configured them to be able to Mount other things to them. And so, for example, my camera, my Sony A6400 camera is mounted to one of those, uh, like monitor arms. That’s been reconfigured with a tripod. Um, what’s it called? The camera? Tripod camera. Mount ball. Head.. 07:53 David Blackmon: Ballhead. Yeah. It’s like a, it’s like a “ballhit”. 07:56 Tim Strifler: Exactly. And so, so then I can basically, I can move my camera from left to right up and down if I want, I have it right where I want it now. So typically don’t move it. Um, And it works great. And then I have another camera coming off of that, uh, main Mount, uh, that has my secondary camera that has an up and down arm as well, as well as the tripod ball mount. Um, and so yeah, it works out really great. Um, I originally wanted everything mounted to that system, including my iMac. Um, but the iMac really, really. Can’t be mounted. Cause it has a permanent stand. You cannot take your iMac stand off of it. Um, it like it, they didn’t make it, you get to be able to be removed. And so I have my secondary monitor, which is that old Thunderbolt display that, um, Apple no longer makes that. Stand was able to be removed. And so I have that mounted and it’s on a swivel arm and I can move it up and down and side to side and everything. Um, but, but yeah, I mean, it’s, it’s great. Having everything mounted actually frees up a lot of space so I can have, you know, the different things that I need, uh, like our, uh, Scarlet, uh, audio interface. And then, um, we both also have a stream deck, which, uh, hooks up to the live streaming software and you can press the button to change different scenes and stuff like that. So, um, having everything mounted, frees up the other part of your desk to be able to have other stuff. 09:24 David Blackmon: Absolutely. Yeah. I’ve got a similar setup, same setup and stuff. Uh, and, and it’s just been, uh, A life saving, you know, thing to have, you know, I’ve got my monitors on, um, on the mounting arms and stuff, and I have an iMac also that’s sitting on the desk, but you know, when I purchased the iMac, it gives you an option when you buy the iMac, if you want to have that mounting system, as opposed to just the arm. So yeah. Pro tip. If you’re looking at buying an iMac and you want to futurize, you know, maybe Mount it on
7 minutes | 9 months ago
The Foolproof WordPress Update Process to Avoid Disasters | EP 654
The Foolproof WordPress Update Process to Avoid Disasters Do a backup! 01:42 Quick revert 03:10 Test on staging environment 04:07 Read the full episode transcript below: 00:25 David Blackmon: Hey everybody. Welcome to another episode of WP The Podcast brought to you by WP Gears. I’m David Blackmon. 00:35 Tim Strifler: And I’m Tim Strifler. 00:37 David Blackmon: Today this is the Tim’s show because we’re going to talk about the full proof or press update process to avoid disasters. If you’ve ever updated your WordPress website without a backup, and your site’s crashed, you’ll know what I’m talking about. So we’re going to dive deep into this. Tim has written. A great article over at Divilife.com, which is his Divi product business that he, we will link in the show notes as well, but I’m pretty much to sit back, relax and listen to Tim, teach you how to not make dessert masters. What’s your WordPress website. 01:14 Tim Strifler: Yeah. Definitely a nd actually this right here, the steps that I’m going to outline here is exactly why you need to communicate to your clients that a professional should be handling their website, uh, updates and everything. And so you can let them know, like there’s all these different steps that. That you have to follow to avoid bringing your website to a screeching halt, uh, or, you know, or having something else go wrong. 01:42 Tim Strifler: And so, um, you can let them know, like these are the steps I follow, and this is why you should hire me to do it for you. And so the actually, before you even do a backup of a live site is you test the update staging environment. Now you don’t always have this luxury depending on what hosting we have. But if, if you can, we highly, highly, highly recommend it. So for example, WP engine and Flywheel hosting both have one click staging. And so, uh, you basically can copy your live site to a staging environment and you want to do that. So you have the most up to date, version of your site in the staging environment, and then you can test everything without. The fear of messing something up. And so you can do the updates. Um, you can, and, you know, go through update WordPress, update your theme, update, you know, whatever it is that you need to update. And then you can test everything in the staging environment, looking at the major pages and testing out the functionality. So functionality being like forms or the eCommerce checkout and. Different things, looking at it in different devices and you can do that all on the staging. Right? So it’s so say everything goes correct on that end. Now the next thing you do is you go and actually do a current live, a backup of your live website. And so you want to make sure that the backup is fully done. Uh, and so depending on how you’re doing your backup, whether you’re using the backup, uh, at the hosting side of things, or you’re doing a plugin and everything, you want to make sure you have a solid backup. 03:10 Tim Strifler: Now, one thing that’s kind of an. Optional step that sometimes I recommend, depending on what you’re you’re updating is download the version you have of the theme or plugin that you’re updating in order to do a quick revert. So say for example, you are doing a update to WooCommerce. And, uh, it’s a major update, um, and that will commerce is a major part of your site. Or say, for example, you’re updating your theme or page builder. That’s a major part of your site. Um, well, what you can do is download a current version, the version that you have that works so that you can quickly revert back without having to do a full, like backup revert. And so it’s a little bit quicker process, especially if you have a lot of traffic and everything, um, So like, for example, David and I, with our eCommerce stores, we can do an update, but we’ll say we have to revert back. Uh, if someone buys something or leaves a comment or does something on the site, and then we revert that backup. 04:07 Tim Strifler: Well, we might have just lost whatever just happened in that time. And all of a sudden their purchase has nowhere to be found. And so, um, depending on the site, I try to use. The, the backup revert as kind of the last, like, that’s like the last line of attack, basically to revert back to what I need. And so, um, what I prefer doing is having, uh, you know, whatever major plugins and stuff, having those handy. And so if I need to revert back to the current version that I know works, I can do that quickly. Um, and so again, it’s optional, but it can, it can be really helpful. And so then after you do that, you have the, the backups different types of backups. Well, then you actually do. The update on the live site and then you test some more, right? So you, even though you did all the testing in the staging environment, you want to do the testing and on the live site too, because for example, staging sites typically don’t have caching, um, Going on it. And so you might have some sort of a cash conflict, uh, with the new versions of the software that you just updated. So if you follow those steps, you can avoid disasters and you’ll have the necessary things to revert back if there is a disaster. And so those are the steps that, that we, uh, follow, uh, with our companies. Um, now, as I mentioned, David and I, we have eCommerce sites, we get decent traffic, we have sales coming through customers using our products. And so there’s not a lot of room for air, uh, compared to maybe a small website, a mom and pop, uh, brochure style website that doesn’t get a lot of traffic. There’s no advanced functionality. Well, you know, you can maybe get away with not testing on the staging environment first, but you always want to have a backup for sure. Before you do any type of updates. So those are kind of the steps, David, anything to add to that? 05:45 David Blackmon: I don’t think so, man, then you’ve pretty much covered it all really well. Like I said, we’re going to link in the show notes to a blog post article that, uh, Tim wrote kinda outlining the steps in this process. And I agree, take it to your customers. You know, security updates and backups are huge needs to be done by a professional. Go create a new recurring revenue stream for your business tomorrow and episode 655, we return to our virtual studio series. We’re going to talk about our desks and mounting setup and why we chose the ones we chose, Tim. Until tomorrow. We’ll see you then. 06:30 Tim Strifler: Take care. Bye. Bye. Did you Enjoy this Episode? Will you consider sharing it online? Just click one of the share buttons below! Will you leave us a review? Have a question, or a topic request? Let us know in the comments below! Want to Connect with David & Tim? David: Aspen Grove Studios Divi Space Tim: TimStrifler.com Divi Life The post The Foolproof WordPress Update Process to Avoid Disasters | EP 654 appeared first on WP Gears.
5 minutes | 9 months ago
How Working with NonProfits Can Bring You More Clients | EP 653
How Working with NonProfits Can Bring You More Clients Small business community 00:37 Networking potential 02:58 Read the full episode transcript below: 00:25 David Blackmon: Hey everybody. Welcome to another episode of WP The Podcast brought to you by WP Gears. I’m David Blackmon. 00:35 Tim Strifler: And I’m Tim Strifler. 00:37 David Blackmon: Today in episode 653. We’re talking about how working with nonprofits can bring you more clients. Most people don’t realize they automatically think nonprofits have no money. And. Guess what a lot of them don’t have a lot of money, uh, but some of them do and some of them are willing to pay for work. That’s not what the intended purpose of this episode is. We wanted to talk to you about why it’s so valuable and working with nonprofits. Uh, the main reason is because a lot of nonprofits are made up of boards and they’re made up a voluntary volunteering boards, you know, unless it’s a Red Cross or something like that. The board is not making money. Most of these people it’s local, they’re in it to give back to the community that supports their own businesses in some shape, form or fashion. So a lot of times these. Nonprofit boards are made up of small business owners in the community that are giving back. So, you know, when you go in to work with these nonprofits, the connections that you get in the networking is second to none. 01:48 Tim Strifler: Yeah, absolutely. So one thing I do want to say in addition to that, uh, David talking about the, uh, People that are on the boards and, and, and connected to other companies and stuff. But in addition to that, a lot of nonprofits are, it’s a small circle, like nonprofits have like kind of a tight knit community of other nonprofits and people doing other work. Uh, That they’re connected to. And, you know, it’s kind of, for example, like you start doing a website for lawyers will a lot of lawyers know a lot of other lawyers. And so then all of a sudden the next thing, you know, you’re getting referrals from other lawyers, but a lot of nonprofits too. Um, No, a lot of other nonprofits and they’re connected and they do work together and different things like that. And so then you get referred to, right. I actually have a close friend and colleague who did that, where he started doing some work for nonprofits. And then all of a sudden these other nonprofits, uh, you know, were referred to him and stuff. And then, um, Similar to what David described, where, uh, the, the people that are on these boards, the nonprofits that own these companies and stuff. And it’s like all of a sudden this one project led to like 20 more projects and stuff.And so you see that happen a lot. It’s, it’s very, very common. 02:58 David Blackmon: Yeah. And I think it’s just an underrated, um, you know, Market that, you know, business owners, you know, stay away from when they really, really shouldn’t. I mean, they’re thinking, Oh man, they don’t have any money. I don’t want to go waste my time, you know, and energy and stuff. And what you, don’t, what they don’t realize is just the networking potential. That’s a great example, Tim. I mean, one project being helpful to a nonprofit, which opened the door to 20 other projects and that’s been my experience. So don’t underestimate the power. Of, you know, working with nonprofits because it can benefit you greatly personally and professionally, the personal side, is not to be underrated because you’re going to feel good for putting a little bit of good back out into your community and stuff. So, yeah, tomorrow we’ve got another great topic. Episode six 50 for the full proof WordPress update process to avoid disaster. You got to come listen to Tim. He’s going to knock it out of the ballpark, Tim, until tomorrow. We’ll see you then. 04:12 Tim Strifler: Take care. Bye. Bye. Did you Enjoy this Episode? Will you consider sharing it online? Just click one of the share buttons below! Will you leave us a review? Have a question, or a topic request? Let us know in the comments below! Want to Connect with David & Tim? David: Aspen Grove Studios Divi Space Tim: TimStrifler.com Divi Life The post How Working with NonProfits Can Bring You More Clients | EP 653 appeared first on WP Gears.
15 minutes | 9 months ago
Virtual Studio Series The Lighting Setup that David and Tim Use and Why | EP 652
Virtual Studio Series The Lighting Setup that David and Tim Use and Why Lighting is super important 01:22 Hardest thing to learn 03:07 The setup 04:11 Features 07:35 Mounting 11:34 Read the full episode transcript below: 00:25 David Blackmon: Hey everybody. Welcome to another episode of WP The Podcast brought to you by WP Gears. I’m David Blackmon. 00:35 Tim Strifler: And I’m Tim Strifler. 00:37 David Blackmon: Today in episode 652, we’re going to continue our Virtual Studio Series. This is a series that Tim and I started a couple of weeks ago, where every few episodes we discuss our setup, our cameras, our desk, our lighting or mikes. And we get a lot of questions asked. So we decided why not sprinkle in throughout WP The Podcast? You know what it is that we have truly use them, why we use them. Uh, if you haven’t listened to that series, go back to episode 646 and. 649. That’s. Those are two that we started, where we talked about our cameras and our microphones. Today. We’re going to jump into the lighting setup that Tim and I have and why we chose it. 01:22 Tim Strifler: Yeah, absolutely. And lighting is something that’s super, super important and kind of gets overlooked, like the obvious stuff. Uh, if you’re, you’re trying to up up your quality of recording videos or doing virtual meetings and that sort of thing, the obvious things is the camera. And the microphone, but lighting off often gets overlooked until you to the point where you have a nice camera, but it still doesn’t look that great. And you’re wondering why, well, it’s probably the lighting and so lighting is incredibly important. Um, and let me just tell you how important, when I first started getting into creating videos, I was creating custom videos for my Divi plugins. This is back in 2017 when I started, well, I didn’t have a nice camera. And so I. Uh, what I did use was my iPhone camera, which is really great. Um, but the, how I was able to get it good enough to be able to use and, and promote these videos and stuff was because of lighting. And so I used, uh, eight tutorial from Wistia, the video hosting, uh, platform. Uh, they had a. I think it was called like the down and dirty lighting down and dirty lighting kit. And basically they taught you in this tutorial how to go to Home Depot or another hardware store and pull together for like under a hundred bucks, a whole lighting kit. And then they taught you how to, you know, basic positioning and stuff like that. That was how I created my first videos. And yeah, those lighting setup is great. I’ve definitely upgraded since then for some specific features and David and I will talk about that. Um, but, but yeah, I mean, if. If you’re just getting started, that can be a great thing to do. And so using my iPhone, which at the time wasn’t even 4K video and then this lighting kit, I was able to create some really great looking videos. 03:07 David Blackmon: Yeah. And I will go ahead and just out myself here quickly, uh, most people would think, Oh, audio. Um, video, you know, the camera is the hardest thing to learn and stuff, but I’m going to be honest. The hardest thing for me to learn so far has been how to properly. Take care of the lighting. You know, it just, I don’t know why maybe it’s because I don’t have a photography background That’s not kinda my, my wheelhouse, I’m learning how to get the lights set up properly is so important. And it’s something that I’ve struggled with the most. So if you have any great tips on lighting, setups and stuff for, um, Shooting video, please leave them in the comments. Let us know if you’ve got a great tutorial that you love. That’s that’s knucklehead proof. Like for me, knucklehead proof, you know, uh, please send it over. I’d love to hear it. So, Tim, what do we have? What kind of lighting? Do we have. 04:11 Tim Strifler: Yeah. But before I reveal that, David, I want to say you are absolutely correct. And lighting is incredibly hard, uh, on a film set. Uh, they have, what’s called a director of photography and, uh, and I’ve kind of learned what that means in the recent years. And basically a big part of that is, is they are in charge of, of, of lighting and, and making sure everything looks good on the film camera. And so. Like, it’s like that’s a whole field, you know, mastering lighting and stuff. So it is really, really tricky and stuff. And so, um, Now, one thing that David and I have mentioned, you might notice a trend here with our virtual studio series is we have a lot of the same equipment it’s because one of us will do the, do all the research, find something, get it, and then tell the other one about it. And we go out and buy it. We kind of flip flop. And so like David got the audio equipment. I went and bought that. And then I got the desk, he went and bought the desk and stuff like that. And so we copy each other. Because we basically benefit off of each other’s research and testing stuff out. And, um, and yeah, w we want to stay competitive with each other in terms of, of having a good quality gear. And so the lighting that we both have is something off of Amazon and we upgraded what probably wasn’t lasts like two months, David? Yeah. And, uh, yeah, it’s from Amazon and these are not fancy lights. You can get it for about $200, they Mount directly to your desk. So they’re meant for what we use him for, which is like a desk video studio type of scenario. And I pulled it up in my Amazon order and the seller is I VC it’s. I V I S I, and so it’s IVC Tupac led video light, a dimmable by color, 3000 Kelvin, uh, 5,800 Kelvin led panel. Um, Right. So this isn’t like a specific, I mean, I guess it is as a brand, it’s a brand I’ve never heard of. It could just be like a brand that sells exclusively on Amazon. Um, but they’re really good lights and there’s a couple key features I want to talk about. Um, as I mentioned previously, I, when I was starting out, I was using the down and dirty lighting kit. Right. It was like really cheap thrown together from Home Depot Lighting kit and it worked, um, it didn’t look pretty, so it’s not something I wanted out all the time and it wasn’t convenient. Um, but also there’s a couple key features that these lights have that is really, really useful. One is the ability to change the brightness. As well as the temperature. So how bright you have it, that’s pretty obvious the temperatures, the color. So if you want it really, really white like daylight, or if you want it more warm, uh, like a inside, you know, type of lamp, uh, look to it, then you can, you can adjust that. So being able to do that is. Huge. And then a second thing that’s really, really important is these lights have a remote control and you might think, okay. Yeah, that’s convenient, but it’s not really needed. However, I’ve come to learn that it really is needed because. If you are making adjustments to the brightness and temperature, you want to be able to do that while you’re seeing how it looks in the camera, um, on, on your screen. And so being able to do it remotely without having to walk around and adjust the lights is, is, is, is really important. So, um, anything to add to that, David. 07:35 David Blackmon: Absolutely. I’ve got a couple of my favorite features that I think are kind of game changers. And, um, I’m going to be the first to say this. I don’t, these were my first professional lights that I’ve bought, you know, Tim and I invested in a Lighting green scheme, green screen kit kind of a long time ago when we were first starting out with our videos and stuff. And it basically was some tripod poles, some very, um, cheaply made, uh, umbrellas and, uh, fluorescent lights that they sent in the bag and stuff. So these are kind of our first, or at least for me, my first professional quality lighting. And I love all the features that Tim mentioned, but. What he did mention that is also, um, it’s lights come with and I’m looking around my desk from my remote. I can’t find it. So I’m just gonna shoot it from the top of my head is it will allow you to program different settings for the lights. So like for example, You can program, um, you can have, you know, your left lights set on a and your bright lights set on B and then both lights set on C, which are programmable, you know, like.Settings in the remote groups, you can, it allows you to group different settings. So if you’re shooting, you know, let’s say a live stream and you’ve got the lights coming on and right in front of you and you’re, you’re just going live. But you’re, you’re doing something different with a different scene where camera position changes and stuff. You can program that in with these. So you don’t have to keep kind of trying to dial it in and stuff, you know, once you get it dialed in and you figure it out, set it. To those specific groups and then boom, I mean, come on. That’s huge. It’s, it’s just like a huge time saver and stuff. So, uh, very powerful. I felt very inexpensive for what you get as well. I love the warm and the cool and stuff, and I honestly had no clue about Kelvin and how lighting works and, you know, cool. Warm, You know, that kind of stuff, but I’m starting to learn and stuff and, uh, and believe it or not, it makes a big difference. It’s a big changer for both of our, uh, videos. 09:54 Tim Strifler: Yeah, definitely. And being able to dial in the temperature, the Kelvin setting is huge because the
10 minutes | 10 months ago
4 Things You Need to Install on Every WordPress Website for Marketing Purposes | EP 651
4 Things You need to install on every WordPress website for marketing purposes Google Analytics 01:35 Facebook Pixel 02:35 Search Console 04:41 Email Subscription tool 06:05 Read the full episode transcript below: 00:25 David Blackmon: Hey everybody. Welcome to another episode of WP The Podcast brought to you by WP Gears. I’m David Blackmon. 00:35 Tim Strifler: And I’m Tim Strifler. 00:37 David Blackmon: Today in episode 651 we’re going to talk about four things you need to install on every WordPress website for marketing purposes. Obviously there’s a lot of things that you’re going to need to do to your website to optimize it and make it awesome. And most effective but there are four tools that Tim and I believe you need to make sure are installed on every single one of your websites. And it’s for marketing you know, regardless of whether or not you’re selling products on your website, currently or you know booking events or clients through your website, you’ll want to have these things installed, because if you don’t have these things installed nothing is retroactive. But if you’re capturing data and all of a sudden one day you decide “hey I want to start selling my services on my website”, these tools are going to help you dial that in optimize it and be the most effective that you can be. So Tim get us kicked off. 01:35 Tim Strifler: Yeah and that’s exactly right this is not a super extensive list because that’s going to depend on what you’re trying to do, but these are the four things that we’ve identified, that no matter what you’re doing you need to do and the first one on the list is install Google Analytics. Now, as David mentioned, it’s not retroactive. So you have to install it from day one in order to get the data from day one, and so in order to track who’s coming to your site, what pages they’re looking at, how they’re getting to your site. All those sorts of things are very veryimportant and it’s not just about knowing those things, but it’s also about helping you to make decisions on things you do in the future too. Using your analytics to be able to make marketing decisions moving over or moving forward. And so if you don’t install that from day one well then you’re just putting yourself at a disadvantage because you’re losing out on data, so even if you don’t plan on opening it up, or looking at it you want to put it on day one. So it’ll start tracking and gathering all that really important website analytic data. 02:35 David Blackmon: Yeah absolutely, you want to know where your where your website viewers are coming from, you know. Where is your audience at, who they are, and stuff.. And it’s really important. Number two on our list is the Facebook Pixel. If you’re not familiar with that term Facebook, the Pixel it is a tracking code that you put on your website, which is going to allow you to retarget people on Facebook. So if you’ve ever visited a Website looking for a new car for example and then you go hop on over to the Facebook and all of a sudden you see a lot of car ads in your Facebook feed. Well guess what’s happening? You’re being retargeted to by that car company that you were looking at cars on their website and stuff, and they’re basically trying to get you to buy their products and services, and that’s okay it’s just part of marketing and stuff, but that’s how it’s done? You want to have that Facebook Pixel on all from the beginning as well just like Google Analytics. So that you can start capturing that data you may not use it immediately you may never run a Facebook ad in your business career and that’s okay, but should you choose to you’ll at least have that data to know who came to your site looking for you, or your services, or products, and you can start marketing to them whenever you decide to do that. If you choose to. 04:00 Tim Strifler: Yeah exactly. Because they a Facebook Pixel that has weeks or months or better yet years of data. Your ads are going to be so much more effective than a Facebook Pixel that’s brand new. So if you decide to do Facebook out of the blue, and you have no Pixel no data well you’re starting from complete scratch on every level. But if you have a Facebook Pixel has a ton of data it’s going to be smarter and so it’s going to know what type of website visitors will what types of people visit your website and what types of people buy and all sorts of things, and so you can literally tell Facebook “go find me more people like the people that have purchased already”. And Facebook is that smart, but if you don’t put that Pixel on there you can’t do it. 04:41 Tim Strifler: The next one on our list is a a site map tool. So this kind of goes hand in hand with Ggoogle Analytics. You want to set upa sitemap tool and then submit it to Google Webmaster tools, or is it Google Site Console now Site Console.. 05:01 David Blackmon: Search console.. 05:40 Tim Strifler: …Search console! Man they always change the names of all their products! G-Suite, Google apps, Search consoles… uh Webmaster Tools all those things.. It’s currently called Search Console and basically that is your connection to Google. And so you submit your sitemap there, and then Google can start indexing your website more effectively and then anytime you add more content to your site, your Sitemap updates automatically. And then Google has that index so it knows “oh hey there’s a new web page on this site” and they don’t have to, you know, find it. From some other way they’re finding it directly uh through you and so the way you do that is through an SEO plugin, David and I are big fans of Yoast. Always had good success using Yoast there’s other plugins like All-in-one SEO and SEO Framework and all that I’m pretty sure they all have the site map built in too, but that’s how you do it and then you just take that sitemap url plug it into the search console and then. . Yeah that’s something that you need to do on every WordPress website for marketing purposes. 06:05 David Blackmon: Yeah and I will throw this out there as a bonus tip. In august WordPress 5.5 is going to be released that is an update to WordPress. One of the default features that are going to be put into WordPress is a sitemap tool you’re going to be able to do your sitemap from directly within WordPress because it’s so important. I’m surprised that it’s taken this long for WordPress to actually put it into the basic you know the core product itself. So um look forward to that in august you won’t even have to use an SEO plugin to do it. Should you not choose to fourth on our list and definitely not least for marketing purposes is some type of email subscription tool. The de facto go-to for most WordPress websites when they get started is Mailchimp. Mailchimp is free up to the first 2 000 subscribers, so most people that build a website they don’t have a tremendous email list, but you want to start building this list from day one. Because you want to be able to market to those customers I can tell you and I think Tim’s going to agree with me, email marketing is by far the still the most effective marketing that you can actually do. People think “oh I don’t read emails anymore, who the heck uses email? Slack is an email killer, you know we don’t even use it anymore!” Well let me tell you if we could send an email every hour, guess what we’d send an email every hour because every time we send an email regardless of the fact that it’s a sales email or a tutorial or any type. Whatsoever our Sales go through the roof. So email marketing is still extremely effective. People still read emails. I still read emails, so you want to start building that email list immediately! So get yourself set up with something like Mailchimp. It easily integrates with WordPress, just about any WordPress theme in the world. And it’s free for up to the first 2000 subscribers which is huge. By the time you get to 2 000 subscribers you can probably start making enough money off of that email list to cover the cost of Mailchimp’s paid plan. 08:22 Tim Strifler: Yep absolutely email marketing is extremely effective, and just like we said previously, even if you don’t plan on really doing a lot of marketing right away, if you start kind of building those emails and stuff like that, you can, you know, save yourself a lot of time later when all of a sudden you want to send an email, but you don’t have anyone on your list. However one thing I recommend is if you’re not gonna be actively sending emails least set up an autoresponder or welcome email when someone responds, just saying “hey thank you so much forsubscribing to my, list I’m not going to be sending emails actively yet, so you might not hear it from me for a while, but if you have any questions reach out type of thing”. That way people you kind of like setting that expectation so then later if when you do emails and start email marketing they’ll remember “oh yeah he said he was going to be emailing me for a while and then now he is it doesn’t seem” so out of the blue because you warned them that you weren’t going to be sending him an email right away. 09:20 David Blackmon: All right! Well this concludes episode 651 for things you need to install on every wordpress website for marketing purposes. We hope you’ve gotten a lot out of this. Tomorrow we’ve got anoth
6 minutes | 10 months ago
How a Local Small Business Meetup Can Help Grow Your Business | EP 650
How a Local Small Business Meetup Can Help Grow Your Business Share some of your free knowledge00:37 Start planning now!01:27 Engage their intrest. 02:56 What you’re putting into the universe, you’re gonna get back..04:02 Be helpfull. 05:28 Read the full episode transcript below: 00:25 David Blackmon: Hey everybody. Welcome to another episode of WP The Podcast brought to you by WP Gears. I’m David Blackmon. 00:35 Tim Strifler: And I’m Tim Strifler. 00:37 David Blackmon: Today in episode 650 we’re going to talk about how a local small business meetup can help grow your business. And in these times this is going to be even more, so I’ve always felt like this was a great idea to do regardless of pandemic or not. But now that a lot of small businesses have suffered as a direct result of the quarantines. And people being locked down and businesses being shut and them not having an online presence. I think now more than ever is going to be a great time to start helping these businesses out you know do these things once a month and give them give away share some of your free knowledge. I guarantee it’s going to benefit help grow your business so that’s what Tim and I are going to talk about today. 01:27 Tim Strifler: Yeah and depending on where you are, you might still be in some sort of a lockdown quarantine type situation. I know in California they started to open stuff back up, and then the cases skyrocketed. And so then they locked everything back up again, and so you might be in a place where you’re like I can’t do a local meetup for small businesses. And so what we’re suggesting is start planning it now because as soon as stuff starts to open up small businesses are going to be hungry for that. For that engagement and interaction with other business owners and wanting to network and stuff like that. So if you can kind of get the all those things rolling now “oh my gosh”, it will like be so successful once you can actually make it live. 02:07 David Blackmon: And what are some of those things that you can be doing right now. You can be looking for a place to meet you know. You can be thinking about topics that you want to cover that are relevant pain points solve some problems for these small businesses that didn’t have a website, or maybe had a website but had no way to generate revenue on that website, because they didn’t have an e-commerce website,or whatever. There are lots of things and topics that you can kind of cover and stuff. So preparing for that now and getting the word out you don’t need to wait until all this pandemic stuff is over, you know. Start reaching out to businesses let them know what you’re going to be doing and stuff and making them aware. 02:56 Tim Strifler: You took the words out of my mouth David! I was going to say the exact thing start reaching out to these businesses and engage their interest, and you could even create a Facebook group specifically for this quote unquote networking group. And be like “hey I’m gonna create this group here for you know blank small business networking”. So you know, your area small business networking Facebook group and then start inviting people there, and you can start engaging with them and interacting with them there, even before you have an actual physical meetup. So you’re gonna get a ton of people that are interested and you’re gonna look like the hero because you’re the one behind it all, and guess what? You’re a web designer! Hey all these businesses are gonna need someone to help them redesign their site work on their site build a new site whatever. It’s not something that you go in with this big sales pitch, but just the fact that you’re there and you’re wanting to network and you’re not pitching yourself at all, but you’re showing value they’re going to want to hire you even without you pitching anything at all. It’s it’s amazing how not selling can sometimes be the best sales strategy! 04:02 David Blackmon: Absolutely being helpful and sharing your knowledge will 100 percent, you know, benefit! You in the long run you know besides the fact that physiologically something happens when we’re of service to people, you know, we feel good about ourselves, we feel like we’re giving back, you know, we’re sharing our knowledge and stuff. And it just it makes us feel good emotionally. Which affects us physicallyall the way around you know. I guarantee you that kind of whether you believe in what you reap is what you sow or karma, you know, what you’re putting out into the universe, you’re gonna get back. If you’re putting out goodness and stuff out there, you’re gonna definitely benefit greatly from doing that and stuff. And businesses are going to be appreciative even if they don’t hire you it’s okay you know they may run across someone, you know, one of their co-business owners that does need to hire someone and you might be the person they think of, and say “go see David or Tim because those guys really help me out, and they know their stuff. And you know they’re good guys so go hire them”. You just never know so yeah! Boom there you go! Start a local small business meetup, because I promise you it’s going to help grow your business in the long run. Do it once a month it’s not going to take a tremendous amount of time an hour a month what can that hour a month benefit you huge. 05:28 Tim Strifler: Yeah and what one more thing I want to say is you sometimes might not even have to be the one to start it. Do some research there might already be one, and just join it, and start getting involved and being helpful. 05:40 David Blackmon: Absolutely all right tomorrow in episode 651 we’re going to talk about four things you need to install on every WordPress website for marketing purposes. Tim until tomorrow we’ll see you then. 05:55 Tim Strifler: Take care bye-bye. Did you Enjoy this Episode? Will you consider sharing it online? Just click one of the share buttons below! Will you leave us a review? Have a question, or a topic request? Let us know in the comments below! Want to Connect with David & Tim? David: Aspen Grove Studios Divi Space Tim: TimStrifler.com Divi Life The post How a Local Small Business Meetup Can Help Grow Your Business | EP 650 appeared first on WP Gears.
8 minutes | 10 months ago
Virtual Studio Series: The Audio Mic Setup that David and Tim Use and Why | EP 649
Virtual Studio Series: The Audio & Mic Setup that David and Tim Use and Why Upgrading First! 01:16 A Rode Procaster” 02:22 An Audio Interface 03:22 Price points 05:01 “We sounds like we know what we’re doing” 06:34 Read the full episode transcript below: 00:25 David Blackmon: Hey everybody. Welcome to another episode of WP The Podcast brought to you by WP Gears. I’m David Blackmon. 00:35 Tim Strifler: And I’m Tim Strifler. 00:37 David Blackmon: Today in episode 649 we’re going to continue our Virtual Studio Series which we started a few days ago. We talked about our camera and video setup, today we’re going to talk about the audio and mic setup that Tim and I use. To do honestly just about everything in our business you know, so whether you’re on a we’re on a call with a client or on a on a call with our team members going over client projects or internal projects for our product companies or our courses we use these microphones for everything. So it’s important. 01:16 Tim Strifler: Yeah it really is! And we, David mentioned this, is part of the series uh if you missed the previous episode we talked aboutour video camera setup and so we didt was episode 646. And so we’re doing this Virtual Studio Series every three episodes. Just to kind of break it up for you guys um and so definitely go back and listen to that if you if you missed it because we talk about our cameras and how to get really really high quality video. And kind of the reason for this is with um uh everything going on with with Covid19 and stuff so many companies are having to go virtual, and so everyone is wanting to up the quality, and they want people to be able to see them more clearly, and hear thembetter and stuff. So audio is one of the the things. Actually probably what I recommend upgrading first is you know even before you upgrade your camera upgrade your audio setup. You definitely can’t go wrong and so yeah David you want me to talk. about the mic 02:19 David Blackmon: You can talk about the mic, absolutely. 02:22 Tim Strifler: All right. So the mic that I’m using and uh if you are listening to this on Apple podcast or Spotify or whatever, If you want to actually see we’re going to post pictures on WPGears.com so just navigate over to WPGears.com episode 649. And we’re going to show you some pictures of our actual setup and audio and mic setup. And so or if you’re watching this live you can see it now but basically the microphone that both David and I use, is the Rode Rrocaster. it is a professional level microphone for podcasters. That’s kind of their the target demographic but as David mentioned we use these for everything for doing Zoom calls with clients, or our team members or recording tutorials or videos. The mics are used uh for everything! And so um the Rode Procaster is very high quality, it’s an XLR microphone and so you can’t actually plug it directly into your computer you need an audio interface. And I’ll let David talk about that. 03:22 David Blackmon: Yeah the audio interface that we use is the Focusrite it’s the Scarlett 2I2. I believe is the actual name of it and it’s very simple straightforward, and it does use usb to plug into your computer and it is the interface that ties your microphone which is XLR. It’s got an XLR feed into the front of it and it will actually the one we have will actually house two microphones at the same time. So one thing that Tim didn’t say he did talk about what we did use what we started out using initially was the Yeti Blue. I want to say the Yeti Blue… 04:05 Tim Strifler: Blue Yeti. Blue’s the brand Yeti’s the mic.. 04:08 David Blackmon: Thank you Tim. I had it backwards. Yeah so those are great mics but truthfully I want to say the Rode Procaster didn’t cost much more than the Yeti, you know. I had the Yeti Pro, I want to say it was silver and it was awesome looking. Kind of retro looked like you had a big microphone in front of your face that, uh you know, I was going to sing a 40s song to. So you know, you don’t have to but the quality isnight and day difference if you’re using headphones on your phone that plug into your computer or you’re using your computer audio you’re going to know a massive take. I notice a massive difference when you use one of these professional level microphones and I agree with Tim, I think audio is something that you should probably set up first as opposed to you know jumping off into the video stuff so yeah.. 05:01 Tim Strifler: Only thing I’ll add is give you some some price points here. So the Rode Procaster is the for just the microphone is 229 dollars.Then you have to get the the audio interface. So the Scarlett Focusrite or Focusrite Scarlett uh is about depending where you get it, uh 160. I’m seeing it 229. So yeah so there’s I don’t know why there’s different price points. Maybe just because it’s low stock and so they’reramping the price up um and so but then what you’re also going to need is a microphone arm to mount it to your desk or some sort of a stand we prefer the arms that way when you’re not using it you can just easily turn it, get it out of the way. It’s very e asy to adjust the height and then we also have a shoot what’s that called the little cage thing to reduce vibrations… 05:51 David Blackmon: Let’s call it a cage Tim, cage.. 05:56 Tim Strifler: Basically it’s it’s to reduce vibrations and so it has, I don’t even know how to describe it… 06:02 David Blackmon: A shock absorber.. 06:05 Tim Strifler: Shock Absorber. Yep that’s it. I’m gonna say that and then a windscreen over it too so to reduce the “pff pff” noises.. 06:12 David Blackmon: Yeah the “pops”, Your “peas”.. 06:14 Tim Strifler: Yeah. So if I remember correctly the entire setup for all those things is around 600. So and then the Blue Yeti is 100 bucks 120 or for. And that’s all you need.. 06:28 David Blackmon: Plugs directly into your computer.. 06:34 Tim Strifler: Yeah so I remember going from a built-in mic uh to the Blue Yeti huge upgrade, and then going from the Blue Yeti to the Rode Procaster, another huge upgrade. So massive we actually sound professional with these microphones we sound like we know what we’re doing which is the whole goal.. 06:53 David Blackmon: Yeah we sound like we know what we’re doing.. I love that! All right well that’s our audio setup. Tim’s right we’re going to take some pictures of our desk and we’ll put it in the video series and stuff. So that you can kind of get an idea of how we have things set uptomorrow we’ve got another great topic guess what we’re at Episode 650 tomorrow. Wow 650 podcast episodes Tim! That’s a lot! And the topic will be how a local small business meetup can help grow your web design business. Tim until tomorrow we’ll see you then. 07:34 Tim Strifler: Take care bye-bye. Did you Enjoy this Episode? Will you consider sharing it online? Just click one of the share buttons below! Will you leave us a review? Have a question, or a topic request? Let us know in the comments below! Want to Connect with David & Tim? David: Aspen Grove Studios Divi Space Tim: TimStrifler.com Divi Life The post Virtual Studio Series: The Audio Mic Setup that David and Tim Use and Why | EP 649 appeared first on WP Gears.
9 minutes | 10 months ago
How to Use Header Tags Properly for Effective SEO | EP 648
5 minutes | 10 months ago
How to Add Syntax Highlighting in WordPress | EP 647
How to Add Syntax Highlighting in WordPress Syntax Highlighting 00:59 “This is a body, this is a head” 02:24 Code Snippet 03:23 Read the full episode transcript below: 00:25 David Blackmon: Hey everybody. Welcome to another episode of WP The Podcast brought to you by WP Gears. I’m David Blackmon. 00:35 Tim Strifler: And I’m Tim Strifler. 00:37 David Blackmon: Today in episode 647 we’re going to talk about how to add syntax highlighting in WordPress. You may wonder how sometimes code gets put into a WordPress website and it just looks different, it’s got a different color, it actually looks like code and stuff.. Well there’s a simple way to do that we’re going to tell you how to do that today. Tim? 00:59 Tim Strifler: Yeah, so let me quickly explain syntax highlighting and why you want it. So if you just look at a block of code and it’s all the same color it’s really hard to read, but what syntax highlighting does is it changes the colors for the different things. So for example if you just have basic html well they’re going to put the html tags in one color and then the other things that you’re writing in between will be black and then that’s like the most basic example . And so the more complicated the coding language the more different colors are going to be used and for it really just makes it easier on the eyes to read, and so if you’re if you’ve looked at tutorials on on WordPress before, and they you know, give yousome examples of something to add to your functions.php file and it like it looks really good it’s well formatted, well that’s syntax highlighting. And so um you might wonder how to get that onto your site as David mentioned and so there’s a couple there’s, I mean there’s a lot of different ways. The plug-in that we recommend using is called Syntax Highlighter and it is a really powerful plug-in. It’s actually they’ve changed the name to Syntax Highlighter Evolved, because they’ve added a lot of stuff and so if you’re using Gutenberg it comes with a Gutenberg block but if you’re not using Gutenberg then that’s okay, you don’t have to use it. So it’s very very simple very easy to use. And uh that’s how you do it anything to add to that David? 02:24 David Blackmon: No it’s uh you know a lot of people think you gotta use code to highlight code and stuff and there are many different ways like Tim said, but this is probably the simplest most easiest way to add syntax highlighting to your WordPress website. I guess my only question would be why would someone want to do that, and you kind of answered it which is, you know, when someone comes to the website a lot of tutorials like Tim and I will do tutorials on our websites Divi life and Divi Space, and we’ll do a lot of Divi tutorials and stuff where we’ll give away free code and stuff, to teach people how to do this, and this is when these types of plugins or this type of syntax highlighting comes in handy because as you’re learning, at least for me, it was helpful to know “this is a body”, “this is a head”. This is a you know and and having that highlighted out in that code and stuff allows me to, you know, target what I want if I want to make some edits or changes and stuff to it soI hope that made sense. 03:23 Tim Strifler: Yeah and so I use, the David and I both use Divi. Uh we’re big Divi people and so I actually use a Divi module. And so it’s actually it’s from Divibooster.com a module called Code Snippet module and basically it’s a Divi module that allows you to pop in your code and then it allows you to customize. They have different color schemes built in and so you can choose one that kind of matches the site and everything. And so that’s what I use and I love it! It works great I’ve used it for years now but if you’re not using a page builder or using different page builder then the plugin we mentioned is free it’s been around a long time has 40 000 active installations four and a half stars, can’t go wrong with the Syntax Highlighter Evolved plug-in. 04:05 David Blackmon: Well tomorrow we’ve got another great topic for you. We are going to talk about how to use header tags properly for effective SEO. Tim until tomorrow we’ll see you then. 04:22 Tim Strifler: Take care bye-bye. Did you Enjoy this Episode? Will you consider sharing it online? Just click one of the share buttons below! Will you leave us a review? Have a question, or a topic request? Let us know in the comments below! Want to Connect with David & Tim? David: Aspen Grove Studios Divi Space Tim: TimStrifler.com Divi Life The post How to Add Syntax Highlighting in WordPress | EP 647 appeared first on WP Gears.
14 minutes | 10 months ago
Virtual Studio Series: The Cameras David and Tim Use and Why | EP 646
Virtual Studio Series: The Cameras David and Tim Use and Why Introduction 00:37 Tim’s setup 02:59 David’s setup 04:29 The lens 07:04 Hi-end phones 08:14 Capture card 10:41 Read the full episode transcript below: 00:25 David Blackmon: Hey everybody welcome to another episode of WP The Podcast brought to you by WP The Gears. I’m David Blackmon. 00:35 Tim Strifler: And I’m Tim Strifler. 00:37 David Blackmon: Today in episode 646 we’re going to start our virtual studio series this is a series a four part series where Tim and I are going to talk about our video set up, our audio setup, our desks, the mounting systems that we have for our monitors and everything. It’s goingto be pretty awesome i think. Tim and I are geeks and we geek out on this stuff all the time, and today we’re going to start off with our video series the cameras we use to do this recording, to do these live streams, to record um you know product videos for our product companies butalso to do client screen recording and stuff where we actually show clients how to use their WordPress website and stuff and you may do that so we’re going to share with you these tools that we use. 01:26 Tim Strifler: Yeah and so we’re gonna, Dave mentioned, the series it’s gonna be every three episodes so we’re not gonna just talk about gear for the next several episodes we’re gonna break it up just in case you’re a daily listener and you don’t have any interest in this. we don’t wanna bore you with all the gear stuff so we’ll mix in some other uh different topics in between but um whenever we’re going live where David and I are doing a coaching call for our course or you know, we’re doing this doing that we’re always getting questions “oh what cameras that are like you know do you have any special lighting or what microphone is that” and so we get asked those questions a lot and so we we have done an episode. Recently a few episodes back where we kind of gave a quick summary over the stuff we we use but we wanted to really kind of dive deeper for those interested because with these days especially with the global pandemic and everything like with these days.. Especially with theglobal pandemic and everything like upping the quality of your virtual meetings and your live streaming and your recording tutorials or coursesor podcasts that’s a big deal. And so people want better quality and because of the pandemic so many people are wanting to up their quality all of these companies that sell all these different products are sold out we’re going to talk about some of those in a little bit but it’s it’s not a bad time to be in the business of selling high quality camera and audio and live streaming gear. So David do you want me to jump in and talk about my cameras or.. 02:54 David Blackmon: I think you should Tim. Go you’re on fire! 02:59 Tim Strifler: Yeah! So cameras are obviously very a very big deal when you’re doing any type of video or live streaming and so here’s the thing though you might think that you need a webcam. Well you do not need a webcam. Webcams are terrible even if you buy one of the nicest webcams out there if it’s just a webcam. It’s not going to look that great and so what you actually need to do to get the quality that David and I have. Which is the kind of the blurred background bokeh effect, you know, really high quality look. You actually need a professional level camera. And so I use the Sony A6400 which is a professional photography camera with really great video capabilities built in. It’s a mirrorless camera so it technology is different than a DSLR but you can also use a DSLR, and then I have my secondary camera which I don’t actuallykeep hooked up is a Canon M50. And both of these even though they’re professional level they’re more on the entry-level side of professional cameras and so they’re very affordable and the quality is outstanding especially when you compare it to a built-in like laptop or iMac webcam, or even an exterior webcam that you buy from like Amazon or whatever. And so yeah so those will get you really really good quality we’re gonna talk in a little bit how to actually use it as a webcam but first I’m gonna send it back over to David to talk about his camera setup. 04:29 David Blackmon: Yeah and one of the things that I want to say is that you know the highest end webcam that Tim was talking about is is the Logitech 922c or something like that and the difference is that you see if you’re watching this live feed or if you’ve seen any of our videoswe actually stream in 4k you know. Which is twice 1080p is basically 2k and they do not make any 4k streaming webcams they haven’t. As a matter of fact this Logitech 922c web camera has been the best one for like the last five or six years they have not updated it so and it is drastically different it is huge. In fact if you are watching this live stream never mind I don’t even have it hooked up anymore because I don’t want to use it anymore. I’ve got this one I used to have it hooked up and I was going to do a quick quick demonstration of how terrible it is compared to these cameras that we use. So anyways the cameras that I use is also I stay with the Sony. I’ll tell you why I chose them uh Sony A6500 which is the one that you’re seeing me on right now, and it’s a little bit older than Tim 6400. 6400 came out after the 6500 which really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense but it has a screen that allows you it has a flip screen and that was kind of my only pain point with the sony mirrorless cameras, but I still went with them anyways because their auto focus tracking is second to none in these high-end cameras. I knew that I wanted to possibly doing some vlogging, take my camera out in nature, you know, possibly even put some stuff up on Youtube and I wanted it to be able to auto focus and track. So even if as I’m moving here you know the auto focus with Sony is just insanely good. So I have the A6500 and the A6400 as well as my two cameras and absolutely love them. And you know they’re the price range of those cameras is around a thousandanywhere between a thousand to fifteen hundred dollars for those cameras so it is a little bit of an investment, but it’s not an overwhelming like “oh my god”. I think if you have some some lenses already you can actually buy the camera for eight or nine hundred dollars and it does allow you to have the interchangeable lenses. So it’s huge you know when you’re looking at video equipment and stuff it’ll go to all of these different cameras and stuff so.. 07:04 Tim Strifler: Yeah and if you’re listening to the audio uh since this is an audio podcast. Just so you know, David and I are actually live streaming or recording uh to the WP Gears, Facebook and Youtube and so you can go and see the video on any of those platforms and if we remember we’ll try to have this the live stream Youtube embedded into the the episode on WPGears.com so you can see what we’re talking about with the cameras and the quality and everything. Because we we honestly we get that question every other day like oh what camera are you using like why does it look so good, like my webcam doesn’t look anything like that and that’s why. Because it’s yeah it’s a professional level camera that we’re using as a webcam. And we we talked about the cameras and David kind of uh gave some price range tips on there one thing we didn’t mention yet is the lens which the the kit lens or the stock lens that come on these cameras is pretty decent. David and I are using an additional lens that we bought it’s a made by Sigma and it’s a 19 millimeter lens is that correct David? 08:14 David Blackmon: 16 millimeter f 1.4 yeah it’s uh it’s a great lens and it doesn’t cost that much and it’s a super lens for doing this type of stuff. Desktop stuff. It’s got a really wide angle catches a lot if you’re you can see this on the live stream and we’ll make sure that the Youtube video gets embedded onto this episode for sure but you can see Tim’s almost his entire office and stuff. You know it’s pretty amazing it’s got a great wide lens. The third thing that I also use is this bad boy Iphone 11 pro shoots in 4k you know. I mean, I have a little stand you know that Iyou know hook it onto a little tripod and you know I’ll use the phone sometimes as well. So if you don’t have the money to do the investment but you do have one of these high-end cell phones these days these guys shoot in 4k video. So I would assume Android does the same. I’m an Apple guy, so i’ve got the Iphone 11 pro. It shoots in 4k, it’s fantastic so if you need to use that until you can upgrade to one of these you know cameras don’t hesitate to do that as well. 09:34 Tim Strifler: Now David is there an app to use your connect your phone to your computer to be able to use it as a webcam. 09:43 David Blackmon: Absolutely! And I think Ecamm. Well I’m kind of going all in on the video stuff so I actually have a switcherthat allows me to use my phone and it’s uh oh what’s the name of the switcher Blackmagic Atem Mini which is a switcher that will allow me to you know plug my Iphone into the switcher and then do the output through the computer, Zoom Ecam live or whatever it is that you’re using and stuff. But I would imagine that there’s probably something that you can do you know that will plug the phone directly into your comp
6 minutes | 10 months ago
How to Embed TikTok Videos into WordPress | EP 645
How to Embed Tik Tok Videos into WordPress What Tik Tok is? 00:37 How to embed Tik Tok video into WordPress 02:10 Read the full episode transcript below: 00:28 David Blackmon: Hey everybody welcome to another episode of WP The Podcast brought to you by WP Gears. I’m David Blackmon. 00:35 Tim Strifler: And I’m Tim Strifler. 00:37 David Blackmon: Today in episode 645 we’re going to talk about how to embed Tik Tok videos into your WordPress website. Unless you’ve been sleeping and living under a rock you probably know what Tik Tok is, but i’ll go ahead and tell you anyways before we tell you how to insert it into your wordpress website. Tik Tok is the latest craze social media platform where you can it’s a video you know you can make videos of yourself and then post them on the Tik Tok platform. There is some you know a lot of stuff going around about the security of tick tock so I want to just put this out there that we’re not saying “go download Tik Tok today”, because if I’m not mistaken it’s a pretty they’re they’re capturing all the data not that all the other apps that you install on your phone and stuff don’t do that, but I want to say that uh some of the articles that I’ve read, Tik Tok takes it to the extreme. They get everything so just be aware of that if you decide to start using this platform, but needless to say it’s the rage my kids love it, that’s what they do all day long, and I’ve seen a lot more adults more, more adults using this platform for sheer entertainment, laughing all the time, it’s funny videos, it’s uh…It’s just a new great platform to entertain yourself I guess Tim, so I’m not a Tik Toker, so I can’t really you know, give you personal experience. 02:10 Tim Strifler: I was going to say the same thing. While like you said everyone’s probably heard about it, I’ve definitely heard about it and kind of seen things posted and I know what it is, but like you David, I am not a Tik Toker, never downloaded the app, never really watched any videos from Tik Tok, but I do hear that it is all the rage, and so uh if you’re building wordpress websites chances are um actually maybe not chances are but there might be a case where you need to embed Tik Tok videos into your WordPress Website for a client or for your own purposes. And so um here’s the thing it’s actually super super easy. WordPress has it built into where it’ll automatically embed so like wordpress has it built in for for Vimeo videos and Youtube and um different things like that Spotify if you just paste a link to a video or audio file on one of those platforms and now including Tik Tok it automatically embeds it. You don’t have to do anything you don’t have to add any extra plugins you don’t have to deal with embed code and html and all that you just paste the link into the browser. And so that’s it there’s no secret that’s just what you do and how you do it um not really much else to talk about here. We will post an article in case you want a little bit more information from WPbeginner so if you wanted to do more than just a video and for example you wanted to embed a feed you can embed a Tik Tok feed using a Tik Tok feed plug-in from quad layers it’s a free plug-in in the WordPress repository and basically any time a Tik Tok profile posts new stuff it’ll show up there automatically. But for single videos you don’t have to do anything you just paste the link and WordPress does the rest. 03:55 David Blackmon: Awesome! Well there you go super easy WordPress is getting better and better every day and got a new release coming out soon. Tim and I are going to cover that in a future podcast episode as well. Tomorrow we’re going to start a new series called our Virtual Studio Series where Tim and I are going to discuss in depth the things that we use to run our businesses whether it’s manage our product business our WordPress clients websites, record these podcasts, do live streams, all the marketing and stuff. And it’s not going to be an everyday thing, because we don’t want to bore you to death. This is a WordPress Podcast and so we kind of want to keep it WordPress related and stuff and we don’t want to lose you. So every you know we’re going to start the series but it won’t be sequential there’s going to be some great topics in between and stuff. But we’re going to dive deeper into like our video camera the the camera that tim and i use and why we use itso tune in tomorrow to catch that episode. Tim until tomorrow we’ll see you then. 05:02 Tim Strifler: Take care bye-bye. Did you Enjoy this Episode? Will you consider sharing it online? Just click one of the share buttons below! Will you leave us a review? Have a question, or a topic request? Let us know in the comments below! Want to Connect with David & Tim? David: Aspen Grove Studios Divi Space Tim: TimStrifler.com Divi Life The post How to Embed TikTok Videos into WordPress | EP 645 appeared first on WP Gears.
14 minutes | 10 months ago
The Tools You Need for High Quality Virtual Meetings | EP 644
The Tools You Need for High Quality Virtual Meetings Video conference software00:37 Good quality camera 02:04 Cam link 03:40 Power pack 05:12 Lighting 06:48 Microphone and audio interface 08:25 Read the full episode transcript below: 00:25 David Blackmon: Hey everybody welcome to another episode of WP The Podcast, brought to you by WP Gears. I’m David Blackmon. 00:35 Tim Strifler: And I’m Tim Strifler. 00:37 David Blackmon: Today in episode 644 we’re going to talk about the tools you need for high quality virtual meetings. Yesterday Tim and I tackled the topic of how to have an effective virtual client meeting. If you haven’t listened to that go take a listen to it. Today we’re going to talk about the tools that we use and the ones that we recommend and number one to start off is video conferencing software. You know there’s lots of options out there and they’re all good it just depends on what meets your budgets and your needs. Best we use Zoom, you can use Google Meet, Google Meets free, Zoom has a free option but it’s got a time limit .You can do a zoom call for an x number of time i believe it’s like 40 minutes and then it’s going to cut off. So if you have meetings that could potentially go longer than 40 minutes and when you’re meeting with clients those meetings were really important, and sometimes those clients can get long-winded or vice versa you could go longer than 40 minutes, so be aware of that. You know the software platform that you’re using a la Zoom, Google Meet, Skype those are the three that are probably the most common and that we recommend um you know. Just be aware of that Google Meets free it doesn’t have any time limit you can stay on there forever if you want to and Skype is as well but Zoom does have a time limit so.. 02:04 Tim Strifler: Yeah, yeah and another one is go to meeting go to meeting used to kind of be all the rage. Came well before Zoom but Zoom in my opinion and trust David and I we’ve used everything. Zoom is is the best quality and the best like stability um hands down compared to everything else so that’s that’s top of the list for sure. The next thing uh that you need for high quality virtual meetings and again as David mentioned this is high quality, so if you want if you’re starting to do more of this, you want to up the quality that’s the things on this list you don’tnecessarily have to do this just to have virtual meetings right this is. If you want to have high quality virtual meetings so the next thing on the list is a good quality camera. So for example David and I use Sony mirrorless cameras. So mirrorless and DSLR are two different professional camera technologies. DSLR have mirrors and mirrorless are kind of a newer thing and that they don’t have mirrors in the same way but they’re both very high quality professional level cameras. David and I both use the uh use Sony’s as I mentioned I use the A6400, David has the A6500and I think David’s plenty I’m getting the A6400 as well. And then I also have a Canon M50 um but all great cameras um and if you buy the camera you’re typically going to want to buy a lens as well so um Dave and I both use the sigma uh Sigma lens is.. 03:32 David Blackmon: 16.. 03:32 Tim Strifler: 16 millimeter okay.. yeah I’m terrible with the lint.. 03:33 David Blackmon: Yeah I think it’s a 16 millimeter yeah.. 03:37 Tim Strifler: Okay, 60 millimeter Sigma lens is a great one so we highly recommend that. 03:40 David Blackmon: And speaking of cameras obviously your camera can shoot very high quality video hours for example will shoot 4k video well it’s not your computers that your camera could be plugged into your webcams and whatnot um can’t really record in those. So you’re going to need something to capture that so there’s we use cam link which is a capture card. I’m sure there’s some other options out there but elgato cam link is a pretty well known well-known easy to use works with just about any camera you hook it up with an HDMI cord and you can plug it right into your Computer and it will turn any really nice camera like the Sony A6400, A6500 or the Canons or you know any of the other ones Panasonic whatever, into a webcam. So we also have the um Logitech HD 1080p camera but there aren’t any 4k ones so they just haven’t made them yet and this hd camera that Tim and I have, had for years. With the Logitech is actually the best one that’s out there and but it’s just not super high quality. We want the bokeh effect in the background the blurred background we want us to really you know looking really goodon camera and stuff and uh this capture card is going to allow you to do that so get that. 05:12 Tim Strifler: Yeah there’s no like webcams that can get you the quality that you can get with a professional level camera that you use a cam link or capture card with. And so that’s the route you have to go if you want to have a really high Quality video for virtual meetings and streaming and stuff. The next thing is you’re going to need a basically a power pack or dummy battery for your camera. And so Dave andI we we’re using our high quality cameras that we’re telling you about right now and uh so they’re you know we’ve been recording now for um I don’t know close to an hour or whatnot. And so um you don’t want to be constantly having to change the batteries you want to be able to plug it in and have it just stay on for an unlimited amount of time and so you can basically get a like a power pack that plugs into an outlet and it’sessentially like a dummy battery that goes into your battery port and it basically allows the electricity to transfer into your camera without having to constantly be switching battery packs. 06:12 David Blackmon: And you may be asking why not just plug my camera in directly to the wall. Unfortunately a lot of these cameras don’t allow you to do that. They still will shut off after a period of time and that is why these dummy batteries or power pack batteries for these cameras are important. Because they will even if you have it plugged in for some reason it doesn’t work that way and blows my mind! Sony fix that! So that we don’t have to buy a dang extra dummy battery so.. 06:43 Tim Strifler: Yeah which they’re cheap they’re like what 20 bucks.. 06:48 David Blackmon: Yeah they’re pretty cheap so it’s not a huge deal but kind of a pain. Seems like it would be just built right into the camera because I can plug mine into the wall however it’s still going to shut off after about 45 minutes. So next on our list which is very importantfor high quality virtual meetings is good lighting. Tim and I talked about lighting yesterday probably the most it’s really really important obviously. You don’t want just the lights from your room you know above lights or just a window only to depend on lighting we actually have purchased some professional lighting that mounts to our desks that you know, goes from um I forget the scales of lighting because we’re Tim and I aren’t photo or video experts.. uh I think it’s kelvin you know and and it. Yeah it’s how you measure light temperature from like the cool to the warm you know and it kind of gives that natural or outdoor or indoor or those types of lights where you can manage the kelvin is is gonna allow you to adjust the lighting and stuff. And how you position the lighting where it shines from um all of that stuff is really really important so you’re going to somewhat need to educate yourself on good lighting and stuff and it’s pretty easy just use common sense you can see yourself you know what looks good,what doesn’t look good when you have shadows.. uh when things are kind of out of out of out of focus and stuff. So good lighting is really important and it’s pretty inexpensive to get some good lights as well. 08:25 Tim Strifler: Yeah which they’re cheap they’re like what 20 bucks that mount directly to your desk and so we don’t have to set anything up we don’t have any uh you know stands that are getting in the way of anything. They just mount to the desk and they’re made for what we’re doing you know. To shine directly on you as you’re as you’re you’re doing videos and video calls and streaming or live video calls. So that’s lighting’s Important. The last thing but definitely Not. uh the least is a good microphone. I would say i’d venture to say if you’re not gonna do any of the other things on this list you should at least get a good microphone because that will automatically make your uh virtual meetings so much better quality by having a good microphone. And so you can uh start relatively inexpensive for example the Blue Yeti that’s probably the first thing that i did to really upgrade the quality of videos and stuff. That I was doing was i bought the Blue Yeti microphone I think it’s about 100 bucks somewhere in there. Get it on amazon or Best Buy or any store that sells electronics it’s a pretty popular microphone it’s and it’sa usb mic so it’ll plug directly in your computer no additional hardware or software needed and it’s gonna drastically improve your quality over the microphone that’s built into your computer or the microphone that comes with your headphones. So that’s a great place to start however if you want to take it a step further uh two microphones that i highly recommend and are really popular in the kind of the podcas
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How to Have Effective Virtual Client Meetings | EP 643
How to Have Effective Virtual Client Meetings Well-lit room 01:43 A “witness protection” 02:30 Headphones to avoid the echo 03:34 Use a microphone 04:01 Use software that your clients are familiar 04:52 Read the full episode transcript below: 00:25 David Blackmon: Hey everybody welcome to another episode of WP The Podcast brought to you by WP Gears. I’m David Blackmon. 00:35 Tim Strifler: And I’m Tim Strifler. 00:37 David Blackmon: Today in episode 643 we’re going to talk about how to have effective virtual client meetings. Obviously with everything going on globally in the world with mandatory “stay-at-home” orders. Coronavirus, Covid19 depending on where You are in the world as to how they’re referring to it. It’s kind of changed the way that we do things you know tim and i are pretty used to having virtual meetings with clients and stuff because our client base is global. We have clients all over the world so obviously if we have a client in Germany Tim’s in California i’m in Oregon, we can’t be in person we’ve got to do virtual meetings. So it’s something that’s kind of normal in our wheelhouse and we kind of take it for granted. So there’s a lot of people whose lives have completely changed who have never had to do virtual client meetings who are having to do it now. So we wanted to talk about how to have effective virtual client meetings because we’ve got a lot of experience with it. So Tim won’t you get us kicked off? 01:43 Tim Strifler: Yeah absolutely! Now the first thing the first tip we have to have an effective virtual client meeting is be in a well-lit room. No one wants to see a really dark shadowy person on their screen you know. And so if you’re with a client you want to present yourself really well you want to be in a well-lit room and so either natural light or turn the lights on, right? So if it’s you know after hours or maybe you have a room that doesn’t really have good natural light coming in no big windows just make sure you have some good lights on. Like that’s like the easiest thing but it’s crazy how much we see people that just have poorly lit room it’s like they’re they’re in a closet or something with no lights on and it’s like you can barely see them. 02:30 David Blackmon: I laughed because what came to mind was unless you’re in “witness protection” do you not want thelights on. So I don’t think I don’t think you’re going to be doing “the witness protection” thing. Secondly let’s make the lighting shineon you and not towards the camera, you know because when you put the light towards the camera and stuff, you know make sure that the window is behind the camera and not in front of the camera because it’s just gonna again lighting is very important. 03:02 Tim Strifler: Yeah definitely! Yeah that’s another thing too is like you’ll see someone’s like oh they’re in a bright room they’re it’s a very well lit room but the window is facing the camera and then it’s like you see a silhouette and it’s just too bright on the camera. The camera can’t focus on the Person because the person’s not lit like if you are this uh the subject right and and you want to light the subject that’s a general lighting rule. And so you want to light the subject not the camera so you want the light source coming from behind the camera ideally. The next tip is use headphones to avoid Echo. So uh you know if you have your your speakers turned up pretty loud uh it can pick up the other person talking and so there’s they’ll hear themselves on an echo and everything. And so just avoid the possibility of that happening and just put in some headphones it’ll make it a lot better experience for for both you and the the person that you’re having the virtual client meeting with. 04:01 David Blackmon: Next is try and use a microphone other than the built-in computer mic to avoid again the “in bathroom” . We’ll call it the in the bathroom echo effect if you uh you know are on a zoom call and you’re with someone that is not using a mic and they’re using the built-in um mic into the computer you can definitely tell the difference. I mean it is a huge difference and there is an echo and it sounds just like you’re in a tunnel or in the bathroom and it can be a little bit distracting for both people and stuff. So when possible try to use a mic and you don’t have to go out and buy a super professional mic even if you have headphones from your phone that plug into your computer. That microphone’s going to be better than your you know built-in microphone on your computer. 04:52 Tim Strifler: And then the last tip that we have is use software that your client is already familiar with. If possible to avoid the technical difficulties getting started so for example we’ve all been in those situations where you you send your client the link to join the zoom webinar and they’re like “I’ve never done this before”. They have to download the software and then do an update and then blah blah… and once they finally get it open now they’re trying to figure out how to turn their mic on or the speakers on and select the right microphone and it’s the speakers on and select the right microphone and it’s it’s a nightmare. And sometimes you can’t avoid that if your your client meeting is with someoneThat’s not very tech savvy. And that’s okay you know you just have to be supportive and kind of guide them through but if there’s something that they’re YouTube have you Skyped like “oh yeah I Skype with my you know my my niece or my grandson” or whatever and stuff. And so it’s like all right well then don’t try to get them to learn and download something new just use what they’re already familiar with and it’ll save yourself and your client a lot of headaches. 05:57 David Blackmon: So you want to up the quality with premium software and tools after talking about this episode tomorrow’s episode you may want to tune into the tools you need for high quality virtual meetings. Tim and I are going to go over what we use and what we recommend so Tim until tomorrow we’ll see you then. 06:16 Tim Strifler: Take care bye bye. Did you Enjoy this Episode? Will you consider sharing it online? Just click one of the share buttons below! Will you leave us a review? Have a question, or a topic request? Let us know in the comments below! Want to Connect with David & Tim? David: Aspen Grove Studios Divi Space Tim: TimStrifler.com Divi Life The post How to Have Effective Virtual Client Meetings | EP 643 appeared first on WP Gears.
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