WordPress Shortcodes Plugin

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

By Julie Larson

WordPress Shortcodes Plugin

A few months back, we took on a new client whose site needed to be completely revamped. We kept it on the PureVISION theme, but re-did the whole site. In the course of working on this site, I had the opportunity to learn to use shortcodes. The PureVISION theme is rich with all kinds of cool shortcodes that really add style and function to the site. Since learning about shortcodes and what they can do, I was able to find a free shortcodes plugin called Shortcodes Ultimate. I really like Shortcodes Ultimate and wanted to share with you some of the features.

Creating Columns with Shortcodes

In this example I’m going to create only two columns. Because this is a blog post and I don’t have an option to remove the sidebar, only two columns will fit side by side.

It’s possible to create more than two columns when you have the ability to create a full-width page. For now, we’ll just use two columns in this example.

If you click on the image below, you can see the shortcodes I used to create the two columns.

WordPress Shortcodes | Creating Columns | DivasMobileSolutions.com



Quote Styles


QR Codes breathe life into print media. They are the bridge that connects offline print to online engagement.






QR Codes breathe life into print media. They are the bridge that connects offline print to online engagement.

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WordPress Users – The Roles and Capabilities

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

By Laura Heuer

WordPress User Roles and Capabilities

Adding A WordPress User

Adding a WordPress User is an easy task.

Just hover over Users in the dashboard and click add new.

When you scroll down to Role you have several options. Which do you choose?

Summary Of Roles

  • Super Admin – Someone with access to the blog network administration features controlling the entire network (See Create a Network).
  • Administrator – Somebody who has access to all the administration features
  • Editor – Somebody who can publish and manage posts and pages as well as manage other users’ posts, etc.
  • Author – Somebody who can publish and manage their own posts
  • Contributor – Somebody who can write and manage their posts but not publish them
  • Subscriber – Somebody who can only manage their profile

(thank you WordPress.org. )

For more information on Roles and Categories you can find that at WordPress.org

To see a chart on what  capabilities a role has you can also find that at WordPress.org

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SOC QR Code Mobile Landing Page Appreciation Wins

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

By Julie Larson

SOC QR Code Mobile Landing Page – Appreciation Wins (big)!

SOC QR Code | Appreciation Wins | Dave & Shelly SmithDave and Shelley Smith know first hand that having an attitude of gratitude can be rewarding in all areas of life. As independent distributors with Send Out Cards, they are on a mission to “change lives one card at a time”.

Recently, Dave and I were talking about the differences between static and dynamic QR codes. Both types of QR codes are great (if used properly) and they each serve a different purpose. Static QR codes are the kind that are directed to one url – be it a website or a video. With a static QR code, you probably won’t be able to change where the code takes the user once it’s been generated. Static QR codes are excellent for sending a personal message or linking to a one time event.

If you’re looking at printing a QR code on your business cards or other marketing materials, you’ll definitely want to consider getting a dynamic QR code. The reason you’ll want to go with a dynamic QR code when it comes to your marketing materials is that the code itself remains the same. However, if you need or want to change where the code takes the user, you can easily make changes instantly through your dynamic QR code’s dashboard.

Dave recently purchased a dynamic QR code for Appreciation Wins and had his mobile landing page set up within minutes. Check out what a nice job he did…

SOC QR Code | Appreciation Wins | Dave & Shelly SmithThe really nice thing about Dave and Shelly’s dynamic QR code is that they can swap out the video on their mobile landing page any time they want. As a matter of fact, they can change anything they want to on that page and it won’t disrupt the code. So, they can safely add their QR code to any of their printed marketing materials.

When you get a moment, please scan Dave and Shelly’s QR code and be sure to visit their Facebook page and give them a “Like”!

We’d love to feature your business on Divas Mobile Solutions, too. If you’d like your business to be considered, please contact us and we’ll let you know how you can make that happen!


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3 Reasons A Mobile Website Is a Must For Your Service Business

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

by Laura Heuer

Three Reasons a Mobile Website is a Must for Your Service Business

  1. 70% of all mobile searches result in action within 1 hour. (Source: Mobile Marketer)
  2. 91% of all U.S. citizens have their mobile device within reach 24/7. (Source: Morgan Stanley)
  3. Searching for local businesses is the #1 way people use smart phones (source: Google)

Those are some pretty compelling facts. Action within one hour, in reach 24/7, and searching for businesses is the number one way people use smart phones!

The Most Important Fact

Not mentioned, is probably the most important. If your site is not up to par your potential client will move on to the next site. You have a few seconds to get your potential client everything they need: a phone number, an email, directions…If your site is not clear enough to navigate people will move on to the next (or your competitors) site.

What does Your Mobile Site Look Like?

You need to know what your business website looks like via a mobile phone or tablet. Do you have easy to read call to actions? If your site needs to be expanded or manipulated to see the phone number, then you are in need of a new or enhanced mobile site.

Time For  A Better Mobile Site?

  • easy call button
  • email us
  • directions
  • easy navigation
Fill out this form for a FREE Mobile Mock Up of your website.

DIY – How To Make Your Site Mobile

There are very good options to getting your website created into a mobile site. If you are on WordPress, some themes offer a mobile version. Expand2Web’s SmallBiz theme offers a exceptionally nice mobile option. If you have an html site, then we recommend Duda Mobile. We  have seen a few free mobile options but do not have any to recommend at this time.

Check Your Site Today

There are ways to check what your site looks like via different mobile devices. Check out what your site looks like on a mobile phone by using the Divas mobile viewer. Which ever way you choose to go mobile is okay as long as you do choose to have a mobile presence.

Go Mobile Today

As always if you need help we are happy to help you get your mobile site designed and working to grow your business!
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What is a Gravatar and Why You Should Use One

Monday, November 5th, 2012

What is a Gravatar

A gravatar is an image of you, one that you you choose, which will show up when you comment on blog posts or sign into your website. Gravatars help identify who you are and once you add your gravatar your name is usually highlighted to take a reader directly to your site. A gravatar can help people identify with you and/or your brand.


What is a Gravatar | Why You Should Use a Gravatar | Divas Mobile Solutions

Setting Up Your Gravatar

Sign up at Gravatar. This can be done quickly. A few things to remember:

  • need to use an email address
  • username is all lowercase
  • can crop your image in the Gravatar website
  • add your social media
  • fill out your profile

How Is A Gravatar Helpful

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Set Up Your Gravatar 

Please leave a comment here to show off your already made Gravatar or your new one! Thanks
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BenchMark Blueprinting Sarasota Offers Dynamic QR Codes

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

By Julie Larson

BenchMark Blueprinting of Sarasota, Florida Offers Dynamic QR Codes

BenchMark Blueprinting Sarasota FL | Dynamic QR Codes

Scan this code with your smartphone!

The Divas would like to welcome Lyn Larson of BenchMark Blueprinting & Office Products to the QR Divas’ team of authorized dynamic QR code resellers. Lyn and her husband, Larry, and their staff have been providing quality service and competitively priced office supplies and products to businesses and individuals in the Sarasota and Manatee county areas since 1986. BenchMark Blueprinting is a proud member of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce as well as the Manatee Chamber of Commerce.

Business Cards with QR Codes

Years ago (before the Internet) business cards would include basic contact info such as the business phone number and address. With the advent of the Internet and email, it became imperative to have both email addresses and your business website on your business card as well. BenchMark Blueprinting has recognized that having a QR code on your business card is now every bit as important as including that website and email address (maybe even more so) and wanted to offer their customers an affordable QR code solution – a QR code solution that can change as the needs of their customers change.

Your Own Mobile Landing Page

Dynamic QR Code Mobile Landing Page | BenchMark Blueprinting

Contact BenchMark Blueprinting for your dynamic QR code & custom mobile landing page!

With their customers’ needs in mind, BenchMark now offers Dynamic QR Codes with Mobile Landing Pages. What that means to the BenchMark customers is that they can have a dynamic QR code added to their business cards, signs and any other printed materials. When they get their QR code from BenchMark, Lyn will set up your mobile landing page. The information on your mobile landing page can be updated as often as you like. You can even offer coupons through your QR code and those coupons can be shared via email, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. How would you like to have one of your coupons go viral? To learn more about getting your dynamic QR code, contact Lyn Larson today!

Services Offered by BenchMark BluePrinting…

  • Competitively Priced Office Products
  • Printing
  • Rubber Stamps
  • Name Badges
  • Signage
  • Promotional Products
  • Business Cards
  • Brochures
  • Flyers
  • Letterhead
  • Envelopes
  • Laser Business Checks
  • Large Format Blueprints
  • Color Printes
  • Laminating
  • Print Mounting
  • And Much, Much More!

Contact Lyn today and be sure to ask about getting your dynamic QR code set up!


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QR Code Coupon Generator Social Media Share Buttons

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

By Julie Larson

QR Code Coupon Generator and Social Media Share Buttons

These are just a couple of the newer features that come with your QR code when you purchase the ProPack for less than 30 cents a day! You are easily able to change the coupon details and expiration date from within your dashboard.

If you are not familiar with QR codes and what they can be used for, you’ll get a kick out of this article “5 QRazy QR Code Uses” . Adding a QR code to your business card is a must and is something you’ll want to do sooner than later.

Free 14 day QR Code Trial!


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Embedding Google Maps SmallBiz Theme Expand2Web

Friday, September 28th, 2012

By Julie Larson

Embedding Google Maps – SmallBiz Theme by Expand2Web

As many of you know, the Divas are big fans of the SmallBiz Theme created by Don Campbell of Expand2Web. One of the great things about the SmallBiz Theme is that it’s really easy for the beginning WordPress user or the do-it-yourselfer business owner to create a professional looking website without having to learn Continue Reading »

Autoplay YouTube Videos on Your Website

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

By Julie Larson

Autoplay YouTube Videos

Autoplay YouTube Videos | Divas Mobile SolutionsLet me start out by saying that you’ll want to use this feature carefully. Most people, including myself, find it annoying for a video to start playing automatically when you visit a website or a page on a website. However, there may be an occasion that you’ll feel you need to have your video set to play automatically and if you do, here’s our video on how to do just that. Please note that it is not set to autoplay. It is however set to display Google Ads which you may feel is equally annoying, but Continue Reading »

QR Code on Business Card

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

By Julie Larson

QR Code on Business Card

Laura, and I (aka the QR Divas at Divas Mobile Solutions) have really embraced QR codes and all the cool ways to use them. If you aren’t already aware, there are basically 2 types of QR codes – static and dynamic – and they each serve a purpose.


Color Schemer Color Picker Tool

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

By Laura Heuer

Color Schemer – A Color Picker Tool

Finding the right colors for your mobile, logo, background or other needs is made easy with Continue Reading »

Photo Editing in Mac Preview

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

by Laura Heuer

Photo Editing in Mac Preview

Easily Edit Images

I love using my Mac! I love the tools on the Mac! The preview tool is no exception. When I have an image that needs adjusting of size or cropping there is no need to open illustrator or Photoshop when this can easily be done Continue Reading »

Embed YouTube Video in WordPress

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

by Julie Larson

Embed YouTube Video in WordPress

This short video demonstrates how you can embed a video into your WordPress blog post or page. In this case, we are using a YouTube video for our example. However, you can embed any video that has Continue Reading »

How To Buy A Domain Name From GoDaddy

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

by Julie Larson

How to Buy a Domain Name From GoDaddy

We’re excited that you’re planning a new website! Before that site can be built, you’ll need to find a domain name. Here’s a link that may help if you’re having a hard time finding a domain name. The first step in the actual process of building your website is to have your domain name purchased. If you haven’t purchased a domain name previously, it can be a little confusing with all the options that you’re given. So, we’ve made this short video to show you how to get in there, purchase your domain name and get out without spending a small fortune! By the way, we’re Continue Reading »

FreshBooks How to Write-Off Balance

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

by Laura Heuer

FreshBooks – How to Write-Off Balance

We love FreshBooks! When we have a question FreshBooks has the answers.

FreshBooks | How to Write-Off Balance | DivasMobileSolutions.comEvery now and then you’ll have a balance on an invoice that you’ll want to adjust off. Maybe you’re just feeling generous, maybe you realize it’s futile to continue billing the customer or maybe the remaining balance is so small it’s not worth billing (like in our example). No matter what your reason, we’ve got the solution on how to fix a payment discrepancy, adjust or write-off an noncollectable balance. Continue Reading »

FreshBooks How To Make A Partial Payment Invoice

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

by Laura Heuer

FreshBooks – How to Make a Partial Payment Invoice

FreshBooks | How to Make a Partial Payment Invoice | DivasMobileSolutions.comWe love FreshBooks!!!!! For all the hats a business owner wears, FreshBooks has made the accountant hat very easy to wear. We invoice, send and look professional.

How To Make A Partial Payment – Retainer – Deposit

For the most part we bill our clients in two installments. The first Continue Reading »

How Does Hosting Work How Do Websites Work

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

by Julie Larson

How does hosting work? How do websites work?

What is Website Hosting | How Do Websites Work | Divas Mobile SolutionsThinking about getting a website? Ever wondered how websites work or what is meant by “hosting” a website? We get those questions frequently and have come across a simple explanation by one of the hosting companies that we use – BlueHost.

If you’d like to get a good idea of how it all works without getting too techie, Natalie from BlueHost, gives a simple, easy to understand explanation of how websites work in the video below. One tip that we recommend is to buy your domain from one company (GoDaddy or NameCheap) and your hosting from another to avoid Continue Reading »

Optimizing WordPress Post 12 Steps to SEO

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

by Julie Larson

Optimizing WordPress Post – 12 Steps to SEO

12 Steps to SEO | Divas Mobile SolutionsOptimizing a WordPress blog post is not hard to do, but many bloggers are so anxious (including myself) to get the content added, they publish their posts without optimizing them first. It’s an easy habit to fall into and will very likely cost you when it comes to the search engine rankings. Your onpage optimization can pay off big for you if you spend just a little more time and take the proper steps to make sure your posts and images are well optimized. Continue Reading »


Monday, August 6th, 2012

FREE Business Card Software – Electronic Business Card – SavvyCard Review

As some of you may know, I’m a member of a local Meetup.com group called the Internet Marketing Master Minds Sarasota. We meet weekly and frequently have guest speakers. This past week, Sheryl Nicholson of Sheryl.com spoke and shared all kinds of cool marketing tips. One of the tools she shared that she had just learned about was SavvyCard.net. When I got back to my office and checked it out, I immediately had to Continue Reading »

Search Facebook Old Posts Search Facebook Groups

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

How to Search Facebook Old Posts – Search Facebook Groups

Search Facebook | Old Posts | Search Facebook Groups | DivasMobileSolutions.comI love facebook groups and that’s really where I spend the majority of my time spent on facebook. Facebook groups are a great place for people to gather online who share a common interest. Since I use fb for business, the groups that I’m interested in have to do with Internet marketing and WordPress websites. As a matter of fact, I met my Co-Diva, Continue Reading »