Portfolio – London Horse Sports

Started in 2006 the London Horse Sport horse show directory was a website I built for myself. I wanted to know where to find all the horse shows around me and when they were being held every year. It has evolved and changed so much over the past decade and is finally generating a profit through advertising. The business model is simple. Drive traffic to the site from horse shows and competitors and then sell ads that would benefit those viewers directly. I despise forced advertising. I am very tempted to remove the Google ads soon if I can replace the revenue it generates but sometimes I find those ads useful. For example when Cavalia Odysseo came to town. It doesn’t make much but the extra $12,000 a year is better than nothing.  I would consider selling it to someone in the community who loves interacting with local equestrians. The hardest part is attending the horse shows so that I can get content and ads. I tried a few things to help drive traffic but they didn’t justify the time cost.

  1. The podcast/radio show was a lot of fun and I met a bunch of VIPs.
  2. The YouTube channel is great way to post what I saw on horse show days.
  3. Create a Facebook group to get others to volunteer adding event details
  4. Create a weekly FB live event to go over the upcoming events (zero engagement) was thinking it could be replayed in audio so that you can catch up while riding.

www.LondonHorseSports.ca

 

Portfolio – Dog Ontario

Another niche marketplace. For a WordPress website, this one has a lot of muscle. Sales are offered for listing businesses and events to create a community with a very specific audience. The blog allows for content including videos, podcasts, pictures, slideshows and anything else you can think of. Registration is simple and allows users to track which events and businesses they prefer as well as provide feedback as reviews and comments. Check it out for yourself at http://dogontario.com

Portfolio – Meet The Wedding Pros Show

The Concept

Dan wanted to interview other business owners in the Wedding service industry to help couples save time researching and weeding through to enormous abundance of information available. This was also a great way for Dan to create connections and relationships as well as establish himself as an expert in the industry. You can listen for yourself by subscribing to the podcast on iTunes for your iPhone or Stitcher Radio for all other devices.

Services included:

  • Studio space and recording equipment
  • Graphic design for the logo of the show
  • Production of a catchy music intro
  • Editing audio files for publishing
  • Registering and publishing episodes on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and Libsyn
  • Hosting the episodes on Liberated Syndication
  • Distributing and announcing the show on social media and the Londonpreneur Network

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Portfolio – The Appliance Doctor

Start Up Website and Personality Video packages

Rick Chandler has just started his business and came to us for a need to create an online presence quickly.  We were able to build everything in house and saved him some start up costs by using a template website that fit his budget.  The video added enormous value here because it is able to show his light hearted personality which customers see as a very likeable and trustworthy guy to hire.

Other features include:

  • Button call to action
  • Embed video
  • Map outlining the service area
  • Accurate real life pictures
  • A blog for news and updates
  • Contact form and Google map for directions


screen shot of the Appliance Doctor website

 

For more details visit www.TheApplianceDoctor.ca

How to Add a Print Button to a WordPress Page or Post • DESIGNSbyTIERNEY

I wanted to add a print button to a client’s WordPress based website for a payment receipt page.  There are many instances you may want to add a print button – even though all popular browsers have a simple Print command built right in for any web page.

I started by trying out the various WordPress plugins but they either did not print properly or they included advertising to the end-user once they print – which would be unacceptable in my case.

So I just created one myself and thought to share this with you, to make your life easier as well.

It is simple enough to add a link with some javascript:

<a href="javascript:window.print()">Print This Page</a>

You will need to add that to your text editor when it is in “Text” mode rather than “Visual” mode.

It doesn’t seem that you lose javascript anymore in the WordPress text editor when toggling back and forth between “Text” mode and “Visual” mode, but if you have an older version of WordPress or for other reasons do not want Javascript in your WordPress text editor, then you can add the following to your theme’s functions.php file, (or create one if one does not exist):

// [print_button]
function print_button_shortcode( $atts ){
return '<a class="print-link" href="javascript:window.print()">Print This Receipt</a>';
}
add_shortcode( 'print_button', 'print_button_shortcode' );

And then just add the following shortcode to the page or post that you want the button, where ever on the page you want it:

[print_button]

I included a class in that code, “print-button” that you can add to your stylesheet and style as you like.  For example if you wanted that to be a blue button to fades to orange when hovered over you could do this:

.print-link {
padding:8px 20px;
line-height:1em;
background-color: #005288;
color: #FFF;
font-size: 14px;
font-family:"Lucida Grande", 'LucidaSansRegular', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important;
border-radius: 3px;
-moz-border-radius: 3px;
-webkit-border-radius: 3px;
text-shadow: 1px 1px 1px #111;
box-shadow: 1px 1px 1.2px #555555;
-moz-box-shadow: 1px 1px 1.2px #555555;
-webkit-box-shadow: 1px 1px 1.2px #555555;
transition: all 0.5s ease 0s;
-moz-transition: all 0.5s ease 0s;
-webkit-transition: all 0.5s ease 0s;
-ms-transition: all 0.5s ease 0s;
-0-transition: all 0.5s ease 0s;
}
.print-link:hover {
background-color: #C60;
color: #FFF;
text-decoration:none;
}

You could also just change the class assigned to the code to one that is already in use on your website for a button or other style you like.

Finally, if you want to customize the styling of your printed pages so that they do not print out elements of the page like backgrounds and headers and navigation, etc. that you do not want, you will need to create a print style sheet.  For that I will send you to the following page on the WordPress website for more information http://codex.wordpress.org/Styling_for_Print.

Source: How to Add a Print Button to a WordPress Page or Post • DESIGNSbyTIERNEY