The Dual Zone Wine and Beverage Refrigerator

Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator is a great way to keep the perfect serving temperature for both red and white wines.

Wine drinkers know that in order to properly serve both types of wine, reds and whites, the correct temperature should be maintained. The problem, however, is finding a way to keep your reds at one temperature and your whites at another.

Thankfully, there’s a solution that doesn’t involve building a complete, temperature-controlled wine cellar/room in your home.

The solution is a Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator

By having the ability to chill both types of wine at their ideal temperature, a Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator is a must have for not only the true wine connoisseur but the average wine drinker as well.

Before you spend your hard-earned money, though, take note of the following considerations for this type of beverage refrigerator and then get shopping.

The best place to find the largest selection of dual zone wine refrigerators is on Amazon. They will not only have the biggest selection but also they will have the best prices.

After you’ve decided that a Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator is the route to go, the next feature you’ll want to look for is humidity control. When it comes to wine, temperature and humidity are closely related. The colder the air, as needed for your tasty whites, the more humidity will be needed.

On the flip side, with your reds, less humidity is required due to the warmer temperatures. So make sure you include a humidity control coupled with the proper air ventilation. Because as most of you know, TOO MUCH humidity often leads to other problems: mold and mildew to name a couple.

Another important feature to look for in a Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator is the amount of insulation included and the quality of the front glass panels. Believe it or not, but too much or too little insulation plays a huge role in how well the refrigerator maintains its proper temperature zones; not to mention saving on long-term energy use. The glazing on the unit also needs to be the proper weight and thickness to maintain temperature and efficiency. So don’t overlook these features.

Moving on, two more important features to look for in a Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator are its capacity and its overall aesthetics.

Only you know how much wine you drink and therefore need to store on a regular basis. So make sure you get a unit you can live with for a fair amount of time; buying more than you need at the time is never a bad idea.

And finally, and for some most importantly, is the look of the unit. You can purchase refrigerators crafted with various types of wood, polished or brushed steel, and even units made to look like furniture. Whatever your taste, there is a Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator waiting for you and your next few bottles of wine.

Bathroom Heaters Offer Toasty Comfort At A Reasonable Cost

Bathroom Heaters Offer Toasty Comfort At A Reasonable Cost

Tired of dreading your morning shower because stepping out of your shower is more like stepping into an icebox; bathroom heaters are solving that problem for many, many people.

You don’t need to suffer in your own bathroom any longer. Whether your home is old or new, many homeowners complain that their bathrooms are cold.

Modern homes with forced air heating systems often have heating units that don’t have the ‘umpf’ to get the warm air to where the bathroom is. Older homes can be drafty and not well insulated which can be the cause of chilly bathrooms. The addition of a simple bathroom heater can make all the difference in your family’s comfort level when using the lavatory. Best of all, these bathroom heaters are energy efficient because you only need to run them when you need them.

Things to consider when shopping for bathroom heaters

Before deciding on a particular type of heater, take an objective look at your bathroom.

  • Do I need small heater for bathroom or a larger one?
  • Are you bathroom Ceilings high or standard height?
  • Does your bathroom have sufficient room on the floor for a free standing bathroom heater?
  • Do you need to be creative on placement of the heating unit and consider a wall or ceiling mounted unit?
  • The last thing you want is to be tripping over an inconveniently placed bathroom heater.

Fortunately, styles of bathroom heaters have come a long way and are offered in a variety of styles and functions.

How to determine the right sized heater for your bathroom:

Bathroom heaters come in a lot of different wattages. Measure your bathroom to get the approximate square footage of your room as most heaters are manufactured with a specific wattage rating to heat a recommended square footage.

Here is a good guideline to follow: Figure you’ll need about 10 watts per square foot. If your room measures 12 X 12 then your room is 144 sq. ft. So 144 Sq. Ft x 10 watts tells you you’ll need about a 1500 watt heater to sufficiently heat your bathroom.

Wall mounted bathroom heaters fit flush into your wall and can save you a lot of space. They usually come in 120 or 240 volt styles, and many even come with convenient timers and self regulating thermostats. Ceiling heaters are another great space saving option.

These bathroom heaters mount flush into your ceiling and have a wall switch to turn the unit on and off. Bulb heaters often are coupled with an exhaust fan and come in styles ranging from 1 to 4 bulbs. Each bulb is between 250-270 watts. Separate wall switches control the heater and the exhaust fan. Baseboard heat is a traditional, dependable heating method that has been available for a long time and is available in units ranging from 500-1200 watts.

Should I install my new bathroom heater myself or hire a professional?

It’s recommended if you are not skilled with installing electrical appliances or fixtures, that you hire a professional electrician to perform your bathroom heater installations. A professional electrician who is familiar with bathroom heaters will look out for thing you might miss, like whether the unit can come into contact with wall insulation and the recommended best installation height and location. The professional installer has probably seen hundreds of bathrooms and knows best where these units will benefit from optimal placement.

Although technically not considered a bathroom heater, a luxurious accessory that can be added to your bathroom is an electric wall mounted towel warmer. Many of these units plug into an existing wall outlet and some are even floor standing models. These units gently warm your bath towels on demand so your towel is toasty warm when you step out of your warm shower or bath.

Portable bathroom heaters are another non-permanent installation option. Just like a space heater, it can be plugged into any standard outlet and moved as needed. These units also come with a self regulating thermostat that will turn the heating element off when the room reaches the designated temperature.

These units are ultra-affordable at prices right around $40. Recently, wall mounted heaters that plug into a traditional outlet have become available from specialty retailers like Brookstone. While these units may not have the power of a permanently installed unit, their pricing and transportability make them an option to consider. These units are also a smart choice if you are renting an apartment or home and don’t want to or are not permitted to add a permanent fixture in your bathroom wall or ceiling.

With the variety of models available, it is easy to find bathroom heaters to fit any sized bathroom or budget. Prices can range from units prices as low as $100 to towel warmers over $500. Getting a good deal on a bathroom heater is as easy as doing your homework and shopping around. Many on-line retailers offer discount like free shipping on these types of heaters. So stop freezing and start enjoying a bathroom heaters toasty warmth.

Modern Electric Fireplaces – Majestic and Crafty Addition of your Room

electric modern fireplace

A new modern fireplace is a wonderful addition to any room.

Whether you are looking to add a majestic fireplace to a room or a cozy location where you can relax and warm up next to a fire, an electric fireplace may be the ideal solution for you.

Additionally, electric fireplaces are made to be used year round.

On a warm evening you can simply turn on the flame, without the heat, so you can enjoy the glow of the fire while relaxing after long day.

However, if the evening temperature cool off, turn on the heat option to add warmth to you room.

These heat controls can produce enough to either warm up you toes or heat up a 400 square foot area to a comfortable temperature, and since electric fireplaces require no venting you can add your fireplace to tricky areas, such as basements and dens.

modern electric fireplaces

Electric Fireplace Benefits

  1. Fire with or without heat
  2. Little to no installation is required
  3. Glass that remains cool to the touch
  4. Control the speed and look of the flame
  5. Portability
  6. Little maintenance
  7. Low operating costs

Modern Fireplaces provide customers with both the feel and warmth of a real fireplace, but offer many more benefits.

With the variety of styles that these fireplaces come in you are able to create either a feel of a beautiful traditional fireplace or add a sleek stylish design of a Euro-modern fireplace.

Some are wall-mounted. This kind of fireplaces are becoming popular. If you are thinking about the best wall mount electric fireplace for your comfy zone you need to know about the things to be considered before buying.

Electric fireplaces

Electric fireplaces offer a contemporary or traditional style to any home.

These fireplaces mimic a coal, wood or natural gas burning fireplace, and can be used in place of a conventional fireplace.

Additionally, with realistic fire technology these units can offer you an incredible fireplace surrounding with or without heat.

The Fireplace That Can Be Placed Anywhere

electric_fireplace_modernAdditional to the realist beauty of a fireplace, an electric fireplace offers you the convenience and portability of any household appliance.

Electric fireplaces are designed to handle any location that may be unreachable by a traditional fireplace.

Since electric fireplace require no venting you can easily add them to any basement or den.

  • Electric Fireplace Styles
  • Euro-Modern Style

Euro-modern electric fireplaces use angular lines and unique shapes to add style to any modern setting or location.

The features included in this style may include, frosted glass beads as opposed to logs or adjustable fire shades in pink, blue and red.

The euro-modern style electric fireplace is a unique style that can benefit your home.

Traditional Style

Traditional electric fireplaces use mimic materials to enhance the style of these fireplaces.

By using mimic wood or coal, these fireplaces offer a comforting feel to a basement, den or living room.

Additionally, these units can be free standing wood stoves or fireplace inserts to customize any style.

Features

Electric fireplaces offer high quality craftsmanship and superior flame technology, but they offer many other features to promote safety, convenience, style and comfort.

These features include :

(1) remote control and wall thermostats to turn on/off, adjust heat or flame strength and set on/off timers from anywhere in the room,

(2) glass door kits that are cool to the touch and overheat protection so you can maintain a comfort in the safety of your system,

(3) mantels and surroundings in stone, hardwood or custom installations, that will customize your style for your room, and

(4) the fireplaces themselves are available in stainless steel, black, brass, chrome, white, or cast iron, to match your current home decor.

Restoring Antique Desk – Having Some Woodworking Tasks

restore antique desks

Restoring Antique Desk – slant top around 1890
You want to restore an antique desk? Here’s how I restored this antique slant top desk.

Perhaps you are restoring your own antiques and can find some good ideas by following this. If you have questions, I am only too happy to be of help.

Antique Desk Ca. 1890

A very sad and unhappy desk
Here we have in for restoration a Slant Top Writing Desk.
German
ca. 1890
Veneer – Walnut
Ground wood – Pine

It is an unusually small desk of its type. You don’t find them very often, even the big ones have become rare. They went out of fashion of course the moment people found a computer would not quite fit. Now with notebooks, I am a little lost as to why they haven’t come back in. Such a desk is a practical piece of furniture for a small house or flat with all that storage space.
Where do we start?
Lets have a look and see what needs doing

Outside:

The finish is patchy and very dirty.

  • Top has veneer missing and bubbles.
  • Top too much exposure to the sun – finish cannot be revived.
  • Sides – both have spits and loose veneer.
  • One side someone has squirted glue into the bubbles and it has rundown.
    Could be tricky….
  • Turned molding on left side missing.
  • Drawer fronts – mostly ok – few loose bits and a couple of bubbles.
    Escutcheons all there.
  • Holes where someone has added an extra handle.
  • Front Flap – mmmm…. Someone has had a go with a rather rough sanding machine and left ring marks. Luckily they left most of the veneer!
  • Large crack goes right through.
  • Other side of flap is rather different – has been taken to with an electric planer – all veneer taken off and deep plane marks left. Will have to be planed smooth and re-veneered.
  • Feet missingInside:
  • Two little drawers missing.
  • Finish on small drawers has been irreversibly damaged by sunlight.
  • Various ink stains and other stains.
  • Paper Labels to be removed.
  • Middle drawer runners have been removed.
  • One small drawer half side missing.
  • One small drawer needs re-gluing.
  • 3 big drawers all need side runners renewed
  • 1 Big drawer needs re-gluing.
  • Runners inside just need establishing.

Some of the tools I used for this project:

  1. Circular Saw ( A must Needed )
  2. Hand saws, a router and two router bits
  3. Chainsaw – I recommend the best quality gas chainsaw.
  4. Combination square and tape measure
  5. A power drill
  6. A hammer and some screwdrivers

The Small Drawers

Make two new drawers.
diy restoring antique desk
Have taken all the fittings and locks off. Decided to start with the small drawers. Must be careful to make them the same as the others. Found some old wood in my stockpile the right width, cut to size and from then on its all by hand.

The front of one missing was there, so made sides back and bottom. The other is made and veneer put on. Decided to put another veneer on – was not happy with first choice.

Have re-glued bubbles in others and where needed sides re-glued.

Removed old polish with alcohol. Old polish was totally destroyed by sun. – Yellow and flaky. Sanded and stained a little to bring life back in to the veneer.

Then they can all be polished.

Big Drawers

Sorting the runners out.
restoring antique desks
Have removed all locks and escutcheons.

The runners on the big drawers have become very uneven over the years, making the drawers very difficult to open and close.

Rather than taking the drawers to pieces I run the router along the bottoms, taking off the bare minimum and then cut new strips to size and glue them on. I can plane them back to get a nice even fit.

The drawer fronts I have cleaned with alcohol – leaving most of the polish on them as we want to keep the patina. Depending on how the flap comes out I can tone the polish to get an even color overall.

restoring antique desk

Next we start on the carcass
Fill cracks, clean, polish.
The cracks in the sides need filling otherwise they will get bigger as the wood dries out, not forgetting the damage to the veneer.

First we clean the dust and debris out of the cracks. Find various left over pieces of veneer of varying thickness which can be used to fill the crack.


Make a fresh batch of animal glue and cut the strips of veneer to the right length. I will be putting them in horizontally all the way down so that the shrinkage is less. My little Japanese Hammer which I use with my chisels is also very useful for hammering the wood into the cracks.

A messy job with the glue and a long one as the small pieces of veneer have to be pushed up against one another.
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Job completed – must be left to dry overnight before I can go over with the chisel to even them up.

The bubbles must be cut through with a scalpel in most cases so that I can inject some animal glue into far recesses. I can spread the glue around with a veneer hammer and then rub it a little to get some warmth in – cover with tinfoil or plastic and weight down.

The Top

Lift veneer up remove bubbles and replace missing piece
Veneer on top is very thin and fragile.
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Must lift up quite a big chunk, so I can clean the ground wood and get the bubbles out. To do this I lay a damp cloth over and use an iron on lowest setting to melt the old animal glue. Using a knife to lift the veneer up, letting the air in so it doesn’t re-glue itself.

This is slow going as the veneer in places is very fragile and will tear easily. Slow is also necessary as the veneer can also stretch which makes laying it back very tricky.

Can only reglue bit by bit so I can get it relatively flat. Have put two new slices of veneer in to replace what was missing. Luckily I had some old veneer from an old drawer there that I could use. Have put this in leaving the polish on – saves a lot of coloring work afterwards.

Must wait a few days for the animal glue to harden before I can clean the old polish off and sand down a bit. Here one must be careful as the friction causes heat, which in turn loosens the animal glue and then the bubbles are back again.

So having removed old polish and sanded lightly I can stain and re polish. Has turned out well and the new pieces of veneer are barely noticeable.

The flap, the small drawers and the turnings
Light at the end of the tunnel?

The Flap:

First the crack. Again I have put the wood in horizontally using old thick veneer. Cut off the excess the next day.

Managed to get the back of the flap fairly flat – needed quite a bit of a plane and sand.

Found some new straight grained walnut veneer in my stock. Not very wide so used four pieces book matched. Cut to size and laid on one at a time using my veneer press. Animal glue is used for this as well. Have to work fast on such a big piece but works well and I can place the next piece slightly overlapped to allow for shrinkage.

Here again we must leave for some days for the glue to harden before we can sand. Meanwhile I can add veneer to the sides and replace missing pieces on the top side where the lock fits.

Sand the veneer very fine and then we start with the polishing process. First the grain has to be filled. Have painted on a couple of coats of fairly dark french polish, so the pores take on an old look. Sand off the excess polish and then start the process of filling the grain using powder. This is a long process but the more the pores are filled the better the end result. As we don’t want a perfect mirror finish we can leave a little open grain. Then the proper polishing starts. Using a little oil I can put as many coats on as I like. I have put a bit of spirit color in the polish to get a similar finish to the rest of the desk.

Now the flap must stay put for a week or so before I can turn it over and start on the outside.

In the meantime I have polished the drawer fronts and they are now ready for the little porcelain knobs to be put back on. Found we were missing one so must order. Luckily they are still available.

One side turning was missing. Found various old turnings from backs of chairs etc in my storage. Cut these through the middle and using parts of the original, now have two the same. Have glued together colored and polished. They are now on the desk and look very much like the original.

The front side on the flap must be cleaned and sanded. The veneer in places was sanded through with whatever machine was used. If I put new pieces in, I shall have to cut away quite a lot of the veneer that is there – due to the thickness. learn :  how to sand the wood perfectly .

Have decided to leave as is and get my water colors out. I can mix the colors and paint on the grain where needed putting a coat of polish over. Have to do this in layers. Must make sure that the front of the desk is all the same color. The moldings for the flap need cleaning and a bit of a polish before being put back on again.

I have put in a shelf for the middle drawer adding a freeze to the front as it would originally have had. This is now colored in and polished.

The Home Run

FINISHED – yeah!

diy antique desk

Am still fiddling with the front of the flap, but its getting there. Drawers are all finished and just need the escutcheons putting on.

Ended up doing the middle piece of the flap three times before I was happy!!

All locks and escutcheons back on.

Had to put bigger hinges on the flap in the end as the old ones just were not stable enough. Added a strip at bottom of flap so it would lie flat when open and not pull the screws out with the weight. Its the bits like this that take so much time.

Re-aligned the side runners inside the desk so the drawers now run smoothly.

One can still see the sanding marks at the front where it was attacked with a heavy machine. The veneer was already very thin so I couldn’t sand very much- where the veneer was gone I used water color to paint in the grain. Anyway, all with pleasing results I think.

So there we have it – ready for delivery ……. and then its on to the next project!

Finished

End result pretty good considering!
Restoration Questions and Comments
Feel free to ask advice -shall give where I can.

Sometimes I get pulled in to do talks on antique furniture or restoration. I enjoy doing this (once I am there!) as every time is different; the subjects are different and the questions are different. Its just the fun of sharing information with interested people.

If you have ideas as to how I can improve my lens, I would really appreciate it.

Questions? Ask -costs nothing -and I shall help where I can….

WordPress Ping List 2016 Fast Automated Indexing at your Fingertips

WordPress Ping

WordPress has a built in ping service that allows you to add this WordPress ping list, and have all your blog posts sent to search engines and blog directories automatically. Handy hey? Well, let me show you how to do it.

What it means to ping

To ping a blog post simply means to send a signal to search engines and different blog directories, notifying them that your blog content has been updated. Once the ping has been sent out, the search engines and blog directories will start to crawl the new content on your blog, and index them.

In the old days, we used to wait patiently for search engine bots to crawl our blogs and pick up new changes. This took several days to several weeks. Now, thanks to pinging services, we can speed up this process by manually (or automatically in this case) send updates so our pages gets crawled and indexed faster.

Automated indexing?

By automated indexing, I literally mean that the indexing process of your blog will be automated. You see, later in this post, Ill share with you a WordPress ping list that you can paste into your WordPress website (I’ll show you how). After pasting this WordPress ping list into your WordPress website, your blog will AUTOMATICALLY ping these services every time you make a new post. This means you DO NOT have to manually ping your new blog posts, and you do not have to wait weeks for search engines to crawl your site.

WordPress Auto Pinging Feature

Before I share the actual WordPress ping list with you, Id like to show you how to use this great feature of WordPress.

The first step is to log into your WordPress websites admin area. By default, you can go to your domain or the installation folder of your WordPress website, and simply add /wp-admin at the end. For example, if your domain is example.com, then you can access your admin area at example.com/wp-admin this might not be the case if you used a security plugin to change this URL.

WordPress Admin Login Page

Next up you need to go to Settings > Writing. This is where youll be able to paste the WordPress ping list Ill provide to you at the end of this post.

Settings > Writing

This will present you with a screen like the one below. Scroll to the bottom to find the ping list.

WordPress Ping List (Update Services)

Note: The WordPress ping list is known as Update Services in the WordPress settings page.

Now all you have to do is copy the list Ill provide to you below and paste the whole list underneath the first entry, which is by default http://rpc.pingomatic.com. Once you’ve pasted the list, simply click Save Changes and you’re all set to send out pings automatically every time you make a new blog post.

WordPress Ping List

Now to get to the list itself. Below Ill share with you a list of 20+ of the best WordPress pinging services. The list have been updated for 2016, so all the ping services are relevant and up to date. Simply copy the list and paste it where I showed you.

http://rpc.twingly.com

http://api.feedster.com/ping

http://api.moreover.com/RPC2

http://api.moreover.com/ping

http://www.blogdigger.com/RPC2

http://www.blogshares.com/rpc.php

http://www.blogsnow.com/ping

http://www.blogstreet.com/xrbin/xmlrpc.cgi

http://bulkfeeds.net/rpc

http://www.newsisfree.com/xmlrpctest.php

http://ping.blo.gs/

http://ping.feedburner.com

http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php

http://ping.weblogalot.com/rpc.php

http://rpc.blogrolling.com/pinger/

http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping

http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2

http://www.feedsubmitter.com

http://blo.gs/ping.php

http://www.pingerati.net

http://www.pingmyblog.com

http://geourl.org/ping

http://ipings.com

http://www.weblogalot.com/ping

http://rpc.pingomatic.com/

http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2

http://ping.feedburner.com

http://rpc.blogbuzzmachine.com/RPC2

http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2

http://ping.fc2.com/

http://blogs.yandex.ru/

http://rpc.bloggerei.de/

http://blogsearch.google.ae/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.at/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.be/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.bg/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.ca/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.ch/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.cl/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.co.cr/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.co.hu/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.co.id/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.co.il/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.co.jp/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.co.ma/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.co.nz/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.co.th/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.co.uk/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.co.ve/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.co.za/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.com.ar/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.com.au/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.com.br/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.com.co/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.com.do/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.com.mx/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.com.my/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.com.pe/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.com.sa/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.com.sg/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.com.tr/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.com.ua/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.com.uy/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.com.vn/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.de/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.es/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.fi/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.fr/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.gr/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.hr/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.ie/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.it/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.jp/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.lt/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.nl/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.pl/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.pt/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.ro/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.ru/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.se/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.sk/ping/RPC2

http://blogsearch.google.us/ping/RPC2

http://ping.blogs.yandex.ru/RPC2

http://ping.rss.drecom.jp/

http://rpc.bloggerei.de/ping/

http://rpc.odiogo.com/ping/

http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2

http://blog.goo.ne.jp/XMLRPC

http://mod-pubsub.org/kn_apps/blogchatt

http://ping.amagle.com/

http://ping.bloggers.jp/rpc/

http://ping.exblog.jp/xmlrpc

http://ping.weblogalot.com/rpc.php

http://www.blogdigger.com/RPC2

You’re all set once you’ve pasted these. Remember to click on Save Changes and to start blogging!

How To Install a WordPress Theme

WordPress Theme

The WordPress theme repository contains thousands of themes, and in this post I’ll show you how to install a WordPress theme. Its quick, it’s easy and it can be 100% free.

WordPress Themes

WordPress is a really great blogging platform, but can also be used as a fully featured website. One of the best things about WordPress is its themes. WordPress can easily be extended by uploading and installing a theme. This changes the appearance of your whole website to something more suited to your niche or requirements.

The WordPress theme repository has thousands of free themes that you can install. And thanks to the most recent WordPress updates, you can now install themes directly from within your WordPress website no need to download and upload ZIP files anymore!

If you would like to browse the WordPress theme repository, go to https://wordpress.org/themes

Free vs. Paid Themes

Although the WordPress theme repository contains many free themes, you can also buy paid themes for WordPress. These themes are usually of higher quality, and comes with additional features such as premium plugins and special layouts.

Free themes are usually very basic. These are really great for beginners if you want to touch the blogging industry without having to spend money. There are quite a few free themes with premium features as well you just have to search a little bit to find these.

How to install a WordPress theme

Now that I’ve told you a little bit about WordPress themes, let me show you how to install a WordPress theme. There’s generally two different ways to install a theme on WordPress, so Ill guide you through both of these processing in this post.

The first method is the easiest and allows you to install a theme without leaving your website. There’s also no need to upload any files to your server with this method.

The second method is just as easy, but involves downloading theme files and uploading them to your WordPress website.

Don’t worry if these methods sound hard, I will be guiding you through both processes and Ill include screenshots along the way.

  1. Internal Theme Installation

This is the first method Ill guide you through. With this method, you’ll be installing a theme from within your WordPress website. This is also the easiest method out of the two methods Ill guide you through.

Step 1: Log in to your WordPress admin area

The first step is to log into your WordPress admin area. This is really easy simply go to your domain and add /wp-admin at the end. So let’s say your domain name is example.com and your WordPress installation is in the root folder, you’ll be able to log into your WordPress admin area by going to example.com/wp-admin

WordPress Admin Login

Step 2: Go to the Add New Theme page

Next up you need to access the Add New Theme page. After logging into your admin area, simply go to Appearance > Themes as shown below.

Appearance > Themes

The Themes page will show you all the current themes you have installed on your WordPress website. Here you can activate a new theme or customize your currently active theme.

You need to click on the Add New button at the top, next to the word Themes.

This will bring you to the Browse Themes page. On this page, you can browse through the different themes available for FREE on the WordPress themes repository. There’s thousands of great themes available that you can choose from to install a theme, simply hover over the themes thumbnail and click the Install button. If you want to see how your website will look with the theme activated before actually installing the theme, click the Preview button instead.

Step 3: Filter your options

This step is completely optional, but a great help indeed!

The page inside your WordPress website that allows you to browse the different themes also allows you to filter the themes. This is extremely useful, especially if you have certain features in mind. You get different types of filtering options.

To access these filters, simply click the Feature Filter option in the top bar while browsing for a theme.

This will show you all the options there are to help you filter the results and find the perfect theme for your website.

Now use these filters to your advantage. Tick the boxes next to filters you want to apply to the theme browser, and hit Apply Filters once you are happy. This will give you a filtered list that only contains themes that matches your filter options.

  1. Theme Upload Option

The second option is also quite easy, but involves a bit more work from your side. With option 2, you need to download the actual theme files and upload them to your website. Dont worry Ill show you how you can upload a theme directly inside your WordPress website without having to fiddle with FTP or cPanel.

For this option, follow step 1 and step 2 from the previous option (1. Internal Theme Installation). Do not install a theme through the theme browser though follow the instructions below.

When you get to the Add Themes page, click on the Upload Theme option.

Next you’ll be presented with the built-in theme uploader. Click on Choose File, browse to the ZIP file you downloaded (The theme package) and double click on it. Now simply click on Install Now. The installer will upload the file, install the theme and then you can active the theme or preview it on your website.

As for finding zip packaged themes, you can browse the WordPress theme repository and download the themes manually, or you can buy a theme from a website such as ThemeForest these themes always come in ZIP packages since they are not part of the WordPress theme repository. You also get a How to install a WordPress theme PDF document with most of the premium themes.

Conclusion

I really hope this How to install a WordPress theme quick tutorial helps you out. I covered two different theme installation methods so whether you want to use a free theme or buy a premium theme you now know how to install it.

Turn Your WordPress Website Into a FREE List Building Machine

WordPress Website

Every blogger and internet marketer knows that list building is the key to success. Building an email list allows you to profit more in the long run, and gives you the opportunity to profit multiple times from a single lead.

One of the main problems with this, mostly for beginners, is the pricing involved with top quality list builders. Yes, you can get a free trial that lasts about 30 days, but what if your blog doesn’t blow up and make enough money within the first 30 days? Or what if you have to wait for your commissions to get paid out, and that’s only going to happen next month?

If you’re in such a position, then this post is for you! I will tell you how you can turn your WordPress website into a list building machine. The best part is you don’t have to spend a single penny to do this. I will tell you about a WordPress plugin that will let you set up an entire email marketing system INSIDE your WordPress website for free.

WordPress & List Building

WordPress is a truly amazing piece of software. By installing it on your server, you can instantly set up a complete, fully-functional website in a couple of minutes. This is why it’s such a great platform to use when building a list of email subscribers.

List building with WordPress is really a walk in the park. And the best part is it doesn’t matter what type of WordPress website you are running. Blogs, corporate websites, portfolios, and news portals you can build a list with just about any type of WordPress website.

Requirements

Let’s start off with the requirements. I’m going to tell you exactly what you need in order to turn your WordPress website into a list building machine. Don’t worry you only need a few things and some time. Remember earlier in this post I mentioned you don’t have to spend a penny to do this.

  • First of all, you need a website powered by WordPress. This can be a blog, your portfolio or any other type of website.
  • You need to install a specific plugin. I’ll tell you more about this plugin and how to install it later on in this post.
  • You need a couple of minutes to complete the process and configure the plugin once installed.

I also recommend using a theme with a sidebar, since it increases your conversion rate when you have a subscription form in your sidebar. This is only optional though you can integrate the subscription form wherever you want to.

The FREE list building plugin

So let’s get started let’s turn your WordPress site into a list building machine!

The first step is to install the FREE list building plugin. This plugin is called MailPoet, and can be installed directly from the admin dashboard of your WordPress website. Simply log in, go to Plugins > Add New and search for MailPoet.

Search for MailPoet plugin.

Note: When searching for MailPoet, you will see an Install Now button. Click on this button, and then Activate once installed. The screenshot above shows the search results for MailPoet after the plugin has been installed on my system.

Once installed, click on MailPoet in the WordPress admin sidebar. The first time you visit a MailPoet page, you’ll be directed to a Welcome page. Simply browse through the page, subscribe to their newsletter if you want to, and click the Continue to MailPoet button at the bottom of the page to access MailPoet.

Configure MailPoet

Now that you’ve installed MailPoet, it’s time to configure the plugin.

Step 1: Setup up a subscriber list

The first step, before even configuring the plugin itself, is to set up a subscriber list. You can, of course, have more than one lists on one installation. These lists will help you filter and categorize your subscribers if you are promoting different types of offers.

Next you need to click on Add List in the top bar.

This page allows you to add a new subscriber list. Simply enter a name for your new list, and optionally you can also add a description. Descriptions are never shown to your subscribers so these fields are useful for internal use.

Click on Add list once you’ve entered the details. This will create your new list for you.

Step 2: Configure MailPoet

Now we move on to configuring MailPoet. Go to MailPoet > Settings to reach the settings page for MailPoet.

You should complete as much details in the settings pages as possible. This will help optimize the plugin for you. Here’s a quick overview on some of the most important parts.

Basics

Your Company’s Address be sure to complete this. This enhances authenticity, and keeps you on the safe side of the law.

Email Notifications Here you can configure the plugin to send you an email update every time someone subscribes / unsubscribes.

Sender of notifications here you can configure the details of the email sent when someone subscribes / unsubscribes.

Subscribe in comments if you use the default WordPress comment system, you can enable this option to allow visitors to subscribe to your lists when they leave a comment.

Subscribe in registration form If you allow user registrations on your site, you can enable this option to give users the option to also subscribe to your list while they register.

Link to browser version Ads a link to email newsletters so subscribers can view the newsletter in their browser should they experience any problems viewing your email in their default email client.

Forms

Here you can add new subscription forms with different fields. Creating multiple forms to test out the performance of multiple fields is a great way to find the perfect form for your website. For example, you might have one form only collecting email addresses and another collecting first names as well.

Signup Confirmation

Here you can configure whether a subscriber needs to confirm their email address or not. If you enable this feature, anyone who enters their email address in your subscription form will have to verify their email address first before being entered into your subscriber list.

Send with

Here you can configure how emails should be sent. You can use the built-in feature, or an external SMTP service. Using the built-in feature is free and pretty powerful if you’re only starting out.

Advanced

Here you can configure some more advance settings for MailPoet. Settings like permissions and details of the emails being sent to your subscribers.

Add-ons

Here you can find a variety of add-ons that you can install with MailPoet to enhance your list building strategy.

Step 3: Embed your subscription form

The last step is to simply embed your subscription form on your website. This is usually best done in a sidebar, but if you do not have a sidebar, you can always add your subscription form to the footer of your website, or even at the end of your posts.

Add a subscription form via Widgets

The easiest way to add a subscription form to your website is to go to Appearance > Widgets and drag the MailPoet subscription form widget into one of your sidebar choices. This is quick and easy and allows you to customize the title text of your form

This will add a subscription form to the sidebar or footer of your website. The form usually fits the CSS styles of your website.

Subscription form on The Profit Blogger

Add a subscription form via Shortcodes

An alternative option is to use a shortcode to integrate a subscription form on your website. The advantage here is that you can basically integrate a subscription form ANYWHERE on your website adding a form at the bottom of your posts is a very good idea.

To integrate a subscription form via a shortcode, simply go to MailPoet > Settings and click on the Forms tab.

Now hover over the form that you want to integrate, and click on Edit. Once you reach the Edit page, look at the bottom of the screen.

As you can see in the image above, there’s different options including HTML, PHP, iframe and shortcode options available. In this step, I’ll show you how to use the shortcode option. You can also use the other options if you choose to, but the shortcode option is easiest in this case since you’re integrating the form on your own site.

Click on the shortcode option and a new textbox pops up with the shortcode in. Copy this shortcode!

Now for the integration part you can use this shortcode in pages and posts. Wherever you paste this shortcode, a subscription form will appear. Handy hey!!

Tip: When using the shortcode integration method, be sure to add a catchy title since the shortcode will only add the subscription form and no title or other text.

So let’s see this in action. In the screenshot below, I opened one of my older posts and simply pasted my shortcode at the bottom of the post. I also added a heading that tells the user if they enter their email address, they will receive further updates.

Now when I update this post and visit it, the result is as below:

Want to test out how this type of integration works? Here’s a live preview of the integration feel free to enter your email address if you want to receive updates from my blog 🙂

Now it’s your turn

I just showed you how you can turn your WordPress installation into a complete list building machine. It’s easy to do, and can help you save hundreds of dollars if you’re only starting out in the blogging or list building world. Now it’s your turn follow the steps, add the plugin and integrate your subscription form.

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