Colophon

A colophon is an inscription placed at the end of a book or manuscript usually with facts relative to its production. When used in reference to website a colophon is a description of the tools, systems and resources used to create it.  

I did all of the design and customisation of this blog myself and it has been a slow and painful learning process.  This colophon acknowledges and give credit to all the resources that combined to produce the site.  I could not have built the blog without Michael Hyatt’s book Platform and blog.

I also drew inspiration and downloaded some nice social media icons and css for my Nav Bar from Dustn.tv – both were built on standard theme, a simple, easy-to-use WordPress theme.  It is easy to use and has a superb support forum. Michael Hyatt has recently switched to his own theme (but it looks pretty much the same).

The blog is built on WordPress (hosted by Bluehost) It is easy-to-use, reliable, and inexpensive. It also has superb, 24-7 support.

Specific tools:

Blogging

BlueHost [webhosting]: Easy install of WordPress.  Excellent customer service

StandardTheme (wordPress Theme): like the look of it and the support site is great.

MarsEdit (word processor for bloggers]: Allows me to create pages and posts offline then upload them automatically – it is excellent.

Plugins

Disqus [commenting platform]: Allows users to manage comments across many sites without having to sign in every time.

Akismet [controls comment spam]:  It works.

Feedburner [RSS subscription service]:  Allows people to subscribe to my blog via RSS. Part of the Google empire.

Google Analytics [website analytics]:  Tracks visitors, page views, bounce rate, and a host of other metrics.  Also from Google.

MailChimp [build your own e-mail list]: I haven’t really sorted out how i want to use it, but it was easy to set up.

Vaultpress [backup]:   At one point I managed to delete the whole site and found that my backup .tar file was corrupt…. school boy error.  I immediately purchased Vaultpress!

Graphics and video

Adobe design suite [Image editor]: I use Photoshop and Illustrator but I feel well out of my depth with both.   Design suite comes with a full copy of acrobat.

Istockphoto [photo / image library]:  Everyone else seems to steal photos from the web.  I prefer to use IStockphoto.  There are lots on free images and the costs of the premium images are reasonable.  I usually make credit to the photographer as follows: e.g. Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/dimdimich

Social Media

HootSuite [twitter dashboard]. (It can also be used for Facebook, LinkedIn, too.) It allows me to monitor direct messages, mentions, and the tweets of those I follow. I use this tool to send messages and replies and to schedule individual tweets.

Buffer: [schedule tweets].  You add tweets to your Buffer whenever you want. It then spreads them out during the day according to a schedule you pre-determine, so it doesn’t overwhelm your followers.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

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