What makes a well-functioning kitchen? The primary purpose of the home kitchen is to keep us fed and nourished. But when that kitchen is not well-equipped to fulfill that role, frustration can ensue. The first thing you may think of when it comes to getting healthy and tasty meals on the table is the refrigerator. But while keeping the refrigerator stocked is important, don't overlook the pantry! Keeping a well-stocked pantry can make the difference between constant meal boredom and putting tasty and healthy meals on the table that really bring the family together.
The business of building your own website may seem a bit daunting, but we've outlined some of the key steps to make it a simpler, more streamlined process. Whether you're starting a personal blog or designing a site to go along with a product or business, these tips are sure to help you through the task. Take on your piece of the Internet with our guide on everything from picking a platform to copyrighting a domain name.
- Choose a platform — First and foremost, you should research and decide on an appropriate site platform. If you're writing a blog, then you may want to consider WordPress, OnSugar, or Blogger. For a more universal platform, try free sites like Webs and Webnode.
- Brainstorm branding and content — Before you launch your site, narrow down your vision. What are your goals? What would you like it to become as time goes on? Keeping your plans specific will help you develop a fitting name and relevant, related content.
- Consider the domain name — When you're deciding on a URL, it's important to think about wording, spelling, and length. Make sure to choose a domain that visitors will be able to remember, and pick a phrase that suits your material. Once you've settled on a name, follow our tips for registering the domain to secure your slice of the web.
- Look into trademark and copyright options — Educate yourself on the nature and purpose of copyright and trademark opportunities, then do a bit of research to see if it's something you may want to pursue. This is especially valuable if you're planning to share your own creative content, like stories or photography.
There's a lot that goes into starting a website, blog, or small business. Beyond the site's design, one of the top priorities on your to-do list should be picking a domain name. This is how your readers and customers will identify your company and come to find you on the web. The process isn't as daunting at it sounds. Follow these four steps and you'll be on your way to owning your piece of the Internet and growing your website into both a recognizable and profitable brand.
Keep reading for everything you need to know about the naming your domain.
You don't have to be a coding or design expert to create a sleek, visually appealing website. The Internet has plenty of reputable creative resources to get you headed in the right aesthetic direction — you just need to know where to look. Planning to start your own blog or website? Follow these tips to develop a polished design.
- Use a standard template provided by the platform — If you're working with a site like Blogger or OnSugar, the platform will feature a variety of blog designs to choose from. Once you've picked a template, you can add coding to tweak the layout. Not sure how to code? A quick Google search will give you plenty of tutorials.
- Visit design blogs for unique downloads — To create a more professional, streamlined look, you can visit reputable design blogs as a resource. For cool add-ons and artistic design elements, try popular sites like Pugly Pixel and Blog Milk.
- Find a graphic designer whose work you admire — Love the layout of a certain blog or website? Check the sidebar and footer to see if the site's designer has been credited. If you can't find a name or link, reach out to the site's owner and ask for a recommendation.
Have you started your own blog or website? Share your design tips in the comments below!
Blogger is one of the simplest blogging platforms around, and today, it's adding some new templates, technology, and speed to make its users even more on-trend. Photo blogs are super hot these days (thanks in part to Tumblr's success), and now Blogger users can take advantage of new photo-focused layouts to feature their awesome snapshots. Additionally, there's a very "Gawker-like" Sidebar template and a clean, three-column template called Timeslide.
Besides the new layouts, Blogger is adding some fresh new features as well: infinite scrolling and speedy photo uploads. Check out all five of the new layouts — which are in an early preview for blogger feedback — in the gallery!
There's nothing more rewarding than being a mother. Having a full-time job and taking care of kids can feel like having two jobs, which is why many women dream about being a stay-at-home mom. I talked to Jen Singer, a mom who turned her stay-at-home mom status into a job.
SavvySugar: How did you turn being a stay-at-home mom into a career?
Jen Singer: Right now I'm an author and a blogger. I created the blog MommaSaid.net, which I've done actually for eight years now. I started it when my kids were little and when they were in school, I would write it at night. Now it's become more of a full-time job because with that I published five books, most recently the Stop Second Guessing Yourself guides to parenting; there's three of them. And I've also been a spokesperson for several companies. I'm a Pull Ups potty training partner so I give potty training advice to moms on Facebook for Pull Ups.
Jen never has a typical day! To hear what it's like, read on.
This is one of the most childish stories I've read in a while.
Rosemary Port, who used to blog anonymously for "Skanks in NYC," riled up a fellow fashionista, model Liskula Cohen, by calling her an "old hag," a "ho," a "skank," and a "lying psychotic whore." (You can't say Port doesn't know how to hurl insults!)
Why is there bad blood between the women? They hang out in the same fashion circles — Port is a Fashion Institute of Technology student, Liskula a model — and apparently Liskula badmouthed Port to an ex-boyfriend once. (How old are these people, you ask? Port is 29 and Liskula is 37.)
Cohen claims the site hurt her reputation and pressured Google to reveal the "Skanks in NYC" writer. (Now, Port is suing Google for $15 million for invasion of privacy.) "By going to the press," says Port, "she defamed herself. Before her suit, there were probably two hits on my Web site: One from me looking at it, and one from her looking at it."
I'm pretty embarrassed for both of them and order a time out during which they both should retreat to a corner and sit until they can behave. What do you think — are these two too old for this nonsense?
It's quite the litigious news day for the Internet, what with the news that a Yelp user is being sued for his negative review of a doctor, and a model is suing Google because of anonymous nasty comments about her which were posted on a Blogger-hosted blog.
Disregarding the validity of each case, they both present interesting cases for how we should and shouldn't use the Internet; as for Yelp, you're supposed to be able to post negative reviews (reviews tending to be one way or the other); will each negative claim be investigated? Could I be sued for not being able to prove that I found a hair in my burrito?
As for the nasty comments on a blog, I'm pretty sure this model will be told one way or another that a thicker skin is in order. Or will she? What are her rights (or anyone that's bullied) in comparison to the freedom of speech of the anonymous poster?
What do you think? Should you be able to say anything negative on the Internet? What are the limits?