What The Hell, Facebook!

And How To Take It Personally

If you follow me on Facebook, yesterday I unfriended at least half of you with the invitation that if you don’t know me personally, you can “like” my Fanpage instead. Even if most of my status updates yesterday said 99% got axed, it’s really not quite that bad.

Why did I axe everyone?

Loving axed! (Can you tell?) Playing and having fun is sometimes the best way to bounce. When I allow myself to feel into playfulness and fun, I am more naturally able to let go of the things that are no longer serving me. I take the hard out and put the fun in.

Back to grinding “Ye Ole Axe”… I read this post from Darren Rowse a few weeks ago. The entire time saying to myself, “Yes, yes, yes… this is me too!” Darren is @Problogger on Twitter. And one of the best blogging resources around.

In “Dear FaceBook Friends, I’m De-Friending Most of You [It’s Not You, It’s Me]” it all became crystal clear.  My personal account on Facebook needs to be personal and its not.

So yesterday morning on Facebook, I began trumpeting what was going down… my personal friend count! So far it’s shrunk by 50%. And it feels really good!

Many of you brought to my attention the subject of boundaries which I love. And it’s true… there has been a complete transformation of boundaries in my personal and professional life underway throughout all of 2011 (it feels like).

Boundaries, I’m learning are for me. They are not a stop sign for you, even though sometimes it feels to me, that’s what I’m saying to you. I’m looking at my boundary as something that reminds me to keep loving me. To make myself the highest priority. Because it’s from a full heart I create and give back joyfully. Which is something I want to be experiencing more of. Joyful creative service.

It’s loving me the way I want to be loved. Adoring me, the way I wish to be adored, by my clients. By any one. A practice form of The Golden Rule, internalized.

Here’s that usually-forgotten-until-you-do-it pleasant surprise that comes from loving and tending to your boundaries like you would a beautiful garden… it’s called fresh clean air. Or, spaciousness. Freedom. A place to take a deep breath into what is, relax & trust and see again, everything really is for you.

So what the hell?!

Several of you mentioned that you were thinking of getting personal with Facebook yourselves.

I got the hint. And when Avril Lavigne came on the radio, this divine lightening rod from the Universe whispered (well screamed sorta, it is Avril) into my ear…

“All I want is to mess around,
I don’t really care if you love me or hate me,
you can’t save me.
All my life I’ve been good but now…
WHOA! What the hell!?”

And that was it… I also want and need a place not to be good, to mess around, and not be so optimistically delicious. More likely, I’ll still be delicious, even more so. Just one more reason to love your boundaries.

So, if Darren’s post doesn’t further flame your desire, maybe I can help demystify enough of it, for you to take the leap, and bounce into your own “What the hell?!”

Reclaiming your personal Facebook account as personal

  1. Is your Fanpage set up and ready to go? Get it going (if you haven’t). Fanpages are for anything. And most assuredly they are for you too. For me personally, I want to keep some of my “what-the-hell” moments out of sight from the whole freakin’ world.
  2. The day of “Ye Ole Axe” you’ll be tweeting (at least once and probably a couple of times throughout the week), and Facebook status-updating on both your personal page and your Fanpage. I made myself available a lot throughout the day, to interact and answer questions and just show up as the-Me-you-know-me-as, which seemed to soothe away any concerns. (Yo, who really wants to see me in my I ❤ vagina tee-shirt anyway?)
  3. You’ll want to look at un-tying any automatic status updating you may already have in place. I use Facebook’s NetworkedBlogs application to handle tweets and status updates to both my Facebook profile & Fanpage at the moment. Still unclear if I’m completely pulling the plug on my blog posts auto-updating to my personal page. We’ll see.
  4. On a go-forward: People requesting friendship with you at your personal Facebook page, simply reply “I’d really love it if we could connect here, at my Fanpage: [insert your fanpage URL here].”
  5. Speaking of Fanpage URLs, once 25 peeps like your page, you can visit http://facebook.com/username to set up your custom Fanpage URL. Remember the Facebook rules here, once you claim it, you can’t change it.

Ok, thaz it. Really. If you are lookin’ for some other good Facebook resources (like how to hell do I set up my Fanpage), check out my links on Delicious.

Have fun with this! It really helps. There were some more challenging moments throughout the process, as I cut deeper and deeper down into my original 458 followers on Facebook. And I’m not done! Facebook still shows me having 458 friends this morning so I’m thinking it may take Facebook a couple of days to come inline with my new slimmer Facebook personal account waistline. And then there’s the refreshing sense of feeling more open and available to what’s next. Yeah, that!

It’s amazing how being clear myself (boundaries are a healthy part of that support system) strengthens my own message.

Try it and let me know if the same is true for you! Avril will definitely help get you started from your fun & play place.

 

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A Simple Strategy To Increase Your Blog Readership

When you are first starting out, your blog is pretty much your primary product. Charlie Gilkey helped me land this super valuable piece of info quite awhile ago… when I was just (re)starting out.

Let me say it again because it’s important for you to land this too… In the beginning, your blog is your primary product.

And when you boil it down, the very main thing you want right out the gate is readers, or subscribers. And to grow, grow, grow that list you are building.

The basic rule of 500.

There is a ton of info around the basic principles of list building and growing your subscribers. You’ll hear the great shiney ones (the Danielles, Jonathans & ChrisGs of the blogging matrix) talk about numbers and what you should be shooting for… basically, great big giant ones… hundreds of thousands would be nice, right?!

Which feels so outta reach in the beginning. Even the basic 500 feels like a giant leap. The basic 500 goes “don’t even think about launching an online product until you have 500 subscribers…” Sigh. If I believed this, I wouldn’t be sitting here typing this to you now because I wouldn’t be blogging! But that’s mostly because I haven’t given up yet. 😉

I don’t have 500 subscribers and yet here I am. I’m working. I’m not making six figures but I am building my own business. One day at a time. One client at a time. One subscriber at a time.

What kind of online business are you?

It’s really super important to understand whether or not your business is primarily service-driven or product-driven. Again, another Charlie Gilkey-ism here… if you are primarily service-driven, you will not need 500 subscribers to be making money or even to launch your first product. However, if you are a products-driven business, then yes, the numbers will matter. And so when the gods & goddesses of the blogging matrix throw out this number, it is indeed an excellent guideline. If you are building a products-driven business.

Why the numbers game is just an illusion.

Here’s what else I’ve seen about lists and about those (cursed/blessed) numbers… it’s possible to have a large list, send out product offers and not convert on your sales. Why? I think it’s important to consider the time it takes for your audience to get to know you, or to feel like they know you. They obviously like you if they’ve subscribed. But just because you have the numbers and they like you doesn’t mean they’re gonna buy from you. For me personally, I gotta love you. And that love for you is built over time. By establishing a consistent way of showing up with me (publicly or privately). It’s way more about your message. Your content. Thus, content is always king.

So I just want to offer you a little bit of relief about the whole numbers game. It’s better to be thinking about your own game, what you want to be doing in and with your business, than figuring out how to grow the numbers. If you focus on your stuff, the numbers take care of themselves.

Here’s a simple strategy to increase your blog readership if you are literally ‘just out of the gate.’ After installing this plugin, you can stop thinking about all this and get focused on the next idea for your business you are going to say Yes to.

WP Greet Box Plugin

With this plugin, you can put a custom greeting box at the top or bottom of each of your posts. The plugin displays a customized greeting to your reader based on the social networking highway they found you on.

Choose which networks you’d like “activated’ for personal greetings or simply display the invitation to subscribe again.

Search for and install this plugin from your Plugin menu on your WP Admin panel or visit WP Greet Box for more details.

Creating A Local Test Environment That Replicates Your Existing Web Presence

  • Who is this post for: Web Designers learning Web Development, anyone wanting to understand the beginning steps of Web Development
  • Why you would want/need to read it: you need a place to play and make mistakes with a web presence that already exists, without the playing and mistaking affecting your live WWW environment
  • How hard is this to do/learn: 10 out of 5 (takes real tech-genius and you’ve got it but you gotta try it in order to show that to yourself)
  • Cost: free, except for the value of your time, focus, energy to follow the directions
  • Computer type: I work on Windows and these instructions are also supposed to cover Mac as well, although I did not test that myself

Gettin’ geeky wid you

I am totally and completely going to let my geek hang out so get ready. You’ve read the bullet points above and really shouldn’t be reading any further unless you want to get geeky with me.

I’ve noticed… that I’ve been asking for help in my business. It started as contrast (challenges) in the form of overwhelm and having too much/too many clients lining up saying “Yes, I’ll even wait up to 6 (more like 8) weeks to work with you Mynde.” (Jeez, tears in my eyes.)

And so I asked (mostly in the form of great big desire and often with tears in my eyes). And other women appeared and offered to help me free of charge (for now) because they recognize the benefit of seeing exactly what I’m doing behind the scenes in my biz to get web presences built & launched for amazing, creative & beautiful women around the globe (France, Italy & Australia).

So… I am following the call of my own expansion. Which means I’ll not question who is ready for this post and instead trust you are out there, reading this now or at some point in the future which will still be your now when you get here.  😉

Buckle up, here we go…

So you’ve got a good thing already going online. A published functioning website. You need to test, tinker, play. Possibly completely transform it. Also known as a redesign.

When I worked at Experian, we had test environments. Serveral actually. Before anything was published into its live WWW environment, it had to move through at least two other environments designed to be the place where all the kinks got worked out, tested and ready for primetime. Some refer to this are their “sandbox.” No, not as in kitty litter but as in I get to play, and break things and make a mess and everything will still be ok. It’s a no fuck-up zone… and shouldn’t our whole life be that? I keep wishing…

When I decided I wanted to redesign my web presence using PlatformPro, I didn’t want to do it live. And the plug-ins I looked at (future post, promise!) didn’t satisfy me enough to take the risk.

So I remembered that back at Experian, I could make my laptop be the web host and install some software to have it simulate a server environment, right on my local machine.

This is the best way because you get to avoid all sorts of Search Engine crap that should be considered if you were thinking about simply creating a new sub-directory in your live hosting environment and copying a replication of your WWW environment (you can learn why if you watch one of the video’s I’m about to share with you).

So here’s a quick picture of where we are going (a roadmap):

  1. You’re going to download & install software to help turn your computer into a web server
  2. You’re going to install a fresh clean copy of WordPress to your new local server
  3. You’re going to copy your entire live www site (usually your latest database file and the contents of any customization files for your WP Thesis theme)
  4. Because your database file may be gynormous, you’ll also need to download some software to help with the import into your new WordPress installation (trust me, it’s all in the vids)
  5. After all is installed, you’ll point your web browser to your local running server and login to your WP admin login, just like you do normally except you’re not going to be online.
  6. Now go get your new theme, install and begin OR introduce/test significant site enhancements here before moving it out your live WWW (people don’t watch you while you work).

Ready?

Here’s what ya need:

  • Xampp – server software (in the video, he’ll tell you to download Xammp Lite, but it’s no longer available. I just downloaded the entire package and followed the video and did fine.)
  • Bigdump – breaks database file into small chunks for import
  • WordPress 3.1.3 & TextPad – or any other good html editor you prefer

After you’ve got these goodies together, also you’ll want to do/gather up the following:

  1. A complete & full back-up of everything. Put it somewhere safe. This is base control. You’ll never touch these files unless you are starting all over again (you will be using a copy of these files to replicate your locally hosted WWW site.)
  2. Your wp-config.php file. Make sure you know your Database Name & User ID and also your Database Host and password (all this info comes straight off your wp-config.php file.)
  3. Next, you’ll want to fire up the following three videos to receive step-by-step-by-step instructions from this wonderful guy in Kentucky (loved listening to his southern drawl). He does a A+++++ job at explaining how to get through it all. The vids are listed in numeric order on Delicious.

That’s it. Good luck!

I was soooo excited to be able to successfully do this for my redesign! After I purchased the PlatformPro theme, I installed and activated it and was ready to actually begin redesigning my website.

If you have questions or run into issues, don’t give up!!! It took me 2 full days to do this. I installed two other server software packages (Mowes and Wamp) that just didn’t work out for me. It was frustrating and at times felt like I wouldn’t ever figure it out. But I stayed with it, and got up and moved around, left my computer (and the problem behind) and usually, the next time I sat down, I was able to make progress. I share this with you because you won’t always get it the first time through! Which is so whether you are learning WordPress for the first time, learning how to backup your WordPress site using Filezilla for the first time or creating a full replica of your live WWW on your local computer.

Good luck! Good luck! Good luck!

Your Web Presence & Showcasing Your Art

mar·quee [mahr-kee –noun

  1. a tall rooflike projection above a theater entrance, usually containing the name of a currently featured play or film and its stars.

I’ve noticed that many more women are showing up asking for a very specific requirement for their web presence. They want a marquee style header.

At first, I thought this would be the exception. And it was, for a little while.

Most of my previous clients are coaches. Early on, I had one ‘typical’ artist show up and say yes to me and my way of webifying. And after analysis of what she was presenting to the world, and upon my recommendation to her, we designed her web presence using a different WordPress theme than is my usual standard. And Thesis is a standard in today’s web presencing universe.

I looked at what she was doing, and I decided it needed a different focus. Not that Thesis couldn’t handle her and what she does. Enough mystery, yeah? Please meet Laura Jacquemond from BlueTerracotta.com.

But my past clients were mostly going to be using their words to connect with their audience of right people. And I do believe, Thesis is a really great broad based solution for what most people starting out need in their first few years of online business making.

However, the earlier exception is now becoming the rule. And even in my own online business growth process, I personally am finding I need a different approach to how I’m showing my stuff to the world.

You & your art

I talk a lot in my main webification sales page about being a creator. Being an artist of some type. And that at our core, we all are. I think the importance of being able to express our own personal forms of creativity is so germane to the expansion of life.  To having a feeling of deeper meaning, satisfaction, joy… all the good stuff. I believe it’s what will save the world actually. Or make Heaven on Earth.

Expressing our personal forms of art heals us.

And artistic expression is everywhere. In every thing. Because it all begins with thought. An inspiration or desire. It begins there.

What I had been wanting for my own web presence was a way to showcase my gallery. I’m an artist, and I need a gallery. Right now, I have a list in my sidebar, of clients I’ve worked with and am working with (well not this very second, because I’m writing this now, but there they are… see? look in the sidebar).

I have all the right ingredients, including testimonials, screenshots… ya know, the whole she-bang. All the things I think you’d like to see in order to make the decision of whether or not you’re going to visit my contact page and set up our chat about your web presence.

The information coming easily, in a naturally-feeling organized manner… like “uhuh uhuh uhuh…” click click click. Easy. (Emphasis on easy… ya feelin’ me?)

I’ve played with a few plug-ins (I plan to share that with you another time soon). I built galleries in several of them. Just not satisfied. Not feelin’ it.

So I’m bopping around Facebook and I notice a certain something that calls to my attention… drag & drop WordPress theme. “Oh?” I muse.

You see, I’m always thinking about you. Well not always. But you know what I mean. I want it to be easier for you… the whole technology thing. And I strongly believe that if technology doesn’t make itself easier to use, it will not be around. It must build ease-of-use into itself to thrive and expand. If it’s too challenging to use, nobody will use it.

May seem counterintuitive because in a sense, I undermine your need of my services. But I don’t see it that way. My bottom line is empowerment. I say that right-off-the-bat on my web presencing sales page.

What a marquee styled header is…

Marquee, marquee, marquee… what the hell is it?! Ok, well… read the definition again at the top of this post and then visit my client Megan Matthieson. It’ll be like bam! I promise…. Go quick…

So drag & drop WordPress theme, marquee based header. If you like it and it’s right for what your sharing… still with me?

If you are strictly biz and not an artist, then this is where you showcase your latest product or just simply sell what you do with imagery and some verbiage. It’s your billboard people. It’s your electronic billboard.

I say this all the time. If you’re a client, you’re gonna nod your head. Ready? You’ve got 2.5 seconds.

That’s it! If they don’t see what they want to see, they click the back button (or hit backspace on their keyboard like I do.)

So you gonna make’em read it or are you gonna show it to them?

My new theme choice is…

My new theme is called PlatformPro from Pagelines.com (yes, that’s an affiliate link). I’ve already sent them a lil love note… I really want them to come on by, pay me a visit (yes, it’s a secret wish). This is what it looks like when you fly-by-the-seat-of-your-optimystical-designer-ass… and it feels fun and free and wild to be… me. FINALLY!

I’m redesigning my website. I’m gonna share it with you in hopes that’ll it will help you turn your own corners about webifying and what you’re doing online, with your business.

My need for redesign is not about dissatisfaction in how my web presence looks or feels, it’s about needing to present the information in a more dynamic way. And it’s about growing and expanding myself into technology as-I-go, not all at once. Which is crazy to think that we could or can, but we do it nonetheless.

You and your web presence may not need PlatformPro now. And you might be an artist like me; needing flexible, easy & dynamic. A showcase for your art. And if your art is your writing, Thesis is still (really), more than good enough to get you going.

That’s it for today. Stay-tuned for more… where hopefully I’ll have a few shorter installments. Right now, I gotta a redesign story to tell. And I’m excited to tell it.

Till soon,
mm.

Got redesign questions?

Use the form on my contact page and just ask!

Trusting The Call of Your Expansion

Redesign.

Go ahead, BE A FOOL! Expansion is worth it :)

It can be a scary word or an exciting word, when you’re a web presencer like me.

I’ve had clients joke around about it immediately after launch. I’ve had clients seriously reconsider everything right at or just before launch (fear rears it’s ugly head in the form of self-doubt). And, in many more situations, I’ve had clients who feel in desperate need of a redesign because their existing web space feels terribly incongruent for who’ve they become today.

That is why this word, redesign, is both scary and exciting. Scary at the thought of “starting over again” and exciting because renewal has energy. An energy that can help propel us to the next place we want to go.

Which ties in directly to one of my main intentions for helping coaches and artists presence themselves online… which is, to create a place they can fall in love with and pour more of themselves in to it.

My whole she-bang is about expansion. Expanding yourself. Expanding your world. Your outreach. Internet and technology are primary resources for doing it in today’s new and interesting economy.

My big news.

I came to Thesis in the summer of 2009. I’ve steadily grown into my theme. Expanding it here and there. Adding (and removing) elements to my design as my business grew and evolved. It is a process… and it’s never finished. Really.

And not unless you’ve already been out here for a few years doing it, will you have one of those sites. When you begin, it’s sparse at first. And little by little it becomes more as you invest time and energy into growing your business.

Because redesigns rarely happen simply because you don’t like the look and feel anymore. And if they do, then you’ve got time & money to burn. For me and my clients, that is not where we are (and I’m not sure any serious, successful online entrepreneur is either or they wouldn’t be successful.)

My big news is I’m redesigning my website. I want to share this with you because my hunch is, you’ll want to know because every online biz owner will face a moment similar to mine… and it’s always so comforting to know we’re not alone, right?

Maybe you’ve been thinking about it yourself. You’ve got questions. And throughout the entire process of a redesign, many more questions arise and will need direction and input from the steering committee which is you.

Most redesigns happen behind-the-scenes and then are “revealed” like a magician’s re-appearing assistant in the spinning wardrobe. Ta-da!

It’s all cool and nice. But when I look around, I don’t recall seeing anyone who’s ever shared the process. Not that that’s bad. It is about relevancy too.

If your niche is not technology or web presencing, sharing your redesign would seem completely irrelevant to your audience… or, only relevant to them in terms of “what’s in it for me?” Will it be easier to navigate? Will I be able to find the content I’m looking for more easily? Stuff like that.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about doing it yourself. Maybe it would nice to understand my reasons for doing it and my decision-making process. And, get a sense of the kinds of  decisions that you might make along the way. That any online biz owner might have to decide for their own redesign.

Starting now, I’m sharing whatever I want to (those are the rules when it’s your web presence) with regard to my redesign. From the why’s to the how’s.

I’ve got some surprises too. I’m leaping off the precipice, like the Fool in the tarot deck. Away from my comfort zone of Thesis (gasp!) and following the call of my own expansion.

Because the call for expansion in life and business always requires taking some risks. Besides, I’ve got my “A” story and I’m willing to drink my own kool-aid here and fearlessly face the threats of making a mistake or even failing completely because the ride of expansion is always worth it.

Everyone loves a sexy reveal, but I’m opting for the strip-tease instead…

I hope you’ll come along for the ride. I’d love to hear your questions about redesigns. What’s scary about it, what’s exciting about it. How to know when it’s time for you to do it.

Subscribe if you haven’t and you want to follow along.

Today, Everybody Gets an ‘A’

I was talking with a client yesterday. She was freaking out. Which happens during the webification process. Six Ways To Staying Optimystical…” was born in a client freak out moment. Danielle LaPorte may have mid-wived it, but the essence of it was drawn from past experience and many moments of messiness.

During moments like the one my client was having and really throughout the entire webification process, I find myself referring all of us back for a review often. The rules for optimystical web presencing can be applied generously throughout your webification adventure and really to everything else in your life and biz.

The Very Serious Business of Web Presencing

And it is serious. Tending to become more serious as we go. Even though generally speaking, my client & I are both pretty focused on a similar outcome; co-creating a unique and fully custom web presence that oozes the essence of her.

For me, this is my business. My solo-preneur business. Buck stops with me, so it’s very personal. And I take it seriously.

For you, my client, it’s serious. It requires an investment of time & resources, plus some blood, sweat and tears. Because this is your business. Your shot at entrepreneurship. And you are pretty flippin’ serious too.

So it starts serious. Gets more serious because my client, You, start figuring out that putting You out there requires some serious courage. I mean, anyone can put up a website or blog. But you are more serious (you’ve hired me & probably others!) And to put yourself out there the right way, the way that will make you money and serve your perfect people with your unique skills, gifts and talent packaged into perfect offers is very serious business!

So where do we go from “This is so serious, I gotta get this right! Jeez, I look around and see how everyone else is doing it so much more right than I am right now!!! Oh shit, is what I’m offering even for real?! I’m not even sure what that is anymore, what the hell am I offering here?!!”

Good question. And the energy or feeling behind those words are even more critical to understand. Because what you feel is what you get. It’s a “your-wish-is-my-command” kinda Universe afterall.

Overwhelmed. In a fit. Terribly confused. Questioning all of it… with her launch date looming down upon her.

What do you think the chances are of her finding a solution or some clarity here, while she’s feeling this way?

So I pulled her out of the details of her muck. I reminded her about Optimystical Rule #5 (actually, all of the rules intersect this story). I wanna know what she’s most committed to, with her web presence?

And I introduce her to Benjamin Zander. She doesn’t know him. I explain that he’s a conductor. And professor or something. And brilliant.

And that at the beginning of each class term, his students are given the assignment of telling the story where they’ve received an ‘A’ in Zander’s class.

The students write up their stories, including things like how they are feeling, what is next for them, what they are most grateful for learning/discovering, what they learned about themselves.

They return to class and turn in their completed first assignments and then Zander says to them, “Great. Good Job…

And I only take ‘A’ students.”

I told her, “I want to know what your ‘A’ story looks like. What it looks like for her to receive an ‘A’ at web presencing. And at expanding her biz, herself too (because it’s all connected). At her willingness to ask herself the good questions, to get support for the freak-out moments, to give herself the space she needed to be confused and overwhelmed.

And then bing! it was there. Relief. The tell-tale sign of right-trackedness. If there is a right (see rule #1).

What happens when you start giving A’s

“Relationships are transformed when you give an ‘A.’  When there’s a breakdown in relationship, you are not giving someone an ‘A.’” ~Benjamin Zander’s wife

In my client’s case, her relationship breakdown was with her own knowing, her inner guidance. And without her ‘A’ story, she was seeking clarity but looking at confusion. Wanting flow & ease while looking at overwhelm. What she was looking for was clearly not in the place where she was looking for it.

She had to get out of the problem to get into her solution. Telling a new ‘A’ story gives her access. Puts her in a new energetic “feeling” bubble. Her focus changes. And inspiration arrives in colorful shapes and sizes.

And at the very least, you’ve got an answer for rule #5’s question about knowing what you are most committed to. When the road gets rocky, you can find your way back to you, your own inner knowing. Reminding yourself you are committed to You. And you’ve got the ‘A’ story to back it up.

An important piece of bedrock in the serious business of web presencing.

Did I make you think?… Share your thoughts in a comment below.

  • Which people, circumstances, and relationships in your life could use an ‘A’ from you?
  • Any person or situation feel impossible to give an ‘A’to? What if you told a new story about that person/situation so they could receive an ‘A’ from you?
  • What other areas of life & biz might benefit from telling a new ‘A’ story?
  • Do you believe changing how you feel about a situation is enough to change the situation itself?

How To Fix Bloated Paypal Buttons in Thesis WordPress

Help! My Paypal Buttons Are Fat & Ugly

Ok, this is one of the most frequently asked “help” questions I get from clients. For some reason, the base code of the Thesis theme effects how your Paypal buttons display on your web pages.

I say “some” reason, because the developers of the Thesis theme I’m sure have some logical reason behind it. But for where you need to go, this isn’t important.

For this trick, you’ll simply be doing some cutting and pasting (like many other tasks that have to do with making your web presence go, right?)

From your WP Admin dashboard, you’re going to visit your Thesis sidebar menu and click “Custom File Editor.” Hopefully, the default file selection will be your custom.css file. You can tell by what’s displayed in the heading “Currently editing:…” It’s bold. Right up top, under the main navigation of your WP Admin dashboard. If it doesn’t say “Currently editing: custom/custom.css,” select it from the dropdown just below the heading.

One you’ve got the file pulled up in the editing box, scroll to the bottom and paste the following code in.

/* fix bloated Paypal buttons */
input[type=image] { width:auto; background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent; border: none; }

Then, click the Big Ass Save Button.

Now, return to your webpage with your Paypal buttons and refresh your view of the page in your web browser, like a visitor would.

Paypal buttons now svelte and sexy? YAY!

Lovin’ easy.

Here’s the video for the visual learners. Full screen version.

http://content.screencast.com/users/CStars4U/folders/Jing/media/ba3188c8-2871-43db-bc70-80604e21c53d/jingh264player.swf

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Check out The Video Library.