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Is Your Blog Mobile Friendly?

Posted on 28 November 2012 by Administrator

2012 seems to have been the year of mobile. Smartphone users are on the rise. Apps are hotter than ever. We feel tethered to our phones.

Have you made your phone mobile friendly? Simply put, making your blog or website mobile friendly, means weeding out unnecessary information and putting only what users need most. So, while your readers accessing your site via mobile phone don’t need to see your badges, they probably will want to see your recent posts. They may be deciding to go to a restaurant based on your review or at the grocery store and looking for a good recipe.

Are you making it easy for your readers to find information they need on the fly? There are really no excuses as the WP Touch makes it as easy as a few clicks. With this WordPress plugin, readers can easily access reviews or recipes on your site. Take a look at the blog site below. Which view looks better on the mobile – left or right (mobile optimized)?

WPtouch  transforms your WordPress website for mobile devices. It works well with popular mobile web browsing devices like the iPhone, iPod touch, Android mobile phones, BlackBerry OS6+ mobile devices, and more. One of the benefits is that the site will probably load even faster than before.

The admin panel allows you to customize many aspects of its appearance, without knowing a bit of code. It operates completely on its own – your regular version will be completely untouched. And if your visitors want to switch back and forth between the WPtouch view and your site’s regular theme there’s an option for that as well. The best part is this app is one hundred percent free!

Once activated, the WP Touch WordPress theme automatically transforms your website into a sleek mobile version. If you would like to tweak it further, there are options for that as well.

 

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Twinkie Production to End Hostess Closes

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No More Twinkies: The End of Era?

Posted on 19 November 2012 by Administrator

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Much to the surprise of many foodies, Hostess company has decided to shut down operations. The maker of the famous dessert / snack, the Twinkie will stop production in the near future. If your twitter feed follows many in the food industry, you won’t be surprised that is was filled with mentions about the end of Twinkies in America.

No doubt that copy cats will continue to produce items like the Twinkie and local bakeries can even capitalize on this. But as bloggers, you should be using a story like to help build your identity and help drive traffic to your blog. This story is hot right now, but instead of reporting the story as is, think about how you can put your own spin on it.

Some ideas are:

  • Restaurants that offer similar desserts to the Twinkie
  • Local bakeries that are making or plan to make their own Twinkies
  • Do you have a recipe that is similar, you can share?
  • What are some childhood foods that are not longer available

These are just some story ideas that you can use to capitalize on the attention that Twinkies are getting right now. Of course, there’s only a short window of time to do this, but it can mean more loyal readers and certainly will help to set your blog apart in the blogosphere by helping to give you your own voice.

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Level Up Payment App Review

Posted on 01 November 2012 by Administrator

Back in the late 90s when people were just beginning to use cell phones, the idea of a smart phone was unheard of. Those on the forefront of technology and forecasting predicted that there would come a time in the not-so-distant future that we would be able to pay for goods and services using our cell phones. This seemed unfathomable, yet here we are with this option. While there are several apps that allow users to pay with their cell phones, LevelUp is a newcomer, hoping to gain some market share.

LevelUp is free to use for consumers and available nationwide, currently available at more than 3,000 restaurants and stores across the U.S., including well-known fast-casual restaurants like Ben & Jerry’s and Subway in addition to small local food trucks and coffee shops and restaurants.

To use it is rather simple.
1.) Go to their website and sign up. You’ll need a credit card to link to your account.
2.) Download the app on your smart phone (iPhone or Android)
3.) Show your unique QR code to vendors to pay for goods and services

Once you register for LevelUp and download the app to your smart phone, you’ll have your own unique QR code. Think of this like a credit card. To pay, simply hold your phone up to the vendor’s phone and the payment process should take less than a second. You are notified on your phone how much as been deducted from your account and an email is sent to you for your records.

My first experience using LevelUp was at a Food Truck Park. How great is it not to have to pull out my wallet each time I want to get a taco or bubble tea? While it is convenient, there are some downsides to LevelUp too. Several businesses listed as accepting the app refused to take payment from it. Others had issues with their phones not being charged or getting a signal to accept it. My tacos got soggy waiting for the payment to be accepted.

Pros
• Easy to pay
• No need to carry cash or coins
• Extra value at some places

Cons
• Not accepted everywhere
• Not all venues listed on the app accept it
• Long waits at some places

What about security? If your phone is stolen does that give the theif carte blanche to go charge up a bunch of things using LevelUp? Not necessarily, but it is up to the user to be vigil about this. For example, you can pin lock the app to ensure someone couldn’t gain access to LevelUp, plus you can reset your unique QR code instantly from your account online,rendering your old one invalid. To start using LevelUp sign up on their site here.

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