How to add SoTellUs reviews to your website

Ever wondered how to place your SoTellUs embed code onto your website? We’ve put together a step-by-step walkthrough on how to embed your SoTellUs reviews onto your website so that you can boost your business’s authority and credibility.

Step 1: Log in to your SoTellUs account

Log in to your SoTellUs Account with your username/email and password.

SoTellUs Login Screen

Step 2: Navigate to the “Embed on My Site” tab

Once you’ve logged into your SoTellUs Dashboard, click the tab on the left titled, “Embed on My Site.”

SoTellUs Dashboard Screen

Step 3: Pick an appropriate embed code

Once you’ve logged into your SoTellUs Dashboard, click the tab on the left titled, “Embed on My Site.”

Try to use a code from the Javascript section first. If the Javascript codes don’t perform well on your website, try one of the IFRAME codes that are available.

Be sure to click the “Preview” tab above each of the codes to make sure the size and style will fit the area of your website that you plan to place it.

SoTellUs Embed Codes

Step 4: Paste into your website or send to your web designer.

Valla! Now you’ll be on your way to building your credibility as a business and showing your potential customers how your service stands out from the rest of your competition.

If you find that this guide didn’t work for you, or you don’t feel confident editing your website on your own, contact us and we’d be happy to help!

How to track down an old Google+ Business Profile Page

A question we hear a lot at Bytesize Media is, “Help! My business has three Google Plus listings and I don’t know how to access them or which email address they are associated with! Can you help?”

The quick answer is, yes! But it may involve 10 minutes of detective work in order to do so, and this is something you’ll have to do on your own (with our help via this guide, of course).

The goal is to track down any and all Google+ brand pages that exist on the web, so that your visitors don’t get confused about which is your official page, and which pages are outdated duplicates.

How to regain access and log in to a Google+ Page

  1. Log in to the Google Brand Manager dashboard with your main Google account or Gmail account
    Note: the email address may not always end in @gmail.com depending on how you initially set up your Google account.
  2. Upon a successful login, your brand account should be listed toward the bottom, beneath the section titled, “Your Brand Accounts.” Your page should look something like this:
    Google Plus Page
  3. If a brand page isn’t listed here, it means that your Google+ page is not associated with the email address you used to log in, so you can scratch that email off of your list of candidates to try.
  4. Don’t stress! Simply log out, and repeat these steps again with a different email address/password combo and keep trying until your brand page displays under the “Brand Accounts” section.

If your business has several duplicate or outdated pages:

Google makes changes to their services more often than Phoenix has weather that is above 110° degrees, so it’s not uncommon for businesses to create a Google+ page and lose it, forget about it, or find themselves confused about how to log into it.

Each of your Google+ business pages might be managed by a different email address, so you need to figure out which email address they’re respectively associated with (you may have to try a few different logins before you figure out which email is linked to which Google+ page.)

Have other tips, tricks, or comments?

If you have other great tips on how to log into lost a Google+ account, please share them in the comments below!

Tutorial: How to Setup FTP Connections in Dreamweaver

In order to begin managing a new or existing website’s files on a remote hosting server, you must know how to setup FTP credentials into a file management software, such as Adobe Dreamweaver or File Zilla.

For newbies, FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, and is a method of transferring files from one host server to another over a TCP-based network, such as the Internet. A common example of this process in action, is a web designer drafting new code for a website and uploading it via FTP to store on an online hosting server like GoDaddy or HostMonster.

For more information about understanding the basics of FTP, read the University of Indiana’s brief introduction.

This FTP setup tutorial will simply be confined to using Adobe’s Dreamweaver (Creative Cloud Version), however, these simple concepts can be applied to any previous versions of Dreamweaver, or an alternate file management software.

Let’s begin, shall we?

  1. Within Dreamweaver, access the Manage Sites window by clicking Site > Manage Sites… from the top toolbar menu.
    This window allows us to view a list of saved site credentials we may have already entered, as well as allow us to input new site access information. You may double-click on any item within the list to edit an existing site’s details.
  2. To input FTP information for a new site, click the “New Site” button found at the bottom-right of the Site Management window. This will prompt the Site Setup window to appear, where we’ll enter the basic details for our new site.
  3. Under “Site Name:” enter the domain name of your new site.
    Be sure to include its extension, but exclude the “http://” or “www.” prefix (ie. “yourdomainname.com”)
    I recommend using all lowercase characters, to minimize errors, as web servers handle capitalization differently.
  4. Create a folder for your site cache
    From just beneath Site Name, locate and select (or create) a new folder for your site’s backup files (web cache) to reside. I recommend titling the folder with your domain name and its extension (ie. “yourdomainname.com” )
  5. Before saving the details, select the “Servers” tab
    The Servers tab is found on the left side of the Site Setup window. This section allows us to setup or edit the remote server connection.
  6. Click the plus sign (+) in the lower left corner to set up a new remote connection.
    • Title your Server Name exactly as you named your domain in the initial setup (ie: “yourdomainname.com”)
    • Opt to connect using FTP in the dropdown menu below
    • The FTP address will typically be “ftp.yourdomainname.com” but may also be “yourdomainname.com” if errors occur.
    • The Username and Password will be the same as you created with your web hosting account (I prefer HostMonster).
      If you have trouble remembering your login credentials, you can always obtain them from your web host, but they typically send them in an email upon creation of your account.
    • The save button next to the Password allows you to save the password for future connections.
      If you are on a trusted computer, always check this box.
    • The Root Directory is typically “public_html/” however, you may also try just a slash “/”.
    • Your Web URL is the complete domain name of your site (ie: “http://yourdomainname.com”)
    • Click the “Test” button to attempt to create a connection with your remote server.
    • If you receive a “Successful Connection” message, save your details and exit the Server Setup menu.
  7. Click “Done” to close out of the Manage Sites window.
    The Files panel will now display the content of the local folder setup
  8. You have now successfully created a connection to your web host!

If you have received any errors within this process, your host may require specific settings in order to connect. In this case, I’d recommend Adobe’s detailed help, or searching your host’s website to obtain proper configuration details.

And nevertheless, if you’re still struggling with this process, or any of the concepts involved,  send Bytesize Media a message. We’re always happy to provide individuals or small businesses with web design and development services.

Until next time!