How to Set Up SiteGround Web Hosting

Learn how to setup web hosting with SiteGround and install WordPress for your blog. Finding the best web host is crucial to your success as a blogger.

SiteGround Web Hosting for WordPress

I’ve used many web hosts over the years and recently transferred one of my blogs over to SiteGround. Over the next few months, I plan to transfer the others over.

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If you are just starting with a WordPress blog, this is the perfect time to choose the best web hosting solution for your self-hosted WordPress blog. If you are confused about what “self-hosted” means, click here for an informative post I wrote about FREE WordPress vs Self-hosted.

I decided to go with SiteGround web host for these important reasons:

I chose SiteGround hosting for these reasons:

Some of my biggest concerns with web hosting are (no particular order):

  • Easy to set up
  • Web site speed
  • Reliable up time
  • Customer Service
  • Low Cost

SiteGround had top marks for all my concerns. So far I am very happy with the service, speed, customer service and the cost is amazing!

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You get so much value for your money with SiteGround, plus they make it simple to get started. I’m happy with their web hosting so far and recommend it to anyone who needs to a self-hosted WordPress blog.

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How to Add Text Overlays to iMovie

Learning how to add text overlays to iMovie made a big difference in my videos. With iMovie you can add titles, but they are very limited.

add text overlays in iMovie
I created my text overlay in Picmonkey and then imported it into iMovie. It’s very easy to do. After you import the image, you can place in any part of the video in iMovie.

Video – Adding Text Overlays to iMovie Videos

Creating Text Overlays in PicMonkey

  1. Go to PicMonkey.
  2. Click Design. A blank canvas appears.
  3. On the left side, under Canvas Color, click Transparent canvas and then click Apply.
  4. On the left side click Text.
  5. On the text panel, click Add Text. The text field appears on the canvas.
  6. Type text into the text field. Make any adjustments using the text window and the text selections on the left.
  7. When you have finished, on the left menu, click Basic Edits and then click Crop.
  8. Click, hold and drag the selection points until the text image area is a manageable size. Click Apply.
  9. Click Save.

Adding the Text Overlay in iMovie

  1. Go to your iMovie project. I assume you already have an video in the timeline.
  2. Click Import and select the text image you just created. The image appears in the Event assets.
  3. Drag the image to the timeline just above the portion of the video where you want the text overlay to appear.
  4. Click the image in the timeline to select it.
  5. On the toolbar, located above the viewer, select the Cropping tool.
  6. For Style, select Fit.
  7. Now, select Video Overlay Settings.
  8. From the drop-down menu, select Picture in a Picture. The image appears as a thumbnail on top of the video in the viewer. You can now resize it and move it around.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to add a text overlay in iMovie.

How to Embed a YouTube Video in WordPress Blog

Today I have two ways to embed a YouTube video in WordPress. Why should you do this in the first place?
By embedding YouTube videos in your blog posts, you can get more traffic to your website and expand your audience.

How to Embed a YouTube Video in WordPress Blog

When you repurpose your blog posts into a video, you can expand your audience. Not everyone likes to read. You’ll reach more people who prefer to watch a video.

After you publish the video on YouTube, add your blog post link in the description. Then when people find your video on YouTube, they can click the link to visit your WordPress blog and voila – you get more traffic!

Video – How to Embed a YouTube Video in WordPress Post

Embedding YouTube Videos in a WordPress Blog Post

There are 2 distinct ways to embed a YouTube video into WordPress. They each have their advantages.

Copy and Paste the YouTube URL into the Visual tab of your WordPress blog post.

This is the easiest way to embed the video from YouTube. Just copy the URL of the video and paste it into your blog post. The video will appear in the blog post but you have no control over it. For example, you cannot control the suggested videos that appear at the end.

Customize and Use the YouTube Video Embed Code

When you use the YouTube video embed code, there are a few customization features that you can take advantage of. One of those is “Show suggested videos when the video finished.”

You can deselect that to make your video go back to the beginning after it finishes playing.

Which is your favorite way to embed YouTube videos in your WordPress blog post?

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How to Add Annotations on YouTube Videos

 Add Clickable Annotations on YouTube VideosYouTube Clickable Annotations are powerful free tools that can help you get more subscribers, increase engagement, grow your audience and encourage viewers to take certain actions like clicking over to your website.

CLICK HERE to learn more about how YouTube Annotations can help you grow your channel.

In this video I will show you how to add clickable annotations to your YouTube video. I included other information in this blog post to provide references and resources.

Adding Clickable Annotations to YouTube Videos

Here’s one way to access YouTube annotations:

  1. Go to your channel Video Manager.
  2. Next to the video you wish to edit, click the down arrow to the right of the Edit button and select Annotations.
  3. Click the Add annotation button on the right.
  4. Click Apply changes when you’ve finished creating your annotations.

There are five different types of YouTube annotations to choose from (in the video I focus on Note and Spotlight):

  • Speech bubble: for creating pop-up speech bubbles with text.
  • Spotlight: for highlighting areas in a video; when the user moves the mouse over these areas the text you enter will appear. Typically used for YouTube Endcards.
  • Note: for creating pop-up boxes containing text.
  • Title: for creating a text overlay to title your video.
  • Label: for creating a label to call out and name a specific part of your video.

About Associated Websites and YouTube Annotations

You can add a clickable annotation link to your associated website. I did not cover this in the video. YouTube does a great job of explaining it. Click here to visit the YouTube Associated Websites FAQ page.

Are you using clickable YouTube annotations on your videos ? What type of results are you getting and what are your most commonly used annotation types?