It’s time to show you how to put your new website in maintenance mode, in case you don’t want anyone to see it while you’re still in the process of tweaking it.
Let me introduce three WordPress Plugins that do the job for you.
This plugin displays a screenshot of your website with an over-lay window and the reason your site is down.
- Works with any WordPress theme
- Allows you to work on your site while non-logged-in visitors see the Maintenance Mode page
- Automatically Creates a Screenshot of your Website and uses it as the background for your maintenance mode page
- Ability to add a Custom Headline, Message & Background Image
- Returns a 503 http status and retry header so search engines know your site is down
- Simple and Easy to Use
- Multisite Support
- Translation Ready – i18n Support
Here’s a live demo.
This plugin adds some great features to your coming soon page.
- Easy install and use
- Works perfectly with all versions of WordPress
- Fully Responsive Coming Soon page
- Ability to disable Coming Soon page for specific IPs
- Highly customizable Coming Soon page
- Ability to set Coming Soon page background image
- Ability to set Coming Soon page background color
- Custom Logo for Coming Soon page
- Ability to use WordPress post editor for Coming … Continue reading
The Metaphysics of Lucid Dreaming – Visionary Fiction for Kids
by Brandon Bosse
First, I want to wholeheartedly thank the VFA for the opportunity to share my story and ideas. I am grateful to be able to share my passion. Thank you to my fellow VFA members for the kind words in response to Part 1 of this blog post. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, I recommend starting there.
Visionary Fiction for Kids
Kids are naturally curious about the world. With the Internet at their fingertips, they are even more informed about the way the world works than any generation before. I think that teens crave new ideas and a deeper understanding of the world around us. That is why I think that young readers are up to the challenge of understanding such complex concepts presented in The Dreams of Phillip Aisling and the Numinous Nagwaagan. I hope that I’ve been successful at taking these concepts and presenting them in an entertaining way.
The VFA is transforming human consciousness, one book at a time, and this transformation is most effective if it starts earlier in life. I think it is important to introduce younger audiences to the ideas in visionary fiction before they become stubborn old adults, set in their ways. This book was a middle-grade/young-adult novel from the onset. Even though it is written for younger readers, it is not over simplified. I think kids are smarter than they are often given credit for. The book presents the metaphysics of dreaming not directly to the … Continue reading
The Metaphysics of Lucid Dreaming – Visionary Fiction for Kids
by Brandon Bosse
There are plenty of books written about lucid dreaming, but most of them are written for the adult reader a]nd aren’t intended for children or young adults. Many younger readers aren’t interested in reading dry, philosophical, non-fiction books and easily get bored. Yet, young readers are nonetheless (often indirectly) exposed to the underlying morality and metaphysical aspects of the fictional stories they read. Taking inspiration from stories like Harry Potter, Matilda, Alice in Wonderland, and Wizard of Oz, I began writing The Dreams of Phillip Aisling in 2007. It is a story designed to introduce younger readers to safe and confident exploration of the rich and exciting world of lucid dreaming. It is told from the perspective of a 13 year old boy who is struggling to understand what his dreams mean. I wanted to present lucid dreaming in an entertaining way that kids would enjoy. Readers of all ages are invited to join Phillip in learning to take control of their dreams. The book also explains, from a kid’s point of view, possible theories about the metaphysics of dreams and how they can be interpreted as glimpses into alternate realities within Hugh Everett’s multiverse.
What is “Lucid Dreaming” Again?
Before we delve into the metaphysics of dreaming, you may be wondering “what is Continue reading
Before we get to the fun part of decorating your new cyber home, let’s take care of some general housekeeping tasks via the navigation menu on the left side of your WordPress Administration panel.
Hover your mouse over the Settings menu at the very bottom of the vertical menu below your Dashboard and a submenu pops out to the side that contains the following links:
The only settings we will concern ourselves with for now are: General and Permalinks.
Women’s Visionary Fiction gives us something more. Continue reading
For a super quick review of what we’ve covered so far in “Build Your Own Author Website” steps one through five, here’s a video created by Daniel Piechnick, a professional web designer and trainer.
In less than ten minutes, he’ll explain
- Domain Name
- Web Hosting
He’ll then take you step-by-step from purchasing your domain name through installing and logging in to your WordPress website.
This is the day you log into your WordPress.org Administration Panel.
For those of you who’d prefer instead to stick with WordPress.com, we part ways here, and I leave you with the following message: WordPress.com is a hosted service, which means that you don’t have to deal with finding a web host or downloading and installing the WordPress software. All is done for you. So I don’t blame you if you choose to start with a casual blog through WordPress.com rather than self-host a complete management system (CMS) through WordPress.org.
If you choose to go with WordPress.com, as I initially did, I’m sure you’ll be happy with the service it provides as you familiarize yourself with the world of blogging. Perhaps you’ll be so happy that you’ll never feel the need to expand your reach—or your control. I wish you the best.
For help in getting started with WordPress.com, I again urge you to purchase WordPress for Dummies, which covers all you need to know. I have also written posts about blogging (developed through the publishing platform Blogger), starting here: Setting Up a Blog, Part 1. Or you may choose to follow some of the excellent videos and information online. As I mentioned in a previous post, creating a hosted blog on WordPress.com (or Blogger) is amazingly easy. So go for it! And have a ball!
If you’re still undecided about which version of WordPress to use, here is yet another site offering an unbiased, well-researched comparison between the two: WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com: A Definitive Guide for 2015.
For those of you who have decided to plunge ahead with WordPress.org and have successfully installed its software onto your preferred hosting server, as … Continue reading
This is part 2 in a series about Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Author, MR Neer addresses some questions that are related to the Yogi’s theory about the connection between literature and the evolution of consciousness. Please read the previous post where MR Neer offers some insight about literature, how we experience it, and how it develops human consciousness.
How does literature affect the writer, reader, and society?
Now from this foundation, I have identified 10 of Maharishi’s key ideas about literature.
For the Writer:
1) Silence. The creative process depends on the inner silence of the writer. The aspects of a piece of writing “all come together in a very beautiful, connected manner if there is silence deep within.” By silence, he means thought arising from the state near or at the level of pure consciousness – the quietest level of the mind where all activity has settled down. He insists that the power of literature lies in “the purity of the writer, in the purity of the consciousness of the writer who is able to bring in an ocean in a drop, … [who] naturally comprehends the totality on any surface value of a thing.” He explains that when a writer maintains that simple, silent awareness, it has all possibilities in it.
2) Flow. Good writing is not so much about … Continue reading
Now that you’ve registered your domain name and found a home (Web host) for your website, you only need to follow one more step before you can begin working with WordPress.org., which is:
Installing WordPress on your domain and hosting account.
This is a one-time procedure, so hang in there.
You’ll be amazed at how easy this step is, and therefore how short this post.