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How to Embed Calendly into WordPress

Calendly is a gem in a coal mine for busy people looking to schedule meetings, book appointments, and keep their loaded schedule on track. Scheduling meetings or appointments can oftentimes be difficult, as people have contrasting schedules and live in different time zones. Instead of sending dozens of emails before you set up a meeting, Calendly makes it easy on website users to schedule meetings using one simple link. Invitees can only pick from time slots based on the calendar that you have created and sent to them. Calendly gives you total control when it comes to scheduling. It connects to all of your online calendars so you will never miss a meeting.

Imagine how much easier your life would be if you could integrate this software into your WordPress website! Technology these days, right? Well, say goodbye to the days of sending multiple emails, waiting days to schedule a good time to meet or giving up completely because your schedules just do not work. You can most definitely integrate Calendly into WordPress!

This functionality is handy to have on your website, as it allows your customers to easily schedule meeting times with you based on what you have available on your schedule. There is not a Calendly plugin for WordPress, which means you will have to create one yourself. 

Thankfully, it is a simple process. 

To get started, either login to your account or create an account with Calendly. 

  1. After you login or create an account, you will see your events on the main page. Click on the gear icon on the event that you’d like to embed into WordPress. 
  1. On the dropdown menu, click Add to Website
  1. After you click Add to Website, Three options will be available to you. 

As you can see, you have the option to choose Inline Embed, Popup Widget and Popup Text.

  • Inline Embed allows its users to load the Calendly scheduling page directly onto their website.
  • The Popup Widget adds a floating button to your site that launches Calendly as a Popup. 
  • Popup Text adds a text link into your site that launches Calendly as a Popup. 
  1. Click on the option that you want and press continue 
  1. As you can see, I clicked Inline Embed. It took me to this page that shows my Embed Code. On the left-hand side, you can customize the background color, the text color and the button and link color. On the bottom right-hand corner, click Copy Code. You can also keep this tab open just in case. 
  1. Open a new tab on your browser and got to your WordPress website. You can embed Calendly onto any individual post or page. All you need to do is press the circled plus sign to add a new block to your page. 
  1. Scroll down through the options and find formatting
  1. Click on Formatting and Click Custom HTML
  1. Paste the Embed Code into the HTML Text box 
  1. Right next to the HTML tab at the top is Preview. Click preview to see Calendly embed in WordPress

If you like the way that looks, press save draft in the corner. If you would like to embed Calendly onto your site as a Popup widget or Popup text, then go back, choose your desired option and follow through the same process. See how easy that was? 

By using this simple tool you can schedule meetings, book appointments, keep it all organized and maintain your sanity! 

What are you waiting for? Go add it to your website! 

What is WordPress and How Does it Work?

In today’s modern-day of unlimited Internet access and seemingly paper-thin smartphones, it is easy to assume that a majority of people know all about web creation websites like WordPress. My assumptions were proven wrong when somebody genuinely asked me, “What is WordPress?”. After thinking about that question it occurred to me that some people are very unaware of WordPress and what it has to offer. If you are stirring in silent embarrassment because you are also asking yourself the same question, then do not worry. This article is for you. 

WordPress is known as the most powerful, straightforward and versatile website content management system (CMS) in existence today. If you own a website, it is your website’s operating system. In simple terms, WordPress is the engine to your “vehicle”. In this case, WordPress is the engine, while your website is the vehicle. 

WordPress allows you to create and customize any kind of website that you want. It provides you with interchangeable themes, fonts and styles. People have created websites that feature topics such as E-commerce, social networking, business, membership, portfolio, forums, events, E-learning, weddings or even a simple blog. WordPress originated as a blogging tool but later developed into the content management system that it is today. 

Whether you’re an aspiring business owner attempting to establish your online presence or you’re secretly passionate about gardening and want to create an online outlet, it is easy for anyone to create a website. In fact, WordPress operates over 30% of all websites on the Internet.

There are many benefits to joining WordPress’s large and powerful website community. WordPress is very simple to operate, which is one of the most intriguing elements of the website. The website content management system is very easy to use, even for beginners. WordPress allows you to create and publish your website content quickly. Another great feature is that the actual WordPress software is free to download and use. WordPress also operates on all screen sizes and devices. It even comes in the form of an app! There are two different types of WordPress websites that you have the option to use.   

  • WordPress.org: This site is known as the self-hosted and free version of WordPress. This WordPress software is, in fact, free and is considered an open-source. Open-source means that you have the freedom to build, use, and modify the software in any way that you’d like without having to pay a fee. It also means that it’s licensed under the GNU Public License and it isn’t owned by one single company. With this software, you essentially install your own web host to create your website. This site does not generate any income. It also does not offer any support for its users. Using this site gives you more ownership as well as access to all the website’s perks. Anybody can download this version. WordPress.org is managed by the nonprofit WordPress Foundation.
  • WordPress.com: This is a paid, profit-geared service that is operated by WordPress.org software. WordPress.com is a simple site that any person can navigate and use. With this service, you are essentially paying WordPress to host your site and handle everything for you. This service relieves you from the responsibility of building and managing your website. Many people choose this service because they want a professional website, created and operated by actual professionals. Once you pay for the WordPress.com service, you are paying to not have to worry about those things. This is a fantastic option for someone who has a business but does not have time to create a website. WordPress.com is a for-profit business owned by Automattic that uses WordPress.org open-source software. 

To get started with a self-hosting WordPress website, you will need to pay for web hosting and a domain name. If you choose to continue with a web hosting provider, the domain name, website and many other features will come with the package.

WordPress is used by all kinds of people for various reasons and goals. It is used by individuals, small businesses, large corporations, nonprofit groups, and many more. For example, the official White House website, BBC America, The Walt Disney Company, Vogue and so many more use WordPress to power their site. Take a look at each company’s website, the design, and how it correlates with the culture of the company or business. These examples depict an attractive outline for how a well-constructed website can look. Although these widely-known businesses utilized WordPress.com to their advantage, you can still create a free site using the open-source software. WordPress makes building a website easy and available to everyone, even people who aren’t developers!

A Novice’s Guide to Web Hosting

Think about all the websites that you visit daily. You might be scouring the Internet to get some grocery shopping done, to chat online, read up on the latest news, or reply to emails. Regardless of the websites that you visit, you are only able to view and interact with those sites because they are hosted by a web hosting service provider. You may be wondering, “What is web hosting? What is a web hosting service provider?”. 

There are countless details and features to web hosting that can make it difficult for a newcomer to understand and navigate. 

Web hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to post a website on the Internet. It is home to where your website lives and where all your files are stored and made public. A web hosting service provider, like us here at Hostirian, is a business that provides the services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed on the Internet. A web hosting provider allocates space on a web server for a website to store its files. These services cannot take place without an active server.

A server is a computer (software or hardware device) that receives and responds to requests made over a network. Essentially, servers host and store the websites from a service provider. The process is simple: 

  1. An Internet user types a website address or domain into the browser.
  2. The user’s computer will connect to the website’s server.
  3. The web pages will be delivered to them through the browser.

When someone enters a domain name into the browser, the domain name is rendered into the IP address of the web hosting company’s computer. Generally, web hosting service providers will help you create a new domain if you do not already have one. If you have one, they will work with you on building your website, generating leads, and growing your online presence. 

As previously discussed, web hosting is the process of renting or buying a space to accommodate a website on the Internet. Think of a website domain name as the address of the house while web hosting is the actual house that the address leads to. There are a few things to remember before you begin creating your website. 

Some companies allow you to create a website for free, but you will have to essentially “start from scratch”. By that I mean, you will need to learn how to work that site on your own, buy a domain, create your business email, fix the website’s problems if the site goes down and so much more. By teaming up with a web hosting provider, you can run your business or website without any worry of internal or technical problems, site navigation, creation, or troubleshooting. It is crucial that you do not team up with just any web hosting service provider. You want to make sure that the company is reliable and persistent in helping you create the best website possible. You want to create fewer problems for yourself in the long run.

Signing up for a web hosting service offers so many benefits, including instant access to customer support to help with troubleshooting, problems with sending and receiving email, domain name renewal, script debugging, and more. Your web hosting service team will complete all of the “behind the scenes” work, leaving you with a hassle-free and uncomplicated experience. 

When getting started with web hosting, it is important to choose a web hosting service provider that is a good fit for you. Many web hosting companies strive to make the process as easy as possible for you. The team will take the confusion out of the process and leave you with an enhanced understanding of content management and website creation. 

All web hosting services provide some basic features such as email accounts, FTP access, databases, and WordPress support. You can create domain email address accounts through features provided by your hosting company. FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, access allows you to upload files from your computer to your web server. If you build your website using HTML files, you can transfer your files through the web server through FTP. That allows your website to be accessed through the internet. A database is an organized collection of data, generally stored and accessed electronically through a computer system. WordPress is a powerful blogging and website management tool. WordPress operates over 30% of websites on the internet. Some web hosting services may provide additional unique features such as generating leads for your social media, SEO boostability, reputation management, web design and hosting, business listings, 24/7/365 customer support, and DataVault information backup. 

The amount of space allocated on a server depends on the type of hosting that you are using. There are many different options to get your site on the web. They each offer contrasting elements that cater specifically to the website owner’s needs. There are six types of web hosting that you will most often come across, which include shared, virtual private server, dedicated server, cloud, managed, and colocation. These different types of web hosting can be differentiated by the kind of technology used for the server, the server management and the additional services per offer. 

When it comes to deciding which web hosting service provider or type of hosting you’d like to use, leave that to the professionals. They’ll help you find the best fit to begin your website building process. 

Improving your Business Security with Colocation

With market research estimating a drastic increase in demand over the next few years, managed service providers are working very hard to make sure that their colocation services are up to par with market competitors, resulting in better security and features for businesses looking to outsource their IT infrastructure. With the anticipated increase in demand comes an increase of malware and cyber attacks. This has significantly influenced managed service providers to work on increasing the quality and robustness of their services. 

Colocation can improve a company’s security capabilities in several ways.

  1. Preventing physical access
    1. Gone are the days where companies hold their servers in their closets, causing an increased risk of security. MSP’s that offer colocation can focus more resources on security and provide solutions that can go a long way toward supporting data protection goals.
  2. Avoiding data loss
    1. With cyber attacks anticipated to significantly increase over the next coming years, data backup and prevention is more important than ever before. Colocation providers can offer redundant power and network systems, facilities built to withstand natural disasters and relatively easy access to backup resources.
  3. Network Security
    1. Colocation providers offer customers a secure network link between the third party data center and corporate headquarters. This adds a layer of protection from hackers and other threats. Colocation data centers also are physically off the premise of the business, making them well protected from physical wiretaps.

A company looking to grow and sustain success in the current and future state of the marketplace will undoubtedly come to a fork in the road with their IT infrastructure. It is likely that businesses will need to make decisions on whether or not they can keep their IT in house, and deal with the overhead that comes along with that, or if they will work with a managed service provider that will manage and provide consistent security and upkeep of their important data files. Protection against cyber attacks and outsiders will continue to rise as technology advances, forcing businesses  to fully submerge themselves into the digital age. So our advice to businesses? Invest in your IT, and hire a provider that knows what they are doing. 

 

About Historian:

Hostirian is a global market managed service provider, specializing in colocation, website hosting, social media management, and custom web/software development.  The company’s dedication to the industry, and their clients have given them the honor of working with some of the largest companies in the market. Hostirian’s team of developers, techs, and executives are dedicated to protecting and managing all things IT so that their client’s can focus on what matters.

Hostirian provides complimentary audits of businesses IT infrastructure. The strategy that Hostirian develops for each client is unique to the specific needs and goals of the respective company. Get in touch today.