Groups are smaller communities within the larger ActiveRain. Join groups created by others. or start your own and
get others to join
This is the place to view the past and present contests put on by ActiveRain and its members. Everyone can join the
group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
Curious as to what others in your profession think about a certain product or tool?
AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
so you can be a bit wiser about your purchase.
Broken down by categories and subcategories for easy finds
Get an unfiltered look at what real users are saying
Leave a review yourself for others to benefit from
Add new products as you use them and gain points for doing so
ActiveRain University (ARU) provides free on-line training. We coach, consult and support real estate professionals about real estate trends, technology and social media.
ARU Calendar provides class types and registration links
Watch short tutorials on updating your photo, inserting a hyperlink and much more
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Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
Brand, off the wall, specific subject matters…whatever it is you're looking for.
Each time you write a post you can syndicate your post to 5 groups.
And if by chance you don't find what you're looking for, start a new group today!
Get your content in front of more eyes
Search by location or type
Feel free to start your own group
Find some that are close to home and close to heart
Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
that will boost their business and increase their visibility in the community and beyond.
Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
Do what's good for you and your business by participating
If you have an idea for a contest, just let us know
Stay motivated and on track with new contests popping up each month
Ask a Real Estate Question
Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
Play the teacher role and help someone out today
Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
Ask a question yourself to get help
These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
Farm your niche market and cover all the happenings in your neighborhood
If you look at the entire process of installing a plugin, then break it up into "phases", it would look like this:
Download, install and set-up an FTP program
Download and unzip the plugin
Upload the plugin to your site, and activate it in Wordpress
The first post covered Phase 1.
Here's Phase 2: Downloading and uzipping the plugin.
First realize that most WordPress plugins ard themes are distributed as "zip" files. "Zip" means that the file (or files) has been compressed into a smaller size for faster transmission over the internet.
There are several no-cost or low-cost programs for unzipping files. Currently I'm using CAM UnZip. It's free and available for download here: http://www.camunzip.com/
If you don't already have an unzip program installed, and you'd like to look at CAM, go to http://www.camunzip.com/ Click the big yellow download button. It's going to take another click to get to the final download page.
At the next screen, clicking "Click here to download" will take you to this page, the actual download page. Click on one of the Download options.
The dialogue box will ask "Do you want to run or save file?". Click Save.
If you download alot of stuff, you'll already know that its important to pay attention to just where your download file is going to end up. Saving to the Desktop is a simple approach. Some people keep a folder on the Desktop for downloads. I can also see merits in installing to an external device, such as a thumb drive. Whatever works for you, the point is just be aware of where the file is, so you can find it again.
After you've selected the place you want to put the downloaded file, click Save, and the download will begin.
Wait while the program downloads to your computer.
When the download is complete, click Run.
The dialogue box will ask "Do you want to run this software?". Click Run again.
The installation wizard will start up and walk you through the installation. Click Next.
Accept the license agreeement. Click next again. Read, glance at (or skip) the information page, and click next again.
Select the destination location -- where the program will be stored on your computer . The default is probably fine unless you have created some different file system hierachy of your own.
A couple more screens will follow. You can select a different Start Menu folder, you can add a desktop icon, you can tell your computer to always "associate" CAM Unzip with the zip extension. (That means whenever you click on a zip file on your computer, CAM would be the program of choice to run the file.)
OK. Now that you have an UNZIP program installed on your computer, you need a zipped up file to unzip.
Since this series started with a question about installing the WordPress PlugIn PhotoDropper, I'll use that plugin as an example of the process.
That text link takes you to a second download page. Click the large Download Plugin button.
The dialogue box will ask "Do you want to open or save this file?" Click save.
Remember all that stuff about paying attention to you put a file as you download it? With a zip file it is important, since you won't be able to run the install immediately after downloading (the file has to be unzipped before it can be installed.)
Downloading to your Desktop is one simple solution, a folder on your desktop is another. Some people like a particular folder on the hard drive for all downloads.
Choose your location, and click Save. (I'm saving to the Desktop here)
After the download of Photo Dropper is complete, an icon for the zipped file will be on your desktop
Right click on the icon, select "Open With", then CAM UnZip
Here we go again, glance at the "Extract to" location, you will need to know where the plugin has been stored on your computer in order to upload it to your WordPress site.
You can change the "Extract to" location by clicking on the button with three dots to the right of the location name.
After you've set and noted the location, click Extract.
When done, CAM Unzip will display the "Zip Message" box. Click File -> Exit to close.
Now you're ready to upload the unzipped plugin to your WordPress site. I'll cover that in Phase 3 soon.
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What is a CAT BLOG?
According to Seth Godin: "Cat blogs are for, by, and about the person blogging. A cat blog is about your cat and your dating travails and your boss and whatever else you feel like sharing in your public diary."
Well, I am the boss, my dating years are behind me, but I do love my cats.
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