Archive | March, 2010

How to: Build a testimony database

As you get more and more familiar with your MyAIMStore website, you may notice the importance of your website’s “Pages.” In MyAIMStore sites, pages are used as key navigational and organizational tools that help create an easy way for a visitor to browse your site. Most of you have set up pages that link to your product store and to a contact page.

Have you considered creating pages for AIM testimonies?

On the demo site for MyAIMStore’s Theme Three, I set up a page that features multiple testimonies from AIM Members. Go ahead and visit the link to see what the page looks like.

Creating this testimonials area was a two-step process. The first step is creating the testimony pages.

To create a testimony page, go to Pages > Add New from the left-side menu bar of your store’s dashboard. Give your page a title and enter in the text of the testimony in the content area. If you would like, a pair of testimonies are available to use as page templates. You can choose one of these testimonies by selecting one from the page templates drop-down at the right of the screen. More testimonies will be added at a later date.

After you are done creating your testimony pages, you will need to build a main testimony page that hosts links to all of your pages. I titled this page “Testimonies.” In the body of this page, you can add an image from the MyAIMStore Resources area, and you will want to add links to each of the testimony pages you created.

Once you are done building all of your testimony pages, you will want to head over to the Theme Options section of your website to complete the second step of the testimony process.

Under the Navigation Settings section, you can enter the page ID numbers of the pages that you do not want to appear in your home page’s main navigation. For instance, I did not want the individual testimony page links to appear on my homepage, so I entered their page IDs in this field. To find a page ID, go to Pages > Edit, place your mouse over the name of a page, and notice the link for that page.

https://myaimstore.com/wp-admin/page.php?action=edit&post=3

The page ID of the sample page above is 3. Place this number in your Navigation Settings box, click save, and you’ll be all set.

Again, to view a testimony database in action, head over to the Theme Three Demo and click on “Testimonies” at the top of the page. And as always, if you run into any questions, feel free to email MyAIMStore Support at myaimstore@aimintl.com.

– Kevan

A blueprint for building a beautiful MyAIMStore site

I have had the privilege of emailing with many MyAIMStore Members who are anxious to get their sites up and running and looking good. Great! I can’t wait to see what everyone decides to do.

To help you get an idea of some of the possibilities for your site, I would like to share with you the links to three MyAIMStore demos (one for each theme) that can help give you a clearer picture of the finished product.

By using the Theme Options panel for each theme and by adding content to the Widgets section of the sidebar, these themes transform into some pretty beautiful sites. A lot of the information for making changes to these themes can be found on the MyAIMStore Resources page, and as always, you can email MyAIMStore Support with further questions.

Have fun creating your MyAIMStore site, and be inspired by the possibilities of these theme demos.

Updates:

  • Added links to the three MyAIMStore theme demos on the Resources page.
  • Fixed the issue with Hotmail accounts not receiving emails.

How to: Track visits and sales through your site

The reason most AIM Members sign up for a MyAIMStore website is to grow their business. Visitors can sign up and shop within one click from a Member’s site, and all orders and new memberships are automatically traced back to the referring Member.

I am sure that most of you know this is how the MyAIMStore websites work. But do you know how to track these sales and sign ups?

AIM has created a tool that does the tracking for you. All you have to do is log in to your MyAIMStore website, and right from the dashboard, you can click on the large, rectangular green chart graphic that says “Sales and Sign ups.” The image will link you back to the AIM corporate website where you can enter your AIM Member ID and PIN number and check out how your site has been doing.

Note: Make sure you check the display range of the report. By default, the report will only show the current month, so if you happen to check on March 11, you may not see as much data as you would expect.

The new MyAIMStore websites have an extra layer of tracking, too. You can get full reports on web visits to your site by adding free tracking software to your MyAIMStore (I would recommend Google Analytics or SiteMeter). Simply sign up for a free account at the analytics site of your choice, copy the tracking code they provide, and paste the code into the Tracking Code section of your Theme Options page (in the “General Settings” section).

As you get more adept at working with your MyAIMStore site, you can begin to analyze these numbers to find out what content works best on your site and how to maximize the number of visitors who click through to the product store.

Happy tracking, everyone. And if you have any questions, be sure to send us an email.

Kevan

Resource of the week

WordPress Codex

MyAIMStore benefits from being built on one of the web’s most popular website platforms. WordPress has made quite the footprint on the web, and you can find a treasure trove of information by searching on Google for WordPress tips and tricks.

I would like to point you to the WordPress Codex, the official help section of WordPress. In essence, it is like having a built-in manual for the MyAIMStore websites. Anything you want to learn about WordPress, you can find it at the Codex.

Spend some time looking around and see what you can learn. The MyAIMStore sites are open and able to host a wide range of customizations. I’m excited to see what you find.

How to: Edit your home page

A common question that has come up on the new MyAIMStore sites is how to change the content on the front page of your store. The resources that are available at MyAIMStore’s Resource page touch on this (visit https://myaimstore.com/resources), but I thought I would cover it again here for everyone’s benefit.

There are two different ways to change your home page content, and you will need to know which theme you are using in order to know which route to take. To see which theme your store is using, log in to your MyAIMStore website, and go to Appearance > Theme in the left-side menu bar. This will display the name of your current theme. Also, you can look in the left-side menu bar under the link that says “Comments,” and that will display your theme’s name as well.

If you have Theme One or Theme Two, the homepage content is displayed using a post. You can edit this section by choosing Posts > Edit in the left-side menu bar and clicking on the name of the post that appears at the next screen.

Note: You may need to update your Theme Options to make the full text of your homepage visible. To do this, click on your theme name in the left-side menu bar, choose “Display Content or The Excerpt,” and check the box for Homepage Posts.

If you have Theme Three, the homepage content is displayed using your Theme Options. You can edit these options by choosing Three > Theme Options from the left-side menu bar. The page that appears has options for Personal Information, Homepage Settings, and General Settings. All of these options can help you change the look of your homepage.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email MyAIMStore Support at myaimstore@aimintl.com.

– Kevan

Resource of the Week

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is a document containing insight into the most common queries of MyAIMStore Members. A wide range of topics is covered in this document, and if you do not see the question that you wanted, feel free to send in an email and we can add it.

The FAQ can be downloaded and viewed at the MyAIMStore Resources page.

Updates for week of 3/4

  • MyAIMStore registration is now open for all AIM Members.
  • Updated Glossary.

How to: Edit the content of your home page

A common question that has come up on the new MyAIMStore sites is how to change the content on the front page of your store. The resources that are available at MyAIMStore’s Resource page touch on this (visit https://myaimstore.com/resources), but I thought I would cover it again here for everyone’s benefit.

There are two different ways to change your home page content, and you will need to know which theme you are using in order to know which route to take. To see which theme your store is using, log in to your MyAIMStore website, and go to Appearance > Theme in the left-side menu bar. This will display the name of your current theme. Also, you can look in the left-side menu bar under the link that says “Comments,” and that will display your theme’s name as well.

If you have Theme One or Theme Two, the homepage content is displayed using a post. You can edit this section by choosing Posts > Edit in the left-side menu bar and clicking on the name of the post that appears at the next screen.

Note: You may need to update your Theme Options to make the full text of your homepage visible. To do this, click on your theme name in the left-side menu bar, choose “Display Content or The Excerpt,” and check the box for Homepage Posts.

If you have Theme Three, the homepage content is displayed using your Theme Options. You can edit these options by choosing Three > Theme Options from the left-side menu bar. The page that appears has options for Personal Information, Homepage Settings, and General Settings. All of these options can help you change the look of your homepage.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email MyAIMStore Support at myaimstore@aimintl.com.

– Kevan

Resource of the Week

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is a document containing insight into the most common queries of MyAIMStore Members. A wide range of topics is covered in this document, and if you do not see the question that you wanted, feel free to send in an email and we can add it.

The FAQ can be downloaded and viewed at the MyAIMStore Resources page.

Updates for week of 3/4

  • MyAIMStore registration is now open for all AIM Members.
  • Updated Glossary.
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