Device Requirements for Using Zoom

Device Requirements for Using Zoom

teach online coursesAre you scrambling to figure out how to teach online courses so that you can stay connected with your business when you can’t be there in person? We’ve gathered all the resources in one spot to support you in learning to teach online. This is your one-stop shop for tools to teach online, because we know how important it is to keep your audience engaged even when you’re far apart. Read on and contact us with any questions you have about how to teach online:

Device requirements to teach online school

Yes, you need a computer to teach students or lead trainings online. No, it does not need to be “fancy” – it doesn’t even need a webcam, although most computers now include webcams by default. In general, any laptop or desktop computer with an internet connection can access and run free online software that allows you to teach online.

Online Teaching System Device Requirements:

  • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  • Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  • OR any working telephone – cell or landline

Nice-to-Have / Extra Equipment for Video Conferencing:

  • A webcam or HD webcam – built-in or USB plug-in
  • Or, a HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card

Find out more about supported operating systems, tablets, mobile devices, and which browsers are best to use with Zoom in their System Requirements documentation.

Does it matter if I have a Mac or a PC?

No, it does not matter what operating system you’re using when preparing to teach online. Zoom, today’s most popular video conference software, is available for both Macs and PCs. For a full list of system requirements for using Zoom, see this Zoom documentation

Can I use my cell phone to teach online?

Yes, you can use your cell phone to teach online. Most modern smartphones have built-in video camera and audio recording capabilities. Watch this video to learn more about Zoom Mobile.

Quick Tip: Use a tripod or base to keep your cell phone steady while you record. Viewers will not want to watch an online course with a shaky screen!

My video freezes or jumps when I talk - why is that?

If your video is freezing, stalling, or jumping while you’re teaching online using Zoom, it may be due to a slow internet connection.  To use Zoom effectively, the minimum bandwidth is 600kbps (up/down) and recommended is 1.5 Mbps (up/down). Check your Internet bandwidth using Speedtest.

Quick Tip: Use your phone to dial-in to the Zoom meeting separately for audio. This will reduce the strain on the bandwidth your computer needs to run the video conference. Access instructions for dialing in to Zoom meetings here


Launching your own site? Do it right

You've put a lot of time into setting up your own website or sales page. Make sure it does what you need it to do by launching it right.

My Pre-Launch Checklist will walk you through all the checks and best practices to make sure you have in place before you launch your new site or page. You don't want to miss some of these steps - you'd be leaving money on the table!

How to Log In to Your WordPress Dashboard

How to Log In to Your WordPress Dashboard

The dashboard is the place where all the settings, content and imagery for a WordPress site are configured and stored. The first step to editing your WordPress site is successfully logging in to the site’s dashboard.

A WordPress site’s dashboard can always be accessed by typing the site URL and then: /wp-admin at the end of the URL.

Your Username is either your email address or the install name of your site. For example, if your new site’s URL is, then your username is “happyapple”.

Your Password was emailed to you when you signed up for this course. If you’ve forgotten it or it isn’t working anymore, click “Lost your password?” and enter the email address that you used when you signed up for this course. You’ll receive a password reset email from WordPress. Follow the instructions to reset your own password and regain access to your site.

When you are successfully logged in to your WordPress dashboard, you’ll see a screen that looks a little bit like this:

You can do a lot from within your WordPress dashboard. It is the hub of your website. If you are confused, be sure to check out this post to get a better understanding of the WordPress dashboard.

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Site Name & General Settings on WordPress

Site Name & General Settings on WordPress

When you are new to WordPress, there are a few things you need to take care of right off the bat – namely, naming your site. And a few other basic settings, like Permalinks. This blog post will walk you through the first key configurations of your site’s WordPress settings that you want to take within your new WordPress site dashboard to set it up for success.

Go to Settings > General and customize the following:

  • Site Title – This is typically your name, your business name, or the name of the group or organization that the site is for
  • Tagline – Tell people what they can expect, in a short phrase or sentence. For example, “we make good websites for good people” is a great tagline.
  • Admin email address – Change this to your own now that you’re in your site. The change requires confirmation; look for an email from WordPress
  • Time zone – Double check to make sure this matches your own time zone

Example settings showing site title, tagline, email and time zone adjusted:

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How to Set Pretty Permalinks in WordPress

How to Set Pretty Permalinks in WordPress

Want “pretty permalinks” on your WordPress site? Here’s how:

“Pretty permalinks” are links that look nice in the browser and make sense. They’re “pretty” because users can read them and make sense. If you’re setting up your WordPress site for the first time, one of the chief things to take care of before launch is your permalinks.

It’s a little known fact, but a brand new WordPress site, when left alone, will spit out some nasty URLs, like That kind of permalink just isn’t pretty. Wouldn’t you rather see You betcha!

Here’s how to make sure your site uses pretty permalinks:

Go to Settings > Permalinks and customize the following:

  • Choose the “post name” option
  • This will ensure that your pages and posts have URLs that make sense

Hit save and viola! You now and pretty permalinks. If you go look at a post on your site, you should now see the post name In the URL instead of Its numerical ID.

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Install Divi Layouts from your WordPress dashboard

Install Divi Layouts from your WordPress dashboard

The best part about the Divi theme by is the vast layout library and the ease with which you can install a pre-built layout right into your dashboard. I’ve worked with a lot of themes over the years (and I mean, A LOT), and Divi is the only one I’ve encountered that let’s you mix-and-match your layouts on a page-by-page basis within the same site. It’s like my sister & me with our leggings and big baggy sweaters in the ’90s. Mix and match it up, sister!

This custom video tutorial will walk you through installing divi layouts from directly within your WordPress dashboard. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it’s fun.

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All about Lead Funnels

All about Lead Funnels

lead funnelsLead funnels are not funnel cakes, unfortunately, but they’re just as sweet. You’ve probably heard the term, lead funnel, but what does it mean, and what does an effective lead funnel look like? 

First things first, lead funnels are not like funnel cakes. I’m sorry for the tease, but don’t they look delicious?

Now, back to being serious: A lead funnel is a tool we use in web marketing to usher our ideal customers from the point at which they find out we exist to the much-anticipated point at which they actually become our customers. It’s called a funnel because it narrows as it goes, to nearly a point, where we get the chance to put our “ask” in front of a now-educated and informed prospect who’s well-positioned to sign up and get started with whatever service, product or program we’re selling.

A prospect who has gone through your lead funnel comes to the purchase page primed, as a result of our well-crafted lead funnel, to take the next step in working with you or engaging with your business.

Funnel your Leads to Prospects

Let’s start by identifying what a lead is: A lead is a person who has some interest in what you have to offer. Maybe they’ve visited your website, or stopped by your table at a marketing event. Perhaps they follow you on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram. These people are all leads. Something about what you offer piques their interest.

A well-built lead funnel aims to take your leads, gather contact info, and then present them with information that helps move them from someone who’s interested in your offers to a real, live, paying customer. 

Help your prospects prospect!

Once a lead opts in to your list and shares their contact info with you, they become a prospect. Prospects are people who have essentially said to us, “Market to me. Sell me your services. I’m ready to hear more.”

When used as a verb, to prospect means:

1. to search or explore (a region), as for gold.

2. to work (a mine or claim) experimentally in order to test its value.


What that means: Our prospects, or list members, are on our list to test our value and find gold in our services or offers. 

And guess what? The lead funnel is how we show them!

Much of what plays out in our lead funnels happens with the prospects – offering them information, education, and opportunities to take that next step and become a client rather than just a prospect.

Start with asking questions

The first step in the lead funnel magic is finding out why each signup came to your site and what they’re looking for. We do this by asking questions from the very beginning. Check out my entry step in the example below:

Components of a Good Lead Funnel

Once your leads have shared their contact info by “opting in” or signing up for your mailing list, they become prospects. A prospect is simply a lead who has reached out to say, “I might be a customer of yours someday”. Your prospects want to get to know you better, and likewise, you want to get to know them better, so you can effectively offer exactly what they want.

As leads progress through your funnel, your outreach methods will get more and more personalized to exactly what your prospects are looking for. If you refer again to my general lead interest form, I ask for my leads to tell me why they came to my site, which of my offers is most attractive to them. This lets me send follow up emails that speak specifically to those wants and needs, increasing my chances of converting them to clients or customers. 

The 4 stages of an effective lead funnel:


The attention stage is the first stage. At this stage, the customers are experiencing pain points, but they haven’t quite recognized the problem yet. Your job is to create content to draw their attention to this problem and make them feel like it’s something that can be fixed.


During the Interest stage, customers are actively seeking or interested in information that will help them solve their problem (the problem you made them aware of in the attention stage). This is your opportunity to hold their attention and stoke their interest with your solution – the offer that you have that will help them solve their problem.


In the desire stage, customers have moved on from exploring whether or not they have a problem. They know they have a problem now, and they desire a solution that will make it go away. As marketers, we can hook into that desire, hear it, and respond to it, chiefly with our offers. 


The last and final stage of the lead funnel is called the Action stage. In this stage, the prospect is ready to take action and make the purchase decision that will solve their problem. Your job is to make it easy for them to say “yes”. It’s important that the final message in your lead funnel has a strong call to action and makes it easy for the prospect to take that next step and actually work with you. The easier you make it, the more sales you’ll get from your lead funnel!

Need help with your lead funnel development

Kate M. Gilbert, experienced web developer and WordPress expert, is available for hands-on, live web support via Zoom Office Hours.

During these 1-on-1 sessions, you get the undivided attention of a tech expert who’s been there, has worked with your software, and is passionate about helping you figure it out, too, so that you can rock your web marketing.