Recommended Software for Teaching Online

Recommended Software for Teaching Online

Zoom for teaching onlineThe most widely used software available today for video conferencing and online teaching is Zoom. It’s easy and free to use, and allows for all the capabilities you need to effectively teach online. Read on for simple tips on how to use Zoom to teach online.

Reasons Why We Love Zoom for Teaching Classes Online

  1. Zoom is FREE to use for up to 40 minutes. You can use Zoom on just about any device for free. And for a limited time, Zoom is offering a waiver to K-12 schools to lift the 40-minute limit on Zoom meetings. Take advantage of this hot offer while it lasts!
  2. Zoom allows for FREE recordings. Have a student who can’t make the class meeting? Set your meetings to auto-record to the Zoom Cloud and invite your students to access them later, on their own time.
  3. Zoom is the only platform with HD Videos, Screen Sharing AND Virtual Whiteboards. Even industry giant Skype doesn’t have all these features.

 

Zoom Software for Teaching Online

Want Live Zoom Teacher Training?

Kate M. Gilbert, web expert and experienced online instructor, is available to teach your teachers how to teach courses online. Kate is located in Jersey City, NJ, and is available for on-site trainings in the tri-state area, or video trainings for schools worldwide.

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!

Meet the Founder: WordPress Expert Kate Gilbert

Meet the Founder: WordPress Expert Kate Gilbert

WPMaster.me founder Kate Gilbert has been building and supporting websites since 2006 and knows the web inside-out. Kate is based in Jersey City, NJ and is passionate about making the web more accessible to emerging entrepreneurs – especially women and kids, who she believes are the keys to the future.⁠

Kate spent the better part of the last decade building custom WordPress websites for lifestyle, healthcare and higher education clients in Boston and beyond. As a front-end developer, Kate has experienced first-hand what it’s like to be curious about code when you don’t fit the mold. As a result, Kate has developed a passion for helping female entrepreneurs get more comfortable with the web, and has shifted away from done-for-you web services to focus on educating site owners to do it themselves at WPMaster.me.

Kate and her husband own & operate a coding & robotics enrichment center in downtown Jersey City, NJ. Code Wiz offers after-school coding classes for kids ages 7 to 17, and teaches coding through fun play and learning activities. Adults can also learn at Code Wiz, through daytime and evening courses in WordPress website management, social media marketing, advertising online and more.⁠

Need help with your website?

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.

Wix vs. WordPress – We break it down

Wix vs. WordPress – We break it down

Wix vs WordPress? We break it down

 

Which is better – Wix or WordPress? Which CMS is easiest to set up? Which has the best templates and themes for a professional look and feel? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t simple. Comparing Wix and WordPress for your small business website can make your head spin!

 

WordPress as a CMS vs. all the rest

 

In web speak and tech acronyms, CMS stands for Content Management System, or the tool that turns the back-end of our websites into a friendlier interface for adding posts, images, products, etc. Before we had these tools to make web interfaces look like Word, your website would consist of a set of hard-coded files on a server somewhere. WPCompendium.org sums it up well in this quick history lesson, but essentially, the creation of the CMS made it a whole lot easier to keep sites fresh and alive by making them easy to edit without code.

What is a CMS? Image from WPCompendium.org

So you need a CMS – Now which one?

The best CMS for you depends on what you want to do with your new website. Wix and Squarespace are super simple to set up and require zero code or tech experience. If you can shop online and use Amazon Prime, you can use these tools.

Wix is perfect for beginners, but limiting when you want to grow

Wix works out-of-the-box to give you a snazzy design and a slick site. Wix is an all-in-one website builder that charges by the month and is ideal for beginners and those with zero code experience. Got an idea and want to gauge interest online? Use Wix. Got products to sell and data to collect and sort from your customers? Then you might hit a wall.

Where do you fall on the Wix vs WordPress chart below?

Got products to sell online?

If your store is at all complex, we recommend WordPress. Wix has eCommerce tools that work well for most, but if anything needs to be customized, your hands might be tied. With WordPress + WooCommerce, you can run your store like the slickest spots at the mall, and all with the security, speed, and peace of mind of self-hosting.

Need a simple landing page, and fast?

Then you might be better off with Wix. It’s true that WordPress has a learning curve, and depending on your starting point, it might be steep. We offer WordPress training and one-on-one support via Office Hours, but if you’re in a hurry and you really want to DIY your website, head to Wix and set something up. Wix is ideal for a quick one-pager that tells people who you are and what you offer. You can always expand upon it later!

Got a specific design in mind?

WordPress can be built-for-you, Wix is already built. So if you have a custom website design that you’ve created, commissioned or purchased, you will need to set it up in WordPress. But good news! This no longer means you need a custom theme. Theme frameworks like Divi and site builder tools are making it easier to have custom designs in WordPress. 

Tight on budget - and time?

If you’re lacking tech skills but want to set up your own site, Wix might be the perfect solution. A lot goes in to setting up a WordPress site right, and once launched, the site will only be successful if it’s given regular care and attention. WordPress is a commitment, but one that pays off. Contact me to learn more >