How to use Emoji on Computer (Mac & PC) 🤙🏄🏼‍♂️✨

Emoji is the universal language in social media. Small icons can show non-verbal expressions such as facial expressions, favorite food or places. 

In communication, non-verbal expressions are as important as verbal expressions. So, when we use a smartphone or social media, we naturally want to share our emotions. Adding a few emojis in the text can be a perfect way to do so.

Even though we type the same text, depending on the facial expression, the meanings can be quite different.

“I see 😊”
“I see… 😕”

It’s the power of emojis.

Not only that, but emojis also make your message pop among other boring text. If you’re posting on Craigslist, try to use a couple of emojis. Your post will catch people’s eyes right away. 

As more people use emojis, the desktop adapted the emoji input. In this article, you will learn how to use emoji on the computer either Mac or PC.

Content

1. Emoji Keyboard Shortcut on Mac
2. Emoji Keyboard Shortcut on PC
3. Type Emoji on Mac
4. Type emoji on PC

1. Emoji Keyboard Shortcut on Mac

“Command” + “Control” + “Space”

emoji shortcut keyboard on Mac

*If the shortcut doesn’t work, you might have a different key binding. Then, please check here

2. Emoji Keyboard Shortcut on PC

While holding the window key (), hit the semicolon key (;).

emoji shortcut keyboard on PC
Or,

while holding the window key (), hit the period key (.).

emoji shortcut keyboard on PC

*If you donʻt want to remember the shortcut, you can check here.

3. Type Emoji on Mac

Go to “Edit” on the top menu. Then, click “Emoji & Symbols” on the dropdown menu.

Emoji & Symbols Menu on Mac

4.Type emoji on PC

When you set an emoji keyboard, you donʻt need to remember the shortcuts. Once you set it up, it’s really easy to use whenever you need it.

(1) Move your mouse over the taskbar. Usually, the bar is located on the bottom of the screen. Then, click the right mouse button and click “Show touch keyboard button”. 

show touch keyboard button for emoji

*It’s a toggle button. If you want to turn it off later, you can click it again.

(2)You will find a new icon of the touch keyboard on the taskbar. Click the icon.

emoji touch keyboard button

(3)Then, the keyboard will show up. The smiley key located next to the space bar is the emoji key.

emoji touch keyboard smiley button

(4)When you click the emoji key, the emoji keyboard will show up. 

emoji touch keyboard

Conclusion

Now, you can add emojis on your social media through your laptop or desktop. Also, you can add them to your website as we did on our “About Us” page.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us. Mahalo for reading.

Recommendation for our clients’ website hosting – Bluehost

*Kauai eBiz is not only a satisfied client but also an affiliate marketer of Bluehost. We get commissions for registrations made through links in this post. Click here to find out more.

As a web design agency for small businesses, we have tested and used numerous web hosting services. After comparing those services, we concluded that Bluehost can be one of the best choices.

Why do we choose Bluehost?

Customer Services 

Bluehost provides exceptional customer services. When you open a chat window, they will respond within 5 minutes. (Mostly, right away.) They are ready to help you and educate you 24/7.

Free SSL certificate 

An HTTPS (HTTP Secure) connection is important not only to protect users data but also to enhance SEO (improving Search Ranks). Usually, it costs an additional $80-100 per year to set up HTTPS. Yet, Bluehost provide a 256 bit encrypted SSL certificate for free. 

Fast & Reliable

The more money you spend, the faster hosting service you will get. Yet, just because it’s expensive, that doesn’t mean it’s always good for you. For a family vacation, nobody will charter a 55-passenger coach bus. Just an SUV or a minivan will suffice.

In the same sense, Bluehost provides quite fast and reliable service at a reasonable price for small and mid-size businesses.

One of our clients is running 5 Mexican restaurants on Kauai and Oahu. They have an average of 200 visitors and 600 page views on the website every day. We host their site on Bluehost and to improve their speed, we added a CDN service. It perfectly works.

Another case was that my client has been using a slow hosting service for several years. They asked us to redesign their old site. Even though we launched a new website, the site loaded slowly because the hosting server was very slow. After we migrate the site to Bluehost, their loading speed improved from 6.xx seconds to 2.xx seconds.

Flexible

Some hosting companies control their websites’ functionality. For example, GoDaddy has blacklisted numerous plugins, which means they will block when you install those plugins. They want you to use their services (GoDaddy’s paid service) instead of using the 3rd party plugins. Click here to the blacklist.

Bluehost provides flexible and optimal environments without restrictions.

How to open a Bluehost account

Step 1. Visit Bluehost’s homepage

Click the following banner or link to visit the Bluehost homepage.

▶ Link to Bluehost Homepage

Step 2. Click “Get Started”

Recommendation for our clients’ website hosting-Bluehost

Step 3. Select the Basic Plan

Step 4. Input your current domain name

*If you’re opening a new domain address, please see here.

Make sure you input correct spelling.

Kauai business website hosting

Step 5. Input Account Information and Payment Information

You can add extra packages later, so please uncheck them now. We will install basic plugins for back-up and security for your website.

Hawaii website hosting Bluehost

[In case you open a new domain address]

Step 4-a. Input your desired domain name

Step 5-a. Input Account Information and Payment Information

Even though you don’t need extra packages, we recommend purchasing Domain Privacy Protection. By law, the domain owner’s information will be displayed in public. So, after registering a new domain, you will receive a flood of spam emails and phone calls from all over the world.

When you purchase the protection, Bluehost will display Bluehost’s information in public instead of your personal information. And, when something important happens to your domain, Bluehost will contact you.

Conclusion

There are many options for website hosting services. Choosing the right one based on your business size, purpose and budget is important.

After researching and testing numerous hosting services, we recommend Bluehost as a website hosting service for local businesses on Kauai. All our clients are satisfied with the Bluehost and their websites improved the search ranks by enhancing loading speed and installing HTTPS after they change to Bluehost.

If you want to find out more information about web hosting services, please check this article: Best Web Hosting (2019)

Also, please contact us if you have any questions.

Best Websites to Download Free Stock Images for Commercial Use (Updated 2019)

We judge the quality of the site, based on the quality of the images.

Images are important.
When we visit a website, we see the images first and judge the quality of the website even before we read the article.

It’s not our fault. It’s just how our brain works.

Our brain loves to use various senses to receive information. Survey says that 94 percent of content with visuals get more views than textual content. And it happens very quickly. As research says, the brain can identify images seen for as little as 13 milliseconds.

So, we open the site; scan the images in a blink of eyes; and judge the quality of the site based on the quality of the images and design.

In that sense, I agree with Vistaprint’s article. It says, “High-quality images allow viewers to make an educated decision about the value of your site. You spend hours poring over the content of your website, why wouldn’t you apply the same considerations to your images?”

Paid Stock Photos vs. Free Stock Photos

To improve the quality of images, experts suggest paying for premium stock photos. I used to do that. And I’m still doing it if I need to. Yet, purchasing images for each post and page is quite expensive.

Luckily, while web designing, I found many resources where I can download high-quality images for free. Many professional or amateur photographers are sharing their arts for free. I appreciate their inspiring work and contribution.

Among these resources, let me share my selections with you.

Copyright:

Photographers put lots of efforts to capture the right scenes. They deserved to be rewarded.

You may think that you can find any images on Google and use them. But, Google warns you that those “Images may be subject to copyright”. If you happen to use copyrighted images that belong to digital agencies on your website, you may face serious legal troubles. I’ve heard of several cases.

Don’t worry. All images that I’m introducing here have public domain equivalent license. They are copyright-free photography and you can use them for personal and commercial purposes. But, there are certain restrictions which sound like common sense to me. If you want to know more about it, please check this article.

Best Websites to Download Free Stock Images for Commercial Use (Updated 2019)

I update this article because I’ve found a few more resources since posting the first article.

1. Unsplash

Still, my favorite site is Unsplash. When you search “Hawaii” or “Kauai” in Unsplash, you will find amazing photos about Hawaii or Kauai. (Click to see)

It’s also the most famous site for web designers and web developers. They use photos from Unsplash when they make a sample website.

According to Wikipedia, Unsplash has been cited as one of the world’s leading photography websites by Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNET, Medium and The Next Web.

My banner image for this article is made of Unsplash’s images.

2. Pixabay

For the last few months, I’ve used several images from Pixabay. It has stunning images of nature. with the highest quality.

You can find the highest quality images in Pixabay. Especially their wallpaper images are stunning. Even you can find free 4K videos.

Also, check out: Morning Images, Nature Images, 4K Videos

Sample 4K Video
from Pixabay

  • In mobile device, the video will not be played.

3. Rawpixel

If you’re looking for the images with specific concepts, then try rawpixel.com. You can find many creative images and vectors to fit your needs. You can re-design and tweak as you desire. I found this site recently and love it.

You need to open your account to download images from Rawpixel. It just takes 30 seconds to open it. You can choose a free plan which allows you to download up to 100 images per month from their free collection.

These are sample free images from Rawpixel.

Hawaii Web Desgin Download Free Stock Images for Commercial Use

4. Canva

Canva is for social media and blog posts. They have various ready-made templates which you can use for all kinds of social media platforms. You can choose a template and change images and texts. It’s very convenient to use.

You can use basic images in your free plan. If you want to use high-quality images, you can purchase them. Visit Canva.

BEST WEBSITES TO DOWNLOAD FREE STOCK IMAGES

A sample image designed with Canva

5. Last but not least

I introduced my favorite sites to download free stock images for commercial use. There are more sites that you can find the images on. Check these sites and select your own favorites.

https://foter.com/
https://www.pexels.com/
https://www.splitshire.com/
https://burst.shopify.com/
https://freephotos.cc/

 

The efforts of anonymous contributors have developed our internet.

For instance, we’re now sharing our knowledge on Wikipedia, local information on Google Maps, and our artistic talents on Unsplash. We are building a collective database that anybody can access through the internet.

These free stock images are another benefit that we can get from our collective database. The best way to show our appreciation is making the most use of them and sharing the benefits with more people. It’s like paying it forward.

I hope these resources help you to share your knowledge, talents, and inspiration with more people.

Mahalo nui.

* We wrote this article to support our Hawaii Web Design service.

Hawaii Web Design & SEO Guide – 7 simple ways to keep your content fresh

People hate old content.

When you visit a website and find that it has not been updated for 3 years, probably you may not trust the content and leave the site.

We love fresh content. When we see recently-posted articles, we feel that the site is well-maintained. We believe that the business/organization nurtures good relationships with their customers.

Research shows that 78% of consumers believe that organizations providing custom content are interested in building good relationships with them. (resource)

Google also emphasizes that the freshness of content is one of the key factors of its search ranking algorithm. (reference)

This month, let us introduce 7 simple ways to keep your content fresh. These methods will help you to get a higher rank in search engines and get more customers.

1. Recent Blog/ News/ Announcements/ Events/ Stories Section on Your Homepage

In our previous article, we explained how important blogging is in improving your search ranking. If you missed this article, please check it out. (Does Blogging Really Help SEO (Search Ranking) for my Local Business Website?)

A blog doesn’t need to be a professional paper. It can be recent news, announcements or short stories related to your business or organization. As long as it provides value to your visitors, that can be a perfect topic.

When you write a blog, make sure that your recent articles are displayed on your homepage. Then, whenever you post an article, your homepage will be updated automatically. So, don’t hide your articles under your blog menu.

Yet, this function may slow down the loading speed of your homepage. If your homepage is already loaded with lots of content, please consult with your web designer.

recent blog on homepage
View the Recent Blog Section at Tao Acupuncture Clinic

2. Event Schedule

One of our clients runs 4 restaurants. They are too busy to write a blog. Yet, they run events regularly, so we made a slide section to display the event schedule.

If your business/organization hosts events regularly, make a small section to announce your upcoming event schedule. Once you make a template for the announcement, it doesn’t take much time to edit the content. When you keep updating your schedule, your site will build trust with the visitors.

View the event schedule of Paco’s Tacos Kauai

Another way to keep the schedule updated is to connect your site to your Google Calendar. You don’t need to log in to the site’s dashboard in order to add new events. Just add them at your Google Calendar, then it will sync with your site automatically.

Google Calendar Sync - Keep your content fresh
View the School Calendar at Kawaikini Public Charter School

3. Recent Testimonials

Good testimonials add lots of credit to your business/organization because they are the voices of your customers. Please read every testimonial posted on your social media or Google Business page and re-select “top testimonials”. Then, update your testimonials on your homepage every 3 to 6 months.

When you keep updating your testimonial section, it will become your powerful marketing tool in a couple of years.

Another good way to keep your testimonials fresh is to connect to Google review or other social media reviews.

View the Testimonial Section of Ali’i Kauai Air Tours & Charters
Testimonials Social Media Sync
View the Testimonial Page of Tao Acupuncture Clinic

4. Scrolling Text Announcement

It’s an old technique but when you use it properly, it will give a strong impression to your visitors. Because it’s moving, keeping it fresh is important. Don’t leave it stale.

You can simply add HTML code <marquee> … </marquee> around the text.

Scrolling text gets your attention quickly. Keep your content fresh!

Here is an example of scrolling text.

View the Example of the Scrolling Text at Kawaikini Public Charter School

5. Portfolio or Your Recent Work

If you have new projects or create new products regularly, keep your portfolio up-to-date. In our case, portfolio is the best place to display our work. Whenever we finish a new project, we updat our portfolio.

View Our Web Design Portfolio Page

6. Photo Gallery

If you have a photo gallery, please replace old photos with new photos every 6 months or every year.

You don’t need to replace all the photos at the same time. We recommend you to replace about 20 – 30% of the photos at a time. If they don’t give any inspiration or add value to your visitors anymore, they are “EXPIRED”. You can take them down and post new photos instead.

When you post new photos, don’t forget to add a new “Alt” text. Search engines cannot see the photos but read metadata, especially alt text.

Alt text means an alternative text. Browsers show the Alt texts when images are not downloadable. Also, screen-reading software for the sight-impaired users will read alt-text to describe the image.

You can edit Alt Text at Media in your WordPress Dashboard.

7. FAQ

You may not need to update FAQ often, but whenever you start a new project or launch a new service, check your FAQ and revise it if needed.

We make the FAQ page because we don’t want to answer to the same questions repeatedly. So, once we make it, we don’t visit here often. That’s why it can be outdated easily: links can be broken; old services/products are still displayed; it may not apply to your new service anymore.

Once in a while, please check your FAQ and make sure it’s serving the purpose.

View the FAQ Page at Ali’i Kauai Air Tours & Charters

Conclusion

When you take care of your site, your visitors will recognize that you’re willing to communicate with your customers and trust your business/organization more. Yet, if you don’t care about it, they will also be turned away.

Take care of your site, then it will bring you surprising rewards: search engines will pick your site first, and your business/organization will attract more customers/clients/members.

Today, we introduced 7 simple ways to keep your content fresh.

Did you find anything that you can apply today?
Great!
Just 30 minutes a week will make a big difference.
Take care of your site like your garden.
Why don’t you visit your garden and add some freshness now?

Add freshness on your content
Take care of your site like your garden.

Hawaii Website Manual – WordPress, Gutenberg & Google Analytics

*This article is written for our clients of Hawaii Web Design Service.

Congratulations!
You have your own WordPress website now. Originally WordPress started as a blog platform. It has been developed constantly and became the most popular website platform now (Source: Wikipedia ). In this Webmaster manual, we will show you how to use WordPress, Gutenberg, Elementor, Google Analytics, and Google Search Console.

*WordPress released a new editor, Gutenberg, in December 2018. If your site is using Gutenberg, read Gutenberg section instead of Classic Editor.

Manual Quick Links


WordPress Login
Dashboard Overview
How to write a blog post
How to edit web pages
How to read Google Analytics
Google Search Console & Bing Webmaster Tool

Kauai Web Design WordPress

WordPress Login

Your default login URL is “yourdomain.com/wp-admin”.
Just type “/wp-admin” at the end of your domain name in order to go to your login page. Then, a login window will show up.

*To improve security, some of you may have a customized login URL. In this case, visit your custom page.

Kauai Website Login Page

Input your username and password.

*You have a security plugin. So, if anybody fails to log in 3 times in a row, their IP will be locked for 24 hours. In that case, you will receive a warning email about the malicious login attempts. Then, contact us immediately.

How to change password

After login, click following menus in your dashboard:

  • For Admin: Users >> Your Profile >> New Password >> Click “Update Profile”
  • For Editor: Profile >> New Password >> Click “Update Profile”
How to change an admin’s password
How to change an editor’s password

Dashboard Overview

When you log in for the first time, it may look overwhelming.
Don’t worry. You will need just a few menus to write blog posts and edit your web pages.
Let us give you a quick overview.

*The following image is an adminʻs screen. In the editorʻs screen, you will see only content-related menus. You will not see your system-related menus.

Kauai Website Design Dashboard
*The screenshot may look different depending on your website functions

Posts: your blog posts
Media: your image files
Pages: your website pages
Plugins: add-on patches to extend your site’s functions
Users: managing users who can access your site
Settings: basic setting (Don’t touch anything unless you know what you do)
Under the settings, we set up to back up your entire site regularly. If something bad happens to your site, we can restore it.
SEO: managing your SEO (Search Engine Optimization). We generated your XML sitemaps and indexed your site to Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tool
Insights: Google Analytics. We connected your site to Google Analytics
Performance: We installed Cache plugins to improve the speed of your site. When you’re using our maintenance package, your site will be added to our CDN (Contents Delivery Network) for the enhanced speed and security.

In “Insights” menu, you can monitor how many people visit your website.

If you want to write a blog post, click “Posts”. When you edit your web pages, click “Pages”.

How to write a blog post

Click “Posts” on the left sidebar.
In the new page, click the “Add New” button.

For Classic Editor: How to add a new blog post

1. Type your title
2. Input your contents
3. Post your featured image (this image will show up on top of your post and in your articles’ list)
4. Check the preview
5. Click the “Publish” button

Classic Editor

For Gutenberg: How to add a new blog post

1. Type your title
2. Input your contents on blocks*
3. Post your featured image (this image will show up on top of your post and in your articles’ list)
4. Check the preview
5. Click the “Publish” button

*A Block is a basic unit for your content such as heading, paragraph, image, audio, quote etc. Gutenberg is an intuitive editor and it’s easy to learn. Check here to find out more: WordPress Gutenberg

Gutenberg Block Editor

If you want to know more about posting WordPress Blog, please watch the following short video.

For Classic Editor

For Gutenberg

How to edit web pages

We introduce 2 different page builders: (1) Elementor Page Builder, (2) WP Bakery Page Builder. Check which page builder your site is built with.

(1) Elementor Page Builder

1. Click “Pages” on the left sidebar.
2. Hover your mouse over the title. Then, click “Edit with Elementor”.

3. Edit the page as you want.
4. Preview how it’s changed.
5. Update the page.

(2) WP Bakery Page Builder

1. Click “Pages” on the left sidebar.
2. Hover your mouse over the title. Then, click “Edit with WPBakery Page Builder”.

3. Hover your mouse over the section you want to edit.
4. Click the pencil icon to edit.
5. When the editing window pops up, edit the contents as you desire.
6. After you finish editing, click the “Save Changes” button.
7. Click the “Update” button at the right top corner when you finish editing the entire page.

* If it takes too long to load the editing page, click “Stop” button or “Go Back” button and start again.

How to read Google Analytics

We will introduce two ways to check your Google Analytics: quick view & standard view.
Remember, if we set up Google Analytics recently, you will need to wait a few days to see actual data.

(1) Quick View at WordPress Dashboard

Click “Insights” on the left sidebar at WordPress Dashboard. The “Insights” menu is located at the lower section.
You will find a brief graph.

* The data in your Google Analytics don’t include the clicks made by administrators or editors of your website. When you log in your site as an administrator, those clicks won’t be counted.

(2) Standard View at analytics.google.com

Visit https://analytics.google.com
Login with your Gmail account which we created as a webmaster.
When you log in, you will see the Analytics Dashboard.

Hawaii Web Design Manual - Google Analytics
On the dashboard, you can customize the period for the data.

Among the menus on the left sidebar, pay attention to “Audience”, “Acquisition”, and “Behavior”.

• Audience: You will see the demographics of your audience.
• Acquisition: you will see how your site acquires visitors to your site, or how people find your website and through which gateway they visit you.
• Behavior: You can see behaviors of your visitors inside your website. For instance, which page visitors click first, and then which page they click next. How many clicks they make and leave, and so on. When you examine your visitors’ behavior, you will find what to improve your site.

If you want to know more about how to read Google Analytics, please watch this YouTube video.

Google Search Console & Bing Webmaster Tool

Since we submitted your sitemap and indexed your website to those search engines, you don’t need to do any extra work.
However, if you want to focus on your SEO professionally, then you can visit the following links.
Use your Gmail account to log in.

Google Search Console
https://www.google.com/webmasters

Bing Webmaster
https://www.bing.com/toolbox/webmaster

* Discussing details about Search Console and Webmaster Tools is beyond the scope of this manual. If you want to know more them, you can visit the help pages in the above links.

Improving Kauai Web Design Manual

This is the first edition of Kauai Web Design Manual.
If you have any questions or difficulties while using your website, please feel free to contact us. We will help you to understand the issues and to solve the problems.
Your feedback is important because through the clear communication we understand clients’ needs.
We will keep improving this manual to support the online presence of your business.

Mahalo!

A Free gift to all our clients from Hawaii Web Design Company

A Gift from Hawaii Web Design Company

To show our appreciation, we present all our clients a free gift by the end of 2018. It’s a beautiful mouse pad which represents the beauty of the island of Kauai.

Since we started Hawaii Web Design Company 6 months ago, we have designed websites serving the purposes. We’ve designed each website as if we designed our own. Couldn’t stop working on details until our clients were completely satisfied.

Our clients have loved the websites we designed and supported our work through the thank-you notes or positive reviews. To pay back all your support, we decide to provide a free gift to all our clients. It’s a high-quality mouse pad with a beautiful image of Na Pali Coast.

We study and research to Catch Up the New Trends and Technologies

IT industry changes fast. Google’s updates their search algorithm every month. And new technologies are announced every 3 months.

Utilizing the internet and catching up its trend is critical for the successful businesses. As a Hawaii Web Design company, we do our best to apply these modern technologies to your websites.

We diligently take new seminars and courses in this industry and research new trends. By doing so, we contribute to the development of our community and local businesses.

Again, we appreciate all your support. We promise that we will do our best to support our local businesses.

If you have any questions about our services –web design, SEO or Google Adwords marketing-, please free to contact us.

Mahalo