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Di Franco Media is LIVE

You know, it’s funny — Di Franco Media is a name you have probably heard quite often throughout the past few months, but it has never received the recognition it truly deserves. I mean, it sort of existed for a short time with this pathetic execution of an idea. Seriously, what was I thinking? It’s about time I shift my focus and concentrate on what really matters.

Today, I am excited to unveil the greatest iteration of Di Franco Media. It’s an all-in-one resource aimed to promote a range of creative services I provide, in addition to a vast amount of knowledge created to help expand your brand. Whether you’re an individual looking to make a name for yourself or you run a small business that is in need of proper branding, Di Franco Media is sure to assist in some way. And the best part? The entire experience is affordable.

Are you looking to build a website, but you don’t feel comfortable about setting up web hosting? Not a problem. I’ll take care of that for you. Utilizing the Express Website feature on Di Franco Media, I handle the tedious process of finding a web host that is appropriate for your project, installing any necessary plugins, and anything else that is associated with the initial setup process. Simply fill out the Service Request Form and I will get right to work.

Express Website aside, Di Franco Media also offers a variety of creative services available. Ranging from simple logo design to professional photo edits, it’s my goal to offer something for everyone. And if you don’t see something that may interest you, not a problem. Just reach out to me and we’ll talk.

Rather than talking about Di Franco Media, it’s best if you go to the website yourself to explore and see everything it offers. This is a project I have put a lot of time and effort into, so I truly hope you enjoy it. I plan on rolling out updates to the website in the coming weeks, so be sure to pay a visit often.

If you are wondering where to begin, I recommend the Getting Started page. Thank you for your support!

Di Franco University: Now Open for Enrollment

Since introducing Di Franco University last February, I have watched the website grow and mature into something I can be proud of. I like to think it represents everything that I have learned over the years as a self-employed content creator, which is why I take great pride in sharing my knowledge with others.

From YouTube tips to product reviews, Di Franco University has always offered a vast array of content — and it will remain this way for the foreseeable future. However, I have reached the point where I feel Di Franco University needs to expand into new territory. The website needs to be more... educational. After all, considering its name, that would make sense.

As of today, I am very excited to roll out the biggest change to Di Franco University since launch. The website, which can also be referred to as a platform, has been completely overhauled. Not only is there a fresh look, but the website in general offers new content from top to bottom. Oh, and you can enroll, too.

Let's back up a bit. Starting from the beginning, what exactly is new?

Completely new look

Perhaps the most obvious change to Di Franco University is its overall design. I wanted to completely rethink how the content is delivered. This meant introducing a new homepage, one that does a better job at presenting what Di Franco University has to offer — especially for newcomers.

Exploring the all-new Di Franco University, you'll immediately notice bold headlines, large banners, and plenty of color. The website in general is now cleaner and easier to navigate, making for a more visually pleasing experience.

Content overload

You thought Di Franco University already offered enough content? Think again, because that was only the beginning. While the weekly articles are not going anywhere, the new website has so much more to see.

One of the largest focuses I wanted to present with this new layout is the ability to take courses. And no, I'm not referring to your typical courses that tend to mentally drain you. Di Franco University's courses are kind of like guides, but with a twist.

At the end of each course is a challenge. This approach quite literally challenges the student (in this case, the reader) to take what they've learned and apply it for real-world results. There are currently two courses available: Becoming a YouTuber 101: Finding Your Fame | Website Building 101: From Build to Launch

Discovering and learning new content is one thing, but what about actually applying it? There have been so many instances where we read something and immediately forget about it moments later. So why even bother reading it in the first place? I'm hoping introducing these courses can change that.

Emphasis on community

How many times have you made something new, only to find out it's not receiving the recognition that you feel it deserves? We've been all there. Believe me, I know the feeling all too well. But that's the Internet for you. It's such a vast place that sometimes it can feel impossible to be noticed.

With the all-new Di Franco University, there is now a dedicated forum for like-minded creatives to share and discuss their work. Of course, it can also be used for asking questions that have the potential to be featured in my YouTube videos.

So, what are you waiting for? Start a discussion. You never know who you will meet or what kinds of ideas will come out of it.

Enrollment is here

Becoming a student at any kind of educational institution requires enrollment, so why should things be any different for Di Franco University? Yep, that's right. You can now enroll (a fancy word for "sign up") to receive exclusive content and updates right in your inbox.

Enrolling is simple. All you need to do is enter your name and email address using any of the enrollment options throughout the website — such as the "Enroll Now" button in the top-right corner. Once you've been enrolled, you will automatically receive emails whenever they're sent out.

And not to worry, enrollment emails will only be delivered when absolutely necessary. In other words, you will never be spammed.

Resources that actually work

Another new addition to Di Franco University is the Resources page. Presented in a clean grid-like fashion, this page contains all the tools and resources that can be used for a variety of projects. Whether you are looking for affordable web hosting or royalty-free music to use in your YouTube videos, this is the page to refer to when working on a project.

And before you ask, yes — these resources are the real deal. Each one was carefully chosen based on my own work experience. If they can work for me, then they can work for you.

And much more...

Needless to say, Di Franco University has undergone some significant changes overnight. There is a lot to take in, which is why I urge you to have a look around and experience everything for yourself. If you find something you're not sure of, you can always get in touch with me using the Contact page.

As always, your support is incredibly appreciated. If it wasn't for the community, Di Franco University wouldn't even be a thing. And for that, I am forever grateful. Here's to the future.

Here's to you.

Announcing Di Franco University

It's hard to believe, but my 10-year YouTube anniversary is quickly approaching this July. To say that the video platform has had an impact on my life would be an understatement. YouTube has changed my life, and in more ways than one.

Not only has YouTube introduced me to a truly amazing community, but it's also inspired me to learn new things and explore a variety of ideas — often through the creation of websites. And today is no different. I'm thrilled to be announcing my newest project, Di Franco University.

Di Franco University, as the name likely suggests, is a content-rich resource that I have created to help others succeed online in doing something they enjoy. Whether it's creating original video content or designing an art piece on your iPad Pro, my goal with this new website is to teach you what I have learned through my career as a content creator.

Looking at the homepage of Di Franco University, you will notice that the website is broken down into four categories of content: Video Content, Creative Design, Passive Income, and Crowdfunding

The above categories are the primary focus of Di Franco University, at the moment. Of course, the website will naturally grow over time. But even if that's not enough, you might enjoy The Vault — a collection of articles curated from previous websites of mine.

The Vault features 40+ articles that have been brought over from Brand Rockt and BluResource, as well as 25 video tutorials from Squarespace Summit. Needless to say, there is plenty to learn!

To get a better idea of the kind of content Di Franco University has to offer, I encourage you to watch my walkthrough video below. It's a little long, but I go in-depth in describing the website and its overall focus. I even provide an inside look as to how Squarespace works, for those interested.

Like any website of mine, I take a lot of pride in giving away the content for completely free. Of course, I have to financially support myself, which is why I have carefully selected three sponsors to appear in the footer: Bluehost, Lynda.com, and Elegant Themes

Of those three, my newest sponsor is Lynda.com. Because I haven't mentioned them until today, I kindly ask you to take a moment to check them out. Lynda.com offers thousands of high-quality video courses pertaining a variety of skills. The ones that particularly interest me the most are Design, Web, Photography, and Video.

If you are interested in learning something new and supporting my content at the same time, please sign up for Lynda.com using this link. I greatly appreciate it!

Well, I think I have described Di Franco University enough. Now it's your turn. Head on over to the website and have a look around. It never hurts to pick up a new skill or two.

As usual, your feedback regarding today's announcement is always welcome. You can contact me at any time. I'm just a click away!

Watch the video above for a walkthrough of Di Franco University.

Introducing BluResource.com

It's very well known by now that I enjoy working with and promoting some of my favorite brands. This is especially true when those brands can relate to what I do for a living, and that's creating content to share with anyone who is interested. Hopefully that includes you.

Today I am excited to roll out my newest project, BluResource.com — a trusted source for all things Bluehost. Ranging from helpful articles to a variety of tools that can help enhance the user's experience, BluResource.com has plenty to offer. A brief breakdown can be seen below:

  • Articles & Resources is a collection of content originally created by myself. Here you can find various forms of content that can guide you in the right direction when becoming a Bluehost customer. This content is also intended to be viewed by existing Bluehost customers.
     
  • The Website Examples gallery is a growing collection of Bluehost-powered websites that are submitted by the community. Not only is this a great opportunity to attract some quality traffic to your website, but it's also completely free to get featured.
     
  • Going to the Domain Name Search page, you'll find that this is a quick and convenient way of determining whether a specific domain name is available for purchase — all without having to leave the site!

With this new project launch, I am excited to continue my affiliation with Bluehost. Hopefully I can encourage others to follow in my footsteps. Having been a Bluehost customer since launching Brand Rockt last year, I am very pleased with their service — especially due to the fact that I am currently using the Plus plan. Find out why here.

Also, not too long ago, I had a talk with Bluehost's affiliate team. Provided I can generate enough monthly signups, they agreed to create an exclusive discount that I can offer my audience. Of course, it's going to take a little while to get there, but it's still very interesting to think about. Do you think we can make it happen? Sign up now and let's see where this goes!

Like any project I've introduced in recent years, I am excited to grow this into something larger. But to make that a reality, I encourage you to contact me with your feedback. What do you want to see out of this website? Let's create something awesome.

Squarespace Summit 2.0 is Here

It's no secret that I have been working on a complete redesign of Squarespace Summit, an unofficial Squarespace resource that I launched nearly one year ago. Since then, there have been some significant changes to the Squarespace platform — particularly the introduction of Squarespace Seven, hence the primary reason for this redesign.

Because Squarespace Seven is now default for all users, this required me to re-record each and every video tutorial that I had previously produced. So why not do a complete overhaul of the website in the process? That's just what I did.

Squarespace Summit 2.0 was visually reimagined from top to bottom. With a content-rich homepage and overall more scalable navigation, users will find it easier to find and access exactly the content they are looking for. Simply put, this is an elegant redesign that should not be ignored — especially if you are looking to enhance your Squarespace experience.

As always, there is a lot more I could say, but I encourage you to browse the new website for yourself. Take a look around and see what's new.

If you're not already a Squarespace user, not a problem. You can claim your 14-day free trial by using this link. I am always available to answer your questions, so don't hesitate to contact me.

And of course, I am still just getting started. I have a few ideas in mind that I want to explore shortly, of which I will talk about in the future. But for now, thank you for taking the time to experience my work. I appreciate your support!

Click here to learn about the all-new Squarespace Summit.