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By |April 2nd, 2014|Categories: Photo of the Month||0 Comments

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How to Restore Your Windows Eight Computer

By |April 1st, 2014|Categories: Windows 8, Windows OS|Tags: |Comments Off

Sometimes you just would like to return in time. While in life, which is not ordinarily attainable, Home windows is often an unique story: System Restore allows you are taking your Computer back to an previously point in time, allowing you restore your Personal computer to an previously point out, where programs and options revert on the way they ended up up to now. Not surprisingly, the main reason for executing this is which you mounted a thing that deteriorated the sleek functioning from the Computer, as well as your goal is to restore the Computer system to an issue wherein it operates nicely.

In case your objective is more drastic: You wish to clean up out or restore the pc to mint problem, Windows 8 has created in tools for this. I clarify these in The best way to Refresh or Reset Your Home windows 8 Computer. Just one update to that short article is in Home windows eight.1, for getting to these solutions, you go to Options, and then select in Settings | Update & recovery, and decide on Recovery. From there, you use the Refresh and Reset equipment as described during the earlier short article.

But if you do indeed desire to restore to an previously point out, the most important thing to know about restoring any Windows Personal computer is the fact you need anything to revive it to-a restore stage. To create a restore point, you can see my short article Tips on how to Create a Restore Level in Home windows. By default, Windows’ Procedure Protection feature automatically creates restore points a procedure updates and program installations. To make sure of this, got to Control Panel and navigate to Process Properties | Program Protection, and click the Configure. button. The top choice while in the resulting dialog shows whether Technique Protection is on and allows you disable or enable it.

One particular important thing to know is that Method Restore doesn’t affect any of your documents, photos, or other personal data files.

 

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Seo Tools

By |March 19th, 2014|Categories: Wordpress Plugins||0 Comments

SEO Tools

 

Lately I have been doing quite a bit of experimenting with some SEO tools offered by Google. I found that using one that is simple enough to understand how it works is best for beginners.

Later on, after I messed around with some SEO Packs offered to me from various vendors I found one that works Great HERE. I use a WordPress site, and there is a wide variety of different authors who share their tools. My best advise when doing this on your own is to experiment with one that is recommended by other users until you can find one that works.

 

Google has a great write-up on what to look for if you aren’t feeling up to the extreme challenges of keeping your everyday SEO up to date found below. It also includes what to look for when choosing the right vendor for you.

SEO is an acronym for “search engine optimization” or “search engine optimizer.” Deciding to hire an SEO is a big decision that can potentially improve your site and save time, but you can also risk damage to your site and reputation. Make sure to research the potential advantages as well as the damage that an irresponsible SEO can do to your site. Many SEOs and other agencies and consultants provide useful services for website owners, including:

  • Review of your site content or structure
  • Technical advice on website development: for example, hosting, redirects, error pages, use of JavaScript
  • Content development
  • Management of online business development campaigns
  • Keyword research
  • SEO training
  • Expertise in specific markets and geographies.

 

Before beginning your search for an SEO, it’s a great idea to become an educated consumer and get familiar with how search engines work. We recommend starting here:

If you’re thinking about hiring an SEO, the earlier the better. A great time to hire is when you’re considering a site redesign, or planning to launch a new site. That way, you and your SEO can ensure that your site is designed to be search engine-friendly from the bottom up. However, a good SEO can also help improve an existing site.

 

While SEOs can provide clients with valuable services, some unethical SEOs have given the industry a black eye through their overly aggressive marketing efforts and their attempts to manipulate search engine results in unfair ways. Practices that violate our guidelines may result in a negative adjustment of your site’s presence in Google, or even the removal of your site from our index. Here are some things to consider:

One common scam is the creation of “shadow” domains that funnel users to a site by using deceptive redirects. These shadow domains often will be owned by the SEO who claims to be working on a client’s behalf. However, if the relationship sours, the SEO may point the domain to a different site, or even to a competitor’s domain. If that happens, the client has paid to develop a competing site owned entirely by the SEO.

Another illicit practice is to place “doorway” pages loaded with keywords on the client’s site somewhere. The SEO promises this will make the page more relevant for more queries. This is inherently false since individual pages are rarely relevant for a wide range of keywords. More insidious, however, is that these doorway pages often contain hidden links to the SEO’s other clients as well. Such doorway pages drain away the link popularity of a site and route it to the SEO and its other clients, which may include sites with unsavory or illegal content.

 

  • Be wary of SEO firms and web consultants or agencies that send you email out of the blue.Amazingly, we get these spam emails too:

    “Dear google.com,
    I visited your website and noticed that you are not listed in most of the major search engines and directories…”

    Reserve the same skepticism for unsolicited email about search engines as you do for “burn fat at night” diet pills or requests to help transfer funds from deposed dictators.

  • No one can guarantee a #1 ranking on Google.Beware of SEOs that claim to guarantee rankings, allege a “special relationship” with Google, or advertise a “priority submit” to Google. There is no priority submit for Google. In fact, the only way to submit a site to Google directly is through our Add URL page or by submitting a Sitemap and you can do this yourself at no cost whatsoever.
  • Be careful if a company is secretive or won’t clearly explain what they intend to do.Ask for explanations if something is unclear. If an SEO creates deceptive or misleading content on your behalf, such as doorway pages or “throwaway” domains, your site could be removed entirely from Google’s index. Ultimately, you are responsible for the actions of any companies you hire, so it’s best to be sure you know exactly how they intend to “help” you. If an SEO has FTP access to your server, they should be willing to explain all the changes they are making to your site.
  • You should never have to link to an SEO.Avoid SEOs that talk about the power of “free-for-all” links, link popularity schemes, or submitting your site to thousands of search engines. These are typically useless exercises that don’t affect your ranking in the results of the major search engines — at least, not in a way you would likely consider to be positive.
  • Choose wisely.While you consider whether to go with an SEO, you may want to do some research on the industry. Google is one way to do that, of course. You might also seek out a few of the cautionary tales that have appeared in the press, including this article on one particularly aggressive SEO: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2002002970_nwbizbriefs12.html. While Google doesn’t comment on specific companies, we’ve encountered firms calling themselves SEOs who follow practices that are clearly beyond the pale of accepted business behavior. Be careful.
  • Be sure to understand where the money goes.While Google never sells better ranking in our search results, several other search engines combine pay-per-click or pay-for-inclusion results with their regular web search results. Some SEOs will promise to rank you highly in search engines, but place you in the advertising section rather than in the search results. A few SEOs will even change their bid prices in real time to create the illusion that they “control” other search engines and can place themselves in the slot of their choice. This scam doesn’t work with Google because our advertising is clearly labeled and separated from our search results, but be sure to ask any SEO you’re considering which fees go toward permanent inclusion and which apply toward temporary advertising.
  • What are the most common abuses a website owner is likely to encounter?
  • What are some other things to look out for?There are a few warning signs that you may be dealing with a rogue SEO. It’s far from a comprehensive list, so if you have any doubts, you should trust your instincts. By all means, feel free to walk away if the SEO:
    • owns shadow domains
    • puts links to their other clients on doorway pages
    • offers to sell keywords in the address bar
    • doesn’t distinguish between actual search results and ads that appear on search results pages
    • guarantees ranking, but only on obscure, long keyword phrases you would get anyway
    • operates with multiple aliases or falsified WHOIS info
    • gets traffic from “fake” search engines, spyware, or scumware
    • has had domains removed from Google’s index or is not itself listed in Google
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Copy Protect an Image

By |March 14th, 2014|Categories: Tips~n~Tricks||0 Comments

Disabling right click or the context menu is one of the more popular ways to prevent images from being stolen from your Blog.

While it is effective to some extent on deterring image theft, it also frustrates the heck out of honest readers by denying them access to many useful functions associated with the right click. The better way is to disable only right click on only images. After all it is the images that you are trying to protect isn’t it?

Disable right click on just a single image

To disable the context menu from a single image you need to add a single piece of code inside the image tag. So first we need to switch to the html view, or code view to see the code as it looks completely different than the “visual”.

Here is an example:

<img alt=”Blade-laptop-review-keyboard-macro” src=”http://www.yourwebsite.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Blade-macro.jpg” width=”605″ height=”264″

and now the code:

oncontextmenu=’alert(“Image context menu is disabled”);return false;’

Just simply add that piece of code after the  <img

Your new code when added will look like this:

<img oncontextmenu=’alert(“Image context menu is disabled”);return false;’ alt=”Blade-laptop-review-keyboard-macro” src=”http://www.yourwebsite.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Blade-macro.jpg” width=”605″ height=”264″

You can also change the Image context menu is disabled to output whatever you like, just make sure to keep the quotes.
Also make sure you have disabled any linking to the original file.

That’s it now your Copy Protected from those pesky right clickers!

Below is an example of what it does so give it a try and right click away!!

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People DO Judge a Website by its Cover

By |March 13th, 2014|Categories: General||0 Comments

People Do Judge a Website by its Cover

Do you ever remember the last time you walked into a place of business and felt uncomfortable? Well I do, and the results were as expected. I politely browsed around the store trying not to offend the employees, or possible owners and left A.S.A.P.

On the other hand. Have you walked into a store where the representatives were well dressed, groomed and pleasant? Me too. The experience was as expected, and I felt as though I could trust them.

Now, compare that experience whilst searching for a product online. During a search you clicked on a result indicating the product your looking for at a great price. After clicking, your presented with a website that implements very old design standards such as huge horizontal rules, animated gifs, blinking text, banner ads and tons of “Click Here to Win a FREE…!” links.

The overwhelming feeling that you’re about to be duped, swindled or scammed washes over and you’re instantly hesitant to engage in any sort of transaction with this business that involves your personal information.

People judge companies by their websites not because they’re bad people but because its the easiest and fastest interaction to your business available to them. Your place of business may provide your walk-in customers with wonderful experiences but if the website design and overall user experience is sub-par it’ll cost you more revenue than you may realize.

Your website’s user interfaces defines your brand’s personality. Plain and simple; to your users bad website design = bad business. In contrast good design and thoughtfully crafted user experiences breeds confidence, comfort, and reassurance that your users will visit you again.

Keep these things in mind when you are creating your own E-Commerce or other site.

 

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March 2014

By |March 12th, 2014|Categories: Photo of the Month||0 Comments

 

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Most Popular WordPress Theme

By |March 12th, 2014|Categories: Themes|Tags: , , |0 Comments

This is one of the most Comprehensive Theses I have EVER SEEN!

 

When you first look at this Themes live demo all you can say is WOW!

There are so many features built into this theme. The built in control panel allows you to change everything with the push of the mouse button.

With Nearly 60,000 purchases as of today, it’s time to get yours now! Start blogging, selling, or adding your photo collections.

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Facebook Timeline theme for WordPress

By |March 12th, 2014|Categories: Themes, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Ever since Facebook started a Timeline design it has been a big hit for most, however not all. If you like how it looks, you can now use one very similar. It’s called Twisted, and the theme is by Pirenko.

Live Preview Purchase

 

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Here is the authors description……….

Twisted is a big, bold and clean theme designed to get the users attention to what really matters. Using some modern and clean lines you can set up a website in a few minutes. The theme options cover a wide range of possibilites and the theme has been studied carefully to display perfectly on all types of devices. Special attention has been given to font rendering as well as the main layout elements.

Custom Admin Control Panel

Divided in 7 sections the Twisted Options Panel will allow to fully edit the content and decide on how will some sections be displayed. It’s also very easy to translate all of the text that used on your website (you can use the Dashboard or .po files).

9 CustomTemplate Pages

- Page with Theme Slider
- Centered Blog Page with AJAX lazy “more posts” loading
- Timeline Blog Page with AJAX lazy “more posts” loading
- Grid Portfolio Page with Isotope effects (unlimited portfolios and pages can be created)
- Masonry Portfolio Page with Isotope effects
- Multigrid Portfolio Page with Isotope effects
- Titled Portfolio Page with Isotope effects
- Centered Portfolio Page with Isotope effects
- Contact Page

2 Custom Post Types

- Portfolio items Custom Post type
- Slides Custom Post type (unlimited sliders can be used with shortcodes)

7 Custom Widgets

- Latest Posts widget
- Latest Portfolio widget
- Comments widget
- Social Links widget
- Advertising widget
- Twitter widget
- Video widget

Other features

- Shortcodes Manager – Accordion, Blockquote, Button, Carousel, Latest Comments, Latest Portfolio, Latest Posts, Layout, List, Message, Progress Bars, Services, Tabs, Team Members, Theme Slider and Toggle
- Widget ready (2 Sidebars)
- Worpress custom menu ready
- Font selector – 60+ background patterns (and counting…)

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Tips to improve your writing

By |February 25th, 2014|Categories: Tips~n~Tricks||0 Comments

 

To be a successful blogger, you must be a good writer.

That doesn’t mean you need a PhD in English Literature, or a bunch of books to your name. Over time, as you read other blogs and write more posts, your writing style will naturally improve.

But you don’t have to wait months or years for that to happen. There are plenty of ways you can improve almost instantly.

These tricks work for all sorts of writing – not just for blog posts. If you’re working on an email marketing campaign, or if you’re creating your first ebook, you can use them too.

Trick #1: Plan Ahead Before You Start Writing

 

Planning ahead makes a huge difference to the quality of your writing. It results in a better writing experience for you, and a better reading experience for your audience.

Taking just five minutes to plan ahead means:

  • You’ll spot any major problems up-front (e.g. your topic is too big for a single post).
  • You’ll be able to see the structure of your post – and amend it if necessary.
  • You’ll have a roadmap to keep you on track as you write.

There are plenty of different ways to plan, but one of my favorites is to create a mindmap.

Trick #2: Imagine You’re Writing to a Single Person

Do you ever get stuck because you’re not sure how to express something?

The easiest way to get past this is to imagine you’re writing to just one person.

You may even want to have a specific reader in mind for this: perhaps someone who’s always supportive in their comments and emails. Some bloggers even turn their emails to readers into blog posts, if the reader has a question that others are likely to want to know the answer to.

Trick #3: Write Shorter Sentences and Paragraphs

Although this trick won’t always work, it’s usually a great way to strengthen your writing.

If you look at blogs like Copyblogger, you’ll see they generally use short sentences and paragraphs (sometimes really short).

By writing short, punchy sentences and paragraphs, you not only hold the reader’s attention, you also make your life easier. It’s often much simpler to have two short sentences than a single long, convoluted one.

Trick #4: Talk to the Reader Using “You” and “Your”

Instead of writing in general terms, talk directly to your reader.

(Just glance back through this post and you’ll see I’ve done that a lot!) This helps make your post, eBook or email feel like part of a conversation.

Generally, it’s best to write as though you’re talking to just one reader (see Trick #2). So rather than writing “some of you may know…” write “you may know…”

Trick #5: Cut Out 10% of the Words

Most people over-write – they use more words than they need.

When you edit your work, see if you can cut out 10% of the words. (So if you wrote an 800 word blog post, cut it to 720.)

You might be surprised how much you can trim your post and still keep all the meaning. Unnecessary words waste the reader’s time and can break their concentration.

Trick #6: Read Your Post Aloud, or Print it Out

It’s really difficult to spot your own typos and spelling mistakes, since you know what you think you wrote!

Reading aloud forces you to slow down and can bring those mistakes to light.

Alternatively, you can print out your post or eBook and read on paper. This helps you get some distance from it, and can make it easier to read in a focused way – without the glare of the screen and the distractions of social media.

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Building A Website?

By |February 14th, 2014|Categories: General||0 Comments

6 Phases of the Web Site Design and Development Process

 

The Web Site Design and Development Process

There are numerous steps in the web site design and development process. From gathering initial information, to the creation of your web site, and finally to maintenance to keep your web site up to date and current.

The exact process will vary slightly from designer to designer, but the basics are generally the same.

 

  1. Information Gathering
  2. Planning
  3. Design
  4. Development
  5. Testing and Delivery
  6. Maintenance

Phase One: Information Gathering

Phase One: Information Gathering

The first step in designing a successful web site is to gather information. Many things need to be taken into consideration when the look and feel of your site is created.

This first step is actually the most important one, as it involves a solid understanding of the company it is created for. It involves a good understanding of you – what your business goals and dreams are, and how the web can be utilized to help you achieve those goals.

It is important that your web designer start off by asking a lot of questions to help them understand your business and your needs in a web site.

Certain things to consider are:

  • Purpose
    What is the purpose of the site? Do you want to provide information, promote a service, sell a product… ?
  • Goals
    What do you hope to accomplish by building this web site? Two of the more common goals are either to make money or share information.
  • Target Audience
    Is there a specific group of people that will help you reach your goals? It is helpful to picture the “ideal” person you want to visit your web site. Consider their age, sex or interests – this will later help determine the best design style for your site.
  • Content
    What kind of information will the target audience be looking for on your site? Are they looking for specific information, a particular product or service, online ordering…?

Phase Two: Planning

Phase Two: Planning

Using the information gathered from phase one, it is time to put together a plan for your web site. This is the point where a site map is developed.

The site map is a list of all main topic areas of the site, as well as sub-topics, if applicable. This serves as a guide as to what content will be on the site, and is essential to developing a consistent, easy to understand navigational system. The end-user of the web site – aka your customer – must be kept in mind when designing your site. These are, after all, the people who will be learning about your service or buying your product. A good user interface creates an easy to navigate web site, and is the basis for this.

During the planning phase, your web designer will also help you decide what technologies should be implemented. Elements such as interactive forms, ecommerce, flash, etc. are discussed when planning your web site.

Phase Three: Design

Phase Three: Design

Drawing from the information gathered up to this point, it’s time to determine the look and feel of your site.

Target audience is one of the key factors taken into consideration. A site aimed at teenagers, for example, will look much different than one meant for a financial institution. As part of the design phase, it is also important to incorporate elements such as the company logo or colors to help strengthen the identity of your company on the web site.

Your web designer will create one or more prototype designs for your web site. This is typically a .jpg image of what the final design will look like. Often times you will be sent an email with the mock-ups for your web site, while other designers take it a step further by giving you access to a secure area of their web site meant for customers to view work in progress.

Either way, your designer should allow you to view your project throughout the design and development stages. The most important reason for this is that it gives you the opportunity to express your likes and dislikes on the site design.

In this phase, communication between both you and your designer is crucial to ensure that the final web site will match your needs and taste. It is important that you work closely with your designer, exchanging ideas, until you arrive at the final design for your web site.

Then development can begin…

Phase Four: Development

Phase Four: Development

The developmental stage is the point where the web site itself is created. At this time, your web designer will take all of the individual graphic elements from the prototype and use them to create the actual, functional site.

This is typically done by first developing the home page, followed by a “shell” for the interior pages. The shell serves as a template for the content pages of your site, as it contains the main navigational structure for the web site. Once the shell has been created, your designer will take your content and distribute it throughout the site, in the appropriate areas.

Elements such as interactive contact forms, flash animations or ecommerce shopping carts are implemented and made functional during this phase, as well.

This entire time, your designer should continue to make your in-progress web site available to you for viewing, so that you can suggest any additional changes or corrections you would like to have done.

On the technical front, a successful web site requires an understanding of front-end web development. This involves writing valid XHTML / CSS code that complies to current web standards, maximizing functionality, as well as accessibility for as large an audience as possible.

This is tested in the next phase…

Phase Five: Testing and Delivery

Phase Five: Testing and Delivery

At this point, your web designer will attend to the final details and test your web site. They will test things such as the complete functionality of forms or other scripts, as well last testing for last minute compatibility issues (viewing differences between different web browsers), ensuring that your web site is optimized to be viewed properly in the most recent browser versions.

A good web designer is one who is well versed in current standards for web site design and development. The basic technologies currently used are XHTML and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). As part of testing, your designer should check to be sure that all of the code written for your web site validates. Valid code means that your site meets the current web development standards – this is helpful when checking for issues such as cross-browser compatibility as mentioned above.

Once you give your web designer final approval, it is time to deliver the site. An FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program is used to upload the web site files to your server. Most web designers offer domain name registration and web hosting services as well. Once these accounts have been setup, and your web site uploaded to the server, the site should be put through one last run-through. This is just precautionary, to confirm that all files have been uploaded correctly, and that the site continues to be fully functional.

This marks the official launch of your site, as it is now viewable to the public.

Phase Six: Maintenance

Phase Six: Maintenance

The development of your web site is not necessarily over, though. One way to bring repeat visitors to your site is to offer new content or products on a regular basis. Most web designers will be more than happy to continue working together with you, to update the information on your web site. Many designers offer maintenance packages at reduced rates, based on how often you anticipate making changes or additions to your web site.

If you prefer to be more hands on, and update your own content, there is something called a CMS (Content Management System) that can be implemented to your web site. This is something that would be decided upon during the Planning stage. With a CMS, your designer will utilize online software to develop a database driven site for you.

A web site driven by a CMS gives you the ability to edit the content areas of the web site yourself. You are given access to a back-end administrative area, where you can use an online text editor (similar to a mini version of Microsoft Word). You’ll be able to edit existing content this way, or if you are feeling more adventurous, you can even add new pages and content yourself. The possibilities are endless!

It’s really up to you as far as how comfortable you feel as far as updating your own web site. Some people prefer to have all the control so that they can make updates to their own web site the minute they decide to do so. Others prefer to hand off the web site entirely, as they have enough tasks on-hand that are more important for them to handle directly.

That’s where the help of a your web designer comes in, once again, as they can take over the web site maintenance for you – one less thing for you to do is always a good thing in these busy times!

Other maintenance type items include SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and SES (Search Engine Submission). This is the optimization of you web site with elements such as title, description and keyword tags which help your web site achieve higher rankings in the search engines. The previously mentioned code validation is something that plays a vital role in SEO, as well.

There are a lot of details involved in optimizing and submitting your web site to the search engines – enough to warrant it’s own post. This is a very important step, because even though you now have a web site, you need to make sure that people can find it!

 

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