No matter which technology or software solution you're using to run your website, broken links are bound to pop up with the passage of time. And, the more broken links you have, the more your visitors suffer landing through these nonexistent links. That's where a custom 404 page plays a big role in retaining these visitors on the site and making them take the action you want them to take. Today, we're going to learn to create a custom 404 page for several popular web publishing platforms. We'll start with generic 404-page creation process for every platform which can be used as a base to build a highly customized version that meets your business needs. For some platforms, there are more than one ways to build a 404 page. While creating a custom 404 page, focus on diverting the visitor towards key destinations on your website instead of spending all your energy on creating a colorful and jazzy design. So, let's make sure the visitors' landing on our website through broken links are handled gracefully.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Monday, February 13, 2017 with
No matter how you take a digital picture, there's always a room to enhance and optimize the captured shot. There are several simple and efficient ways to enhance a digital photograph. Today, we're going to look at some of the ways we can use to add life to our digital photos. You don't need to be a techie or a professional to apply these techniques for improving your pictures. It doesn't matter which device you've used for capturing the stills. You can easily transfer them to your desktop and can use the methodologies discussed below to enhance your digital photographs. Here I must remind you of keeping the backup of photos and using a copy of the same before applying the enhancement techniques. This way, you can ensure the original copies remain intact in case you inadvertently spoil a copy. So, here we go to check out some of the best, reliable and easy ways to transform and optimize our digital photos in no time. If you've not yet saved all of your photos on the computer which need to be enhanced, do it right now.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Wednesday, December 21, 2016 with
No matter where you're hosting your website, custom domain email is one of the vital assets to ensure your target audience can easily connect with you. If you're web hosting plan doesn't include email hosting, using a free email address on your contact page can leave a bad impression about you and your business. Fortunately, there are several good email hosting solutions which can be used to get a custom domain email address. I've handpicked some of the free and popular services which can be used to power email communication using your custom domain name. The entire setup of configuring custom emails through these services just requires an addition of few host records. Thereafter, you can either manage your emails through a web interface or through one of the popular email applications. So, let's get started and check out some of the useful free email hosting services to enable the use of custom domain email addresses for our business website. Do check all of them to find the one which fits your business needs.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Monday, December 05, 2016 with
There are tons of free and paid membership software out there which can be used to build different types of solutions on a WordPress site. If you're planning to build a simple and flexible membership (no paid subscriptions) site, this guide is written just for you. You can extend the steps given below to further customize your free membership site to add more features and functions. You don't need to be an expert programmer to make such a free membership site. All we need is the capability to copy-paste the relevant code at the appropriate places. Working (basic) knowledge of HTML and CSS can definitely help you in further customizing the site as per your preferences. Make sure you implement and practice this solution on a test site before applying it on a live website. You can easily convert this setup to be a paid membership system with premium add-ons in future. So, let's get started and make a brand new WordPress-powered membership site with multiple free levels using minimal tools and simple steps.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Monday, August 15, 2016 with
If you're running a WordPress-powered business website offering a great product or a service, clients' testimonials is one of the important elements to convince potential clients and partners. There are different ways to display such testimonials provided you have required technical expertise. In case you're technically challenged or doesn't have enough time to create such a section on your website, a dedicated plugin can do the job. An appealing testimonial section almost always includes various graphical elements with a copy to gain credibility. That's what various testimonial plugins can do for you without messing with the code. The following list of handpicked testimonial plugins is tested on a demo site. Each one of them comes with handy options to display custom testimonials on a WordPress website. Let's get started and check out the features of these plugins and see which one offers all the options and controls to create a stunning testimonial section with minimal efforts. Do try out one of these plugins.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Wednesday, July 13, 2016 with
Android devices are available in almost every form whether you're using it as a smartphone or a tablet. But, savvy users often want to access Android features right on their desktop. An easy solution to this need is installing an Android emulator. These applications give you full-fledged Android experience without leaving the comfort of your PC's desktop. Users can install regular Android apps on these emulators to use various features and services offered through Android platform. These emulators generally come in bundled format and the installation is dead simple. I've selected some of the best and popular Android emulators which you can easily run and use on your Windows PC or a laptop. In case you do need want to use them further, uninstallation is also easy. But, as expected, you cannot make regular phone calls through these emulators as they are not running on a smartphone or a calling tablet. So, let's get started and see how we can easily run an Android OS emulator on a regular Windows PC.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Monday, July 11, 2016 with
Whether you're using a detachable webcam or using an integrated one, modern apps often make use of this popular peripheral device without your knowledge. This does sound scary but this is what happens when we're using numerous modern social applications which offer video calling or streaming as one of their features. How to ensure your webcam is not being used in a stealthy fashion by one of the installed apps without your knowledge? Unfortunately, there is no easy way to know it. A better option is to lock or disable your webcam when you're not using such apps. We'll look at some of the best and reliable ways to do so. From all the methods listed below, you can choose the best one that suits you and enables you to easily lock your webcam. I've tested each of these methodologies on my system and found them working without any issues. Once locked, the unlocking and re-enabling process is equally user-friendly whenever you want to reuse your webcam. So, let's learn how we can easily lock and disable our webcam.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Monday, April 11, 2016 with
If you're an avid user of popular cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive, at times, you must have stored common data on both these platforms. Generally, we have to do it manually. But what if we connect both these accounts and sync the data on an automated basis? Sounds good? Well, there are several ways to do that and the good thing is that you don't need to be an expert techie to do that. Depending on your preference and workflow, you can choose one of these methodologies to easily connect and sync your Google Drive and Dropbox accounts. Needless to say, if you're syncing a large amount of data, you need to decent broadband connection to ensure updated copies are maintained seamlessly without any delay. I'll strongly advise you to try all the options listed below so that you can get a fair idea about which one is working in the best possible way. So, let's get started and automate syncing of our vital data across these two popular cloud storage services using one of the toolsets.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Friday, April 01, 2016 with
A lot has been written about search engine optimization but when it comes to implementing it on a specific web publishing platform, beginners or technically challenged often struggle to apply it correctly. If you've hosted your blog on Google's Blogger platform and want to tidy up its SEO settings, this guide is written just for you. Search engines regularly update and improve their algorithms to ensure the results are contextually correct. Exceptional content is the cornerstone of SEO efforts but without core on-page SEO, we may not be able to get a good presence on the search engines. Through this tutorial, we are going to learn about the key SEO settings one must apply to a typical blogger template for better SEO to gain more qualified traffic from organic sources. All you need is basic code copy pasting ability to apply these tips which give you a better blogger template enhanced with correct SEO settings. So let's get started and quickly check out this step-by-step SEO guide written specifically for blogger blogs and sites.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Monday, March 14, 2016 with
Native web-based email platforms are used by millions of users though some of us prefer an OS-specific native desktop application for the same. Generally, these applications support multiple email services and allow you to manage all your accounts from a single location. If you prefer the same, you can select one of these powerful applications to tame all your inboxes from a central hub. Most of the email clients have a beautiful interface and often supports plugins to extend the features and functions. Some of these email clients can run on all the popular desktop operating systems. All these email applications are secure and keep your login credentials in an encrypted form in a secure environment. I'll advise you to try each of these email clients along with the most popular extensions to see which one fits your needs. So, let's get started and quickly check out some of the most flexible and feature-packed desktop email client applications one can easily use for personal as well as for vital business email communication.