50+ Best Google Chrome Extensions for Everyone

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No modern web browser is complete without extensions to augment its behavior and to add new useful features. Google Chrome is no exception and supports a huge repository of extensions. It's very tempting to try these all of these extensions. Instead of trying out each one of them, it's better to use the best ones that aid in your daily browser-based activities. I've picked some of the best and popular Google Chrome extensions which are not only going to make you productive but will also help in enriching your general web browsing experience. You can pick select extensions from this list to complete your arsenal of tools to get more out of Google Chrome. The list is compiled taking popular extensions for all the common tasks and actions users may complete within a typical web browser. Some of the popular Google Chrome extensions included in this list are used by millions of users. So, let's get started and check out these flexible and powerful Google Chrome extensions for better Google Chrome browsing experience.
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How to Use Recipe Schema Markup on a Blogger (BlogSpot) Blog

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If you're running an inviting food blog on Google's Blogger platform, key SEO setup is vital for better presence on search engines. One such important setting is using a recipe schema markup to get rich snippets in the search results. Configuring it ensures that search engines can interpret key recipe data in an easy way and can display it in a nice formatted manner. The end result is more clicks and qualified traffic from search engines. But unfortunately, there is no plugin or widget for the same that facilitates easy implementation of the same. The following tutorial will help us in adding recipe schema markup on a food blog hosted on blogger platform. All you need is basic knowledge of HTML tags and CSS code with elementary skills of copy pasting the code at the right place. You can use this markup both on blogs using a custom domain as well as on the regular ones using a blogspot subdomain. So, let's make our food blog a better candidate for search engines to get an influx of hungry readers. Head over to blog's dashboard.
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30+ Best Ways to Display Your Portfolio or Work on a WordPress Site

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If you're a freelance professional offering different kinds of services, a good online portfolio is a must to convince the prospects for better conversion rate. Although one can custom code a portfolio from scratch, it's not easy to create one if you're technically challenged. That's where specific plugins made for creating portfolios can help you in a big way. If your business or freelance website is powered by WordPress, you can use these powerful portfolio plugins to create a stunning showcase of your work in no time. No matter which plugin you're using, make sure you highlight your best work to get the desired results. I've tested each of the plugins included in the list on a test blog to ensure you get the best ones from the lot. Following my methodology, use a dummy installation to build a copy of your portfolio before transferring the final result on the live website. So, let's get started and try out these flexible and user-friendly portfolio plugins made specifically for self-hosted WordPress websites and business blogs.
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How to Send and Receive Outlook and AOL Emails From a Gmail Account

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If Google's Gmail service is your primary email platform, you can use it as a central hub to manage other popular accounts as well. I'm using it for sending and receiving emails for Microsoft's Outlook and AOL mail service. The entire setup process is quite simple and is a one-time exercise. Once configured, your Gmail account not only periodically checks for new emails from these external accounts but also allows you to send emails from these external email addresses directly from within your Gmail inbox. Outgoing emails have no indication that they've been originated from a Gmail inbox. But, you have to make sure that whenever you change the password of your AOL or Outlook accounts, you have to reconfigure the settings within your Gmail inbox as well. It's one of the best strategies to save your time when you have to maintain multiple inboxes. So, open your Gmail account and get ready to tame all the three email platforms from within a single Gmail inbox. Credentials of both AOL and Outlook accounts are required.
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7 Free WordPress Courses for Absolute Beginners

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If you're just starting with WordPress or want to polish your skills to better manage your blog, it's important to learn the basics of this popular content management system. One can either read or purchase books for the same or can try to test each feature on a dummy blog. But how about free online WordPress courses to increase your knowledge about this powerful CMS? Almost each free WordPress course includes enough information to enable new users better perform day-to-day blogging and blog management tasks. These courses are primarily aimed for self-hosted WordPress bloggers though hosted platform WordPress bloggers can also take advantage of the curriculum. Most of the courses are in the form of videos so that one can easily grasp the concepts. After signing up for one of the courses, devote at least an hour a day and you'll be a better WordPress user within few weeks. So, here we go to check out these information packed WordPress courses made for beginners and intermediate level bloggers.
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25 Best Static Site Generators for Building Blazing Fast Websites

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No doubt, a content management system makes web publishing a breeze both for an expert and a layman. But, often site owners look for a simple and flexible solution for making a simple website. That's where static site generators come into play. Compared to a CMS-powered website, a static website is much faster putting less burden on server resources. This is a huge advantage which attracts a website owner. We'll look at some of the best static website generators, website owners can use to power their online abode. No matter what underlying server-side technology you intend to use, one can easily find a static site generator supporting that specific stack. You can easily test these generators on your local machine before using them in a production environment. Power users (technically sound) can easily extend and harness the full power of these site generators. So, let's check out each of these flexible and powerful static website generators one can use for powering their business or a personal website.
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How to Add a Contact Form on a WordPress Site (Without a Plugin)

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WordPress bloggers often try dozens of contact form plugins and still struggle to find a robust and reliable solution that works without any fail. Another common complaint is that the premium version of these plugins offers what they look for in a free version. How about a reliable and flexible solution that allows you to integrate a custom contact form on a WordPress site – without using any plugin? It's not the just the custom contact form, but you can also get a custom thank you page with automatic notifications right in your email inbox without spending a dime. We're going to use Google drive form which is not only free but also places no restrictions on customization and submissions. All you need is to copy and paste some code with little CSS customization to make it gel with your existing WordPress theme. I'll be using Twenty Fifteen theme throughout this tutorial though you can go ahead with any theme. Let's get our custom contact form working right now on our website without relying on a plugin.
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4 Best Grammar and Spell Check Applications for Professional Writers

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There are millions of writers working online delivering content for themselves or for their clients. A good writer is not necessarily an expert in the language he is writing in. What makes one – a better writer than others? It's the quality of copy he produces which is free of grammatical errors. No matter what editing application you're using, failing to proofread and correct the final copy may lead to poor results and annoyed clients. Fortunately, there are several extremely good and powerful grammar correcting applications one can use to refine and optimize written content. I use one of them to ensure I'm not introducing drastic errors in my copy, inadvertently. Depending on your exact needs and the way you write, you can select one or more tools listed below to easily churn out great content. Some of these apps are standalone desktop applications while others integrate with a web browser or with a content editor. Let's check out all these useful spell-checking applications one by one to augment our writing skills.
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Mastering Google Search (A Beginner's Guide)

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Some of my friends often wonder how I manage to know about almost anything under the sun when sitting in front of my laptop. When I told them that I use Google search engine to mine out relevant information, they just couldn't believe it. The reason was simple. Each one of them uses the same and still struggle to come up with the needed search results. In simple words, two people using Google search can end up with different information when searching for the same data. This popular search engine is immensely powerful and all you need is to learn how to use it like a ninja. Once you get hold of it, you can find out almost any information through it. We're going to learn some of the best and easy-to-learn tricks to get more out of our Google search results. This will enable you to solve day-to-day problems. You'll be surprised to know that it's more than just a search engine. So, let's get started and brush up some of the best Google search techniques. Open a new tab in your browser and let the beast come out.
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How to Lock and Protect Folders on Your Computer and Smartphone

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Whether you're working on a home computer or on a work computer in your office, sensitive and confidential information needs to be protected from unauthorized access. One simple way is to completely encrypt every single file you tag as important. A more convenient way is to lock the folder which contains sensitive files. Power users who're technically sound can use some of the hacky tricks to protect or hide select folders on their computers. But what about an average user who want to do the same? Here come the applications and tools made for easily locking and protecting any folder on a computer or smartphone. While using these applications, I'll strongly advise you to avoid playing with system folders and files as it may halt your system making it unusable. So, let's get started and see how we can easily lock our personal folders without using any complex steps in a few clicks. Before trying them out for the first time, I'll strongly advise you to take a backup of the target folder in question.
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