If you're running a WordPress blog, at times, you may have felt the need to customize the look and feel of your existing template. One of the best ways to do that is through custom CSS code. But, general users often do the mistake to directly edit the default theme CSS file which is overwritten on subsequent theme updates. An ideal solution to this problem is to keep your custom CSS code out of the theme files so that the custom styles are not overridden by newer versions of the theme. There are several flexible and good plugins to help you easily add custom CSS code within your WordPress site without any hassle. Needless to say, one must possess working knowledge of CSS to use these handy plugins. I often use such kind of plugins for my clients who're technically sound and prefer to make minor changes by themselves. Make sure you always make changes on a demo site before applying them on a live site. The good thing about these plugins is that you can remove your custom CSS code without affecting the core design code.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Monday, April 20, 2015 with
Power users always prefer mechanical keyboard over the regular ones due to its longevity and excellent usage experience. There are several types of featured packed mechanical keyboards available for tech savvy users. Today, we're going to look at some of the best options available in the market for grabbing a durable mechanical keyboard. Whether you're a hardcore gamer or a developer, these keyboards will make you do more on your system. Some of these keyboards are extremely sturdy and can last really long. Of course, they come at a price but it's definitely worth investment. If you're already using a mechanical keyboard, you may consider one of these with added features to give you a better replacement for the old one. Each of the mechanical keyboards listed below is quite popular among the user base with positive reviews from the actual users. So let's quickly check them out one by one and see their impressive features and functions to select the best one which fits our needs and requirements.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Wednesday, April 15, 2015 with
One of the most popular ways to increase visitors' engagement on your blog or website is offering contextually related content in an attractive way. Professional bloggers often use related posts section to fulfill this criterion. There are several ways to display related content. Some publishers prefer plain text links while other prefer to include an alluring thumbnail image too. Obviously, the latter approach works quite well. Today, we're going to see some of the best solutions for showing related posts on WordPress post pages. One does not need to be a tech ninja to create such kind of content section. All we need is a flexible and powerful plugin to do the job. I've tested and selected some of the best related posts plugins available for WordPress platform. Although, power users can implement the same without any plugin, general users need to use one of these for offering related content to their readers. If your blog has a very small archive, I'll suggest you to wait for some time before using one of these awesome plugins.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Friday, April 10, 2015 with
Whether you're running a blog or a website, site speed is one of the important factors that decide its success when it comes to attracting and retaining traffic. All major search engines including Google encourage and recommend making sites responsive and fast. Today, we're going to focus on the latter feature and specifically for blogs hosted on Google's blogger platform. Before, we dive into the tutorial; I'll advice you to gain basic or working knowledge of copy and pasting HTML or CSS code within blogger templates. If you're already tinkering with your template design, nothing can be better than that. After completing the steps mentioned below, you can speed up your blog by many folds. Several principles mentioned here can be applied on other platforms too. As always, I'll warn you to first try these techniques on a dummy blog. And, while exercising it on your live blog, keep a backup of your existing design and content. So, let's kick start this optimization process for making our blogger blog, a flyer.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Wednesday, April 08, 2015 with
If you're fan of Markdown syntax and prefer to compose your articles and posts through it, it's high time to add that support within your WordPress blog too. By default, WordPress post editor supports two primary modes for composing posts and pages. The first one is normal visual text mode and the other one is HTML mode preferred by technically sound bloggers. And, when you're using Markdown syntax, you can compose beautifully formatted posts without any knowledge of HTML tags. Once you get hang of it, it's quite addictive. Although full fledged Markdown text editors are also available but you have to use them on your desktop, while adding support within WordPress ensures you can use it live on your blog. The syntax itself is very easy to learn. So, let's see some of the best ways we can use Markdown through select plugins made specifically for this purpose. After installing, first try composing through a private dummy post so that you can preview and practice the syntax before applying it on real articles.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Monday, April 06, 2015 with
Almost every regular email service doesn't provide scheduling facility inherently and Google's Gmail service is no exception. As more and more professionals and businesses are using Google email platform, a need to tracking and scheduling business emails is becoming a priority. Fortunately, there are several good and powerful tools that allow you to do the same. Apart from regular scheduling feature, these tools provide several extra useful tools to get more out of your Gmail inbox making your business communication, a breeze. Almost all of these tools are available as a browser add-on because users prefer to use the native web interface of Gmail. Most of these extensions are available both for Google Chrome and Firefox. These unique tools add extra controls and buttons within the default Gmail interface in an unobtrusive way so that even a layman can use them without any problem. So, let's check out these user friendly and extremely useful tools for easily tracking and scheduling our Gmail emails.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Friday, March 27, 2015 with
Bloggers often try to embed various types of rich media and attachments right within the post body to let readers easily consume the content. This includes images, videos, code snippets and various types of files. One such popular media type is PDF file format which is often embedded within blog posts facilitating direct reading of the file contents without any need to download it first. But, how to embed it in an easy way such that readers can read it without any difficulty? We're going to look at some of the best solutions that not only give better PDF file reading experience to the visitors but also ensure the blog and site owners can easily maintain and embed such files directly from within their WordPress dashboard. I'll always suggest you to avoid embedding huge PDF files in the post as it may block the timely display of the web page. So, log into your WordPress dashboard and try out these powerful and handy PDF embedding plugins to ensure your traffic can enjoy reading PDF documents on your blog.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Monday, March 23, 2015 with
If you're a professional developer and regularly work with distributed teams, I'm sure you're familiar with Git. It's a powerful distributed version control system that is quite popular among the community of developers and programmers. Power users using this software are very much comfortable with the command line environment which allows them to complete the tasks rapidly. Though it's not a rocket science to master its command line directives, a user friendly GUI based extension can help you grasp things easily after continuous usage for a few days. There are several Git clients with graphical interface one can use to manage his project repositories. Under the hood these extensions use the power of Git directives and relieve you from somewhat cryptic commands while maintaining a very large project. We're going to look at some of the best and popular graphical Git clients which can help you kick start your project work flow through this distributed version control system. Let's version control our code.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Wednesday, March 18, 2015 with
By Rajeev Edmonds On Monday, March 16, 2015 with
USB drives are one of the most popular devices for storing our data on the go. Nowadays, different types of USB sticks are available in the market with different storage capacities. Since the primary purpose of USB storage is to carry the data to different physical locations, data theft is one of the common problems faced by its users. The best solution to this problem is to encrypt and lock your USB drive so that your critical data is safe even if the drive is stolen. You can try out various USB locking applications which provides different suite of features to secure USB sticks. I've tested and included some of the powerful USB locking utilities one can easily use to safeguard his data stored in USB drives. Most of these handy applications provide added features apart from simple USB drive locking which can be easily used to customize the entire security environment. Remember, these applications can't prevent stick's theft but it can ensured that one cannot retrieve the vital information stored in it. Let's secure our USB sticks.