How to Add Custom Design Options Within Your Blogger Template

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Pecil crayons lying on a black tableBlogger users often complain about how hard it is to customize their blogger template. Naturally, everyone is not familiar with coding and generally, template editing is required to make such customizations. Fortunately, the blogger platform provides a handy way to enable you to make substantial design changes without ever touching the template code. But, again this requires you to make one-time changes to your template. It is done through variables supported by the blogger template. Once configured, you can make changes to the design from the visual template designer available in the dashboard. This tutorial is aimed at users or template designers who're familiar with HTML and CSS. You can use this feature to ensure the technically-challenged, when using templates designed by you, can do different types of design customizations with ease. If you have a working knowledge of HTML and CSS, you can use this feature to add different types of customization options to your existing template.
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How to Migrate From WordPress to ClassicPress

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Dashboard screen of ClassicPressSince the inclusion of block-based Gutenberg editor within WordPress core, millions of users have switched to the Classic Editor plugin as they found this new editing system, hard to work with. Although Gutenberg developers are diligently working on improving its features based on user feedback, the adoption rate doesn't look promising. The bad news for classic editor fans is that the plugin they're using to replace the block system isn't going to be supported perpetually. What after that? Nobody knows that! Fortunately, there's a fork of WordPress which keeps the classic editor natively within the core and is available for general use. It's called ClassicPress. This tutorial will help you migrate from WordPress to ClassicPress. Remember, it's for self-hosted WordPress sites. If you're using hosted WordPress service, it's not going to work. The entire migration process is dead simple and even a technically challenged can do it, quite easily. So, let's get started and see how we can shift to ClassicPress in a few easy steps.
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How to Use Firefox Multi-Account Containers for Better Privacy and Security

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A collection of colorful envelops lying on a blue tablePrivacy and security are two of the most common concerns among netizens while browsing the internet. Fortunately, most modern browsers provide incognito mode or private browsing tabs which address this problem to some extent. But, you can augment these native browser security measures to further strengthen your privacy with the help of a plugin. This tutorial is focused on a Firefox extension, but, you can achieve the same on Google Chrome too. Remember, there's no silver bullet to complete privacy and security, but this extension can help you in keeping your activities—anonymous. Using this extension to its full extent requires a little bit of planning to divide your tasks into different categories. Once configured, you'll get better privacy for each category of browsing activities within a single web browser. I use this plugin daily as my default web browser is Firefox. So, let's get started and see how we can use the multi-account containers plugin for better security and privacy while browsing the internet.
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How to Use Multiple Desktops in Windows 10

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Multi-colored stacked planesThough most of us are happy with the primary desktop we work on, some of us need multiple instances of the same for different reasons. In the latter case, a user prefers to divide his PC sessions based on different categories, viz., work, entertainment, confidential, and more. And, that's where multiple desktops come into play. Fortunately, most modern desktop operating systems support this feature. And, in this article, we're going to focus on Windows 10 multiple desktop workflow. Those who're unfamiliar with this concept may find it a bit weird in the beginning. But, once you get hold of it, it's one of the best tools in your arsenal to keep your PC sessions segregated based on your interests. I often use it when working on my desktop though I prefer to use a single one while using a laptop and that too while on the go. Multiple desktops work on each version of Windows 10 and can be activated quite easily. Let's get started and see how to use and get the most out of multiple desktops on a Windows 10 device.
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10 Best Game Controllers for Your Console or PC

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A black wireless game controllerGaming joysticks or game controllers have transformed completely in recent years. Technology has helped in adding several features to modern gaming joysticks that were not possible earlier. Although most gaming consoles come with their joysticks, gamers often prefer to get a custom one that suits their needs. I prefer the same. Today, we're going to look at some of the best joysticks available for avid gamers. Some of these game controllers are wireless while others are wired. The difference in response latency of both the versions is almost negligible provided you're going for a good one. All the game controllers mentioned below are compatible with all the popular consoles and work seamlessly on major desktop operating systems too. It is quite difficult to choose from the list given below because each one of them is feature-packed giving you an array of options. Let's get started and check out these powerful joysticks to get the best gaming experience. Do share with us the one you liked and selected from the list.
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How to Spin Up a WordPress Site for Testing and Development

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A person typing in front of a monitor wearing a black tshirtWhether you're a professional or a general WordPress user, at times, you may have wanted to test something on your website but backed off as it may break something on the live version. That's where a test site comes into play that is distinct and separate from your website. Some people prefer to create a local copy of a WordPress site on a computer to test something quickly while others look for an online solution. If you fall in the latter category, there are few solutions to fulfill your objective. Through these solutions, you can instantly create a test website that automatically disposes of itself after a certain period. It's the best way to test things on an isolated test WordPress site. The paid version of these tools lets you extend the life of your test website. Though in most cases, the free version is good enough for testing small things. I often use these tools to test some plugins for my clients before activating them on their live websites. Let's get started and check out these solutions for creating a test WordPress site.
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How to Record Telegram Voice Calls

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Telegram messenger appTelegram is one of the popular messaging apps used by millions of users. It's considered much safer and privacy-oriented than WhatsApp. If you regularly use it for making voice calls, at times, you may have wanted to record your conversations. Natively, the app doesn't support it. But, you can do so with an additional tool. And, that's what we'll learn to do. A call recording app that delivers crystal clear sound recordings with small file size is what a smartphone user looks for. Almost all messaging apps use the VOIP protocol to support a voice call. And that's what these call recording apps hook into to record a voice call. Almost every such app can record VOIP calls from different sources. So, it's not just Telegram, but other apps are also supported by these apps. So, essentially, you can use these solutions to record WhatsApp calls too. Make sure you test your call recording setup before using it on a genuine call. If you're using an old version of Android, the call recording feature may not work as expected.
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How to Stop Google From Tracking Your Web Activities

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An eye peeking from behind a torn green leafPrivacy and security are some of the biggest concerns of daily internet users. We share tons of information on the internet while using different websites during our typical browsing session. Most software giants like Facebook, Google, and others track user activities on the internet. They generally use it to serve them relevant ads. Generally, an average user is not aware of this fact. This user tracking device-independent. If you're logged in to your account on a specific device, you're going to get tracked. In this tutorial, we'll learn how to stop Google from tracking our web activities. And that too, not just on his services, but across the entire internet. Once configured, the settings will take effect on all the logged-in devices you're using with your Google account. So, if you want to stop the prying eyes of Google, and want a bit more privacy while surfing online, go ahead and see how to configure these tracking prevention settings. You may need to clear your browser's cache for these settings to take full effect.
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How to Stop Auto-Play of Videos in Chrome, Firefox, and Edge

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A large red color video playback buttonMultimedia content is one of the primary types of content consumed by internet users all over the world. Nowadays, some websites—serving videos—choose to autoplay them for the visitor. This can be annoying for a good percentage of visitors. Reasons can be many! You simply just don't like it and want full control over video playback. Or, you have limited internet data, or you're visiting a NSFW website and just don't want autoplay of videos. Whatever the reason, in my opinion, except in some special cases, autoplay of videos isn't what's going to make most of your website visitors—happy. If you often get annoyed by this autoplay of videos, there's a way to stop it until you explicitly play them—at will. The following tutorial will help you block the autoplay of videos on some of the most popular modern web browsers viz., Google Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. It'll take just a couple of minutes to activate the autoplay of videos on all of these web browsers. Make sure to hard refresh the browsers after settings are fully done.
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How to Add Custom Ad Code to Blogger Archive Pages

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Custom layouts of blog entriesIt's a common perception that Google's Blogger platform is quite restrictive and doesn't offer much flexibility when compared with other blogging platforms. To some extent, it is true for technically challenged. But, if you're aware of the Blogger template system, you can do a lot more than what an average user is capable of. Today, we're going to learn about inserting custom code between Blogger archive page entries and that too based on different conditions. Most probably you're going to use this technique for inserting some kind of ad code between the entries, but, of course, you're free to insert just about any kind of custom code. The code snippets given below works with older templates. If you're using a new Blogger template system, these code snippets may not work. Try it on a demo blog before applying it to the real one. Apart from the conditions given here, you can create your own to insert custom code as per your requirements. Some of these snippets can be used on single post pages too.
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How to Transfer Files Between Android Phone and a PC Without Internet and Cable

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A smartphone and a laptop on a wooden tableExchanging files between a smartphone powered by Android and a desktop (or a laptop) is quite common. Different people complete this task in different ways. One of the most common methods is using a USB cable to transfer the files in both the directions. Another popular method is to use the Internet bandwidth to complete the file transfer between both the devices. But, what if, you don't have the USB cable and doesn't have enough data left in your Internet plan to complete the transfer of some huge files? This situation often arises when you're traveling or simply are not at home or office. To tackle this situation, we're going to learn a way through which we can transfer the files between an Android device and a desktop computer without using Internet data or a USB cable. If you're technically challenged, you may find this method a little bit difficult to follow—but—once you grasp it, it's like a cakewalk. I'll try my best to keep this file transfer tutorial as simple as possible—for your convenience.
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How to Mitigate Brute Force Login Attempts on a WordPress Site

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A boxer with black glovesIt's an open fact that a self-hosted WordPress site is often a prime target of hackers on the web. They use different ways to try penetrating a WordPress installation and one of them is the good old brute force login attack. Unfortunately, a good percentage of website owners are unaware of this potential threat and end up losing their site to a hacker. With a little awareness and a few steps taken preemptively, we can safeguard and limit the severity of these brute force login attacks. And, that's what we're going to learn in the following tutorial. Though one cannot stop these attacks altogether, but we can definitely mitigate it effectively. The tips and techniques discussed below can nullify these attacks to such an extent that it'll become almost impossible to penetrate your WordPress site through a brute force login method. One doesn't need to be a coding ninja to apply the defenses against such attacks. It's a one-time exercise one can complete in a few easy steps. If you're ready for it, make sure you've first taken a backup of your blog.
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10 Best Password Managers to Tame Online Accounts

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A login dialogue box on a tablet screenDespite the advent of various biometric assisted authentication technologies, text passwords remain the most widely used method to create login credentials of an online account. And, an avid Interest user manages at least a dozen or more accounts on a daily basis. The manual approach to creating passwords is not only cumbersome but often leads to creation of weak credentials. Which in turn leave your accounts at the mercy of hackers. The best way to deal with this situation is to use dedicated password management apps. These applications easily integrate with a web browser as an add-on and creates strong passwords for your accounts. I use such an app on a daily basis and recommend it for you too. Almost all of these applications nicely integrate with all the popular web browsers. I've shortlisted some of the best password managers and have created a list to help you choose the one that perfectly fit your needs. These apps will save your time and will also relieve you from remembering long passwords.
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How to Accept Payments Through PayPal on Your Website

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PayPal logo within a laptop screenNowadays, there are countless services and options to facilitate simple payment processing on a website. And, PayPal is one of such popular options. This guide will help you implement a PayPal button with support for credit card transactions. This tutorial is aimed to implement a simple payment system for processing—a one-time consolidated amount. The payment solution presented below is not a full-fledged eCommerce system. With basic web design knowledge, one can substantially customize the entire flow of events, before and after the payment is processed. If you offering a service that doesn't involve any kind of memberships or a recurring subscription model, you can use the solution given below to easily process payments from your customers. You can implement this payment processing system on any web page running on a secure HTTPS URL provided you have access to its source code. Let's get started and learn to integrate a custom yet simple payment processing system powered by the popular PayPal platform.
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How to Add a Custom Related Posts Section on a Blogger Blog

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A blog post graphical sketchOne of the important elements within a blog layout is the related content section. No matter how good is your content, unless you don't offer similar or matching content entries around the blog post, you cannot expect engaging and multi-page sessions from the visitors. Search engines too prefer to rank sites—on which—the visitors spend more time browsing the content. Today, we're going to learn to integrate a custom related posts section on a blog powered by Google's Blogger platform. This section will appear at the bottom of the post on single post pages. After its integration, you'll definitely witness an increase in the number of page views. Before attempting the integration, take a backup of your Blogger template. A better strategy will be to first test it on a dummy blog. I've used this related content section on one of my blogs for years. Remember, if your blog is new with just a couple of posts, the related content section may not work as expected. So, make sure there are enough posts on the blog for it to work—flawlessly.
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