How to Design a Custom Blogger (BlogSpot) Template

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Website layout templateMillions of blogs are powered by Google's Blogger platform. The very first thing a visitor pay attention to while visiting a blog is its design or template. A good custom-designed theme has the power to retain the visitors for a longer period of times. Today, we're going to learn to code a custom Blogger template. Our emphasis and focus will be primarily on the core template design concepts rather than going for a fancy design. This way, you'll be able to create different types of templates with unique designs. If you're already familiar with basic HTML and CSS, you can take your design to the next level—quite easily. I need not say that you have to try out these template designing exercises on a private demo blog. Later on, you can export and import it on the live blog. If you're making such a template for the first time, avoid choosing a complex layout and start with a simpler one to get hold of the basics. Let's get started and learn to design a custom Blogger template—in a few easy steps—that's fast and free from any bloat.
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4 Ways to Recover a Deleted File in Linux

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A big white color delete buttonNo matter which operating system you're using, file deletion is one of the most common activities done on a daily basis. And sometimes, we delete an important file—inadvertently. Fortunately, there are several ways to recover a deleted file. We going to learn about the same, but specifically for the Linux platform. Almost all of the available solutions mentioned below work directly from the command line. I'll advise to once test these file recovery options through dummy file deletion events. Remember, these utilities will only work if you're triggering the file recovery process, as soon as possible. The more time passes by, the more is the chance that the content of the deleted file gets overwritten by a new file. The best possible scenario is when you never need the file recovering commands. And, for that, you need to delete files in a responsible way. All the file recovery utilities mentioned here are tested on a Ubuntu machine. They should work seamlessly on other distributions as well. Let's recover our deleted files.
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How to Style Embedded Tweets With Custom CSS

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Twitter logo made with garbled words.If you're an avid Twitter user and frequently embed tweets on your website or on a blog, use this simple guide to customize their appearance to not only match it with your site's design but to also divert the attention of the readers. There are several ways to embed social updates on a webpage. The popular one is using the default embed code (HTML markup) provided by the respective social media platform. Another way is to use the platform's JavaScript API for the same. Naturally, this second method is less popular among the technically challenged and is generally used by developers. And, the easiest among them all is the use of a plugin for the content management system you're using to power your website. For this tutorial, I'm assuming that you're using the very first method to embed tweets on your website. It's quite easy and only involves copy-pasting the embed code at the right place. Let's not wait further and learn how to apply different styles to the embedded tweets just with the help of custom CSS code.
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The Ultimate Guide to Customize and Edit Blogger (BlogSpot) Images

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Few polaroid photos in a handThough seasoned players advice for a self-hosted WordPress platform, Google's Blogger platform is also an excellent choice for a huge number of bloggers. People often complain about the limited flexibility available on the latter blogging platform. But, this statement is partially correct. There are a lot of hidden Blogger features a general user is unaware of. And, one of such powerful and extremely flexible features is how you can customize the images used in the blog posts. Here we are talking about different kinds of optimizations and effects we can apply to the uploaded images. Fortunately, images uploaded on Blogger platform are internally hosted on Google App Engine. The latter platform has powerful image processing capabilities which can be used by Blogger users—quite easily. And, that's what we're going to learn today. Once you get familiar with these image processing options, you can make your blog posts, much better than before. Let's get started and master the Blogger platform's flexible image manipulation techniques.
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10 Best Office Productivity Suites for Professionals

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Man on a chair with a computer in front of him on a table.Content writers and web professionals make use of different types of applications—on a daily basis—to get their job done. Office suite application such as a word processor or a spreadsheet program is one such type of application used by every professional. Today, we're going to look at some of the best office productivity applications built for both regular and professional users. Some of these office applications are free while others offer a premium version as well. A good number of these office applications have both the desktop and mobile variants. If you think your current office productivity suite is not able to fulfill your needs, look no further and try out some of the alternatives from the handpicked options mentioned below. Both cloud-based and desktop solutions are included in the list. I'll suggest trying several applications before making a final decision to make sure the selected office suite meets your business needs. Let's get started and quickly check out some of the best office productivity applications.
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Linux Files and Directories Explained [A Beginner's Guide]

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Ubuntu command prompt illustration.If you're just starting out with Linux, getting familiar with the environment and file structure should be your top priority. And, to do that, one must learn (without any fail) about all the important files and directories powering this developer-friendly operating system. Although, as a general user, working in a Linux GUI environment is pretty straightforward, making yourself aware of the critical directories and files can help you get more out of your working sessions. Linux has dozens of distributions but the file structure and organization is almost identical on all of them. So, no matter which Linux flavor you're running, almost all the files and directories discussed below does exist on your system. If you plan to go ahead as a Linux system administrator in future, grabbing knowledge about these important files is absolutely essential. Remember, do not try to tinker with critical system files especially when you're using the system with root privileges, else it may corrupt your Linux installation. Let's get started, now!
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How to Integrate a Custom Internal Search Engine on Your Website

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Wooden blocks with letters imprinted on them.Although every popular CMS inherently supports an internal search engine, it cannot match the power of a custom search engine (created by search giants like Google), when it comes to finding contextually-related content. Today, we're going to learn the integration of a custom Google search engine on our websites for all the internal site searches. It can be integrated both on a static HTML site as well as on a website powered by a content management system. We'll learn about all of its important customization options to get more out of it in every possible way. Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS is all you need to easily integrate this custom search engine within your website. We'll also learn to monetize the search engine and to connect it with our Google Analytics account. If your website is brand new, I'll recommend waiting for some time before integrating this custom search engine on your site. Let's get started and learn to integrate a powerful, customizable, and user-friendly internal search engine for our site visitors.
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6 Best PC Repair Toolkits for Everyone

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Repairing toolsWhether you're a home PC user or a professional using it at your workplace, sooner or later you're going to face hardware issues related to the computer. Things become more depressing when the PC is out of the warranty period. Fortunately, changing a faulty component or adding a new peripheral device is not that hard, provided you have the right tools for the same. That's where repair toolkits come to the rescue. Although we all have few basic tools for handling electricity related issues at home or office, they're just not fit for PC repairs. That's why I've compiled a list of some of the best repair toolkits aimed at PC users. Every toolkit is unique and is quite popular among its user base. Even if you've never repaired your PC before, watching the video tutorials combined with a powerful toolkit can help you fix the issues in no time. Some of the utensils included in these toolkits can also be used to repair a Mac system. Let's check out these handpicked and useful PC repair toolkits to keep our old computers in good health for years.
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How to Track Key or Important Events on a Website

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Laptop and a blackboard with analytics graphsCorrect use of a web analytics system can optimize and boost your website by many folds. It's not just about counting page views or visitors. On any busy website, there are several important actions and events that occur on a daily basis. And yet, we as a website owner are unaware of these happenings. Some of these events are interactive in nature while others are non-interactive. The following guide will help you learn to track these key events through Google Analytics. One can also integrate goals with event tracking to measure the performance of important conversion funnels present on a website. The key to successful event tracking is to first identify, assert, and shortlist these events which must be tracked. Apart from measuring successes and general performance, event tracking can also be used to improve website's design and layout. I'll give a few real-world examples of event tracking to help you better understand the implementation and its use. Let's get started and learn to track events on a site.
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How to Create and Schedule Custom Tasks on Windows 10

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Laptop on a tableIf you're an avid Windows user, you may have noticed that few essential and important applications like an antivirus automatically starts on the system boot up. These applications are configured as custom tasks to run automatically when a specific condition or conditions are met. As a regular Windows user, if you want to run select applications at certain conditions, you can create and schedule such custom tasks quite easily. The following guide will help you master the process of creating custom tasks on a Windows 10 PC. During the initial learning phase, use a simple application that runs for a short period of time and doesn't consume much system resources. Later on, you can easily experiment with the scheduling of full-fledged applications with complex startup trigger conditions. After getting familiar with the custom task creation process, resist the temptation of scheduling too many applications during the system boot up because it may put an additional burden on the PC and may slow down the computer, significantly.
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How to Install a Custom GDPR Cookie Notice on a Blog

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GDPR notice within a smartphoneEuropean Union's cookie law generally known as GDPR requires that every website receiving visitors from that very region must show a cookie notice on the webpage. This law also instructs the website owners to let the visitors choose if they're ok with the cookies used by the website or not. Now, every blogger who's not technically sound is not able to configure all this in an easy way. The following guide will help you implement a basic GDPR cookie notice system along with other important essentials to comply with the basic guidelines of the law. The entire setup can be done on a live blog without any issues. If you haven't yet installed such type of cookie notice system, I'll strongly advise you to configure it as soon as possible. Failing to do so can leave your blog vulnerable to receiving a legal notice from the European Commission. So, let's get started and configure a customized GDPR cookie notice system on our blog. While doing the setup, feel free to tweak and change the cookie notice as per your preferences.
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How to Lazy Load Disqus Comments on a Blogger Blog

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Disqus comments logo in blue colorHuge number of websites use Disqus commenting system to engage with their visitors. A good number of these sites run on a content management system having its own native comment system. Still, a large number of website owners ditch the platform's native solution in favor of Disqus. This step-by-step guide is specifically aimed at blogs running on Google's Blogger platform. The technique of lazy loading comments is used to speed up the page load times. This gives better browsing experience to the visitors using slower internet connections. It's also good for sites receiving a lot of comments on every page. The solution explained below works with IE9+ and all other modern web browsers. Implement this lazy loading technique on the weekends when the traffic is at its lowest. A basic knowledge of CSS coding can help you implement this technique in a much better way. Except that, you only need to copy-paste the code at the right places within the design template. Let's lazy-load Disqus system on our Blogger blog.
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18 Things to Do After Installing a New WordPress Blog

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To-do list on a wooden tableWordPress is an undisputed leader when it comes to choosing a content management system for the web publishers. Generally, it takes less than five minutes to install a new WordPress blog on almost any web server. But, the basic installation alone doesn't complete the essential blog setup necessary for running a secure and user-friendly website. Fortunately, configuring these basic yet extremely essential options is not that hard provided you know what to configure and how to configure. This comprehensive tutorial will give you a step-by-step walkthrough to apply all the critical and important settings after completing the initial installation process. If you're technically challenged, do not try to configure these settings on your own. Instead, hire an expert to do the same for you. Some of the generic configuration settings mentioned below can be applied to static HTML sites as well. So, let's get started and learn to configure a basic WordPress installation with all the essential settings to give the best experience to the visitors.
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10 Best Mobile Payment Apps for Android Smartphones

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Mobile payment appDigital payment is one of the prominent and easy-to-use methods to buy things both offline and online. There are a lot of ways to make these digital payments. Mobile payment app is one of the ways to pay online in a secure manner. The following list includes some of the most popular, trusted, and reliable payment apps available for Android smartphones. Each of these apps has a large user base with good ratings and reviews. I've also included a popular payment app specially created for European Union users. If for some reasons, you were reluctant to use such apps in the past, this is the time to once try one of these digital payment apps. Most of these apps are available for iOS users too. Whether you're using a custom Android build or using a standard version, these apps work seamlessly on all of them. I'll recommend trying out the shortlisted ones with small transactions before zeroing in for your preferred app. Let's check out some of the best apps built for Android platform to get our very own digital wallet.
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How to Reclaim and Free Up Disk Space on a Windows PC

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External hard drive modelThough hard drives are getting better and better with increased storage capacity, our use of the drive's storage space is getting higher too at the same time. If you're an avid PC user and are struggling to get enough free disk space for your applications and daily workflow, think before adding a new hard drive to the system. A better solution is to use few simple tricks to reclaim existing disk space. Fortunately, there are at least half a dozen different methods to free up disk space, quickly. Unless you're a big-time movie fan or an avid gamer, a mid-sized modern hard drive is good enough for most users. In case, you're using a low capacity older hard drive with a modern Windows operating system, sooner or later, you're going to face storage space issues. That's where this guide can assist you in retrieving the lost disk space in a few simple steps. Before using some of the methodologies discussed below, I'll strongly recommend taking a backup of your important files and directories. Let's get started and free up hard drive space.
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