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Some of you may know that I originally started out my adult life as an elementary school teacher. Although life has taken me on a different path and I am not currently employed as a teacher, I still have the heart of a teacher and love to help others learn — that is part of why blogging appeals to me.
So, for this first “Fave Font Friday”, I want to mention some of my favorite teacher fonts that you can use on your projects for home and school and even in other areas in between. (more…)
Welcome to my first Throwback Thursday post. Thursdays are the day to look back at old technologies and see how far technology has grown in such a short time.
Today I want to mention the old classroom-standard when I was in elementary school (if you like Math, I am sure you can deduce my age from this… ). Remember this?
I am a WordPress plugin fanatic! Well, I used to be at least…
When I first started working with WordPress and web design was new to me and I did not know all the tricks of the trade to make the code do what I wanted, I used plugins on my sites and LOTS AND LOTS of them. I still use quite a few, but over the years I have learned some ones that I really like and others that I… let’s just say I “strongly dislike” ( I don’t want to be a plugin hater here ;)) (more…)
Every so often, my husband and I take some time to make sure our kids’ computers are running correctly and if they aren’t we clean them up. The kids’ computers (moreso than our own) seem to get more viruses and unwanted software than ours do – probably from the sites they go to, the games, they play, and their general lack of knowledge about how malware ends up on computers.
Well, recently, I was doing our regular maintenance on the kids computers and installing a new anti-virus software. They were running AVG, which I do recommend and we have used for a number of years, but I just purchased another anti-virus program that required me to purchase a 3-pack… so the kids were getting upgraded.
During the install of the new software, AVG kept popping up saying that there were Trojans that were detected that have been there a while which I knew may have been the case because this particular computer was acting up for about a month or so. So, I asked my child (leaving said child nameless to prevent embarrassment) what he or she did when a message from AVG popped up telling them about a virus. Here is the reply I got: “Oh, those are just annoying messages that always pop up so I close them and keep playing my game.”
WOW! REALLY???? Apparently, it was some time for computer maintenance 101 at my house. LOL.
However, this got me thinking… there are times I am super busy with client projects and when the anti-virus message pops up, I am tempted to just close it. But, I have learned the hard way a number of years ago that that is a REALLY bad idea. (I even had a virus once that ate my anti-virus program before it wiped out my computer! ACK!).
So, moral of the story…
If your anti-virus pops up a message asking you to do something about a suspicious file on your computer, DO NOT ignore it – even if you are super busy. As the saying goes… “An ounce of prevention…” well you probably know the rest.
If you don’t currently have an anti-virus running on your computer, I do suggest finding and installing one – you can even start with the free version of AVG or try out another program’s free trial until you decide — But whatever you do, don’t forget this very important aspect to your computer’s online survival.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the comments area below – and I will try to help you (or at least send you in the right direction to find the answer you need).
Happy Tech Tip Tuesday!
Image credit: arinas74 at sxc.hu
Welcome to my first “Media Monday”! On Mondays, I will be sharing some type of media or media tool I think might be interesting to you and one that is definitely interesting to me. I hope you enjoy this first Monday’s review of a free image resource that is my first go-to place when I am looking for free images for blogging or designs…
The Stock Xchng – found at sxc.hu.
As with any free image resource, the images are free but with “rules” but for the most part, when you use an image that is not yours and that you did not pay for, then you should give credit where credit is due. And that is what the rules at sxc.hu seem to be about. It is a site where photographers and illustrators share their work with each other in an exchange of stock images – which is most likely where the name came from.
So, the next time you are looking for free images or maybe just need a little inspiration in a design you are working on, give them a peek over at sxc.hu.
Happy Media Monday!
Sometimes experiments yield the results we want and sometimes they don’t. However, you’ll never know if you don’t give it a try…
I started testing a new plugin I found by accident… WP Backup to Dropbox. http://wpb2d.com/
So far, I really like it! I am a fan of Dropbox to begin with, but I am also a fanatic of backing up and updating my websites regularly. So, this plugin seemed like a great potential tool to add to my arsenal for my sites, as well as other sites I care for.
At times, it is necessary to create a test page (that cannot be viewed by the public), while keeping the current page live and available to website visitors. In this instance, the test page is a valuable tool. This tutorial will walk you through creating this test page, including how to use the HTML code when you are ready to publish on the live page.
Login and Find
Login to your WordPress site and Click on "Add New" on the Pages Tab (this can be found on the left-hand column of your dashboard).
Set up the Test Page
- Enter a title for the test page (I always put my Test Pages in ALL CAPS, so I can find them more easily later on).
- Click "Edit" beside the "Visibility" option. Choose "Private" (you can leave it public, but if your theme automatically adds new pages to the Navigation bar, it can be seen by website visitors).
- In order to see your changes right away for testing, leave the "Publish" option set to "immediately".
- Click "Publish".
Place Your Content
- This is the step where you place your content on your page. You can add images, audio, video, words, or whatever you desire.
- After you have your content in place, click the "Update" button.
Review your changes
Click the "View Page" link or button to see what your test page looks like. (You can also right click either one and choose for the page to load in a new tab or window).
Copy the HTML Code
Once you have all your page changes how you want them to appear, you are ready to copy the HTML code and paste it into the live page.
- Click the HTML Tab on your WordPress Editor.
- Select all the text that is in the window and copy it.
- Paste the code into a text document (Like: Notepad) to save for later OR Go to the live page on your site, click the HTML tab and paste the code where you want it. [***Don't forget to click the PUBLISH button when you are ready for your changes to go live.***]