Showing posts from May, 2015

Beginners Guide: How to Install a WordPress Theme

Are you looking to install a WordPress theme? As a beginner, you probably have heard about tons of available free and paid WordPress themes. As you’re starting out, you may want to try out a few themes on your site until you find the right one that meet your needs. In this beginner’s guide, we will provide you with detailed step by step instructions on how to install a WordPress theme for beginners. We will cover three different ways to install a WordPress theme.
Before You Install a WordPress Theme Installing a WordPress theme is easy. But keep in mind that if you activate a new theme, then it will change how your website looks and function. If you’re switching from an existing theme, then you may want to look at our checklist of things you need to do before changing WordPress themes.
Install a Theme using WordPress Admin Theme Search If you’re looking to install a free WordPress theme from the themes directory, then the easiest way is by using the WordPres…

Build a Perfect WordPress Site with Layers

One of the best things about open source software is that you’re free to modify it to your heart’s content. That’s why WordPress is such a great blogging platform – you can choose from hundreds of themes and also extend it with plugins and improve its performance with helpful tricks.
If you’ve always wanted to create your own WordPress theme, but didn’t have the coding skills nor the time to invest in learning, Layers is definitely for you. It’s a theme framework that integrates tightly with the default WordPress options, enabling a seamless customization experience. You can use it to design WordPress themes without any coding knowledge through a drag-and-drop interface and user-friendly dialogs.
Installation & Integration with WordPress Layers is free and open source, so you can just download the .zip and install it via the theme installation dialog into your existing WordPress setup. To use Layers, you have to select it as the active WordPress theme.

Once it’s acti…

How to Send Email Notifications in Google Forms

Want to create a signup for your blog? Or do you need to organize an event for your office and need everyone’s information? With Google Forms you can create an online form in minutes and send it via email or even embed it on your blog post. While creating a form is super easy, sending email notifications to yourself and to the person signing up is a little trickier.
In this post, we’ll breakdown the steps so you can automate the process.
Step 1: Create Form First, create your Google Form. For this post, we’ll use a very simple form.

Step 2: Set  notification Go to the spreadsheet where all the responses are stored. Simply click on “View Responses.” Once you’re in the spreadsheet, click on “Tools” and choose “notification rules” on the drop-down. Remember this notification is going to be sent to your email and not to the user who’s signing up. This step is convenient, as it keeps you from manually checking the activities on your form.

Now you can choose when to send the no…

How to Show Passwords in Firefox

On the Internet, almost all member-based websites require a username and password to log in. While login systems are necessary to ensure security, some might find that creating and remembering a lot of login passwords can be a challenge. Password fields, or the text field where a password is entered, display dots or asterisks rather than the characters you type, so your password is safe from being seen by others.
While this method offers more security and privacy, there might be instances when you want to see what you’re typing to be sure you’re typing the correct password. There is no way to do this in a typical password field other than actually looking at the keys as you type them.
If you’re secure with your work area and you’re sure no one else can see your password on the screen, then you can try installing a Firefox add-on called Show Password Field. This add-on allows you to temporarily see your password as you type it in the password field on the screen.
First, y…

Build/create Your Own External Hard Drive

Have an old internal hard drive gathering dust? Turn it into a speedy external drive in five simple steps.

By Pelumi Paul Jacob (greatprof)

An internal hard drive is a terrible thing to waste. If you've got one sitting on a shelf (or about to land there after a system upgrade), it's easy to give that old drive new life. In just a few steps, you can slip the castoff into an inexpensive enclosure—and create a fully functional external drive that boosts your storage space and lets you take large amounts of data with you.

Step 1:Choose the right enclosure Many newer drives employ SATA, which uses a much smaller connector (above). Older IDE drives connect via two rows of pins (below). Consider two key factors when choosing an enclosure: size and interface. Size is easy: If the drive came from a desktop PC, it's probably a 3.5-inch model—though, if it dates from the late '90s, there's a small chance it could be 5.25-inch. Most notebooks, meanwhile, use 2.5-…

Two Ways to Convert Videos for Free on Your Maac

Even if you don’t often work on video producing or editing, you will occasionally find yourself looking for ways to convert videos from one format to another. It usually happens when you wish to watch a video on your mobile device, and it just does not support as many video formats as your Mac does. While the VLC player lets you play almost all the video formats on your Mac, not all of your devices may be compatible with the video player and thus cannot play the video you are really wanting to watch.
There are dozen of solutions for you to convert videos on your Mac, and most of them involve using external third-party apps. Fortunately, Mac OS X comes preloaded with the functionality to convert videos without any hassle. Here’s how you can convert your videos without using third-party apps.
1. Using QuickTime to Convert Videos on a Mac The first way is to use the built-in QuickTime app to do the conversion. The QuickTime app for Mac allows playing and conversion of many video …

5 Programming Languages You Should Learn in 2015

There comes a point in some people’s lives when they think about trying to tackle the desire to develop their own software code. Programming is a very versatile and exciting form of self-expression that results in working applications. One of the first questions aspiring coders ask themselves is, “Where do I start?” With the vast quantity of application programming languages out there, it’s very difficult to answer this question. But in terms of the year 2015 with all the technology that hit the mainstream in the preceding years, there are a couple of languages that I think even the most veteran programmers should have a look at.

1: For The App Developer: Java And Swift
At this point, Java has become the end-all programming language for most mobile applications on the marketplace. Android’s apps are almost exclusively programmed with it. I am not a very big fan of it because it offers less control over low-level (direct-to-hardware) communication, but without learning t…