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November 09 2013

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January 22 2012

Sync Files on Multiple Computers Using DropBox

Always Have Your Important Files

Overview: Learn how to keep your files in sync across multiple computers with this Dropbox Tutorial.

sync files with dropboxDo you work on multiple computers during the day? Perhaps one at work and one at home? Maybe one is a Mac and another is a PC? Well there are a lot of files that you may create or update on one machine that you suddenly need on the other. Sure, you could use a USB drive, but that is very manual and error prone.
If you need to have a common collection of files that are synchronized and instantly available everywhere, you should use Dropbox – Secure online file sync
. DropBox is a service that allows you to sync files between multiple computers via their servers.

I have a few computers in my house: A windows desktop in my Office, Windows laptop downstairs, a Linux Laptop in our Bedroom (My Wife’s) and a new MacBook Pro where I do most of my writing now. I have some files on my old Windows desktop and laptop that I need on my MacBook and newly created files that I want back on my PCs. The other problem is that I need to work with certain Windows or Mac only apps at different times. This allows me to move all of the files that I need back and forth to the machine where I need to work in “real-time”.

If I do a Screencast on my PC, I just put it into my DropBox and upload it from my Mac when I’m ready. If I make something in iMovie on my Mac, I just drop it in and open it on my PC later.

What exactly is Dropbox?

This is how DropBox describes their service:

Dropbox is the easiest way to share and store your files online.
Works like you do
No complicated interface to learn. Dropbox runs in the background on your desktop.
Worry-free syncing
Sync your files automatically to your computers and the web.
It’s everywhere you are
Sign in and access your files from any browser or mobile device.
Easy sharing
Sharing files with your friends and family is just two clicks away.
Photos
View your photos in a gallery and share them easily with anyone.

How to Use DropBox


  1. The entire process is incredibly quick and simple.
  2. Create an Account on www.DropBox.com
  3. Download and Install the DropBox software on your computer.
  4. Select a location for your DropBox folder. (I use the Desktop)
  5. Move the desired files/folders into your DropBox.
  6. Wait for blue arrow icons to stop spinning and turn into a green check icon.
  7. Move any desired files/folders from your other computer(s) into your DropBox.
  8. Repeat steps 3 through 5 on all of your computers.

There is a free account which limits your DropBox capacity to 2 gigs. You can add more capacity incrementally with a paid account.

Sharing Files via DropBox:

You can share your DropBox with other DropBox users via your “shared” folder.

  1. Log in to your DropBox account on their site
  2. Click on the Share tab at the top of the page
  3. Give the share a name
  4. Enter the email addres(es) of the people you are sharing with
  5. Go back to your File Manager and drag files into the “share” folder
  6. The recipients will receive an email allowing them to access the the shared files
  7. You can delete the “share” when you want to stop sharing

This is very convenient if you’re working with a client or coordinating on a project with a colleague, client, or friend.

See How to Use DropBox in this Video

Conlclusion:

I use DropBox every day on both of my computers at home. This is about the simplest way to synchronize files between your computers, no matter which Operating System(s) you use.

Note: May not work behind some firewalls.

The past few articles have covered using some web/computer based productivity tools. Stay tuned for the next article where I show you how to extend these systems by using your phone and Dial2Do to get things done.

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December 27 2011

How to Create a Bulk Software Installer

The Super Fast Way to Set Up a New PC

OVERVIEW: You will learn how to install dozens of awesome, free applications on your computer in 5 simple steps. No money, 200 Point IQ, or Back-Breaking Labor required!

bulk software installer

Once you get past the excitement of getting a new computer, then the aggravation sets in. You have to download and install all of the software that you need. This can take hours and hours even if you’re organized.

You can spare yourself so much of the pain involved with this process by using a bulk software installation tool. I recently found a tool that creates an installer that automates the process of installing multiple applications.

Ninite.com gives you a selection of close to 100 free or open source applications that can be added to a 1-click installer. Some of these are my absolute favorite apps of all time. (Firefox, Skype, Digsby, Notepad++, DropBox, Evernote, and many more.)

Follow the steps below to create and run a Bulk Software Installer.

UPDATE: Wanna see how to do something very similar for Mac OS computers? Click here to see The Quickest Way to Set Up Your New Mac. (Jan. 5, 2011)

Creating the Installer

Open your browser and go to http://ninite.com.


You will be able to select from a large collection of free/open source applications that are grouped into several categories.

Select the checkbox next to all of the applications that you want to include in your installer.

selecting-applicaitons.jpg

After you select all of the applications that you want to include in your installer, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the button.

You will see the Download page. This page will display all the icons for all of the applications that you selected for inclusion in the installer. The click here to change apps link will return you to the previous page, where you can add or remove applications.

Your download should begin automatically. Use the click here to retry the download link if your download does not begin right away.

You can use the permanent link to get a link to the installer download page. This is convenient if you want to share this collection of apps with other users or computers.

Installing Your Collection of Applications

You can either save the installer file to your computer and launch it, or let it run automatically from your browser.

Saving the Installer to Your Computer

The installer’s file name will include the applications that you selected.

Double click the installer file when it has finished downloading.

Automatically Running the Installer When it Finishes Downloading

If you elected to automatically run the installer when the download finishes, you will see the following window.

Click the button to launch the installer.

This is actually the last action that you are absolutely required to take. Everything else runs on its own.

Monitoring the Installation Process

The installer file does not actually contain each applications installation files. It downloads them when it is run.

Click the Show details link to monitor the progress of your installation process.

You will see the list of applications that you included in the installer. You will be able to follow along and see which applications have been downloaded and installed.

When all of your applications have been installed, you will see the following confirmation.

Click the button to exit the installer.

That’s it, all of your applications are installed and working as if they were each installed manually.

Printable Instrucitons

Click to Download a Printable Version of these Instructions.

See How it’s Done

The following video tutorial shows how to Install Multiple Applications using a Bulk Software Installer.

What Applications Do I Bundle?

I put a huge list of applications by category at the bottom of this article. (I didn’t want to break up the flow with a huge list.) You can also check out one of my lists of my favorite free applications:

22 Most Useful Free Applications for your PC (2009)

26 Best Free Mac Applications (2009)

32 Free Applications that I Could Not Live Without (2008)

What Applications Would You Put in your Installer Bundle?

I would love to hear what you think. Let me know what applications would you include in a Bulk Software Installer in the comments below. (List OS, then Apps.)


List of Suggested Applications to Include

Here is a list of some of the availabe applications that I highly reccomend:

Web Browsers

Google Chrome

Opera

Firefox

Messaging

Skype

Pidgin IM

Digsby

Mozilla Thunderbird

Media

iTunes

Songbird

Hulu Desktop

VLC

Winamp Lite

Audacity

Spotify

Imaging

Paint.NET

Google Picasa

GIMP

IrfanView

Inkscape

Documents

OpenOffice

Foxit Reader

CutePDF Writer

Security

Microsoft Security Essentials

Avast

AVG Free Anti-Virus

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware

Spybot – Search & Destroy

Runtimes

Flash

Flash Player 10 for other browsers

Flash Player 10 for Internet Explorer

Java JRE

Microsoft .NET

Microsoft Silverlight

File Sharing

uTorrent

eMule

Utilities

ImgBurn

CCleaner

Launchy

Revo Uninstaller

Defraggler

RealVNC

TeraCopy?

CDBurnerXP

7-Zip

Dropbox

Evernote

Google Earth

Steam?

Developer Tools

FileZilla

Notepad++

UPDATE April 29th, 2010

Just found out about another very similar service AllMyApps.com. They have a nice collection of apps for Windows and Linux.

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August 23 2011

Google Voice Converts Your Thoughts to Text

Leave Yourself Voicemails that Are Instantly Transcribed to Text

convert speech to text with google voice

OVERVIEW: This video tutorial shows how to use Google Voice to convert your speech to text that can be used in other applications. Use the feature that converts voicemail audio to text.

The Best Voicemail System Ever


Once you see the iPhone’s Visual Voicemail, you realize how cool it is. Well, Google Voice has actually one-upped them by adding the new voice transcription feature to what is already an incredible voicemail system. The audio for all of your messages is saved in an inbox that works just like an email inbox. This alone is pretty cool, but then they convert the message to text and put it in your inbox too. When you click the play button to hear the voicemail, the transcribed text is highlighted in sync with the audio. The words that are in black text are usually perfect, while the ones in gray are 50/50. They also send the text to your email, so that you can read the message without having to play it. This cuts hours and hours of blah, blah, blah time out of your life.

I have been using this feature when I come up with “good” ideas while I’m on the go. I just call my Google Voice number from my mobile phone and leave my idea as a message. Then, when I get home, I just copy and paste the transcribed text into Word, an Email, or whatever other application are applicable.

How to Use Google Voice’s Text Transcriptions with Other Apps

Just log in to your Google Voice account and go to the Inbox.

Once you call your Google Voice number and leave a voicemail, it will be saved in your inbox as an audio file. Google’s severs will also convert the audio in the voicemail to text.

Google Voice Inbox

The length of the voicemail will be displayed next to the Play button. The words that are in gray text (not black) are ones whose accuracy is “questionable”. You should double-check them for accuracy.

When you click the play button, the text gets highlighted in green along with the audio. (This is actually pretty cool.)

Google Voice Transcribe Audio to Text

Now that your voicemail has been converted to text, you can copy and paste it into any application that you want.

Copy transcribed text from google voice inbox

See How it’s Done

The following video tutorial shows how to use the Google Voice audio transcription feature to use your messages as text.

Good, But Not Perfect

While this is a cool feature, it is FAR from perfect. I’m sure that there will be tweaks and upgrades down the road, but I’m really impressed with its humble beginnings. I would love to see some vocal training or learning features added, sort of like Dragon Naturally Speaking has had for years.

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July 18 2011

Save Tons of Time Using Automator for Mac – Video Tutorial

How to Make Automator Workflow Applications

OVERVIEW: Learn how to create sophisticated workflows using the Macintosh Automator tool in this step-by-step video tutorial.

Apple automator tutorial

The Right Tool for the Job

The Automator tool, which is built into the Mac operating system is one of those underused, under-appreciated gems that can save you time and hassle. You can click and drag a series of handy actions into a workflow that allows you to create your own mini-programs to handle tons of tedious tasks.

Every time I sync my digital camera to my computer, it creates a new folder and loads it full of my recent, unsynced pictures. This is a handy way to get the images off my camera, but scatters leaves a huge mess of subfolders full of a few images all over the place.


Finder folders

I decided to use Automator to create a little script to help me get this mess under control. The script needs to get all of the files out of the “daily” subfolders and move them up to the parent folder.

I opened up Automator and selected a New Workflow.

Automator new menu

When you start creating your workflow, you will see the following screen:

Automator menu options

There are a series of actions on the left side of the screen that you can add to your workflow on the right. If you click on Library you will see all of the actions arranged alphabetically. You can also see them grouped by logical categories below.

I needed to perform the following steps:

  1. Accept a parent folder that I dragged onto the workflow
  2. Save the location of the parent folder for later use
  3. Get all of the files out of the subfolders
  4. Move them to the parent folder

I used the following items to build this workflow:

  • Get Specified Finder Items (step 1)
  • Set Value of Variable (step 2)
  • Get Folder Contents (step 3)
  • Get Value of Variable (created in step 2)
  • Filter Finder Items (Get only files, but not folders from step 3)
  • Move Finder Items  (created in step 4)

This is what the workflow looked like when I finished.

Automator move files

This works great. It found all of the files and moved them up to the parent folder in about 2 seconds.

A Little Bit of Cleanup

So far – so good, right? Well there are a few other issues that I want to address. I would like to rename the files to something that makes sense to me. I just like to name them after the month, with a sequence of numbers after. I also want to automatically get rid of those old empty files to keep things nice and clean.

This just involves throwing a few extra steps into the workflow.

After the Move Finder Items task executes, I need to:

  1. Rename the moved files
  2. Re-identify the folder where the files are
  3. Get the contents of the folder
  4. Filter so that only the Folders are selected
  5. Delete the Folders

I used the following items to build this workflow:

  • Rename Finder Items (step 1)
  • Get Value of Variable (step 2)
  • Get Folder Contents (step 3)
  • Filter Finder Items (step 4)
  • Move Folders to Trash (step 5)

This is what the workflow looked like when I finished.

Automator rename and delete

Now I can just drop a parent folder (month) onto the workflow and run it. This will clean up the folder in a few seconds.

The last step is to save the workflow to someplace on your computer. I saved this one into my “Pictures” folder, because I’ll always remember that it’s there.

Automator Workflow Video Tutorial

If you would like to see the entire process in action, watch the video tutorial below.

What’s Your Best Automator Tip?

If you have any really useful tips on using Automator, PLEASE let me know in the Comments below.

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June 17 2011

How To Set Up a WordPress Blog

Step-by-Step Instructions with Video Tutorials

Set Up a WordPress Blog Tutorial

Creating your own Blog

So you want to share your thoughts with the rest of the world? Well, starting your own blog will give you the power and flexibility to publish text, photos, video, and much more to the Internet.

Now, you’re probably thinking that all of this power and flexibility comes with a high price tag and steep learning curve. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.

I’m going to show you how to go from someone with interesting ideas to share, to a full-fledged blogger in no time flat. You will learn how to perform every single task involved in creating, configuring, writing, and maintaining very own fully customized blog.

Best of all, it will cost you *nearly nothing. ($5.00 or less per month)

Every bit of the process is covered through step-by-step explanations, annotated screen shots, and video demonstrations.

Why you should own your Blog

Many people have free blogs on sites like Blogger, Tumblr, or WordPress.com. These free services have simple, effective functionality, but they don’t have the flexibility and power that you may need. You can’t have your own domain name on these services, or customize to your heart’s content. Even more important; you don’t own your data.

If you want to have a blog that you own, has your own domain name, and allows you to make unlimited customizations, you need to host your own blog. This tutorial will show you how to install, configure, customize, and publish your own blog using free software and inexpensive web hosting.


Getting Started

Before you get started with software, servers, and writing, you need to get organized. You need to know what you are going to be doing. Let’s look at a few things that you need to consider before writing your first brilliant article.

Start by asking a few very basic, but critically important questions:

  1. What is your blog about? This is the very first thing that you should consider.
  2. What ideas and concepts are you going to write about? Laser focus or potpourri?
  3. What categories will you use to group your articles? (Music, Art, Politics, Sports, etc.)
  4. What interesting features do you want to have on your blog? (Photos, video, reader polls, etc.)

Once you’ve hammered that out, you should start to generate a few ideas for names.

What You Will Need:

You will need a combination of services and software to perform all of the subsequent steps in this tutorial.

Getting your Domain Name and Hosting

After you determine your concept and topics, start to brainstorm good domain names. Yes, the first few good ones that you come up with will already be taken. You should make every effort to get a domain name that is ends in .COM (.NET is worse, but acceptable) Try to make the name short, with keywords that relate to your topic. By all means, DO NOT get a domain name with a HYPHEN in it!

If you want to think long term, you may want to spend a few extra dollars to grab the .NET and .TV versions of your name too. This will allow you to extend your offerings down the road.

You can buy your domain name from lots of places. It will be less than $10 for the year. Many web-hosting companies give you one free domain name as part of your hosting package. (I would recommend this route.)

Web Services

Web Hosting: You will need to pay a web host to store your site’s pages and files on a server. There are thousands of web hosting companies available from $5/month on up.

Select one that has the following options:

  • PHP Server: (this is the server software that processes the commands that make your blog work.)
  • MySQL Database Server: This is the free, open source database that runs just about every blog on the internet
  • FTP Server:  This is the service that will allow you to move files from your local computer to the web server.
  • Scalability:  If your website takes off, you may need to move to a bigger server. Make sure that your host has several packages so that you can gradually move up the ladder as needed.

Desktop Software

Once you buy your domain and web hosting, you will need to set up your FTP software. Just about every web-hosting provider has a Help or FAQs section that will show you how to set up your FTP client. Follow their instructions so that you will be ready to start working.

  • FTP Software: Your web host will have an FTP service that will allow you load your files to their server. You need an FTP Client (software on your computer) to connect to the server and move the files. There are several FTP clients available. Some are free and others are not. Every one has a camp of supporters and detractors, so I’ll just recommend the one I use. I like Filezilla, because it is free, Open Source and works on Windows, Mac, and Linux. (Get Filezilla here.) If you don’t like it, just search Google for another one that meets your specific needs.
  • Zip Software: Most of the files that you need to set up a WordPress blog are contained in a Zip archive. You need an application to open and extract files in Zip archives. Mac and Linux have them built in. If you are on Windows, download 7-Zip. It’s free and works very well.
  • Text Editor: The beauty of working Content Management System is that inexperienced users don’t “have to” get their hands dirty in any code. However, advanced users still have that option. You should still always have a good text editor at your disposal, ‘cause ya never know. All three Operating Systems (Windows, Mac, and Linux) come with built-in text editors, but there are better ones available for free.
  • Windows – NotePad++
  • Mac – Smultron or Text Wrangler
  • Linux – Emacs, Vim, or Gedit
  • *I’m sure that there are even better choices available, but these should handle your needs just fine.

Blog Software

Blogs are run on Content Management System (CMS) that store, organize, and display your information. The CMS software will reside and run on your server.

  • WordPress: The Content Management System (CMS) software that will run your blog. WordPress is free, open-source software that you will download and set up on your web server.

Click here to see even more information on the next page; including multiple video tutorials.


June 01 2011

Controlling the Look of a WordPress Blog Using Themes

Making your Blog Beautiful was Never So Easy

When you start writing articles on your WordPress blog, you’ll probably want to change its appearance. The look and feel of a WordPress blog is controlled by Themes. A WordPress theme is a collection of files that include PHP Pages, images, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and other files. These files create the pages that display the contents of your blog and apply styling and other functionality to the content.

Working With Themes in the WordPress Dashboard

You can easily control, add, and delete themes from the Themes Manager menu.

Click the Appearance heading on the left side of the Dashboard.

install themes menu wordpress

You will see the themes the “Default” and “Classic” that were installed with your WordPress software. You can activate a theme by clicking the Activate link under the theme’s thumbnail. If you want to see what the theme will look like first, just click on the theme’s thumbnail.

manage themes menu wordpress

A preview of your Home page will display reflecting the appearance of that theme. There will be an Activate link in the upper left corner and an “X” in the upper left corner of the theme preview.

wordpress theme demo

Click the “X” button to reject the theme or click the Activate link to apply this theme to your blog.

Once you activate a new theme, just go to your blog’s Home page and Refresh your browser. You will see the new theme applied to your blog.

Getting More Themes for Your Blog

When you install WordPress, there are two themes “Default” and “Classic”. They’re both boring and lame. You’re going to want to get yourself some new themes. WordPress.org has thousands of free themes that you can easily install on your blog.

Click the Add New Themes link under the Appearance heading on the left side of the dashboard. This will open the Install Themes menu.

install themes menu wordpress


can find new themes using numerous techniques. The default Search allows you to search by Color, Layout Options, and Other Features that a theme has. You can also view themes that are Featured by WordPress, along with New or Newly Updated themes. I like the Featured option because they are usually really nice themes.

Once you locate interesting theme, you can Install or Preview it effortlessly.

wordpress install themes choices

Previewing a WordPress Theme

Click the Preview link under the theme’s thumbnail.

preview theme selection wordpress

close preview theme wordpress

Click the Install Now button to install the theme or click the “X” button in the upper left corner to exit the preview without installing it to your blog.

install wordpress theme now button

Installing a New Theme

Click the Install link.

A pop-up window will open that allows you to complete the installation.

install wordpress theme now button

Click the Install Now button.

The theme will be installed on your WordPress server.

wordpress theme options

You will have a choice of Actions that you can perform now that the theme is installed.

Click Activate to apply the theme to your blog.

Go to your blog’s Home page and refresh the browser to see the new theme in action.

wordpress active theme

Manually Adding Themes to WordPress

WordPress themes are each contained in their own folder. These folders are located in the “wp-content/themes” folder of your WordPress installation.

wordpress themes tutorial

You can manually upload themes to this folder from your desktop using your FTP software. These themes will then be available the next time you go to the Theme Manager.

Finding High Quality Themes on the Internet

In addition to the thousands of free themes that are available on the WordPress.org you can find tons of great free and paid themes on the Internet. Just go to Google and search for something like “free premium WordPress themes”. You can also find numerous professional themes that will cost money by searching for “premium WordPress themes” or “professional WordPress themes”. They typically cost $20 to $100. (Sometimes more if you hire someone to design and build you a custom theme.)

See it in Action

The following video shows all of the steps in the process of Using Themes to Control the Look and Feel of your WordPress Blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the Rest of This Series

This is the 6th article in a 7 part series of tutorials on Creating a WordPress Blog. View the rest of the series:

  1. How To Set Up a WordPress Blog
  2. Configure the Settings on a WordPress Blog
  3. Writing a Blog Aritcle Using the WordPress Web Interface
  4. Controlling the Look of a WordPress Blog Using Themes
  5. Adding Extra Features to a WordPress Blog with Widgets
  6. Extending WordPress Functionality with Plugins
  7. Publishing WordPress Articles Using Third Party Applications

 


May 30 2011

Supercharge your WordPress Blog with Plugins

Quickly and Easily add Unlimited Functionality

wordpress plugins tutorial

Plugins are tools to extend the functionality of WordPress. This article contains a list of plugins by category, and links to other plugin repositories. The core of WordPress is designed to be lean, to maximize flexibility and minimize code bloat. Plugins offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs.

Plugins can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine.

Managing WordPress Plugins

You can manage your blog’s plugins from the Plugin menu via the Dashboard.

From the Dashboard, click the Plugins heading on the left side of the page.

The Plugins Management panel will open.

wordpress plugins tutorial

You will see all of the plugins that are installed on your blog. There are only two that are installed by default:

Askimet: Eliminates spam from your blog’s comments. Probably the most useful plugin you can have.

Hello Dolly: Displays lyrics from the stupid song “Hello Dolly” on the top of your Admin pages. It is useless and must be deleted at once.

You can perform the following actions from the Plugin menu:

  • Activate Plugins: Turn on plugins that are already installed.
  • Deactivated Plugins: Turn off plugins that are installed and activated.
  • Delete Plugins: Remove all the plugins files from your server.
  • Add New Plugins: Load the files that power a plugin onto your server.

wordpress plugins tutorial

Let’s see how to perform each of these tasks.

Activating Plugins

When you open the Plugins Panel, you will see all of the plugins that are installed on your blog. There is an Activate link next to any plugins that are not already activated.

Click the Activate link to turn on a plugin.

Deactivating Plugins

When you activate a plugin, you may decide that you want to turn it off. This is simple. Any plugins that are activated will have a Deactivate link next to them on the Plugins Panel.

wordpress plugins tutorial

Click the Deactivate link to turn off a plugin.

Adding Plugins to Your Site

The two plugins that are installed on your site by default won’t get you very far. There are literally thousands of plugins available that will add just about any functionality imaginable to your blog. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can add new plugins to your site.

Adding Plugins from the WordPress Plugin Directory

WordPress.org has a massive directory of plugins that you can search, install, and research.

http://WordPress.org/extend/plugins/

The best thing is, you can search and install them right from your WordPress Admin Panel.

Click Plugins> Add New

This will open the Install Plugins page.

wordpress plugins tutorial

You can search or browse WordPress’ massive directory using the following methods:

Search for a plugin by name, description, or keyword.

Browse by Featured, Popular, Newest, Recently Updated, or Tagged criteria.


Once you find a plugin that you want to install, just click the Install link to the right of the plugin’s description.

wordpress plugins tutorial

A popup window will open displaying information and instructions about the plugin.

wordpress plugins tutorial

Click the OK button to complete the plugin’s installation.

Now you can Activate and Configure the plugin on your site.

wordpress plugins tutorial

Click the Activate Plugin link.

 

The plugin will be activated.

wordpress plugins tutorial

Adding Plugins from Other Web Sites

You can also find plugins on numerous developers’ sites. You can download these plugins to your computer as zip files.

Once you download a plugin, click the Browse button on the Install Plugins page.

wordpress plugins tutorial

Navigate to the zip file on your computer and click the Install Now button.

The plugin will by uploaded, unzipped, and installed on your site. Now you can Activate and Configure the plugin on your site.

Adding Multiple Plugins using FTP Software

You can also upload multiple plugins to your site from your computer in one step. Let’s say you have a bunch of plugins that you test on a local server. Once you determine the ones that you want to use on your web server, you can upload them all using your FTP site.

Plugin files are located in the following location on your Web server: Site Root> wp-content> plugins

Open your FTP client

Navigate to the Plugins directory on your web server

Select the desired plugins on your computer

Drag the plugins to your web server

If you are setting up more than one WordPress site or relocating an existing one, this can save you a lot of time.

Removing Unwanted Plugins

If you install a plugin, but no longer have any use for it, you can remove it in a few simple clicks.

Go to the Plugins Panel

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Deactivate the unwanted plugin

There will be a Delete link next to the Activate link.

Click the Delete link.

A window will ask you to confirm your intention to delete the plugin.

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Click the Yes Delete the Files button.

The plugin and all of its files will be deleted from your server.

See it in Action

The following video shows all of the steps in the process of Using Plugins to Extend the Functionality of your WordPress Blog.

See the Rest of This Series

 

This is the 5th article in a 7 part series of tutorials on Creating a WordPress Blog. View the rest of the series:

  1. How To Set Up a WordPress Blog
  2. Configure the Settings on a WordPress Blog
  3. Writing a Blog Aritcle Using the WordPress Web Interface
  4. Controlling the Look of a WordPress Blog Using Themes
  5. Adding Extra Features to a WordPress Blog with Widgets
  6. Extending WordPress Functionality with Plugins
  7. Publishing WordPress Articles Using Third Party Applications


February 12 2011

WordPress Ebook Video Tutorials

Video Support for My WordPress EBook

This collection of videos shows how to perform all of the tasks outlined in my WordPress: From Beginner to Expert ebook. You will learn everything you need to know to create a customized, professional blog using WordPress. Create your very own professional, customized blog from scratch.

How to Download the WordPress Software

This video shows all of the steps in the process of Downloading the WordPress Software.

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December 13 2010

Share Every Open Browser Tab in 5 Seconds – Tab Bundles Tutorial

Chrome + Tab Bundles + Bit.Ly = Browser Tab Sharing Perfection

Overview: You will learn how to create one link to every open browser tab in 5 seconds using Tab Bundles and Bit.Ly URL Shortener.

Tab Bundles Tutorial

Save Time Sharing Links

When I am researching something on the Internet I usually have several browser tabs open. I recently found a handy tool that lets me save the URLs of every open tab in a single click. The Tab Bundles browser extension for the Google Chrome Browser gets the URLs of every open tab, and puts them on a single page. The Bit.ly URL Shortening Service then creates a short link to this page. Now, you can Email, FaceBook, Tweet, or Bookmark this collection of pages. The whole process takes about 2 – 3 seconds. Really, it’s that fast.

Creating a Tab Bundle

Let’s say you were researching which fancy new camera that a friend should buy. You narrow it down to 5 or 6 choices that they should consider. Let’s create a single link that will give them a brief overview of all of the pages that you have open.

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Install the Tab Bundles Extension for Google Chrome

Start out by using Google Chrome to do your research. Then, go install the Tab Bundles extension in your browser.

You will see a small (tab bundle icon) icon on the Chrome menu. Click the Tab Bundles button.

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A new tab will open to Bit.Ly, which is a URL shortening service.

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You will see the URL of every tab that you had open in a text box.

Click the Shorten button to create shortened links for each of the URLs.

Bit.ly will create a shortened link for all of the original URLs. You can copy any of the short links now, but what’s the fun in that? Let’s get create a Bundles that will hold all of these links.

Click the Bundles button.

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A new page will be created that you can give a unique title to before you share it. This page contains the Page Title, Page Description, Thumbnail Image, and of course a Link to all of the pages that you had open.

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Now, you can share a link to this page by copying the shortened URL on the right hand side of the link bundle.

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You can even go back there and view statistics on how many clicks each of the links received.

Track bundle link clicks

Once you learn how to do this, the whole process can go from a mess of tabs to one short Email, Twitter, FaceBook, etc ready link in about 5 seconds.

Possible Uses for Tab Bundles

OK, this all looks pretty easy, but what are some cool ideas for using Link Bundles?

  • Sharing any type of research with friends, family, and colleagues
  • Christmas & Birthday lists
  • Sending a bunch of restaurant choices for your friends to peruse before a night on the town
  • Sharing a several cool news article on a current story
  • Posting a Resource Roundup to Twitter and FaceBook

I would love to hear what you would do with a Tab Bundle. Put your amazing idea in the Comments below.

Creating Tab Bundles – Video Tutorial

See how to create your own tab Bundles in the video below.

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