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Make Microsoft Word Your Default Blog Post Editor

I know it is a bit non-geeky to use default blog post editor every time. It would work fine until you don’t need any interaction-with-visitor module in it. Also, we may have to work for overtime to design the graphs, images, or any other advanced graphics that can be inserted into your blog post. Isn’t it?

 

Think for a second, how sophisticated it would be if you have an interface like MS Word for blogging?

 

Wait a second! Why can’t it be MS Word?

 

Isn’t it great if you could use your favorite word processor software Microsoft Word for blogging?

 

Yeah! Of course it is!

 

So, how can we make MS Word useful for blogging?

 

I’m here to reveal the magic for you. Tuck yourself in the seat and read the following process to configure your blog with MS Word.

 

Open MS Word software in your computer. Click on New Blog Post > Create.

 

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It then asks you to register a blog account.

 

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Click on Register Now. Choose the blog provider and click Next.

 

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Give the username and password. Mark the tick on the Remember Password checkbox if you don’t want to sign in every time you wanted to write a blog post using MS Word.

 

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Click on Picture Options and provide your server upload and source URLs.

 

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When you are done with Picture Options, click Ok to get back to username-password window.

 

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Click on Yes to continue the setup.

 

When it is done, it would look something like this,

 

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Navigate through the menu and other options and find your way around the new blog post editor.

 

Alternate Clue – Making it more easier:

You may type your post by choosing the New Blank Document at first and later can publish it to your blog by navigating to Share > Publish to blog > go with the setup process as shown above.

 

Isn’t that helped your blogging easier and faster? Share your thoughts about it in comments below!

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How to change the default ‘Save’ location of Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer(WLW) is my favorite offline blogging tool provided by Microsoft corporation. It can be installed along with the Windows Live Essentials manually on your computer if you don’t have it yet.

It gives you the feel of writing a blog post in the view format on the webpage. We can even half write the blog posts and save on our computer for later editing.

By default, WLW saves the blog posts in the form of drafts and recent posts separately in the C:\Users\<Your Username>\Documents\My Weblog Posts directory. There is no option to change the save location unfortunately. So, any drafts that you had saved in the same directory where the operating system is installed would be gone if anything goes wrong with your OS.

As we cannot stop the operating system go wrong in one time or another, it is always better to save the files in another partition(s). Though there is no path changing option for WLW, we can change its default saving path by tweaking windows registry.

Performing the tweak

Hoping that you are using Windows 7 or later version(s) of operating system,
  1. Press Win+R and type regedit to open windows registry.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows Live.
  3. Right-Click on Writer folder > New and Select String Value.windows-registry
  4. Rename it to PostsDirectory and then double-click on it to enter the value.
  5. Copy-paste or type in the directory where you wanted to save the blog posts by default. For e.g., D:\
Note: Your blog posts will be saved in a folder named My Weblog Posts which would be created by default as a sub directory after giving the directory path in the Value field of PostsDirectory string.

So, finally your blog posts will be saved in the following directory(ies),
D:\My Weblog Posts\ – main directory.
D:\My Weblog Posts\Drafts where your drafts are stored.
D:\My Weblog Posts\Recent Posts – Recently published posts or recently loaded-from-blog-blog posts will be saved.

Hope it solved the problem simply. Don’t forget to share if it worked for you or not!
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7 Essential Tips To Backup Your Website

This article is submitted by Parker Hansen. He works with TopTenReviews

 

What would happen to your business if your web host accidentally deletes your website or your main computer with all of your website data crashed? If the thought makes you shudder, installing the most current back-up data software on your system and having a well-developed back-up plan in place will allow you to get back online quickly. To eliminate having to rebuild your website from scratch and losing valuable business because of one mistake, review this list to educate yourself about what you should know about backing up your site.

 

Understanding why you should back-up your site will encourage you to act quickly.


1. Most website hosts most likely will not take contractual responsibility to regularly back-up your original website or the changes you make to original content. The few website hosts that do put protective measures in place to make duplicate files do so for their benefit and normally do not make the files available to clients.


2. Saving and storing the original site on a server or local computer is not enough because servers can crash and computers can develop viruses. Also, if you are the type of webmaster who makes regular changes to your content, those changes will not show up in the original version. Having a protected version of the original site data will allow you to safely add the updated content and keep your back-up site current.


There are multiple ways to back-up your website, including:


3. Install a traditional back-up software program on your computer that will automatically maintain your original files, restore valuable information if your computer ever crashes, and update old files with virus-free data. The best traditional back-up software programs can be found by reviewing the top programs. These programs do not require you to know any special programming languages, and they offer numerous restoration options.


4. Use a cloud solution to back up your system and server files. Cloud capabilities are always expanding and are an inexpensive way to store your files online. There are many cloud storage providers such as Amazon S3, justcloud.com, Mozy, SOS Online Backup, and more.


5. WordPress users who do not want to install software on their computers or who cannot upload back-up software to their servers can use plugins such as BackupBuddy, DropBox, UpDraftPlus, and Backup Scheduler.

 

WordPress offers over 80 search results for back-up plugins, so consider the number of downloads, how often the plugin is updated, and the amount of support provided before choosing one.


6. Automated back-up solutions services offer you a hassle free way of updating and protecting your website. Once you setup an automated back-up service, you do nothing because the service automatically copies, updates, and restores all of your files, saving you time and money. Some of the better services are Carbonite, BackBlaze, and CrashPlan.

Once you choose a method to back-up your site, determine which files to save on split backup locations.


7. One of the most effective strategies is to establish both on-site and off-site back-up solutions. This method ensures that you will be able to access your site’s data should there be a failure at one location. On-site locations include external and internal hard drives, USB drives, and Network Attached Storage; Off-site storage includes cloud storage or storage on a server in another location.


Choosing the best back-up plan for your website takes a little research, patience, and leg work. However, your efforts will be rewarded because you now have peace of mind that a solid plan is in place to protect your site’s files against corruption and viruses.

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Add Your Blog Feed to MSN News App in Windows 8/8.1

If you are a Windows 8/8.1 user, you might have came across the news app in the metro tiles once at least. Some like me have a hobby of reading news from news app daily. It is more sophisticated than opening news sites individually on the browser.

 

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The MSN news app in Windows 8/8.1 allows users to add their own news feed of their interest from different categorized sources.

 

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You can also add your or any of your friend’s blog feed to the news. To add a feed of your or your friend’s blog, type in the RSS feed URL of the blog you wanted keep updated about and click on ‘+’ symbol to add it to your sources.

 

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Go back to news and check the feed from Sources category.

 

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Open the source you have just added to read the latest updates from your blog.

 

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Click on the title of the updates shown to read full stories.

 

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So, it is that simple! Increase your readers by asking them to subscribe to your MSN news feed sources.

 

If you need any further help in adding your blog to MSN news feed sources, leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you in no time.

 

Adding Amfas Tech to Your News Sources

Apart from the regular social media subscriptions, You can read latest updates from Amfas Tech through MSN news app on your Windows8/8.1 device.

 

To add Amfas Tech to your sources, Go to Sources > Click on ‘+’ > copy and paste the following RSS feed URL in the search box > Click on ‘+’ to finish adding.

 

Feed URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/AmfasTech

 

Ask me for any further help in adding Amfas Tech to your news feed sources.

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How to Install Feedly Subscription Button to Your Blog?

Feedly is one of the best feed readers that can keep your visitors engaged on your blog updates at one place. After adding your blog to feedly, it is recommended to have the feedly subscription button in order to increase your subscribers.

 

Adding a feedly subscription button to your blog is quite easy and simple. All you have to do is just create the button and install it on your blog.

 

To create a subscription button,

 

Go to www.feedly.com/factory.html 

 

Step 1: Select your design of the button

 

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Step 2: Add your feedly feed URL

 

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Your feed URL is that we have discussed while adding your blog to feedly. It will look be the combination of two URLs,

 

http://www.feedly.com/home#subscription/feed/

+

http://feeds.feedburner.com/AmfasTech

 

It would look like as follows when combined,

 

http://www.feedly.com/home#subscription/feed/http://feeds.feedburner.com/AmfasTech

 

Add the combined URL in ‘Insert your feed URL’ step.

 

Step 3: Copy the code created and install in on your blog.

 

subscription-code

 

To add feedly button to Blogger:

Go to Dashboard > Layout > Add a Gadget > HTML/JavaScript and paste the code in it and save it.

 

To add feedly button to WordPress:

Go to Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets > Add new and paste the code in it and save it.

 

To add feedly button to Tumbler:

Go to Customize > Theme > Use Custom HTML > Insert under <div id= “sidebar”>.

 

Watch Demo of the Feedly Subscription Button.

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How to Tag Your Twitter Handle Automatically to Every Tweet Made with AddThis Tweet Button on Your Blog/Website?

Social sharing, as we discussed in previous article is one of the important strategies to drive traffic to your website from social media networks. We generally use third party social sharing plugins to let readers share and tweet the article links on to their social media profiles.

Do you think it is good enough to drive traffic your site? It may be, but it is not best enough strategy yet.

Let’s say twitter! When someone tweets your article link using the tweet button under it, it will go around the world of twitter and there is no doubt about it. Just think for a second, how good it would be if you could brand/promote your twitter handle to increase the followers with every reader’s tweet! awesome isn’t it?

tagging-twitter-handleLet’s see how can we enable this twitter handle tagging feature for the tweet button of AddThis social sharing plugin.

You need to have AddThis plugin installed with tweet button enabled on your website/blog to enable this feature. If you haven’t added AddThis yet, go to addthis.com and set it up first.

Secondly, add the either of the following scripts to the <body> section of your website i.e., right before </body> tag.

Twitter handle only:
<script type="text/javascript"> var addthis_share = addthis_share || {} addthis_share = { passthrough : { twitter: { via: "TWITTER USERNAME" } } } </script>

Replace TWITTER USERNAME with your twitter handle. For e.g., amfastech. This will be added to every tweet as @amfastech.

Text only:
<script type="text/javascript"> var addthis_share = addthis_share || {} addthis_share = { passthrough : { twitter: { text: "TEXT" } } } </script>

You can also add text that you wanted to be visible in every tweet made with the AddThis tweet button. For e.g., Amfas Tech. This will be added to every tweet as Amfas Tech.

Twitter handle with text:
<script type="text/javascript"> var addthis_share = addthis_share || {} addthis_share = { passthrough : { twitter: { via: "TWITTER USERNAME", text: "TEXT" } } } </script>

Replace TWITTER USERNAME and TEXT with the text of your choice. This will be added to every tweet as Follow us @amfastech.

Choose a style of your choice and increase your twitter followers with every tweet made from your blog/website.
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How to Convert Disqus Spam Comments into Valid Comments on Your Blog/Website?

Getting a lot of comments on the blog is one of those great achievements for any blogger. Some comment because they liked your wonderful write-up and some to build backlinks in a whole non-recommended way. We call such invalid, uncaring comments as spam and believe me, no professional blogger would like have them on their blog/website.

 

Disqus is one of the best commenting systems for bloggers. It can strictly filter spam comments automatically without letting you take effort to review it every time, but notified. Disqus, just like any other commenting system also block links in comments that might cause your site getting penalized.

 

Spam comments are not spam comments at all times. Some might want to leave you a reference link for the conversation you were having, in followed up comments. At those times the disqus commenting system on your blog/website might consider it spam and can block him/her from being more specific on his arguments. But you can allow the link in comment as far as it is natural. However it is important to know the necessity of neutralizing links in comments.

 

Sometimes your site visitors comment on your blog concerned right about your article finely but leaves an unnatural link in the end like as shown below:

 

‘Mr. James Bond

From abc.com.’

 

What are you going to do with them? Are you going to leave them along with other spam comments or convert them into valid ones and reply them?

 

When you wanted the conversation go on, you have to unblock those comments with external links and covert those half-spammy comments into valid ones.

 

Unblocking comments is not like allowing the links alive in comments but converting them into valid ones with no fear of getting penalized by Google’s future algorithms. Let’s see how those (half-spam) disqus comments can be neutralized and made valid on your blog.

 

Converting Disqus Spam Comments

Step 1: Sign into your disqus account and go to  admin panel.

Step 2: Click on ‘Spam’ to see all spam comments on your site(s).

 

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Step 3: Identify the valid comment that is marked as spam and approve it.

 

Step 4: Now click on ‘All’ to see the list of all comments in dated order. The spam comment you have just approved will also be seen with green line as a valid comment.

 

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Step 5: Now double clicking on the comment will open up a preview pane on the right side with ‘Reply’ and ‘Edit’ options. Click on ‘Edit’, remove the HTTP heads and replace ‘.’ with ‘(dot)’ in the link thus making it a dead link.

 

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That’s it you’re done with converting half-spam comment into a valid one.

 

Bonus Tip

Do not approve and convert every spam comment as that would not inspire your visitors leave their genuine opinion on the article. Use your custom rules to filter out the spam comments from the valid ones. More valid visitor engagement would definitely help your site get ranked well.

 

Ok! now its your turn to leave a genuine opinion on this article!

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Top 5 Tips for Fuss Free WordPress Blogging

WordPress blogging can be hard if you aren't familiar with the basic techniques of writing effective content. There are situations when in the wake of delivering best quality content, we end up messing everything. If you’re running a WordPress powered blog and are unaware about the best techniques of writing content for it, then this is the post that will help you out. Here, I’m covering details about 5 best tips that let you indulge in pure, distraction free WordPress blogging. So, let’s get started and unveil these tips to the fullest.


Tip No.1- Write when you’re in a positive state of mind

Writing blogs with a negative state of mind can definitely make your readers navigate to an entirely new blogging website. As a WordPress blogger, you must make it a point to write in a great conversational style. Doing this will put a good impression on your readers, who’ll then choose to visit your blog again and again. Remember, a writer’s attitude plays a crucial role in deciding the success or failure of a blog. And, after all you surely want to readers to feel the same amount of pleasure as you felt during writing the post.

Tip No.2- Turn off internet connection while writing blogs or else control multi-tab browsing

Social networking websites are always there to distract you from writing rich quality content. As a WordPress blogger, it is always better to turn off your internet connection while writing. Doing this will boost your productivity and enable you to come up with a high-quality content. If you belong to the group of WordPress bloggers who need to keep their internet connection on, then you can always choose to control multi-tab browsing for your site. As per this technique, you can use the Controlled Multi-tab Browsing chrome extension to restrict yourself from opening multiple tabs at one point of time. This extension is compatible with the Chrome web browser. For Firefox, you can use the Window and Tab Limiter extension.

Tip No.3- If possible, embed a related YouTube video

Videos work best for blogs. Once you’re done with writing your blog, do opt for embedding a high-quality related YouTube video. People prefer watching videos that are related to the blog’s topic. If you aren’t aware about the technique of embedding a YouTube video into a blog, here’s how you can do it.

Step 1- Find the video you want to embed in your WordPress blog post

Step 2- Grab the embed code for the chosen video

Step 3- As the third and final step, insert the embed code in the HTML tab of your blog post.

Tip No.4- Focus on one topic at a time

Once you've chosen a topic for your WordPress blog post, choose to stick to it. Never indulge in going out of the way, putting forth your personal life stories. Rather, make it a point to emphasize on the chosen topic by elaborating on it to the fullest. Try broadening up the topic to an extend wherein the blog post doesn’t lose its originality. To sum it up, by keeping your content focused, you’ll be able to keep readers engaged on your WordPress blog for a larger duration of time. They’ll choose to come back to your site again and again.

Tip No.5- Join a reputed WordPress Blogging Support Group

WordPress blogging isn’t easy. You need to put in a lot of time and efforts into writing blog posts that can allow you to gather maximum readers instantly. An effective means of writing brilliant blog posts is seeking assistance from the blogging experts. You can choose to join reputed WordPress Blogging Support Groups where you can find excellent tips and tricks for writing blogs/articles that work as a best match for global readers. Bloggers.com is an excellent blogging support group that allows you to get the finest support on effective blog writing.

Conclusion

Hope you’d have found the above 5 tips truly worth following for your next WordPress blog writing venture. WordPress has a lot to offer and with these handy tips you can make the most out of it. If blogging is your passion, WordPress has the potential to help you realize your passion to the maximum level.

Please don’t forget to share your feedback on the above post.

Author Bio:

Liza Williams is a web developer by profession and a writer by hobby and works for OSSMedia Ltd a leading Wordpress web development company. She loves sharing information regarding wordpress, Magento, Drupal and Joomla development tips & tricks. If you are looking forward to Hire Wordpress Developers then just get in touch with her.
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