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CSS Tips for Non-Developers for Basic Site Changes

CSS Tips for Non-Developers for Basic Site ChangesMaking site changes as basic as color can be a huge pain for non-developers if the options are not found in the CMS of choice. The great news is that in 2016 most themes are robust enough to allow for all changes in the WordPress, Joomla, Drupal etc. UI without knowing a lick of coding. However, there will be a time when you see something on your site that the them doesn’t let you control and you’ll either come to peace with how it is or you’ll start digging for the solution to edit it. Well, that often leads you … Read More

How to Spoof Your Location Online

How to Spoof Your Location OnlineFor the sake of sanity, I am only going to cover one method in this how to spoof your location online overview. Clearly, there are a number of solutions.

First, it’s important to understand how a browser, and inevitably, websites you visit know your location. Simply put, a browser uses a number of methods and your IP address is just one of them. This is often referred to as triangulation and it is not limited to mobile or devices with GPS.

Therefore, if you’re VPN/proxy reliant, your actual location may, and probably will, still be available even if your VPN/proxy … Read More

Top 5 WordPress Plugins to Improve Load Times

Top 5 WordPress Plugins to Improve Load TimesLike any CMS or Web architecture, there will be fast and slow websites. The CMS is a layer that can add some latency, but, fortunately, most CMS platforms have a number of solutions for improving page load times. I’ve played with dozens and these are my top 5 WordPress plugins to improve load times.

First, you want a good arsenal of tools for tracking page load times. I tend to reference the below. It’s always a good idea to run the baseline load time test to have a comparison.

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Add Facebook Conversion Tag with Google Tag Manager

Typically, adding conversion tags such as Facebook’s conversion tag with Google Tag Manager is a breeze. Set up the custom HTML tag, place the conversion script and set the triggers to fire the conversion pixel. However, I found Facebook’s information for the conversion scripts to be fragmented, so I wanted to provide the complete overview here. Now, let’s add the Facebook conversion tag with Google Tag Manager.

Note that you will already need a Google Tag Manager account and you need the container placed on all of your site pages – or at least the pages you want to … Read More

Top 5 WordPress Plugins

Top 5 WordPress PluginsWhile I appreciate Joomla and Drupal as well as some of the Niche CMS such as Magento and some on the Windows side WordPress remains my go-to CMS for flexibility and potential. For this reason, I find myself using many WordPress plugins. Through this experience I have found dozens of favorite WordPress plugins. Some have niche use and others can really apply to almost ANY install. For this list of top 5 WordPress plugins I will concentrate on the WordPress plugins that can be used on most any  Wordpress install with great benefit.

Top 5 WordPress Plugins

Wordpress SEO WordPress Plugin1) WordPress SEORead More

Create Public Link on Synology NAS

This is a quick walk through on how to create a public link on Synology NAS. Your NAS must be running DSM 5 + for this tutorial to work. If you’re more into videos, you can find my walk through on how to share public links on Synology NAS here.

The reason for this video is not because it’s not an intuitive process, but the links generated in the platform will not work off network. Therefore, to create a public link on Synology NAS there are a couple additional, simple steps.

Create Public Link on Synology NAS

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Change WordPress Password in Database

Change WordPress Password in DatabaseThere are many reasons to change WordPress password in database. The most obvious reason for you to change your WordPress password in the database is because you’ve forgotten it and standard recovery methods do not work.

Fortunately, it’s an easy task to change your WordPress password in the database.

What You Need to Change WordPress Password in Database

  • cPanel or Plesk credentials
  • If multiple databases in your hosting account you will need to know the database of your specific site, which can be found in your wp_config file

How to Change WordPress Password in Database

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Failed to Start Game with Shared Content Please Update These Games First Steam Error

We all love games and we all love Steam. Every once in a while, we receive errors that drive us crazy such as the Failed to start game with shared content. Please update these games first:

Failed to Start Game with Shared Content Please Update These Games First Steam Error

 

This stupid “failed to start game with shared content. Please update these games first:” error can happen for any number of games. Often times, you’ll find this associated with the Call of Duty series. I most recently had this happen with Advanced Warfare.

The fix that works for me every time is to verify the integrity of the game cache:

How to Fix

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How to Play iTunes Library in Kodi

This is a quick walk through on how to play your iTunes library in Kodi. This works for Kodi and XBMC the same. I have a video here for how to play iTunes in Kodi if you’d rather reference that. There are many benefits to this, but primarily it’s to control you iTunes library from your central hub, Kodi.

How to Play iTunes Library in Kodi

How to Play iTunes Library in Kodi

1) You may need to add your drive with iTunes to Kodi. There’s a strong likelihood your drive is already mapped, but if not:

In Confluence Skin > System > File Manager … Read More