Category Archives: Blogging Tools

How to Add a Favicon to a Static Website?

A while ago I’ve written a post of How to Add a Favicon to Your WordPress Blog? But this time it is different. I want to add a favicon to a static website – meaning a website which only uses html. How can I do that? The follow steps are what I’ve followed and created mine. See it in this static website: Weight Loss With Green Tea. What do you think?

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  • First make  sure you have an image ready in your desktop.
  • If not you can follow this post to make one: Create a Favicon With Free Favicon Generators Online.
  • You have to save the image as favicon.ico format.
  • You probably have to download favicon.ico image to your desktop and unzip it.
  • Then login to your web hosting cpanel.
  • Upload the favicon.ico to your website directory. Mine looks like this: http://www.yourdomainname.com/
    Make sure you change your domainname to be your real domain name.
  • Once you’ve done that. Open your index.html file and add the follow code between <header> and </header>
    <link rel="shortcut icon"
    href="http://www.yourdomainname.com/favicon.ico"
    type="image/x-icon" />

    Make sure you change your domainname to be your real domain name.

  • The final step is to save your index.html file.

Now go to check it out and see whether it works. If you use Internet Explorer as your browser, then holding Ctrl and hit R at the same time to reload your blog/website. If you use Mozilla Firefox as your browser, then holding Ctrl and hit F5 at the same time to refresh your blog/website. Sometimes it takes a little while for my favicon to show up the first time.

Would you like to add a favicon to your static website? Adding a favicon to a website helps to establish your website branding. Do you think so? Please leave your comment below.

Update: Note it didn’t show up when I first created it but it showed up the next day.

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How to Change the Font for Your WordPress.com Blog?

Do you want to change the font for your WordPress.com blog? It is a good news that you can fulfill this without much effort. The reason I want to change mine is that it is kind of too small and the style is not really my favorite. Here are the steps that I’ve used to change this blog’s font. If you want to do the same thing, you can follow them below and change your blog’s font too:

  1. Login to your WordPress.com dashboard
  2. Click on Appearance/Typekit Fonts to go to the next page
  3. You will be asked to enter your Typekit ID
  4. If you don’t have one yet then you will be asked to sign up one; just click on the button Sign up in seconds to proceed
  5. From there click on the upper right hand side corner that says Register (assuming that you don’t have a Typekit account)
  6. Go to next page. It shows a couple of plans; just click on the button Sign Up that is at the bottom of Free plan
  7. Go to next page which you need to fill in you first name, last name, email, password, and confirm password. Your WordPress.com blog was already filled in (you can change this if you have a custom domain name)
  8. Tick the check box that is next to I agree to the Terms of Service.
  9. Click on the button Create my account to proceed
  10. Go to next page. Your Typekit ID is waiting there for you
  11. You can click on the button Configure WordPress to get that done automatically or
  12. You can copy your kit ID and go back to step 3 and paste it in the textfield there
  13. Click on the button Update ID>> to proceed
  14. Go back to Tiypekit.com/fonts and find your favorite fonts (you are allowed to add two fonts/per site since it is a Free plan)
  15. Not all of your fonts will be available. You can search your font by entering it in the search box.
  16. Find the one that is closed to it and click on the button +Add to Kit
  17. A window will pop up. Click on the link that says “telling us what theme you’re using”
  18. Click on the drop down arrow to find your theme and click on the button Save to save it (not all of the themes are available)
  19. On the left sidebar, tick your choices of what you want to change
  20. Make sure you hit the button Publish which is at the lower right hand side corner

The change will take a moment to be reflected on your blog. Now go to check it out and compare it to your old one.

If you don’t like it, you can always go back to typekit.com, click on the button Launch Kit Editor which is at the upper right hand side corner, and delete your font there. If you like, you can find a new font to start over again.

If one day for any reason, you don’t want to have this service you can proceed to step 3, take out your typekit ID, and hit Update ID>> to save it. Your blog will be restored to its original font.

Would you like to change the font for your blog? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below.

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How to Make Your WordPress Blog/Website faster?

Google now takes into account a website’s loading time for search engine rankings. I am concerned about my websites’ speed. I think you should too. Some of my sites are very slow. Especially those WordPress sites. So how to make a WordPress site faster? I searched the web and learned a lot from the following websites; and my websites have already improved their speed significantly after I implemented some of these tips:

Some of the articles above mentioned about WP Super Cache plugin, but according to my research, many people prefer to install W3 Total Cache plugin instead. I installed it a couple days ago, it has already helped me speed up my sites’ speed dramatically; and I hope it can help you too.

By the way if you want to know how to configure W3 Total Cache plugin, this guide is what you need to know.

Would you like to make your WordPress blog/website faster? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below?

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Enlarge a Picture Without Losing its Quality?

Do you want to enlarge a picture without losing its quality? I’ve been searching the Internet and trying to find the free tools that will help me to accomplish that. I came across a couple of them that are very handy if I want to enlarge a picture without losing its quality.

The first one is SmillaEnlarger – an open source application. You can download it from its website. It is actually a zip file. You can unzip it to your computer. It allows you to crop and enlarge a picture without losing its quality. It is the best tool I’ve found so far.

The second one is ReShade – free online image resizer and image enlargement application. You can even download it to your computer here, but the evaluation version is very limited. It leaves watermark on your saved images.

The third one is Photozoom Pro 3 –  a software for enlarging digital images. The free version can be downloaded here. This software also leaves watermark on your saved images.

If you know other free tools that are related to this topic, please share them below. Also your comments are welcome here.

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What Can You Do With Digg?

I’ve known Digg for a while but never think about to join it till now. So what is Digg? What can you do with it? I am curious about that so I searched the Internet for answers. The lists below are  the things I’ve found so far:

  • According to Digg’s own definition: it is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web. From the biggest online destinations to the most obscure blog, it surfaces the best stuff as voted on by its users.
  • Digg is a social news website and everybody can join freely.
  • Digg’s contents and links are submitted by its own users.
  • When a Digg’s user submits his/her content, it will go into the “Upcoming” stories section.
  • Other people will read the new coming content. If they like it, they will “Digg” it.
  • If your story receives enough Diggs, it will be promoted to the “Popular” section and will be listed on the front page on Digg’s site.
  • A Digg’s user can also use the “Bury” button to filter out bad links, off-topic content and duplicate entries.
  • Other thing a Digg’s user can do is to discuss the story in the comment section.

It is all for now. If you find some  interesting things that are related to Digg, feel free to share them below.

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