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Use Gmail as a POP3 Email Client

I have a rather wacky e-mail setup, due to the fact that I have so many accounts to manage.  With that in mind, I found the perfect solution for my e-mail needs, and hopefully it will work for you too.  Did you know that you can use Gmail as a POP3 e-mail client?  This way you can both send and receive mail as you@yourdomain.com through the Gmail interface.

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HTML Basics

Hyper Text Markup Language, or as you know it HTML, is the markup language for most web pages on the Internet.

Now, it is not exactly a language like English or Spanish, which we communicate with verbally. A markup language is a system for editing text in a way that changes how the text looks or how you interact with it. Where you use funny looking code to make one section of text look different than the other, the code in question is not seen by the end user. The server the web page is coming from, and the user’s browser come together to help mesh it together as something that is seen as visually appealing to the end user.

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How to Setup FileZilla

FileZilla TutorialNew to FileZilla? Today, I have for you a tutorial to help get started using it. This fantastic FTP program might be my favorite FTP client – mainly because it is so simple to use.

Hope you enjoyed that tutorial and let me know in the comments if you would like to see more!

How Anybody Can Install WordPress

As you can tell, if you have been to any of my web sites, I really enjoy WordPress a lot as a way to self-publish my content Online.  WordPress is often known for it’s simple installation process too.

However, many people might still be confused on how to get started with WordPress, so I thought it would be a good idea to go through the steps with you, to make you feel more at home with the process.

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Web Site Hacked? Scan Yourself First!

Web Site Security Help and Tips Your web site, just like your computer, needs to be monitored for security breaches from time to time.  Many web sites out there are infected with trojans, iframe injections or viruses everyday.  If you have found your web site has already been taken over by one of these issues, time to go through this check list of security issues and fixes.  The first place you should check for problems is within.  Make sure you do a full security check on yourself, before checking for security holes anywhere else.

How to Scan Your Personal Computers

You might think that time is of the essence, however it will do you no good if you rush to fix your web site, if you are the one infecting it.  You need to run a combination of a anti-malware and anti-virus on your computer to make sure you are not the source of your problem.  I would recommend scanning your PC like this:

  • Scan Your PC with an Anti-Malware Program
  • Scan Your PC with an Anti-Virus Program
  • Scan Your PC with an Online Anti-Virus Program

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Making Money with Google AdSense

Google AdSense Help There are a number of different ways to make money on your web site, however, Google AdSense might be the most popular choice of all.  Google has made it a brain-dead simple process to get up and running their their ads, so there is no question why they are number one at what they do.

How do you Sign Up and Use Google AdSense?

Signing up is a pretty easy process.  All you need to do is sign in with your Google login, and follow the on screen instructions.  Once that is done, you can create the ads you want to use, then grab the code for them to place them into your web site.  I have been using it for so long, I don’t see where this could be seen as a complicated process.  They make it all pretty easy.

You also have several different ways you can setup ads.

  • AdSense for Content – your run-of-the-mill ads you are used to seeing.
  • AdSense for Search – use Google to power your web site’s search and make money from it.
  • AdSense for Feeds – Place relevant ads in your RSS feeds.
  • AdSense for Domain Names – Park your un-used domains with Google.
  • Video Units – add YouTube partners’ video content to your site, and earn extra revenue.
  • AdSense for Mobile Content – create ads for special “mobile” pages.

What Are the Rewards of Using Google AdSense?

The good thing about Google AdSense is that it automatically crawls the content of your pages and delivers text and image ads that are relevant to your audience and your site content.  Relative ads are what you want in the long haul.

Now you will not become rich over night, so if you want to quit your day job – you had better set your goal a little lower.  However, aiming at small goals first (such as having the ads pay for your $5 a month hosting bill) is a good start.

Want to learn more?  Here are some Google AdSense resources worth checking out:

Overall, I would say it is definitely work checking into. If you are looking for a name you can trust, Google has won many people over in that aspect too.  Sometimes, I don’t want to sign up with some company I have never heard of, especially when I need to get or receive important information from them (thinking about tax related stuff).  So overall, I would say Google AdSense will not make you uber-rich but it is a trustworthy choice out there.

Roll Your Own Video Tutorials for Free!

Are you a web host who is low on cash, but wants to produce a line of their own video tutorials?  This is a pretty easy thing to do (totally for free) as long as you have some free time and imagination.

Capture your Desktop with CamStudio

You can pick up an awesome desktop capturing program at CamStuido.org to capture the video from your computer’s screen.  After installing, all you need to do is highlight the area you wish to record – and then hit the record button.

Record Your Audio Track with Audacity

Audacity is the free audio editor I have used to produce my podcast since day one.  It is free and really easy to use.  You could use it to record any audio commentary you wanted, so that way you add a little more helpfulness to the tutorial you are making.

Edit your Video Tutorial Together

To edit your video, there are several programs out there you could use.  Personally, I just used the free Windows Movie Maker than came with my computer.  Then again, I am all about keeping things as ghetto as possible.  If not Windows Movie Maker, I am willing to bet you have some free program that came on your computer that would do the deed.  An online video editing alternative would be Jumpcut.com.  Another free desktop solution would be VideoSpin from VideoSpin.com.

Check out Wikipedia’s List of Commercial and Free Video Editing Software

Final Tweaks, Edits and Uploading the Final Product

Before you upload, you might also want to make sure you have your URL, brand or logo somewhere on the video.  It never hurts to do a little advertising – so people know where they can get more of your fine work.  After that has been done, you can upload your video to YouTube or a number of other video sharing sites.  Grab the embed code, and you have your own video tutorial ready to go.  To get you inspired, here is one I created on doing trace routes:

If you are a web host on a budget, there is no reason to spend more than you need to.  If you have the free time and creativity, then rolling your own video tutorials can also be a great way to gain exposure and do a little self advertising too.

Video Tutorial on Trace Routes

I have covered how to do a trace route on a number of different opperating systems before, however visual tools always help so I figured I would create a video tutorial covering the topic.  Trace routes can often come in handy to help troubleshoot network issues with your web sites.

For more on how to do trace routes for Windows XP, Vista or on a Mac, check out:

Hope you enjoy this video tutorial (feel free to re-post, share and use as needed).  If you have another topic you’d like to see me cover in a video tip like this one, drop in a comment or contact me one on one.

What is JSP?

jsp When shopping for a web host, or perhaps just looking to upgrade your existing hosting setup, you see a lot of checkmarks.  One of those green checkmarks you see might be for JSP.   So what is JSP?  JSP is short for JavaServer Pages.

After Microsoft tried to fill the hole left by complex and inefficient CGI scripts, they solve that problem, and also created a new problem.  Microsoft’s solution was Active Server Pages (otherwise known as ASP).  The problem with ASP was it limited you to Microsoft platforms and even the littlest mistake would bring your entire web site down.

In response to ASP, Sun Microsystems developed the JavaServer Pages (JSP) technology.

As for a dictionary definition for it,  you can think of JSP as a technology that allows a software developer to create HTML, XML or other documents dynamically.  JSP allows certain pre-defined actions (and Java code) to the embedded into static content.  Think of it as a way to write your web page based around the Java technology.

Another nice perk about JSP, is it uses Java, and the Java technology is not restricted to any server-specific platform.

To sum things up, with JSP, you can create a dynamic web page just by simply putting the corresponding Java code inside of your HTML pages.  The code is then executed by the web server, before being returned to the browser.