A Review of a Photo Gallery


      After visiting a photo gallery, today I’ve decided to write a review of it.
      The photo assignments were given to some high schoolers. They were told to take a photo of what they would like to do in the future, and to optionally write a paragraph about it. Most wrote a paragraph.

      What was interesting to me was that most of the photos didn’t seem to stand out as much as the paragraph about each one. If you didn’t know that it was a photo assignment, you could be easily confused and think that it was a simple writing assignment. One example was of a girl who wrote that she wanted to be forever happy in the future. Her photo was a simple, black and white self portrait, but to me, the paragraph caught my attention more than the photo:

      It was like that girl was more into writing, rather than photography.


      Most of the photos were average-looking so they did not catch my attention as much what the students wrote about themselves, It seemed as though most of the photos were just taken to complete the assignment. They were definitely not National Geographic-quality photos, but rather simple, easy-to-take pictures. You couldn’t even tell that most were taken by only high schoolers, but maybe even someone younger:



      If I were to taken one of those pictures, I would’ve done something like go to a Google office and take a picture of a slide in there, because my future is in technology and photography. To me, the photo would be eye-catching because what office has a slide in it? You don’t have to be into technology to find a slide in an office interesting. Anyway, enough of my own photo. Let me continue the review.
      One student’s photo was clearly the main focus. It was of a girl talking about her mom. Unlike most, she was working with different kinds of perspectives, and also had her mom pose and wear different outfits for the photo shoots. It also seemed as if she put a lot of effort into the graphic design, with drop shadows and everything:

      It didn’t seem as if it was really about what she wanted to do in the future, though. It could be that in the future, she wants to make her mom proud but, still, to me it didn’t really seem clear what she wants to do in the future.

      There was also another photo that caught my attention because it’s not everyday high school students get on a plane, so that it was different.


      This one slightly caught my attention, but it still looks kind of simple:

      Maybe it’s because I visit Digital Photography School, and I’m constantly reading the opinions of professional photographers. Maybe because I’m just picky. But overall, I give the whole photo gallery 2 to 3 out of five stars.

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Creating A Custom Error 404 Page

      What happens when someone types your website’s URL? What happens if they were to write something like this: yourwebsite.com/abou when they’re supposed to write this: yourwebsite.com/about? What happens when they type in a page that doesn’t exist on your domain? They would see a error 404 page, which tells them that what they wrote is incorrect. You most likely have seen one yourself, if you’ve mistyped a URL.

      Your website builder sometimes might automatically create an error 404 page for you, like this:


      Here’s another example:

      In Google’s case, there’s a robot who is sad because he’s broken into several pieces. The point is clear: Something’s wrong. You should create a custom error 404 page so that your website’s logo appears like Google.
      And here’s another website’s custom error 404 page:


      “So how do you create a custom error 404 page?” You might ask. Read on, to find out how to do so! Note, though, that these instructions may only work with 000webhost.
      First, login to your account at 000webhost. Once logged in, visit your website’s control panel. As shown in How Kids Can Build A Website For Free | Part 2 of 4 enter your file manager. In your public_html folder, create a new file. Name it .htaccess. Then, write this in the html box:

ErrorDocument 404 http://yourwebistedomainnamehere.com/error.html

      Obviously, replace “yourwebsitedomainnamehere” with your own website’s domain. Then, when you’re done, save your work, like this:


      After that, press the arrow next to the save button. Now create a new file. Call it error.html. Below is an example of code I created which you can copy and paste in the html box:

<html>
<body>
<style type=”text/css”>
body {
font-family: Arial;
}
</style>
<center>
<img src=”http://www.yourwebsitehere.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/downtown
.jpg” width=”800px”>
<br>
<h1>Whoops! 404! That’s an error. </h1><br>
That page you’re looking for might’ve been deleted, moved, or perhaps you mistyped it. Why don’t you go back to the <a href=”http://www.yourwebsitehere.wordpress.com”>homepage?</a><br&gt;
</center><br>
</body>
</html>

      Be sure to edit that code, using the help of Lissa Explains It All. You want your own logo, and a link to your own website, right? When you’re done, save your work.

      It’s that easy! You’re done creating your custom error 404 page!

      If you’re still confused, the 000webhost forum might be able to help you.

The Landing Page Is The Most Important

      When visitors visit your website, they determine whether it’s worthwhile or not in a matter of seconds. That’s why your website’s landing page (home page) is so important. If it isn’t eye-catching and useful, hardly anyone will spend their time looking at the rest of your site. Because of this, I’ve written this post, The Landing Page Is The Most Important, to share with you what I learned building a homepage.

      I have found that the most important thing you’ll need to do is get the purpose of your website across in a clear manner. You need something to summarize what your website’s content is. For example, if you’re a graphic design company, you might want to add a eye-catching image that says “graphic design” on your homepage:

      When doing this, visitors will also know right away if your site is or isn’t what they’re looking for. Images might also be best on your homepage, especially if your site is a photography website. A huge slideshow might also be a good idea, depending on the site and your audience.
      I also noticed that about three columns on your site, with a header on each, and a paragraph might also make a for a simple, clean design (see below):


      Don’t clutter your website with too many menu items. Include an “About” tab where you explain the purpose of your website.
      Also, include social media buttons on your homepage. With this, for example, readers can see how many people liked your site, whether it be via Facebook, or maybe Twitter. A “Contact” header lets visitors easily know how to contact you.
      Colors, of course, also impact your homepage and the whole rest of your site a great deal. Here’s what I mean:


      Green obviously makes sense for a landscaping site. This, plus the stone photo, and the obviously noticed headers lets the audience know without a doubt what they’re looking at. Color is indeed a major impact on what your visitors think your site is about. Sites like Pinterest and The Logo Company have great sources for color information.

      Some more homepage layout ideas can be found here:
http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_layout.asp

The Value of “Netiquette”


      Today I learned about the value of “netiquette.” Now that everybody seems to be on social media, it’s good to learn the value of “Netiquette.”
      Netique is, “etiquette practiced or advocated in electronic communication over a computer network,” according to yourdictionary.com.
      Here’s some important ideas:

          Start your message with the right greeting.

      Depending on who you’re talking to, your greeting can seem weird. Pick the right greeting! “Yo yo yo! Wazzup?” may be ok to certain people, but for more serious ones, like maybe your teacher, a simple “hello” may seem better.
      

    Choose your words carefully.

      Often times, things like emails are misunderstood, and maybe not even fully read. This is because when reading your email, people aren’t talking to you in person. So it’s even more important to choose your words carefully.
      

    NEVER use caps lock for your letters.

      When writing in capital letters, it can seem as though you’re SCREAMING and YELLING AT SOMEONE, and are VERY UPSET with them. This can seem rude. Would you like it if someone did that to you? I know I wouldn’t. Bold face letters can be perceived as insulting if you’re trying to emphasize a point to someone. Here’s an example. “YOU’RE SOOOO ANNOYING!!!!!” can look more offensive than, “You’re annoying.”
      

    Don’t write if you’re angry or upset.

      If you’re angry or upset at the moment, you might easily be bothered with someone via social media, and holds things against them. So wait and calm down before writing when you’re angry or upset. If you’re tired, something like an email may not make sense either.
      

    Posture, posture, posture.

      Personally, I have never noticed this advice about posture making a big difference, but Business 2 Community says this:
“Good posture and sitting upright while on the computer is just as important as brushing your teeth, eating healthy, exercising and getting a good night’s sleep.”
      

    Respect other people’s privacy, and treat them with respect.

      Don’t be too quick to post a photo of someone so easily; they might not like it. And unless you’re a full-time paparazzi, no one’s going to want to trust you with taking a photo of them, if they know you’ll post it afterwards. If they don’t approve of what you’re going to post, you’ll lose your privileges of snapping a photo, without someone covering their face, because they know you will post it right away. If someone asks you to remove an embarrassing photo, do it right away.
      Don’t bash, mock, or insult someone via social media, especially on their own wall. People might not like that those things are being visible to their Facebook friends. And don’t insult whole groups of people — men, women, old people, young people, etc. It’s immature and could be very, very offensive!
      To learn more, visit my source for some of these ideas at:
http://www.business2community.com/social-media/teaching-your-kids-the-value-of-netiquette-0128640

Creating Your Own Google Chrome Theme



      Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers today.

      If you’re not in the know, a browser is a computer software that takes you to different websites on the web by entering the URL in it, and selecting “enter” on a keyboard.

      Once installed, Google Chrome automatically has a theme of colors which are often very plain, and dull.

      And who wants to browse the web using a browser with a plain, dull theme?

      A good solution would be to visit the Chrome Web Store, where you can get themes built by Google or various artists for your Google Chrome browser. You can use any image to completely personalize your browser’s theme.

      Here’s how to create your own Google Chrome theme.

      Creating your theme can be done simply by downloading “My Chrome Theme” from the Chrome Web Store. Google built the app that lets you do this.

      With it, you can do something like this.

      Here’s how everyone’s Google Chrome Theme looks like before you make any changes (to see this on your computer open a new tab):

      Here’s what it looks like after a simple change of color:


      You can do cool backgrounds, too.

      When clicking here and installing “My Chrome Theme” you can build a personalized theme very easily. A screenshot of a personalized theme being built using “My Chrome Theme” is the first image shown in this post.

      Remember, your theme is actually for your browser, not anything else like Google’s homepage. So when you select an image, it will not appear behind the logo at Google.com. You can see your image when you open a new tab or when you launch the browser, provided your homepage is not preconfigured to something like, say, your favorite news site.

      Although “My Chrome Theme” doesn’t let you choose from a wider variety of colors, or use lots of images, there’s also another app called “Theme Creator.”

      Theme Creator lets you have full control of theme personalization, but is not as easy to use as “My Chrome Theme.” It can be installed here.

      A screenshot of this “Theme Creator” app is shown below:


      If you need any help, have any questions, or want to learn more about personalizing Google Chrome, visit:

http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1053371
http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1054235
http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=156190

A Review Of Blogger, Part Two


      Recently I wrote part one of a review of Blogger. You can read that post here. Today I’m writing part two of A Review Of Blogger.
Statistics
      With Blogger, you can see a lot of statistical information for your blog. This is good particularly if you’re curious who your audience is and where they come from.
      When viewing your blog’s statistics, you can see how many pageviews certain posts have, the referral websites, what browser and computer your visitors are coming from. etc. The statistics page is shown below:

      I mostly like the option of not tracking your own pageviews. This really helps if you’re the type to visit your blog over and over again. If you like, you can get even more detailed statistical information by registering your blog with Google Analytics.
      One problem I noticed with Blogger is that I haven’t really gotten blog visits as easily as with WordPress. I’ve noticed that I would have to share about my blog posts more on social media sites, such as Pinterest. I find WordPress more SEO friendly (search engine friendly.)
      I would give all of Blogger’s statistic features 3 out of 5 stars.
Templates
      I would probably say that my absolute, #1 favorite Blogger feature of all is the templates feature. With templates, you can choose different themes (themes is another word for templates) for your blog, built by Google. This includes your blog’s layout (i.e. content, logo, two-column left and right sidebars), fonts, background image (or color), and other stuff. I guess it’s because I’m a graphic designer, but I love customizing (which is like another word for personalizing) my blog, making it creatively unique.

      Google has a small list of templates, but when doing some Google searching, you can find graphic designers who offer other unique Blogger themes you can choose for your blog. If you’re a coder, you can use Blogger’s html/css features to edit your blog’s html and css to your heart’s content. I’ve really had fun with this, but WordPress, another popular blog builder, makes you pay to code your own theme, and pay to purchase a theme. For the average person, this isn’t a big deal, for they might not have a problem sticking with the option of WordPress templates available. Let me get back to the subject of Blogger, though, for writing about WordPress templates is getting off-topic.
      You can even make your blog mobile-optimized. This means that when someone is viewing your blog on a mobile phone, it wouldn’t display awkwardly, as though they were looking at your blog at a smaller desktop screen.
      I give the template section of Blogger 5 out of 5 stars.
Other Features
      I’ve included the most important features to me about Blogger in detail above. I think the rest of the features can pretty much be self-taught.

      There’s nothing much to see with the comments section of Blogger. The earnings section is good if you would like to make money and include ads on your blog. If you go there, you can watch a video, and see a summary of what that’s all about. In your settings, you can edit the title, description, etc.

      Sign up today at Blogger to build your free blog: www.blogger.com

A Review Of Blogger

      Today I’ve decided to write a review of Blogger, after having used it for two years. That gives me plenty of experience to talk about it.

An Overview

      Blogger is a free blog builder built by Google. Lots of people use it, and it’s been around for years.

      With Blogger, you can do more than just start a blog. With it, people can follow your blog, you can create your own blog theme, view your statistics, etc. .And it’s free, which makes Blogger very awesome.

      Once you create a blog at www.blogger.com the first thing you’ll see is the dashboard. I really like the Blogger dashboard, which is shown below:

      I like the fact that you can see all your blogs, followers, pageviews, amount of posts, etc. right in the dashboard. This makes things easier for new bloggers, and for those who don’t have a lot of time to really learn anything. Navigation is easy, and I don’t find the dashboard too busy. I actually find the WordPress dashboard more confusing to navigate, and somewhat busy.

      One of the coolest features of Blogger to me is the reading list in the dashboard. With the reading list, you can add blogs you like to visit, and those blogs’ posts will show up the moment they’re posted right there in your dashboard. This is really cool. If you have a lot of blogs to keep up with, you won’t have to visit each individually anymore all the time to check for updates. Blogger doesn’t force you to choose from other blogs built with Blogger; you can get updates of blogs built even with WordPress, or almost anything else.

      I give the Blogger dashboard 5 out of 5 stars.

Posting

      I also like all the abilities you have when posting a post. You can customize your text nearly anyway you’d like. There’s different fonts to choose from, you can change the size of your text, you can also change the text color, and add something like a strikethrough or underline your text. You can also uploads photos, and even videos. There’s also an option to create a list, and add links. There’s even a spell check. All these features are shown below:


      Besides this, you can still do many other things such as scheduling a post. When you schedule a post, you choose the date and time for it to appear on your blog. This is good, if, for example, you know you’re going to be busy tomorrow, but still want your viewers to see something on your blog. You can write a blog post today, and your blog viewers will see it tomorrow.

      However, not everything is perfect when you’re posting something to Blogger. Sometimes, there are weird formatting issues, although most of these issues can be easily fixed in the “html” section if you know some code. I’ve also noticed problems sometimes when scheduling posts. Sometimes, when I schedule something, for example, tomorrow, it’ll post today. I don’t know why this happens, although I don’t see how it can be a huge problem, because it rarely happens, and is usually fixed within a few hours.

      Overall, I give posting with Blogger 4 ½ out of 5 stars.

      Tomorrow I’ll continue my review with a look at Blogger statistics and templates.