Everything You Need to Know About Google+, Part 2

      Recently, I wrote the post Everything You Need to Know About Google+, Part 1. By reading that post here, you can see an overview of Google+, information about the stream, circles, etc. Today, I’ll be covering even more information about the stream, and information about the explore section, hangouts, and your profile.
      Exploring popular posts, and removing popular posts from your stream
      First, I’m going to explain how to remove popular posts from your stream, by people who aren’t in your circles. This can become really annoying, because you never know what someone’s going to post. You might not even be interested in what they’re going to post. So to do this, you’ll have to go to the explore icon on the sidebar to the left, as shown below:


      Then, on the right top part of the screen, you’ll get the option can determine how many of those posts you want to see. You can drag it to the end, so that you won’t see any of those posts. You can still, however, see popular posts on Google+ anytime by clicking the explore icon.
      Options on a Google+ post
      Now, I’ll talk about options for posts on Google+. When someone posts something to your stream, you’ll get the option to either +1 their post, reshare, or start a hangout about it, as shown below:


      These options are sometimes confusing to people, who are used to Facebook’s terms of words. To +1 a post means to like a post, and to reshare a post simply means to share a post with those in your circles. If you don’t want anyone to share your own post, you’ll get the option to disable sharing, by clicking on the arrow on the right of your post. If you like, you can also disable commenting.

      Hangouts

      To start a hangout about a post means to start a video call. This can also be done by clicking the hangouts icon shown on your sidebar. Google+ hangouts were simple to understand for me, so I won’t write too much about it. With it, you can change your appearance, by adding such things as computerized reindeer antlers, and hats to your image. (Google always tries to have a sense of humor with everything.) You can also chat with people on the sidebar during your hangout, and even share videos with them. After this, Facebook copied Google+, and introduced Skype video calling. Still, most people prefer Google hangouts.

      Your profile

      Google+ is great in the sense that you won’t have to worry so much about your information — at least, that’s what they say intentionally because they know many people have not liked how Facebook has handled privacy. So unlike Facebook, Google won’t change settings on you, or automatically set anything public. They make things easy to understand when it comes to deciding who sees what on your profile.

      To see what I mean, click on the profile icon on the sidebar. At the top of your profile, you’ll see two big buttons, one saying “view as….” and another saying, “edit your profile” as seen below:


      When you click on “view as….” you can write a Google+ profile name, and see what your profile look like to them. Shortly after this feature was launched, I find it interesting that Facebook now has that feature, too. (Can you say copycat?) It may be because they’re worried about people leaving them for things like this and going to Google+.

      When you edit your profile, you can change your about page, and write things like a tagline, introduction, bragging rights, and occupation. There’s also an option to change your cover photo, and profile photo. Similar to Facebook, when you change your cover photo, you are choosing a wide, horizontal image that will appear on your profile.

      When editing your profile, you can also see which one of your tabs are visible to people. For example, if you don’t want people to see everything you’re +1 across the web, you can uncheck “show this tab on your profile.” This is shown below:

      So there you go! You’ve learned so much more about Google+! Stay tuned for Everything You Need to Know About Google+, Part 3!

How to Install A Blogger Theme


      It’s very important to have a nice theme for your blog. You can have the greatest content in the world, but this is still important. Who wants to see a horrible-looking blog? I know I wouldn’t.

      This is why I’ve written this post: How to Install A Blogger Theme. These instructions are for Google’s Blogger, and will not work for installing a theme on other website builders, such as WordPress.

      Although Google has a selection of free, pre-made themes to choose from for your blog hosted by Blogger, these instructions will not teach how to install those. I don’t think it’s the greatest idea to use one of those themes. SO many people across the web have already used them for their blog hosted on Blogger. These instructions will only work for certain websites that provide Blogger themes.

    Log in to your blog
    Make sure you’re viewing your dashboard using the new Blogger interface. If you’re using the old interface, you might be confused about installing your theme. So switch to the new one. You can always go back to the old Blogger interface when you’re done installing your theme.
    Select Template, as shown below:

    In the top right corner of your computer screen, you should see a button that says
    backup/restore. Click on it, as shown below:

    Select Download full template, as circled in red below:


You’re downloading your template, because if anything should go wrong with installing your new theme, you would never be able to get your old one back again. You don’t want that, now do you? That’s why it’s important to have a backup of your current template (template is another word for saying theme, both have the same meanings).
Now that you’ve downloaded your template, close that box. Now select Edit HTML, as shown below:


You’re going to get this message:

Because the code you’re going to put was written by someone who’s an advanced user, select Proceed. Besides, you already have a backup of your current template, so what’s the big deal if something should go wrong?

    Highlight all that code, and then delete it. Now highlight, copy, and paste the code from your provider in that box. If your provider is using old code, it will not work with the new Blogger interface. The old Blogger interface isn’t going to be available starting sometime in May, however, so it’s important to make sure your theme provider is using the new code.
    Now you’re done! Here’s an example of a theme with a pre-made blog theme made by Google on the left, and then with a unique blog theme on the right. It’s a major difference!

How Kids Can Build A Website For Free | Part 3 of 4


      This post is part three of the four-post series, How Kids Can Build A Website For Free. To read part one, click here. To read part two, click here. Part four is going to be posted on my blog tomorrow.

      Yesterday, you learned about FTP, directories, and you’ve learned some simple coding. Today, you’re going to start building your actual website, with almost anything you can imagine on it.

      These instructions apply to 000webhost. They may not make sense with another website builder.

The Layout

      The first thing you’re going to do is create your website’s layout. A layout is the header, navigation menu, footer, columns, and content of a website. A header is the top of your website. It’s where your logo will go. The navigation menu is a “menu” of all the pages on your website. It usually goes below your header. The content of your website is usually the center of your website, where your photos, text, and more will go. The columns are the sidebars of your website. Sidebars can usually be seen on blogs, such as this one here. You can have a left sidebar, a right sidebar, or none. Finally, the footer is where you’ll include additional pages, and also a copyright.

      To do this, choose one of the layouts shown here. Copy and paste the code of the layout you want. Then, go to your public_html directory. Create a directory in that directory called about. And then in that about directory, create a file called index.php. Paste that layout you copied in that box. Now save it. Now go to yourwebsite.netii.net/about. You have just created your first web page!

      To create your other web pages, do the same thing that you did to create your about page, except for calling that one directory about. Instead, call it something like contact, gallery, or whatever types of web pages you want. Eventually, you should also create an additional webpage for a sitemap. A sitemap is kind of like a map because it shows you every page on a website. Here’s an example sitemap:

Example Website

    Home (example.netii.net)
    About (example.netii.net/about)
    Contact (example.netii.net/contact)
    Gallery (example.netii.net/gallery)
    Testimonials (example.netii.net/testimonials)

Another sitemap can be shown here.

      The next step is to customize your CSS. Copying and pasting some of the codes here will let you customize your style sheet. For example, if you wanted to change your link color, you would copy this code, and then customize it:
A:link {
color:#000000;
}

      A live example of this code used on a 000webhost website can be shown here. With the help of Lissa Explains It All, you can do the CSS, and more stuff for your website all by yourself. I did it when I was nine years old.

      When I say you can add almost anything you want to your website, I mean you can add javascript. Javascript is a certain type of computer code. With it, you can make snow fall on your webpage, you can make an image change to another one with a mouseover, you can create a pop-up window, and more. If you click here, you can copy and paste any of those codes to your website, which makes it more interactive and fun.

      Tomorrow, you’ll be finalizing your website, checking your code, and making your website search engine optimized.