In this issue:
- WordPress Sticky Widgets
- WordPress Pagination
- Top 8 Royalty Free Images Sites
- Black Friday on Udemy
- Windows 10 – A few more lessons learnt
This is the first full length newsletter for a while. I had several items I wanted to let you know about, and I've listed them below with a short description and a link to read the full article on my site. As always, if you have any comments on any of the items, please leave comments on the site. Thanks!
Let’s get on with it….
1. WordPress Sticky Widgets
When someone scrolls down a webpage as they read, everything in the sidebar scrolls off the page. If you have adverts in that sidebar, chances are your visitors will miss it. Wouldn't it be good to have the most important advert scroll down the page with the visitor, always keeping that advert visible as they read your page? I've recorded a video showing the plugin I use to achieve this. It's a free plugin.
Article: WordPress Sticky Widgets.
2. WordPress Pagination
Do you have any really long posts on your website? Did you know that breaking up these long posts into shorter ones actually have a few benefits? In this video, I'll tell you about the major benefits, and also show you the feature built into WordPress that allows you to easily split longer posts into multiple shorter ones.
3. Top 8 Royalty Free Images Sites
Web pages look better with images, but you need to be careful where you get your images from. You can pay for them from commercial image sites like iStock Photo, but they cost quite a lot for the average webmaster. This article will show you my favourite 8 websites that offer royalty-free (even for commercial use) images.
4. Black Friday on Udemy
It'll soon be Black Friday, and Udemy start their Black Friday deals today, with most courses just $10. In this post, I'll highlight some of the great deals to be had, and also give you coupons to get any of my own courses from just $8. That includes the new course I released at the end of last week, entitled “How to Write Great Web Content”. Even if you are not interested in any of the courses on Udemy, you might be interested in watching the video on my page anyway. I'll show you my earnings tab inside my Udemy account so you can see how much I've made as an Instructor this year! If you want to become an instructor, be sure to check out my “Make Money Teaching on Udemy” course. That's also just $8 from my site while coupons last.
5. Windows 10 – A few more lessons learnt
Since upgrading to Windows 10 on my main laptop (as described here on my site), I've had 3 “black screens” with just a cursor visible. It seems that this is a common problem, and reinstalling an older graphics card driver seems to fix it for me. However, to install that, I need to boot into Windows and there lies the problem. I have a black screen and cannot see Windows. I decided to try booting up in Safe Mode, but the F8 (or Shift F8) did not work. I don't think those old shortcuts work in Windows 10. A lot of instructions I found for rebooting in safe mode showed how to do this from within Windows itself – again, not an option for me. I did find a solution though. When I started my machine, it did get to the lock screen. From there, rather than entering my password, I clicked the power button bottom right. That brings up a menu which includes “Restart”. The secret here is to press the SHIFT key while to click Restart, and that will then reboot the computer to a screen that allows you to go into diagnostics/advanced start options, etc. Careful navigation of that screen lead me to an option to reboot in safe mode. After doing so, and reinstalling my graphics driver, I am back up and running.
I also found out that a new upgrade to Windows 10 was released this week (version 1511). My spare laptop was offered this update, so I updated it. It's not a service pack, but a full Windows 10 download again. In other words, a complete replacement of the old Windows 10 with a brand new one. The update worked fine on my spare laptop, so I went into the System Updates section on my main laptop, only to see that the upgrade was not being offered. Apparently Microsoft won't offer it to you until at least 31 days have passed since upgrading to Windows 10. The reason is simply that for 31 days you have the option to revert back to Windows 8. The old operating system backup is stored on your computer for that 31 days. While that old operating system (in the WinOld folder, or something like that) is on your computer, you won't get offered the update. When your 31 days are up, that old operating system is cleaned from your computer and the new update is offered.
I wanted the new update especially to see if it fixed the searching issue I talked about in that other article I linked to above. Therefore I found a way around the 31 days problem. I deleted the old operating system and my System Updates then found the new update. If you want to go the same route, there is a proper way to delete the old OS. Use the Windows utility called “Disk Clean-Up” tool. This gives you the option of removing the old OS, and this is the way you should do it. After removing, Windows should find the new update.
Has the update fixed the search issues? I don't know yet. I need to restart my computer to install the update and I wanted to get this out first. My second laptop didn't have this issue, so cannot tell from that installation. If you are interested, ask the question in the comments and I'll let you know.
OK, that's it for this newsletter. Hope there was something you found interesting.