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Responsive Tables

<style type=”text/css”>
table {
border: 1px solid #ccc;
border-collapse: collapse;
margin: 0;
padding: 0;
table-layout: fixed;
width: 100%;
}

table tr {
background-color: #f8f8f8;
border: 1px solid #ddd;
padding: .35em;
}

table th,
table td {
padding: .625em;
text-align: center;
}


@media screen and (max-width: 800px) {
table thead {
border: none;
clip: rect(0 0 0 0);
height: 1px;
margin: -1px;
overflow: hidden;
padding: 0;
position: absolute;
width: 1px;
}

table tr {
border-bottom: 3px solid #ddd;
display: block;
}

table td {
border-bottom: 1px solid #ddd;
display: block;
text-align: right;
}

table td::before {
content: attr(data-label);
float: left;
}
}
</style>

Next the table (you only have to add percentages if you want and only to the thead – it will carry through)

<caption>
Enter Caption
</caption>
<thead>
<tr>
<th scope=”col” width=”10%”> </th>
<th scope=”col” width=”10%”>Price</th>
<th scope=”col” width=”17%”>Bed/Bath</th>
<th scope=”col” width=”17%”>SqFt</th>
<th scope=”col” width=”29%”>Address</th>
<th scope=”col” width=”17%”>MLS</th>
</tr>
</thead>

And you can add labels if you wish:

<td data-label=””>

Moving an Old Contact Database to MailChimp or ConstantContacts?

Uploading your contacts from your computer or company database can be problematic. Depending on how long you have been adding contacts to your database there is a good chance a high percentage of your emails are no long valid. This will cause a high bounce rate and could get your suspended from the bulk email giants.

It’s a good idea to have a 3rd party clean your list before uploading it for use. The company I choose, with great reviews, was Voilanorbert.com Their pricing was very reasonable and found that 35% of my list had invalid email addresses 39% were risky and only 25% were clean, usable email addresses. Mind you, this list went back over 15 years. For checking ~1400 email addresses the cost was $4. Very reasonable. I could have paid an additional $50 and they would have filled in my list with missing names, titles, companies, addresses & phone number.

Create and Use HTML Template in Outlook

Create New Message

Click New Message Button
Format Text > as HTML
Create your message using fonts & inserting graphics

File > Save as > type > Outlook Template

Use Created Template

Click New Item
More Items > Choose Form > Look in Use Template in File System
Choose .oft that you created above

Add Contact Form to WordPress

In Plugins Search for New – Contact Form
Choose Contact Form 7 by Tokayuki
Install > Activate > Settings
Click on Contact Form 1
Update Tabs

Mail

Check the TO field and make sure the auto-fill correctly filled the email that you wish to receive these submissions.

Also check the FROM – if it entered an email that does not exist, go to the CPanel control panel and under “mail” either add that email (or one you prefer) OR under “mail” choose forwards and create a forward to one of existing email accounts if you don’t to have a new account to check

Place on website

Look towards the top of the page and copy the shortcut code.
Click “save”
Then goto your contact page & add paste this code in your page using the “html” view

One Computer Can’t See The Other

Your computer appears to be correctly configured, but the device or resource (DNS server) is not responding

Fix 1

Rt click on windows –> Control Panel –> Network & Internet –> Network & Sharing Center –> click connection

Internet –> Properties

Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) –> Properties
– Choose Obtain an IP address automatically
– Choose Obtain DNS server address automatically
OK
Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) –> Properties
– Choose Obtain an IP address automatically
– Choose Obtain DNS server address automatically
OK

Fix 2

Rt click on windows –> command –> Run as Administrator
Enter
ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /registerdns
netsh winsock reset
netsh int ip reset
ipconfig /renew
Restart your computer

OR

netsh int ip reset
ipconfig /flushdns
net stop dnscache
net start dnscache

WordPress Complete Manual Backup

BACK UP FILES

  1. Login to your cPanel
  2. Find the root directory of you website (normally public_html)
  3. Double click on public_html to open the folder
  4. Click on the first file/fold in the directory – hold your shift key – click on the last file/folder in that directory – all should be highlighted
  5. Right mouse click on any of the highlighted files and a menu should appear
  6. Choose Compress
  7. For windows, I choose “Zip Archive”
  8. Click Compress Files
  9. It will name the zip after the first file/fold in the directory – my files was cgi-bin.zip
  10. Rename to whatever is relevant i.e. domainname-backup-date.zip
  11. Right mouse click on file & download your computer
  12. Next find your database name by looking in your wp-config file (double-click will download the file) open with note-pad and look for DB_NAME

BACK UP DATABASE

  1. Go back to cPanel
  2. Under Databases choose phpMyAdmin
  3. On the left menu find the database that is used by your WordPress Site (DB_Name above)
  4. Click once on the name all tables should now show on the left and be highlighted
  5. Click Export from the top menu
  6. Quick – display only the minimal options
  7. SQL format
  8. Click GO

MOVE TO SECURE LOCATION

  1. All files that we download should show on the bottom bar of your browser (if they are not there, look in your download fold on your machine)
  2. Right click on one and choose open in folder
  3. Highlight and move these files to a location you will remember. It is always a good idea to keep several copies in different locations – on your hard drive, on an external hard drive that is not normally connected to your computer, and on the cloud as well

Create a Movie from Your Photos

Windows Movie Maker is no longer available, what do you do when you want to make a quick movie?

Log into your google account and goto Photos icon in the pull-down menu top right.
Goto Albums & Create an Album|
Back on Google Photos Main Page, Select Assistant from the Menu on the left.
Click the +Create at the top & Select Animation
You can then download the animated.gif
(Cons – can’t set the time between frames)

The movie option only creates template stories.

YouTube “Brand” Accounts are a Must

Reason: Others can manager your account for your without giving them the keys to the kingdom….your main password for google.

Create a Brand Account

Goto http://youtube.com/account
Click “see all my channels or create a new channel”
Click “create a new channel”
Enter a name –> Create
May send text verification
Customize with Profile pic & Cover


To MOVE your old channel to the new brand account:

GoTo http://youtube.com/account
Click “see all my channels or create a new channel”
Select your original personal channel ***Important
Scroll to “settings” on you the left or enter the account url again from above
Click “Advanced Settings”
Click “Move channel to Brand Account”
May ask you for your pw
You should see your personal account at the top under My Channel (Now) with an arrow pointing to the new Brand Account
Click the Brand Account (This should be an empty account that you just created above so none of your video should be deleted. As I said earlier…make sure the old personal account was showing at the top and the new Brand account is at the bottom. If it is switched you will be deleting all of your content from your personal channel)
Click Delete Channel

My question is why don’t they make this easier for us with one button “Change your personal channel to a brand account”?