Category Archives: Homeschool

Facebook Has Removed The Home Page Ticker

I just noticed that Facebook removed the home page ticker but some of subscribers of mine are telling that it is still visible on their home page. I just figured out that many others are also experiencing the same as many stories are appearing on Twitter (check latest ones here and here) about the vanished Facebook Ticker. Some are telling it would be back soon like Randy Hamilton. Some are telling that Ticker is back again etc. etc. But it is still not visible on my Facebook home page.

What is a Facebook Ticker?

Facebook Ticker shows you the things  in real time.

Features of Facebook Ticker:

  • It keeps up with the latest news as it happens
  • You can listen to music with your friends
  • You can hover (or click) over a story to join the conversation

Ticker shows live happening stories like status updates, friendships, photos, videos, links, likes and comments. This activity is visible elsewhere on Facebook but Ticker let you see this as soon as it happens.

Recording Your Screen

Screenr is a web-based screen recorder used for creating instant screen casts. Using Screenr you can make videos of  your desktop, edit them, share them on different social networks and websites etc. Screenr is free, it don’t need any installation.

Start recording your desktop screen:

  • Go to http://www.screenr.com/
  • Click the RECORD button.
  • Adjust the portion to be recorded by re-sizing and moving the frame.
  • Click the Red button to record.
  • When you are done press ALT + D on your keyboard or Green color Done button on the page.
  • Describe screenshot and click Publish.
  • You can Embed the video, publich it on YouTube, download the file etc.

Check this Video Tutorial from Screenr:

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How Automattic Makes Money

WordPress is Free, Opensource and Priceless software from Automattic used for creating website, blog or something like that. You can download WordPress from www.wordpress.org for free.

But you know how Automattic makes money as it gives everything for free. No, it don’t give everything for free but yes most of its applications and the core software WordPress is absolute free for you.

Now lets see how WordPress makes money:-

VIP Hosting

WordPress provides VIP Hosting for major brands like Time Magazine, NewYork Times, CNNBoing Boing and also TechCrunch etc. To know more brands hosted on WordPress VIP Hosting CLICK HERE

WordPress offers you two types of VIP hosting:-

Akismet Anti-Spam Technology

Akismet is an automated spam killer used by millions of blogs. Using this you don’t need to spend long time on deleting spam. WordPress makes money through Akismet as it offers different plans to bloggers for use Akismet.

For using Akismet you have to signup by choosing one of the following plans to get an API key:

  • Enterprise: Costs $50/month. Here you get multiple site access. It is good for companies having low web traffic.
  • Pro: Costs $5/month. It gives single site access. Good for small non-personal sites and blogs.
  • Personal:  Costs $0 to $120/year. Good for non-business personal blogs.
  • High Volume: Companies with or over 100k calls per month pays per call. Costs $100/month minute.

Premium Features

These are the optional priced per year upgrades offered by WordPress:

  • Be the master of your domain: Costs: $13.00 – $25.00/year. For controlling your online identity you may add your own domain name. Like www.example.com instead of www.example.wordpress.com This feature can be added to you existing WordPress blog.
  • Extra Storage: Costs $20.00 – $290.00/year. This is used by the bloggers whose content is running out of space.
  • Custom Design: Costs $30.00/year. Bloggers use this to customize blog’s fonts with a point-and-click interface. No coding required.
  • VideoPress: Costs: $60.00/year. Uploads your videos, get them converted into different formats including HD etc. Including many more features.
  • Go Ad-Free: Costs $30.00/year. Time to Time WordPress displays Ads on your blog for logged out users. You may turn off the Ads by using this feature.
  • Guided Transfer: Costs $129.00 . This feature is used for transferring a WordPress site.
  • Premium Themes: You may upgrade to premium WP Themes for adding more options to site customization. Pricing for each theme is displayed under the theme on your dashboard.

Google AdSense 

This is what most of us use to make money online by putting Google Adsense on our web content. This is a free program by Google that empowers online publishers to earn revenue by displaying some Ads on their content. As I had already told you that time to time WordPress displays Ads on your blog for logged out users, this is what Google Adsense.

Support Networks

If support forums aren’t enough to solve your problem then you may switch to support networks.

VaultPress

This is WordPress’s security, backup and support. It backup you blog automatically without any security flaw.

Plans and Pricing follows:

  • Basic: Costs $15/Month per site. Gives realtime backup and automatic restore during disaster.
  • Premium: Costs $40/Month per site. Gives back-up restore and continuous security scan.
  • Enterprise: Costs $350/Month per site. Gives solutions for large scale WordPress Installations.

Poll Daddy

This is Online Survey Software with both free and paid plans as follows:

  • Free: This is absolute free for ever not a trial or something like that.
  • Professional: Costs $200/Year.
  • Corporate: Costs $899/Year

Changing Facebook Page’s Username/URL

I Just Changed Facebook Page’s Username. Now URL of Opensource Book page on Facebook  is not www.facebook.com/OpenLAMPbooK but now it is www.facebook.com/opensourcebook  You may also do so just follow the following steps:

  1. Login to your facebook account.
  2. On the left sidebar, just above the chat faces click the Page of which you want to change the URL.
  3. On the top you will see  three buttons: Edit Page | Build Audience | Help
  4. Click Edit Page 
  5. Form the drop-down menu select Update Info.
  6. On The Third line You will see Username 
  7. On the right side of Username click Change username link
  8. You will seeing your old Username side by you Page name.
  9. Change it, type the new one and click Check Availability.
  10. That’s all. Save the new Username and start using it.