Month: August 2016

No More Popups on Mobile Devices

Google, our (benevolent?) overlord, has decided to punish popups on mobile devices.  This will start in January 2017.  We have enough time to set our media queries or for the popup plugin designers to set an on off switch on the popup depending on screen size.  Personally, I am glad to see them go on small devices, and even wish for a better way to curb their rampant use on all devices.  However, I don’t like how Google has become the internet policeman or rather judge, jury and executioner of things.  Sooner or later it will backfire and bite Google in the ass.

So, really, no more popups?

Barring the staging of mass demonstrations outside Google offices, there are some ways to accomplish what your popups accomplish on a small screen and not suffer for it.  Google will not punish these three cases:

1. Your cookie police statement

2. An age verification check for you owners of naughty sites

3. A small banner “that uses a reasonable amount of screen space”.  You can see the image below, taken from Google’s site that a form to collect emails could theoretically be used there.

Popups on Mobile Devices

I plan to use that space for my mailing forms.  If I hear of any changes before the new year, I’ll be posting updates here.

If you are interested you can read Google’s announcement here.

 

New WhatsApp privacy settings

So, WhatsApp abandoned its promised policy of privacy.  Surprised? Since Facebook bought WhatsApp it was just a matter of time that the WhatsApp privacy settings would change.  When you turn on your phone today you will be asked to agree with the changes.  If you don’t mind WhatsApp sharing your info along with your phone number to advertisers go ahead and click “Agree”.

To keep your old WhatsApp privacy settings

DO NOT TAP ON “Agree”, Tap on “read more” and by all means read it!

Switch the green switch to off and then tap “Agree”

All done.

All is not lost if you have already clicked AGREE

If you inadvertently accepted the WhatsApp privacy settings this morning, you still have 30 days (till September 25, 2016) to change them.  This is done by simply going to Settings > Account > Share my account info and unchecking the box.

WhatsApp privacy settings

WordPress – How to Set the Homepage

When you first create a WordPress site your homepage will display your latest posts.  Unless you will use your site only as a blogging platform you most likely will want a static homepage.  Here I will show you how to set the homepage to whatever you like.

Step 1 – Create two pages

Go to Pages –> Add New and make two pages.  You can name them as you like but for this example name one “Home” and the other “Blog”.  As the names imply, you will use “Home” as your static homepage and “Blog” will hold your posts.  NOTE: Even if you will not include a blog on your site, WordPress still needs a location to index posts, so you need to create this page.

Step 2 – Set the homepage

Go to Settings –> Reading

Set “Front Page Displays” to “A static page” and set the field “Front Page” to “Home” and “posts Page” to “Blog”.  Click on “Save Changes and you are done.

Set the Homepage

Step 3 – Permalinks

Once you have set the homepage go to Settings –> Permalinks and under the common settings select “Post Name”.  This will make your page cleaner looking your homepage address will appear as http://www.example.com and not http://www.example.com/?p=342.  It looks better, it is easier to remember and is also search engine friendly.

Step 4 – Add your homepage to the menu

Go to Appearances –> Menu.  If you don’t already have a menu, create a new one by clicking on “create new menu”.  Give it name and save it.

On the left of the screen you will notice “Pages” option, select “View All” and look for the page (or pages if you want to include the blog) that you created earlier. Select it and click “add to menu”.  One they have been added you can drag and drop and arrange the menu as you like.  Normally you set the homepage as the first menu item but that is up to you.  Click “Save Menu” and view your website.

Now we learned how to set the homepage in WordPress and the fun begins.  We can customize the front page and the choices are limitless from now on.

FURTHER READING

https://codex.wordpress.org/Creating_a_Static_Front_Page

 

 

 

 

 

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