July 26, 2015

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Things You Should Know Before Changing or Editing Your Blogger Template

Backup/Restore Your Blogger Template
Hello all,
This post is about taking care most for newbie bloggers, after startup blogging I also got to know these things after some months but somehow it does not harass me that much because I was running same default template for almost a year.
But this is harmful for those who changes template frequently or make changes in existing template.
First thing you should know before changing or editing your existing template,
You must back up your template before editing.
If something went wrong so you can able to restore your backed up template that contain everything and you can easily restore them just like system recovery point. Important scripts are deleted then no worry you can restore it back by uploading downloaded template.
The matter to look inside is you should care about what you're editing, if you don’t know what you're editing and copying the scripts it is not recommended at all.

You should not change in widget tags if you're new to blogger, if some got error then template won't be saved and you have to loss some data(if not downloaded template.).
Direct installing widget from other sites may see/generate some unknown data of your blog; you should install widget only from trusted sites.
If you want to make custom to template and doesn't know the proper coding, then it is recommended to use template designer instead of using Html Editor.

If somehow you forgot to take backup of your blog, you won’t be able to get it back your old template so it is strongly recommend from my side to take full backup of your blog, there is also a screenshot attached for taking Backup of your blogger template.

Your blogger template backup will contain almost each thing like Posts, Comments & Designing (CSS style sheets, Widgets and Scripts that you modified or installed at a time.
How to restore your backup?
After taking backup of your blogger template, you just tried to make some changes in your template and something went wrong that isn’t fixable easily or you don’t know how to fix it, Then you’ll always able to restore your full template by clicking Import Blog inside settings as shown in screenshot.

Editing your blogger template is yet another tough task to perform for newbie bloggers because its html editor is tough to understand what stands for what. If you are editing particular widget you must close whole tags in html editor in order to save your template otherwise you’ll keep getting error <div> is not closed or something like that with exact line no. like 1134. After saving whole template just View blog for any unwished changes in blog.

If there is no unwished changes in blogger.You have achieved success in saving your template without no errors, If still something went wrong, Comment here with problem description we would happy to assist you. Have a happy blogging.

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June 09, 2015

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How to install/flash CyanogenMod 12.1 on Sony Xperia M (Android 5.1.1 Lollipop)


If you are using Sony Xperia M, then your device might be running Android 4.1(Jelly Bean) or Android 4.3(Jelly Bean).
As you may know that Sony haven’t rolled out Android 4.4(Kitkat) update for Xperia M. So we should not expect Android 5.x(Lollipop) update.
In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to install/flash CyanogenMod 12.1 which is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on your Sony Xperia M.
Here is the XDA thread from the PecanCM who is contributor of the custom ROM which we will install in Sony Xperia M.
Disclaimer: (Must read before installing/flashing the custom ROM)
  • This is for only Sony Xperia M which is running on Android 4.3(Jelly Bean). (As per XDA thread) [If your Xperia M running 4.1, first update it to 4.3]
  • Take backup of everything in your phone. E.g. Contacts, Messages, Apps, etc.
  • This is a nightly build. So you may come across some bugs.
  • Make sure Your device battery is greater or equal 80%. Either your device may breakdown.
  • Your device’s warranty is now void. You are choosing to install this ROM, So do the whole process at your own risk. We are not responsible for any kind of damages at all. I am not assuring you that you’ll 100% get your device working with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop(CM 12.1).
  • Note here that You’re installing everything new so, Probably nothing will remain from 4.3, Thus Backup should be necessary. 
Let’s do it
Prerequisites:

Make sure your Xperia M connected to your computer with USB Cable and USB Debugging is enabled(checked).
If you’ve not enabled USB Debugging(or don’t know what’s that), here are the steps to enable:
Go to Settings -> About phone -> Tab near 7 times on Build number.
After doing above process, you shall see confirmation by that toast message saying You are now a Developer!
Go back, Tap Developer options -> Enable that button on the top-right if it’s not -> Check USB debugging in Debugging section. Click on that OK button in alert which will showing details regarding what is USB debugging.
Make sure that your device is showing in your computer as an attached device. To do so go to this XDA-thread. Download that program. Double click the downloaded file. Say Y/N as per your choice and install it. (I would say Y to all)
Now open CMD (Command Prompt). Type adb devices. Press Enter. If your device is being shown in List of devices attached then you are good to go. If not shown, try to reinstall program/Check that USB debugging is successfully enabled on your device. Or just write down the error in comment section below this post.

Steps:

  1. Download Flashtool from here. Install it on your computer.
  2. Download CWM recovery from here. Rename it to “boot.img”.
  3. Open this link. Click on the first link after “Direct Download:“ The link text would be like cm-12.1-YYYYMMDD-NIGHTLY-nicki.zip.
  4. Download Android 5.0 Google Apps from here. File name would be like gapps-lp-YYYYMMDD-signed.zip.
  5. Open Flashtool. Click on that “Flash device” button (previous to BLU button), Select Fastboot mode. Click Ok. A new window will open. (Make sure your device connected with USB Cable to your computer) Click on Reboot into fastboot mode (via ADB) button. (probably the 1st one)
  6. Now your device is on fastboot mode so we can install recovery now. (The blue light may be seen on your Device) Click on Select kernel to Flash in Flashtool. Select *.img in file types. Select that boot.img file which you’ve downloaded in Step 2. Click Open.
  7. After completion of above step, Disconnect your device and boot it. (You will see something like "Finished" message in Flashtool Main window.)
  8. After successful boot, Connect it again via USB cable to your computer, Open CMD, type adb reboot recovery. (Note: From below steps you will lost all your data so be aware before going ahead. If you’ve not taken Backup, I recommend you to reboot and do it first.)
  9. It’ll show you the CWM interface, Navigate to wipe data/factory reset via Volume buttons. Press the Power button to select. Navigate to Yes – delete all user data, select it via Power button. It’ll be done in near couple of minutes.
  10. After completion of above step, Now you will be again in CWM interface, navigate to wipe cache partition, press Power button to select. Navigate to Yes – Wipe Cache, select it via Power button.
  11. After completion of above step, You’ll be again in CWM interface, Now it’s time to flash the actual CM 12.1 ROM and gapps. Now connect your device to the computer via USB cable (if not). In your device, Navigate to install zip, select it, Navigate to install zip from sideload, select it.
  12. Navigate to the folder(on your computer) which containing CM 12.1(.zip) and gapps(.zip) files. (which you’ve downloaded in Step 3,4) Shift + Right click in the blank space in the folder window. Select Open command windows here.
  13. Type adb sideload cm-12.1-YYYYMMDD-NIGHTLY-nicki.zip, press Enter. This will sideload the file to the device and after 100% completion of this transfer, The installation of CM 12.1 will begin in your device. After installation completes, go ahead.
  14. Now you may see CWM interface or install zip interface. If you’re in CWM interface, Navigate to install zip and select it. If you’re in install zip interface, Navigate to install zip from sideload, select it. Type adb sideload gapps-lp-YYYYMMDD-signed.zip, press Enter. Again it’ll sideload the file to the device and after 100% completion of this transfer, The installation of Google Apps will begin in your device.
  15. So after the installation of gapps, If you’re in install zip then go back to CWM interface or if you’re in CWM interface then select reboot system now. It may ask you for the “root fix”… You should select Yes.
  16. Now your device will reboot, It may take up to 15 minutes (first time reboot), So I suggest you to take a cup of coffee/tea with you while the device boots up.
  17. After finishing the start up guide, Congratulations, Your device is running Android 5.1.1 (CM 12.1).
Note: The file name after adb sideload will depend on your downloaded file so be aware that you’re typing the name which your downloaded file have.

Xperia M running CM 12.1 (Android 5.1.1)

Any questions/problems/queries will be answered in comment section below, so feel free to drop it. And if your device successfully get working with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, Then I feel glad to here in the comment that “Hey Dude, My device successfully flashed to Lollipop.”

Thanks,
Kaushalya Mandaliya
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May 10, 2015

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Best Practices for Being Eligible for Google AdSense

Google AdSense is the way to earn money from your website or blog.
Let's go directly to the topic, Sometimes your website or blog application may got rejected by AdSense because of some reasons.
But you may make your blog or website eligible for AdSense Ads postings.


Here is some useful tips:

  • First & Important make your blog in AdSense supported languages.
  • Make your blog loading fast, you can make this by letting go of some non-useful JavaScripts and widgets, maybe those things takes much time to load.
  • If your number of posts is low, then improve it by increase your posting and post with images and more than 500 words should make better impressions.
  • Give your blog a better and useful title and SEO friendly description. So that every search engine crawls well.
  • Give your blog a topic and post about the topic with full references and sources. If possible never go out of topic.
  • Tweak your design of blog, Creative design may create some attraction. Don't make it confusing by adding non-useful widgets.
  • Make your blog feeds available for readers of your Blog or Website. In Blogger you can simply add its widget.
  • Make your blog's/website's Template clean & responsive, Don't complicate it with too much designing. Because sometimes it may be the reason of disapproval of your AdSense request.
  • You should never use abusive language(s)/word(s) in your blog posts. This should never get your blog approved in AdSense.
  • Maintain your blog post frequently on daily or weekly basis.
  • Responsiveness is now a key factor in Google Search Results. So you should make your template responsive as soon as possible.
  • Make sure your blog/website have these pages: Contact Us, About Us, Disclaimer, Privacy Policy.
  • We recommend you to add "Sitemap page" too.
At the end, If you learn something from this blog post just share it, If this post needs improvement or you know any more tips about getting approval in Google AdSense then please give feedback to us via Contact Us Page.
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April 17, 2015

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What is Net Neutrality? Why should you vote for it? (Net Neutrality in India)

What is Net Neutrality?

Net neutrality (also network neutrality, Internet neutrality, or net equality) is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally,
As stated in Wikipedia article, it simply means that all the data on the internet should be treated same. No discrimination should be over different sites.

Now it's turn of Indian people to vote for Net Neutrality to TRAI before the deadline on 24th April 2015. So after reading this article please please please vote to TRAI.(Indian readers)

Why should you vote for Net Neutrality?

You should because of below reasons:
  • ISP(s) shouldn't slow down any website or the speed of the website.
  • ISP(s) shouldn't be allowed to block any content.
  • Internet should be open, anyone can access any content/website with no discrimination.
  • The video from the AIB gives you so much clear information about Net Neutrality. You can see it here.

Anyway it's simple if you don't want to pay extra on using WhatsApp/on using Twitter/or like that then you should send email to TRAI as soon as possible.

I've already sent the mail. You should post about Net Neutrality in Social Media so that your friends and followers be aware of it and also suggest them to send an email to TRAI as soon as possible.

I like how people are being aware of it because today I've seen a trend on #NetNeutrality in Facebook. I wish people support it as we should all have access to the Open Internet.

I suggest you to email now. If you can't send it now. You should before 24th April 2015. I suggest you to put it in your to-do list before 24th April 2015. I mostly save my stuff on Google Keep so you can use it too.

I am repeating, You should share this post in the Social Media.
Thanks.
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March 19, 2015

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Twenty Fifteen Blogger Template Free Download

When you are about to launch your website, then it is very important that you pay a lot of attention in selecting the right template. Your choice of template will set the mood of your website and it definitely becomes an important aspect in deciding whether your website will be able to attract visitors or not. Then, SEO also comes into action, if you choose a premium template, then you can be rest assured that it will be SEO optimized, but if you are selecting a free one, then you will have to verify whether it is incorporated in it or not. Depending on your preference, you can either go for a simple yet stylish template or you can also opt for something colorful yet elegant. Now, here is a Twenty Fifteen Template that will help you in building a professional website for your multimedia blog. It can also be used by the bloggers who are into technology or news portal blogging. There is no complexity in the navigation or usage of this blogging template; instead you will find everything well – defined out here. The template that is available at the moment is the first ever template by Nitin Maheta in 2015 and he will soon roll out several other templates.


Details:
Blogger Template Style
Name:        Twenty Fifteen
Designer:    Nitin Maheta
URL:          http://www.makingdifferent.com/

Different aspects of Twenty Fifteen template

If you are about to launch your website, then this Twenty Fifteen Template will be the perfect choice for you. The template itself provide you with various options to decide how you want to place your paragraphs. You can either select the normal paragraph, or you can select a different kind of format for your paragraphs. Not only that, a paragraph can be portrayed as blockquote or even as a code. So, you are getting so many options of paragraphs only to decide what will make your blogs interesting. Then, comes the ‘Unordered list’ of the template, which includes the blogs, skins, layout, blogger templates as well as normal templates too. Now if you move towards the ‘Ordered List”, there you will come across the login option, or visit the site option, Installation or download option. Therefore, you can see for yourself that they have provided you with organized selection options where you can customize your page as per your preferences. You can also opt for any one of the six heading choices that is present or if you are going to place a table in your blog, then there are different options for that as well.

The best part of the template is its responsiveness nature. It beautifully fits into any screen size, so if your users are browsing from their Android device or Apple device or using a desktop, they will not miss out on anything from your blog website. Moreover, as it is SEO optimized therefore, there will be less worry about gaining organic traffic for your site. You will also be able to make use of 2 sidebars, 4 column footer, great color scheme and in - built widget to help you with your work.

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March 15, 2015

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Do you want to know how much time you spend in your smartphone, Here's the solution "QualityTime"

One of the best apps ever for me is QualityTime. It’s for tracking your time. If you spend too much time on your smartphone then I am sure that After analyzing your stats of the apps (How much you use the apps), you will going to have some encouragement for giving less time to your smartphone. As happen to me, Sometimes I spend a lot of time in my smartphone but after seeing that I’ve spent too much time on my smartphone, after that day I automatically get an idea in my mind when I pull down my status bar, “Buddy now you should stop using your device”, or “go for a walk” or “do what’s necessary”. (Because when I pull down my status bar, I can see the usage of the day in a little box. Which is provided by QualityTime.)


So in the above image, You can see the Usage of the day and Screen Unlocks per day in a little box. Which may also warn you too.

This application provides many features. When you first open the application it’ll show you the usage of the day, with the timeline of the whole day. (Timeline actually means that it’ll show you how much time you spent on the applications with system time)


So on that day my device’s usage is 2h 13m till 19:50. You just have to swipe down to see the whole day activity. From this you can track your time like If you ever question yourself that "What I was doing 2 days ago at 5:30 PM in my device" then If you’re using this app then you can directly swipe left two times and then you can see the whole day activity.

If you would like to see specific apps usage then you just have to swipe up or click that top-center arrow to get detailed status of apps.


If you want to know that how many times you opened an application then you just have to swipe right(from the above first pic) and it’ll show you the frequency of the application(above last pic). In the above two screens, if you swipe up then you will directly jump to the weekly calculation(s) like weekly usage of the apps / weekly frequency of the apps.

Also read: Generate Strong and Unique Passwords using a tool called Secure Passwords

There are also many other features:
  • You can exclude an app from tracking it’s usage,
  • You can get yesterday’s usage summary every 8 am,
  • You can also set Daily Usage Alert for specific apps like setting an alert for Facebook if usage goes more than 60 minutes,
  • etc.
It seems like QualityTime is now only available for the Android devices. So, that’s all about QualityTime. I hope you utilize your time and use it wisely.
Link: QualityTime in Play Store, QualityTime Website
A thought that jumping in my mind to tell you:
Time waits for no one.
- Unknown
Anything to add in this story? Then please let me know in the comment section or directly at our Contact Us page.
This post is not sponsored by QualityTime at all. I’ve personally used this app and giving frankly opinion/review of the app. Thanks!
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