• How to Run Android on Your Computer

    How to Run Android on Your Computer

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    Android isn’t largely thought of as a desktop operating system, but if you’re curious about how Google’s mobile OS works, running it on a device you already have isn’t a bad idea. This will give you an idea of what to expect on a phone or tablet, all without making a single change to your laptop or desktop since you can easily do this from a flash drive or memory card.

    Step One: Prep Your Drive (or Card) and Install Android

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    For this guide, you’ll need a USB drive or SD card that’s at least 2GB in size. Be sure to copy anything you want off of it, because you’ll need to format it as part of this process. So everything that’s currently on the drive will be lost forever. No pressure.

    With all your data backed up, you’ll need a build of the Android x86 project from here. I’m testing the 64-bit version of Android 6.0, but feel free to pick which one works best for your current setup. Click the “view” button to start the download—depending on your internet connection speed, this could take a bit of time to finish.

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    While that’s downloading, you’ll also want to download Rufus, a free Windows tool that will install Android onto the flash drive for us. It’s completely portable, so download and store it wherever you want—no installation necessary.

    Once everything is finished, launch Rufus. You may get a warning from Windows asking if you want to allow Rufus to make changes to your device—just click “Yes.”

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    With Rufus up and running, go ahead and choose your USB drive in the top dropdown box. this is a crucial step to get correct, since Rufus will erase the drive in question. If you have more than one removable drive inserted into your computer, double-check the drive letter to make sure you’re installing to the correct one!

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    Next, make sure “FAT32” is selected from the File System dropdown.

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    Lastly, tick the “Create bootable disc using” box, then select ISO Image from the dropdown.

     

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  • 18 Useful Tricks To Speed Up WordPress & Boost Performance

    18 Useful Tricks To Speed Up WordPress & Boost Performance

    Last updated on August 18th, 2016 by Editorial Staff
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    18 Useful Tricks To Speed Up WordPress & Boost Performance
    Do you want to speed up your WordPress site? Fast loading pages enhance user experience, increase your pageviews, and help your SEO as well. In this article, we will show you some of the most useful tricks to speed up WordPress and boost performance.

    Speeding up WordPress to boost performance

    1. Choose a Good Web Host

    Choosing a web host will be the most important decision for the success of your site. If you are not on a good web hosting service, then everything else you do to speed up your site will simply fail.

    If you are just starting out, then we recommend Siteground. They are an official WordPress recommended hosting provider, and are known to provide top-notch service.

    If you can afford to spend a little more, then go with WPEngine. They are a managed WordPress hosting provider which means they will take care of all things WordPress for you.

    For more recommendations, check out our guide on how to choose the best WordPress hosting.

    2. Use a Caching Plugin

    WordPress is written in PHP, which is a server side programming language. This means every time someone visits your website, WordPress runs a process to fetch the information and then display it on the fly to your user.

    WordPress page cache explained

    This process can slow down your site when you have multiple people visiting your site.

    The solution is to use a caching plugin.

    Instead of generating every page on the fly, your caching plugin will serve a cached version of the page to user’s browser.

    We use W3 Total Cache on WPBeginner, but this plugin hasn’t been updated in a long time, and we will be switching soon.

    We recommend that you use the WP Super Cache plugin. See our guide on how to install and setup WP Super Cache on your WordPress site.

    3. Use CDN

    Many files on your website are static such as images, CSS, and JavaScript. These files normally don’t change. However when a web browser is downloading your page, these files can stop it from displaying the page to your users.

    CDN or content delivery networks solve this problem by serving your static files from their servers across the world. This frees up resources on your server, makes your website fast, and improves user experience.

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  • How much is your domain name worth?

    How much is your domain name worth?

    Domains, Tips & Tricks Jul 18 2016 Andrew Allemann 0 Comments
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    You own a domain name you’re not using and someone asks if they can buy it from you. How can you figure out what it’s worth?

    It’s not a simple as appraising a home; it’s very difficult to find comparable sales and attach a price to a domain. Every domain name is unique and it’s hard to compare one to another.

    In fact, if you ask five so-called domain experts how much a domain is worth, you’ll probably get five different answers.

    But you can get a decent idea of your domain’s value by taking a look at some of the factors that go into valuing a domain name.

    How many other extensions are taken – if you own the .com of a domain and the .net and .org are also registered, that’s a good sign that the domain you’ve chosen is in demand. It means the term you chose for your domain (the second level domain) is popular enough that people are willing to register it in extensions that aren’t as popular as .com.

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  • How to Tweak wp-config.php to Protect Your WordPress Site –

    If you think your site is safe because it doesn’t have any content worthwhile to hackers, think again, because the vast majority of security breaches aren’t aimed at stealing your data or defacing your site.

    Hackers generally want to use your server as an email relay for spam, or to setup a temporary web server, usually to serve illegal files. If you’re hacked, get ready to shell out money for soaring server costs.

    There are plenty of different ways you can strengthen the security of your site or Multisite network, but one of the simplest is to tweak your wp-config.php file. Updating this configuration file, while not a sure-fire solution for keeping out hackers, is worth doing as part of your overall security strategy.

    With that in mind, let’s look at what WordPress constants are and how to use them to make changes to your wp-config.php file to boost your site’s security.

    Setting WordPress Constants

    In your WordPress configuration file, also called wp-config.php, you can set what are called constants in PHP to execute certain tasks. WordPress has many constants you can use.

    The PHP documentation describes constants as:

    “A constant is an identifier (name) for a simple value. As the name suggests, that value cannot change during the execution of the script (except for magic constants, which aren’t actually constants). A constant is case-sensitive by default. By convention, constant identifiers are always uppercase.”

    Simply put, you can set a value to have a name. It’s also applied globally across an entire script so you can use it again and again. Constants are case-sensitive and usually contain only uppercase letters and underscores.

    An actual constant used in WordPress is WP_DEBUG and this is a great example of how to properly name them since they can only begin in a letter or a single underscore. (You can read more about how to use WP_DEBUG here.)

    Constants are also wrapped in the define() function as shown in this basic syntax example:

    define(‘NAME_OF_CONSTANT’, value);

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    In WordPress, the wp-config.php file is loaded before the rest of the files that makes up the core. This means, that if you change the value of a constant in wp-config.php, you can change how WordPress reacts and functions. You could disable certain features or enable them all by changing the value. In many cases, this can be done by changing false to true and vice versa, for example.

    Below are constants as well as other types of PHP code you can use in your wp-config.php file to amp up your security. Place them all above the following line in your wp-config.php file:

    /* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */

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    Warning: In Case of Emergency

    Since the changes you’re about to make can drastically alter your site, it’s a good idea to back it up. If a mistake is made, you can quickly restore your site to a point before you made any changes and once your site is functioning as normal, you can try again.

    For more details on how to create a backup or restore your site, check out some of our other posts: How to Backup Your WordPress Website (and Multisite) Using Snapshot, Backup Plugins Aren’t About Backing up, They’re About Restoring and 7 Top Premium and Freemium WordPress Backup Plugins Reviewed.

    If you find you have already been hacked and you’re trying to beef up your site’s security, install a security plugin such as Defender and give hackers the smackdown.

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