WordPress logoMany professional web publishers will opt to split up long posts into multiple pages: it breaks the article down into digestible chunks and also has the added benefit of reducing your site’s bounce rate and keeping readers on your site for longer. (Reducing the bounce rate of your website sends positive signals back to Google about the usefulness of your content.)

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I’ve been messing around with mobile design this weekend. And among some of the mind-bending media queries and  cross device checking, I noticed that when I changed from portrait to landscape orientation on my iPhone, the font size seemed to scale up, upsetting the design.

After Googling around, as you do, I discovered a quick fix for this. It’s probably something that most mobile/responsive designers include as a matter of course these days, but simply adding this Webkit-specific line to your stylesheet fixes the awkward scaling issue when you rotate your phone screen:

body {
	-webkit-text-size-adjust: none;
}

Add the above to your existing body rules, and it’ll clear up orientation change weirdness.

Any other mobile design tips and tricks you want to share? Leave me a comment.

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Ubuntu LogoBy default, Ubuntu 13.04 has a usable guest account. I discovered this yesterday evening when I noticed my daughter had logged on as a guest.

Obviously some of you won’t be comfortable having an accessible guest account on your computer. You’ll be pleased to know there’s an easy way to disable the guest account (and toggle it back on again if you need to).

Instructions

Fire up a terminal session on your Ubuntu machine, then type in the following command and hit Enter.

sudo /usr/lib/lightdm/lightdm-set-defaults -l false

Reversing this process is as simple as changing the false at the end to a true.

sudo /usr/lib/lightdm/lightdm-set-defaults -l true

What this changes

What’s happening in the background when you execute this command? Quite simply, it inserts a line in the /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf file that says allow-guest=false.

So, the alternative way to make this edit – if you like doing things the long way – is to use gedit or nano to edit the lightdm.conf file and add that line yourself. And obviously switch false to true to re-enable guest access.

Now, once you’ve made the changes, you’ll need to reboot your computer for the guest account to be fully disabled.

Ever need to take a screenshot of what’s on your iPhone or iPad screen? Well, if you’re an IOS novice, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a built-in shortcut to take a photo of your screen any time you need. No need to buy expensive third-party apps, here’s the simple ‘how-to’ to get you started.

iPhone Screenshot tip

Instructions

As you can see from the image above, it’s a very straightforward process to take a screenshot on your IOS device. Actually, this tip should work on all versions of IOS running on iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. Here we go:

  • Get the image you want to capture up on your iPhone screen (obviously).
  • Press the power button and the home button on your device simultaneously. You should hear a click like a camera shutter. Your screenshot has been taken.
  • Now, head into the Photos app and you should see the screenshot in your camera roll.
  • That’s it. Pretty simple, huh?

Hope this helped you. If you found this tip useful, do us a favour and share this whereever you normally share stuff!

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WordPress MU (or Multisite) is a fantastic way of managing multiple WordPress sites without the hassle of handling separate updates for each site. Because an MU installation shares resources, plugins and core files only need to be updated once and every site is updated. Handy, right?

With WPMU, you can install a range of plugins and themes, and with network-wide activation, all your WordPress subsites have access to those resources. The thing is, sometimes you want to restrict a theme to one particular site. It took me a while to work out how to do it, but it’s actually quite simple. Here’s a quick step-by-step of how to do it:

  • Start by going to the Themes section in Network Admin. Make sure your theme is installed (obviously) and that it is not network enabled. (Network enabled means it’s available to all sites, and you don’t want that in this case!)
  • Staying in Network Admin, go to Sites->All Sites. From this list, click on the name of the site you want to edit.
  • Click on the Themes tab. You should see a list of themes installed on the site. Find the theme you want and click the Enable link beside it.
  • Next, browse back to the WordPress Dashboard of the site you’re working with. Go to the Appearance section and you should now see your theme is available. Activate the theme from there, customise it to your requirements and then check the live site to see how your theme looks.

Key screens:

WordPress network disabled theme

In the Network -> Themes section, it’s important to make sure the theme isn’t network enabled – otherwise, it will be available to all sites in your network. Obviously, if you discover your theme is network enabled, make sure to disable it here.

Single site theme enable screen

Staying in the Network Admin area, go to the configuration for the individual site you want. Click on the themes tab and from here you can selectively enable new themes. Save your changes and make any widget/menu edits your site requires and your new theme should be live on the site.

Hope this helps a few other WordPress network admins out there 🙂

 

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Google Chrome LogoThere’s nothing more frustrating than an unwanted URL that keeps popping up whenever you start typing a web address into Chrome. Maybe it’s been a site that you typed in by mistake and because it’s in your history it keeps coming up, always getting in the way of the result you want.

(Or maybe you’ve been visiting a site you don’t want anyone else to know about, but you don’t want to hose your entire browser history? Try using Incognito Mode next time!)

How do you get rid of unwanted single entries in the URL bar? It’s surprisingly simple. We’ve got instructions for both Windows and Mac OS X versions of Chrome.

On Windows

  1. Start typing the first few letters of the URL in question. The autocomplete entry should show up as usual.
  2. Use your arrow keys to navigate to the entry you’re looking for.
  3. Press SHIFT + DEL to delete the entry. Rinse and repeat for any additional items you want to remove.

On OS X

  1. Start typing the first few letters of the URL in question. The autocomplete entry should show up as usual.
  2. Use your arrow keys to navigate to the entry you’re looking for.
  3. Press FN + SHIFT + DEL to delete the entry. Rinse and repeat for any additional items you want to remove

A different approach – using Chrome History

This is a neat trick if you’ve got a lot of pages you want to selectively delete at once.

  1. Type chrome:history into the address bar.
  2. Search for the specific history entry.
  3. Click Edit items on the upper right corner – checkbox will appear in front of the history entries.
  4. Select the checkbox for the entries that you’d like to delete.
  5. Click Remove selected items.
  6. Click Done removing items to complete.

 

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Ubuntu LogoCanonical’s decision to add an Amazon shopping lens to the latest version of Ubuntu 12.10, Quantal Quetzal has been hugely controversial. On one hand it brings an additional (and possibly very lucrative) revenue stream to the maker of the largest Linux distribution (which I support), but on the other, users are concerned for their privacy. Me, I just find the Amazon Shopping Lens a massive pain in the rear end.

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Setting a keyboard shortcut for Launchpad

You know what would be handy in Mac OS X? If you were able to activate Launchpad with a keyboard shortcut. But for some reason, that’s not how it works on my MacBook. (Update: in later versions of Mac OS X, the F4 key will bring up the Launchpad menu.)

But there’s light at the end of the tunnel. You can assign a shortcut key for Launchpad very easily. Simply open your System Preferences and click the Keyboard item. It should start in Mission Control, but flick to Launchpad & Dock and you should see an option to Show Launchpad.

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Apple MacBook Pro

Apple MacBook ProIf you’re a power multi-tasker, switching between open application windows is essential. On a Windows machine, ALT+Tab is your friend here, allowing you to switch between any open applications.

While COMMAND+Tab still works on Mac OS X, you’ll find that it doesn’t work when you try to switch between windows in the same program. For instance, if you’ve got two browser windows open – one for researching, one for drafting. Or maybe you want to switch between messages and the inbox in the Mail app.

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