This post will be regularly updated with Tips & Tricks related for using the internet, Facebook, Twitter, your computer etc. These are things we’ve either discovered for ourselves or some other helpful individual has posted somewhere! They will run in reverse order starting with number 1 at the bottom – this way when you come back to the page the latest tips will be at the top!
16. Google Search, Filtering by date: When searching for something in Google some of the results might be outdated and not show the latest information. For example searching for “importance of updating WordPress” shows results from 2012 and 2015 first. The date is shown just under the link to the page. To filter, go to the top of the page of results and click on Tools and then select a time period from Anytime. This will display the results for the time period you select.
15. How to find out everything Facebook knows about you: This is a really good and useful article which puts you in control of what Facebook knows about you. View the article.
14. Spell Checking: A useful tool which checks your spelling and grammar as you type online is Grammarly. This is useful if you’re writing a blog post or even a Facebook post. How many times have you posted a comment on Facebook only to see a spelling error afterwards! Click here to visit the Grammarly website.
13. Definitions of words: If you come across a word you don’t know, an easy way to find a definition is to go to Google and type “define word”. For example, if you want to know what Artisan means type “define artisan” (without the quote marks) and it will give you the definition, the history of the word and its usage over time!
12. Search Engines: If you want a true representation of where your website appears in the search results make sure you’re logged out before you do the search. For example, if you have a Google account it’s likely you’re always logged in. Log-out and then do the search. Search Engines will provide you with results based on your search history as well as your location so it doesn’t give a true picture of what other people will see.
11. Facebook: Do you see lots of posts from people that you don’t find interesting or don’t want to see? You can turn these off without “de-friending” the person. Go to the grey down arrow to the right of one of their posts and click “unfollow….”.
10. Facebook: When you comment on someone’s post or you’ve been “tagged” in a picture you are likely to be receiving notifications every time someone comments. This can be interesting but also annoying if there are lots of comments! You can turn this off. At the top of the post there’s a light grey down-arrow. Click on this and then click on Turn off notifications.
9. Free Advertising: Here are a few resources where you can place adverts about your products and services for free. This is also good for search engine optimisation because some of these will provide links back to your website which is gOOd!
8. Facebook: You may find it annoying to have the videos automatically playing as you scroll down the page. To turn off this feature go to the blue bar at the top of the page and click on the arrow:
Click on Settings and then Videos (on the left at the bottom). Change Auto-play videos from Default to Off.
7. Facebook: When you comment on someone’s post you will usually receive a notification any time someone else comments. This can be fine if you’re interested but sometimes the comments go on and on! You can turn off notifications just for that post. At the top of the post to the right of your name, click on the grey down arrow and click on “turn off notifications”.
6. Blogging: When writing a blog post use the “read more” function which automatically inserts a link to a page with the full blog post. That way your main blog doesn’t become one huge scrolling page. More details….
5. Blogging: Use a blog to add current news to your website. This shows you’re visitors that you’re alive and well and has the same effect on search engines – which will help your website staying higher in the results.
4. Spam: For company email never use the email address info@ and sales@. These are targetted by spammers. Even enquiries@ can be spammed so come up with something inventive as the email address.
3. Facebook: When you write on someone’s wall it’s very likely their friends will be able to see it. So rather than give details of meeting for coffee or other personal information send them a message instead. There’s a message link top left, click on it and search for your friend then click New Message – or go to their page and click Message near the top.
2. Web: If there’s a website address on a page which hasn’t been made into a link, highlight the website address, right-click on it and select the “visit website…” option and it will load the website for you.
1. Web: If you come across a term you don’t understand when reading something on a website, double-click on the word (or highlight the term if more than one word), right-click on it and select “search Google for….” and it will automatically look it up for you!