Sunday, November 14, 2010

Blogger Basics: Modifying the Post Footer

This tutorial is for those that are using Blogger to manage a blog. If you do not already have a Blogger account, you can easily create one and get started with blogging here.

I plan to share additional information on the basics of blogging, as well as tips for customizations (a little html never hurt anybody, right?) and information about the software that I use to keep my blogs up and running. Subscribe (see the right sidebar to sign up via email) if you’d like to be informed of upcoming articles! You can also follow me on Facebook for weekly tips on all sorts of geeky stuff.

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This lesson demonstrates how to modify the footer of each post on your Blogger blog.

1. Login to Blogger

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Go to www.blogger.com and log in using your username and password.

 

2. Click on the 'Design' link under the name of the blog you want to modify.

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3. Click on 'Edit' within the Blog Posts section of the layout.

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4. Configure your settings by enabling/disabling options and changing any formatting as you like.

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5. You can also arrange the location of items in the blog post under 'Arrange Items'.

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Just drag and drop to move them around.

 

6. Click on the "Save" button.

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7. Click on "Save" again within the Add and Arange Page Elements Screen

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8. Click on the "View Blog" link to ensure that your blog posts appear as you want them to.

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Return to the edit page to make changes if necessary.

This is an example of the custom voting buttons I added to the bottom of my posts on my photography blog: www.theawkwardphotographer.com.

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Additional Resources

  • I created this tutorial with ScreenSteps. It’s a handy tool if you find yourself creating step-by-step instructions or documentation.

JennaBazesml Jenna Baze is a rather geeky girl with average social skills and an affinity for: all things Google, Remember the Milk, Salesforce.com, Inbox Zero, Etsy, natural light photography and finding creative ways to avoid doing dishes (which includes updating a handful of blogs).
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Monday, November 8, 2010

Salesforce Tutorial: How to Update Contact Addresses Related to an Account

This tutorial demonstrates how you can use the Mass Update Contact Address app from X-Squared On Demand to copy the Account Billing Address to any related Contact Mailing Address fields.

If you are an Administrator, you must install the app (see link above) before you can share the following instructions with your users. If you are a user, you can share this tutorial with your admin as a suggestion for system improvement.

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A custom feature allows applying account addresses to any contacts for that account that you specify. This can be helpful when updating data. For example, a company may move to a different location and the address for all (or perhaps just a few) related contacts needs to be changed as well.

Note: This is currently only available for modifying the Account Billing Address fields, which passes data to the Contact Mailing Address fields.

1. Ensure Account address has been updated correctly.

Make sure that the Account Billing Address data is correct. Otherwise, you will be passing corrupt data to related Contacts.

2. Navigate to the update screen.

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Click on the "Update Contact Addresses" link, found under the "Custom Links" subheading on the Account record.

3. Check off all Contacts that you want to update.

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Click in the checkbox to select all Contacts that you want to apply the updated Account address to.

4. Confirm the updates.

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Click on the "Update" button and confirm that you want to make the changes when prompted. You can also cancel at this point too.

5. Review your data.

You have now applied Account Billing Address information to the related Contacts that you specified.

It is always a good idea to review your data after updating to ensure that the procedure was performed correctly.

Additional Information

This tutorial was created with ScreenSteps (version 2.8.7) and uploaded directly to my blog (as a draft, which I then downloaded and tweaked). You can download the PDF version here. If you create documentation, I highly recommend checking out ScreenSteps. It has revolutionized the way I provide support to the company I work for. You can read more about my experience here.

JennaBazesml Jenna Baze is a rather geeky girl with average social skills and an affinity for: all things Google, Remember the Milk, Salesforce.com, Inbox Zero, Etsy, natural light photography and finding creative ways to avoid doing dishes (which includes updating a handful of blogs).
Email:
rathergeeky@gmail.com
Twitter: @Rather_Geeky
Facebook: Rather Geeky Tips

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New from Google: Fusion Tables

I’m rather excited about this new (in beta) tool from Google.

Fusion Tables allow you to visualize large sets of data in a variety of ways including interactive maps, charts, etc.

Here’s an example showing ‘Cholera Cases and Deaths, 2000-2008’, focused on Africa, with data coming from this spreadsheet.

The source data looks like this:

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Here’s how I customized the view:

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You can choose other ways to visualize the data as well.

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There seems to be a lot of potential for embeddable gadgets with data coming from an updateable Google doc. Very neat!

Read more about Fusion Charts on the Google Operating System (unofficial) blog here.

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