Some Tweaks To Spruce Up Your Windows 7

Those who are new to Windows 7 or are about to use it, are probably still unaware of the various ways to make life easier while working with Windows 7.  So here are a few handy tweaks that can make using the latest version of Windows not only easy but also fun.

Windows 7

To increase power plan to maximum performance :

To increase power plan to maximum performance, click on the control panel and open power options. Then click on the arrow of Show Additional Plans and simply activate High Performance plan! Next go to the advanced power settings, then to the Hard disk and then to Turn Off hard disk after which you should set ‘never’, which will enable the GC to do the job while logged off. You may also reduce the time required for Windows 7 to boot up. Just follow the following steps to ensure that: Just go to the run option from the main menu and type msconfig and press enter. This will open System Configuration window (like in earlier Windows). Now click on the Boot there and then you will see a box labeled Time Out. This gives the time the system waits for the user to select his or her choice of the Operating system, but since you are in a rush, you better set it to 0! Also select the No GuI Boot option so that the logo at Windows 7 boot-up gets turned off. Just Apply and click Ok and voilа, you’re done!

Computers Having Multiple Processors :

If you have a computer with multiple processors, like Quad Core or the Intel Dual Core processor, then you would want to read on. Since here I will give you some simple ways to choose the number of processors that you want to use. This can be handy in case there is a problem with one of your processors and you want to find out which one exactly is out of order. Remember that multiple processors are there so that a certain task being carried out by your computer is distributed among these multiple processors which in turns results in an increase of speed of your machine. Now back to the tips. Simply go to boot options from the Advanced options menu and the Boot Advanced Options will show. From there, you should know what to do!
Next comes how to disable the Aero Theme. First right click on your desktop, and then click Personalize and then the Windows color tab. De-select the box reading Enable Transparency and then click on “Open classic appearance properties for more color options”. A window should open up, in which you are to select a Standard theme.

Disable Unnecessary startup Programs :

Another cool thing to do is to disable some unnecessary startup programs. These programs start and continue to run in the background along with the Windows. For this also, just go to the Run option, type in msconfig and press enter to open the System Configuration window. Then click on the startup tab and choose for yourself which programs you want to keep and which you want to delete from the startup list.

Disable UAC or the User Account Control feature :

Let us now venture to see how to disable UAC or the User Account Control feature. This can be done in two ways. In the first method, go to Control Panel and open the option User Accounts and Family Safety. Next click on User Account, then the UAC settings link, following which you have to drag the slider to Never Notify. You’re almost done, with just clicking on Ok remaining and of course, you need to reboot. In the second method, you are to do the following:

First you have to go to Regedit or the registry editor, which you can access by typing regedit.exe in the Run box and then clicking enter. Next, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem and on the right pane, click on the EnableLUA and also on Modify. Then all you need to do is set the value to 0. Since enabled is given by 1 and disabled by 0 in the binary system.

Some Keyboard Shortcuts :

Now let us move on to some more fun options like keyboard shortcuts.

Alt + P is a shortcut that provides an additional preview option to the right side of the window whenever you are viewing any image file. Windows plus the + key and the Windows plus the – key are magnifying or zooming tools. Windows plus any number is a shortcut to activate the corresponding programs from the taskbar programs list.

5 Easy Steps To Speed Up Your Website

Improve Loading SpeedSo you finally did it – after months of SEO dedication, questing for the ultimate web hosting provider and learning how to decorate your website in a presentable fashion, you finally have a decent presence on the Internet. After that much hard work, it is only human for you to sit back and relax as you watch traffic flow into the web pages that you have so lovingly tended to.

The truth is that your web ranking could be enough to sustain your site for awhile. But then again, if you are reading this right now, it is highly likely that you are looking for another way of increasing the number of visits to your website. Even Google Search Rankings Considers Site Speed.

If you’re looking for a healthy ranking spot on Google, you really should read on as they have recently decided that they would alter their ranking algorithm to take into account the loading speed of published websites.

The good news is that you don’t have to go all kamikaze on your website by annihilating all graphics and scripts from its pages. Though there are several ways to better your blog’s loading speed, here are 5 simple and easy steps you can implement to increase the loading rate of your website without deleting any of your precious content.

#1 – Resize Your Images

First of all, we get it that digital cameras can take really great shots of everything and that the point of Photoshop is to make awesome pictures look breathtaking in high resolution. Second of all, we also understand that it is much easier to get WordPress to do the dirty work for us by auto-shrinking an image so that it fits in the frame of the webpage.
What you do not realize though is that having WordPress auto-resize your pictures will take up one to two minutes of your page loading time. The solution is simply to resize your images before you add them to your webpage. You don’t even have to buy a software specifically to resize your images either as you can easily find those online for free. Meanwhile, you can also host your images in subdomain.

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#2 – Scripts Belong at the Bottom

When a browser is loading the script embedded in your page, it doesn’t do anything else besides processing your script. This is why some pages turn up blank for a while as the scripts are first being processed before the rest of the page loads. To counter this, simply shift your scripts to the footer of your page. Again, you don’t have to pull out money for this feat as plugins such as the JavaScript to Footer can be found for free on the Internet.

#3 – Limit Plugins

Speaking of plugins, there are literally thousands of plugins available for free on the Internet, each seemingly capable of adding entertainment and functionality to your webpage. From statistics to widgets, the most important thing is to not liberally add plugins to your web pages.

The more plugins you have, the more calls are required, meaning that it takes more time for your pages to load. Tips, reduce unneeded and unnecessary plugins to speed up your website. So it is better to use recommended plugins alone.

#4 – Host on a CDN (Content Delivery Network)

Pages load slow if your website is kept in a server half way across the globe from wherever your visitor is currently located at. To counter this problem, bloggers can choose to store their websites on servers strategically placed around the globe.

This way, a visitor will gain faster access by loading the pages from the server that is closest to him or her. You will have to shell out some money for this service, but a decent CDN provider such as the Amazon S3 is actually pretty affordable. You can also use Dropbox as CDN.

#5 – Optimize with YSlow and Firebug

YSlow is a Firefox add-on that analyzes web pages and assists you by suggesting ways in which you can improve the performance of the analyzed page. Similarly, Firebug is also a Firefox add-on that enables users to edit, debug and monitor scripts displayed in the Firefox browser. Use these two great tools to analyze your web pages and optimize them accordingly.

At the End of the Day

The reason why people yearn for websites that load fast is the same reason why people want fast food and generic pop songs. It is intuitive and is simply compulsory to have a page that loads fast from a commercial point of view. Think about it, would you spend more than a few seconds waiting for a page to load? What is the point of getting visitors to your site if they don’t have the time to read your content, right?

The bottom-line is that regardless of whether you’re just looking to improve or maintain the traffic flow to your web site, you need to constantly tweak your page so that it loads at its fastest. Luckily, these five steps to shortening the load up time of your website is not only easily implemented, but is also mostly free of charge.

WordPress Date & Time Tutorial For Beginners

In this article I’m going to share some tips for displaying date and time on WordPress posts and comments information.

Though I’m 99.9% sure, I recommend you to take backup of your theme files or at least the required theme file. Please!

Display “Time Ago” for Posts or Comments

Just copy and paste the following code in functions.php file.

function time_ago( $type = 'post' ) {
$d = 'comment' == $type ? 'get_comment_time' : 'get_post_time';
return human_time_diff($d('U'), current_time('timestamp')) . " " . __('ago');

This uses built-in WordPress function human_time_diff(). Now place the following PHP code on single.php file or comments.php.

Note : File names may vary according to themes.

<?php echo time_ago(); ?>

Display Copyright Year

We don’t need to add copyright date or time, displaying the year is more than enough.

Add the following code in footer.php (most preferred area).

Coding :

Copyright © <?php the_time('Y'); ?> < ?php bloginfo('name'); ?>

Output :

Copyright © 2009 HellBound Bloggers

Tip : Update The Copyright Year Automatically

Adding the Date and the Time to your posts

You can add date and time to your posts in this format easily.

This entry was posted on <?php the_time('l, F jS, Y') ?> at < ?php the_time('g:i a'); ?> and is filed under <?php the_category(', ') ?>

Output :

This entry was posted on 21 July 2010 at 06:00 PM and is filed under Resources

Display the Date and the Time your post was modified

The template tag the_modified_date shows the date your post was last modified. Similarly the_modified_time() displays the last modified time.

Note : These only work when used within the WordPress Loop.

Coding :

This post was published on <?php the_date('F j, Y'); ?> and was last modified on < ?php the_modified_date(); ?> at <?php the_modified_time() ?>

Output :

This post was published on July 18, 2010 and was last modified on July 20, 2010 at 5:30 pm

For further formatting and customizing, check WordPress Codex.

Having any problems? Do you know any other trick? Please share it in the comments!