Shorten Google Plus ID

Shorter Custom Google Plus ID

Things have changed a bit since I originally wrote the instructions below, so for more accurate information on getting a custom URL for your Google+ profile Google+ name visit the Google+ help page 

Please note the information  below is out of date.

Here is a quick and easy way to shorten your Google Plus ID

Simply click this link Shorten Google Plus ID and enter you desired name fro example I created my google plus account just for this article.

First I entered freewebsitetricks in the Nick Name Field then in the field labeled Your Google+ ID enter that long ID Google proviode and click add.

Thats it your all done now just copy your short URL and share it with the world.

So here is my original Google Plus ID 115428601385685770603 and heres my new Google Plus short code: gplus.to/freewebsitetricks

If you found this article helpful why not add me to your circle?

To Find your Google Plus ID simply log in to your Google Plus account and click on profile copy the long string of number between the forward slashes.




How to clear FireFox Cache

Instructions on how to clear your cache in FireFox (I am using FireFox for Mac)

I have recently been having a lot of issues with my web browsers and the refresh web page on web sites that I am working on. This is extremely frustrating and time consuming when all I want to do is see the changes I made on my web site that I am working on. I tried Google Chrome and I could not figure out a way to clear the cache unless I reset reset and cleared everything and this is also a huge time block in my web development projects. I then tried to figure out how to clear the cache in Safari and the same thing I could not find any easy ways to get the cache to clear, so I did some research on Firefox and I found this article on how to clear the cache in fiefox as well as some settings to make the cache clear on a refresh. I think this did the trick but I am going to have to give it some time to see if it truly works. I hope it helps save you some hours of head ache that I have had to go through.

I also made a change not listed in the instructions under settings / advanced and checked the Override automatic cache management and set the limit to 0 MB of space.

Click the image to the left to see the settings I made in Firefox settings.

How to downgrade your Mac os from Lion back to Snow Leopard

I have recently discovered that there are some features in the new Mac OS Lion that I am not satisfied with so I went online and tried to figure out how to downgrade my iMac back to Snow Leopard I found that many people had difficulty in explaining how to do this, so I found a simple solution.

Instruction on how to downgrade from the new Lion OS back to the Snow Leopard OS

  1. Make sure you have a back up of all of your data (I used a 1 TB Seagate Go Flex)
  2. Plug in a wired keyboard. (You need to use a keyboard that plugs in to your computer, because the wireless keyboard will not work when trying to select your start up drive in step 4.)
  3. Insert your Snow Leopard install CD
  4. Restart your computer and hold down the Option key (this will bring up the start up disk selection screen)
  5. Follow the onscreen instruction and start the new install (their can take up to an hour so be patient)
If this article helped you with your issue please post a reply below. I hope this helps and if you discover a better way or a flaw in my instructions above please post a reply below so that we can help those in need.

PayPal Send Money Feature

Please note: PayPal will charge fees if you use a credit card as the funding source to avoid fees use a bank account as your funding source.

In this tutorial I will show you a feature that many people over look in PayPal. I use this feature when ever I need to pay someone or if someone owes me money. I always suggest this feature, because using this feature will eliminate the fees that PayPal charges when you pay someone or when someone pays you. Do you have a PayPal account? if you do not have a PayPal account yet then you need to create one. PayPal is one of the most secure ways to make a payment online because you do not use your credit card when making a payment to someone that accept Paypal therefore you are less likely to have your credit card number stolen. If you would like to create your free Paypal account click here.

Create your Free PyPal Account today

If you do not have a PayPal account I highly recommend that you sign up for an account and get familiar with all of the features PayPal has to offer. I am confident that once you learn how to use PayPal you will wonder how you ever got along without an account. Click the PayPal image below to go to PayPal and create your free account today.




How to add a share button to your website

Share your website with the world

This is one of the coolest website add on features that you can add to your website for free. If you want more traffic to your website then you need to find a way to make it easy for people to share your site with friends, family and social networking site. The easiest way to do this is with a share widget / button from the add this website. I have put together a little video to help explain how simple the process of adding this to your website can be.

How to add scrolling text scroll marque to your web site.

How to add scrolling text / scroll marque to your web site.

One very cool website add on is the scrolling Marquee or also known as scrolling text. This is actually a very simple addition to your web site as long as you know the code or have the code to copy and paste into your web site. If you would like to see a video on how easy it is to add a scrolling marquee to your website click here for the code.

Add a Scroll Marquee to your website

Adding a scroll Marquee or scrolling text to your web site is as easy as copy and paste all you need to do is copy the code you like and add it to your web page.

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How to create a custom html error page

Add a custom HTML error page to your web site

If your like me you want your web site to be as fluent as possible, and there is nothing worse than an ugly error 404 page not found, but don’t worry there is a simple fix. Learn how to create a custom 404 error page for your web site.

How to create a custom 404 page not found, error page.

If you are tired of looking at that ugly 404 error page that comes standard with your website, then your in luck. I have created the video below to show you how easy it is to create your own custom 404 error page to match the look and feel of your existing website. Did you know that by simply adding a custom 404 error page to your website you can actually retain individuals who have found a no longer existing page from your website in a search engine and gain their interest by presenting them with an error page with your websites information, also if someone types in a /incorrect page to your website a 404 error page can help them, by letting them know they are at your site but have entered a wrong page. Creating a custom 404 error page is free and easy and can greatly increase the professionalism of your website dramatically. Check out my custom 404 error page it will open in a new window.