Add a Disclaimer to Arthemia WordPress Theme

This guide explains how to add a disclaimer to the bottom of your Arthemia themes WordPress site.

  • Head into the backend of your WordPress site
  • Select Appearance -> Editor
  • Select Footer (footer.php) from the menu on the right
  • Find the following line of code:
    • <!– <?php echo get_num_queries(); ?> queries. <?php timer_stop(1); ?> seconds. –>
  • Paste your disclaimer directly below this line. You might want to put in a line break (<br>) just before your disclaimer so that it begins on a new line. You may also want to enclose your disclaimer in <strong></strong> tags so that it stands out more.

Here is an example of the bottom of the footer.php code from the FirstsearchBlue website:


<!– <?php echo get_num_queries(); ?> queries. <?php timer_stop(1); ?> seconds. –>

<br><strong>Disclaimer: All Guide’s, How-To’s, Recommendations and anything on this site that may be deemed as advice, is taken at the user’s own risk. <a href =”http://firstsearchblue.com”>firstsearchblue.com</a> will not be held responsible for any unwanted events that result from following the information within any of our pages, posts or sites.</strong>

</div>

</body>
</html>


Add Mailing List to WordPress

This guide explains how to add a mailing list to WordPress and let users subscribe to the mailing list on your WordPress site.

First of all, a mailing list needs a backend, so any time you want to set one up, it’s going to be a two-step process, but don’t worry! It’s easy.

The first thing we have to do is install the mailing list software. For this we are going to use PHPlist – it’s the best and it’s very easy to use.

If you use a hosting service that offers Fantastico to install applications (which pretty much all of them do):

  • Head into Fantastico
  • Select PHPlist on the left side (under Mailing Lists)
  • Create a new installation in a /lists/ folder on your site
  • Set the admin username and password and the email address you would like to use for the mailing list
  • You can skip the section immediately below this one

If you do not use a web hosting service, just download the latest version of PHPlist from their website and extract and upload it to the public_html/lists/ section of your web server.

Now we have to setup the list:

  • Go to the URL where you installed PHPlist (probably http://YOURSITE.com/lists/)
  • Go to the mainpage
  • Select setup
  • Go to initialize database – if you see any errors, you’ll have to login to phpmyadmin (try http://YOURSITE/phpMyAdmin or, click the phpMyAdmin link from the backend of your web hosting service, usually pretty close to where you clicked Fantastico)
    • Click the SQL tab at the top
    • Paste in the following line and hit Go (make sure to change the database name to the one that you are using, i.e. mysite77_plst1)
    • ALTER DATABASE firsts77_plst1 DEFAULT CHARACTER SET latin1
    • If you got the message “Your SQL query has been executed successfully” then you are good to go, if not, you probably didn’t change the database name to your own.
    • Exit phpMyAdmin and go back to setting up your PHPlist
  • Go back to the mainpage -> setup
  • Go to configure attributes
  • Add 2 new attributes: Name and Email
  • Go back to the setup and create list
  • Go back to the setup and create a new subscribe page (just change the Title for now, everything else can stay the same)
  • NOTE:: In the Configure section there are a lot of options that you probably want to play around with – you don’t have to do that now, everything will work without customizing those items, but you probably want to come back to this area later to set things up the way you want them (i.e. change the “What name do system messages appear to come from” field

You’re finished setting up your PHPlist – now we just have to add a section on your WordPress site for users to subscribe to the mailing list

Head into the backend/dashboard section of your WordPress site

  • Go to the plugins section and hit Add New
  • Install the WP PHPList plugin and activate it
  • Go to the Settings section and select PHPlist
  • Fill in your information (make sure the Name and Email fields are checked off at the bottom)
  • Hit Update Options (top and bottom)

Now you need to add a new page to your WordPress site called Subscribe

  • Go to Pages -> Add New
  • Set the title to Subscribe
  • Hit the HTML button to add some code and past the following line:
    • <!–phplist form–>
  • Hit the Update Button and go check out your Subscribe Page

When you want to edit/manage/mail-to your list, go back into the area where we setup PHPlist (http://YOURSITE.com/lists)

  • To mage the users list, hit users (in the menu on the right)
  • To send a message, click send a message (in the menu on the right)

Feel free to ask any questions or post any problem, we reply very quickly.

Submit Your WordPress Site to the Search Engines

This guides explains the best way to keep your site (and all its pages) up to date with three major search engines: Google, Bing and Ask

Initially, you should submit your main URL to the search engines manually, you can do that here: Submitting Your Site to the Search Engines

Once you have submitted, go and download the Google XML Sitemap plugin

  • In your WordPress backend/dashboard go to Plugins -> Add New
  • Search the Google XML Sitemap Plugin, install it, activate it
  • Head into the settings section of your WordPress backend
  • Go to the XML Sitemap settings
  • Generate your first sitemap (using the link in the settings section)
  • Make sure that you have the options enables to send sitemap changes to Google, Bing and Ask

Submitting Your Site to the Search Engines

Here is a list of the links to submit your site to all the major search engines. Submitting your URL does not guarantee that the search engines will pick you up, but it does let them know you’re out there and typically, if you have a half decent site, they will list you.

Submit your site to Google

  • http://www.google.com/addurl/

Submit your site to Bing

  • http://www.bing.com/webmaster/SubmitSitePage.aspx

Submit your site to Yahoo

  • http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/submit

Submit your site to Ask.com

Screenshots on Mac OS X

For anyone used to taking screenshots on their PC, this explains how to do it all on your Mac.

Mac Screenshot Commands
Action Key Combination
Capture entire screen and save as a file Command+Shift+3
Capture entire screen and copy to the clipboard Command+Control+Shift+3
Capture dragged area and save as a file Command+Shift+4
Capture dragged area and copy to the clipboard Command+Control+Shift+4
Capture a window, menu, desktop icon, or the menu bar and save as a file Command+Shift+4 then Space bar
Capture a window, menu, desktop icon, or the menu bar and copy to the clipboard Command+Control+Shift+4 then Space bar

Delete Most Commented Section in Arthemia Theme

This guide explains how to delete that “Most Commented” section in the middle of the footer of your WordPress site. This is a common request with the arethemia theme, but affects other themes as well.

  • Go into the backend/dashboard of your WordPress Site
  • Go to Appearance
  • Go to Editor
  • Select the Footer file from the menu on the right
  • Look for the line of code: <h3>Most Commented</h3>
  • Delete this line and every line up to and including: </ul>
  • Your code should now look like this:

</div>

<div id=”front-popular”>

<div id=”recentpost”>
<?php     /* Widgetized sidebar, if you have the plugin installed. */                     if ( !function_exists(‘dynamic_sidebar’) || !dynamic_sidebar(5) ) : ?>
<?php endif; ?></div>

<div id=”mostcommented”>

<?php     /* Widgetized sidebar, if you have the plugin installed. */                     if ( !function_exists(‘dynamic_sidebar’) || !dynamic_sidebar(6) ) : ?>
<?php endif; ?>
</div>

  • Click the Update File button

How to Load Blackberry Beta OS

This guide explains how to install a beta operating system on a Blackberry device.

  • Get your hands on the latest copy of the Blackberry OS – usually form a torrent site or a quick Google of “latest blackberry 8900 OS” (replace 8900 with whichever blackberry you have). You can also checkout forums like crackberry.com to find the latest.
  • Once you’ve downloaded the the .exe file, install it.
    If it asks you if you want to start the desktop manager, just say no (if you accidentally say yes, just close it)
  • Make sure your Blackberry is plugged into your computer
  • Go to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\AppLoader\
    Note: if you have a 64 bit system, the file will be in: C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Research In Motion\AppLoader\

    • Delete the vendor.xml file
    • Run the AppLoader.exe file
  • Follow the prompts and you’ll be good to go!

Fix Arthemia Error 404 Not Found on Next Page

Often by default arthemia will throw a 404 error when you click next page (from the main page). Most of the time this happens only when you get to the last page of posts that should exist.

Here is how you fix it:

  • Go into you WordPress backend/dashboard
  • Go to Appearance -> Editor
  • Hit Main Index Template (on the right side)
  • Find the section where it says:   query_posts("cat=
  • The end of this line will have something like “posts_per_page=5”
  • Remember your number of posts per page
  • Hit the settings button on the left and go into the Reading section
  • Set “Blog pages show at most” to that number that you just found (5, in my case)

The Protein Shake Cottage Cheese Diet

What is the diet’s objective?

  • Burn fat fast without losing muscle
  • Give your body few enough calories that it will need to feed off its own fat stores, but eat enough protein to keep your nitrogen balance highly positive so that your body does not consume its muscles (to any significant degree)

Who is this diet for?

  • This diet was developed for people who are looking to lose a little body fat (drop from 16% to 13%).

How long does the diet last?

  • The diet should be maintained for 7 to 14 days

What foods are part of the diet?

Obviously there is more to this thing than JUST protein shakes and cottage cheese

Food List

  • Protein Shakes (Whey powder + Milk or Water)
  • Cottage Cheese – 1% or 2% MF
  • Eggs – Fried (in oil or low fat margarine) or hard-boiled
  • Tuna (no mayo though – yogurt/tziki/non-fat sour cream)
  • Yogurt (low or non fat)
  • Apples, bananas, orages, grapefruit, etc – only in the morning or well in advance of bed
  • Vegetables (lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, carrots etc – no overly high fat veggies like avocadoes)
  • Water – lots! But at least 1 hour before easting or 2 hours after as it slows digestion
  • Milk (white 1% or skim, chocolate milk is allowed after a workout or run)
  • Coffee – no cream or sugar, only milk (don’t add coffee to your diet, but don’t feel like you have to give it up)
  • Beans (kidney/black/lima/chick peas ect.)

What level of exercise is required by the diet?

  • Obviously, the more the better
  • The purpose of the exercise is to assist in burning more calories than you consume
    • This can be achieved through diet alone, but if you cut your calorie intake too significantly, your body will go into “starvation mode” and you wont be able to lose weight
  • Exercise with weights (or pushups/chinups) 3-7 times a week
  • Jog/Bike/Walk (light cardio) 2 – 4 times a week

Is this diet healthy?

  • Not really, it’s pretty hard on your system, but it lasts for such a short time (7 – 15 days) that it’s not an issue

Putting it together:

Stick to these pointers and you’ll be set

  • You don’t need to focus on cutting calories too hard – that will happen on its own
  • You cannot eat carbs anytime close to going to bed (within 3.5 hours of bed time)
  • Try to fill up (not stuff yourself, just get to a point where you are not hungry) on high protein, low fat foods – avoids carbs (especially those from sugar) at all times other than breakfast (eat oatmeal at breakfast)
  • Going to bed starving is the worst! If you are hungry at bed time (to the point where it is going to make it tough to fall asleep) eat an egg and some cottage cheese – both of these foods contain lots of slow release protein that will feed your muscles through the night.
  • Protein is the best, carbs are MUCH worse than fat – stick to high protein, medium fat, low carbs
  • Remember you are creating a calorie deficit while preventing your body form going into starvation mode