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How to create a subdomain for use with Blogger

 Not all sites are meant solely for blogging. Some websites only include a blog for marketing purposes only. This is because blogs can drive traffic to your site. Each site visitor is a potential customer who can end up buying products or services on the website. I am going to show you how you can create a subdomain that can then be used as a custom domain on Blogger. Creating a subdomain in CPanel Most web hosting companies in Zimbabwe provide packages that come with CPanel and therefore I shall use it as an example. It is easy to create a subdomain in CPanel. A subdomain has two main purposes. It can act be used to host a different website or to organize the main domain so as to improve the user experience. If your main domain is 'example.com', then a subdomain can be 'blog.example.com'. To create 'blog.example.com', simply lo into CPanel and head on to the section written 'subdomains'. Go on to create your subdomain by just entering the word 'blog

Why you should use a custom domain for you blog.

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  I have experimented with both custom domains and free sub domains in the past. They both have their advantages and disadvantages. I have used sites like Wix, WordPress and as you can see, I also use blogger occasionally. I am going to share with you the pros and cons of the two platforms - free versus paid or custom domains.  The biggest advantage of platforms like Blogger is that you can easily rank high in search engine results for those people who are actively looking for you. This is different from ranking high for content which is what everyone seeks to achieve with content marketing. If you are a blogger using your name in the domain name of your free platform, people searching for your name can easily find you on top of search results.  The above scenario would be perfect for a portfolio and not for content marketing. So in my opinion, free platforms are ideal for freelancers to showcase their profiles. For bloggers, custom domains are the best choice. Why is that so? Custom d

How to edit your Twitter posts

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 There is now a way to edit your tweets. Twitter has announced in the past that they will not introduce an edit button on the social media platform. However, there seems to be a workaround to this issue. For you to understand this new method to "edit" tweets, let me give an example of WhatsApp. If you send a message with a typo there is no way to edit the message. You can choose to delete the message and post another one but that might cause the recipient to raise eyebrows. You do not want a situation whereby the receiver becomes curious on what the original message was. So what do you do? Most people choose to reply to their own message and highlight the error for clarity. This is the same way one can now correct their tweets. Just reply to your original message with the correct version. When you do that, Twiiter will create a thread unlike in the past when your reply was part of the general comments.  This new way of "editing" tweets will keep the original message

How to get affordable data to stream content from your TV box

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When I tell people that I enjoy streaming videos to my TV from an Android TV box they often wonder how do I manage to afford the data. I know internet bundles are increasingly getting expensive in Zimbabwe these days but there is still an option to buy data at a cheaper price. Let me tell you how you can do that. You might want to start with the equipment for streaming content to your TV if you do not already have it. All you need is a television set with an HDMI port and a device like a TV box, a Roku, an Nvidea Shield or  a Google Chromecast. I use an android TV box , currently I have an MXQ pro and looking forward to upgrade to an X96 pro soon. If you have a smart TV, you will find that it already has apps for streaming content already installed, however you might want specific apps which can only be available on specific platforms. Having talked about the requisite multimedia gadgets, let's now dive into buying data. Wifi bundles are the in thing now as they compete closely wit

Advice to Teachers conducting lessons remotely

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A lot of WhatsApp groups for delivering tutorials have surfaced recently in the wake of the corona virus pandemic.  This was necessitated by the need to mitigate the effects of keeping schools closed for an extended period of time. Most students were falling behind on their studies before the mushrooming of such WhatsApp groups. E-learning is not a new phenomenon to Zimbabwe but measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 ,like lockdown and minimizing of gatherings , have seen an upsurge in the number of tutors embracing the internet as a mode of delivering lessons. This article will look at the best  platforms available which teachers can use in their endeavor to continue educating people in these trying times. In the Zimbabwean context, WhatsApp is likely the first option which comes to many people's minds when they think of distance learning solutions. This is mainly due to the great number of users on the platform. Many, if not all, smartphone owners have WhatsApp installed and als

Save yourself from embarrassment with this WhatsApp feature

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A lot of people inadvertently send messages to WhatsApp chats which can potentially cause embarrassment especially if the content is highly confidential or just NSFW.  So how can one avoid such a predicament? WhatsApp has two features which can reduce the likelihood of sending messages to the wrong chat. Usually such incidents occur when a user has two or more chats open simultaneously.  When several chats are open and the user starts to receive a flurry of messages, the possibility of sending a message to a wrong chat when replying becomes high. The first feature allows a user control on who can add him/her to a WhatsApp group. If a message which can damage your reputation is received by one user only it is easy to control the damage than when it is posted to a group. Therefore if you frequently send messages which are top secret or confidential then make sure you close some chats before replying with a highly confidential message or totally avoid  family and work groups.  Avoiding gr

Recursion vs Loops, best overview.

Most reasons you find online about why we sometimes need to use recursion instead of loops are not compelling enough to persuade die hard loop fans to use recursion. If you are one of those people who resent or just can not understand why recursion is significant then this article will leave you with no doubt about why recursion is a must have tool.  Let's look at loops. There are three types, the do while, while and for loop but no one questions why we need all three types instead of just one. This is because it is clear that each type has a place in programming.  The programmer must have a wide variety of tools and must be versatile with all of them so as to choose the best tool. It reminds me of the  law of the instrument  that says if you only have a hammer , it is easy to see everything as a nail. A programmer should not ever be in such a situation.  Each loop has a special purpose and so is recursion. Although in most cases recursion works just like a loop most programmers us