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What is a Favicon and what is

Every time I make a conference or a course, look at me down the websites of the attendees. To do this, the organization of the event sent me a list of your URL and will open in the same browser but in different tabs. Unfortunately, when I have opened pages and I can see favicons around the world, I note that a large part of them are favicons CMS used to build your web pages (usually Joomla or WordPress), not a favicon corporate, which is what it should be.

So here's this short article explaining what is a favicon Y what is a faviconTo see if in this way, I get that people give the importance it deserves.

What is a favicon

It is a small icon (usually 16 × 16 pixels or 32 × 32 px) used to identify a website on the tabs of a browser, a list of favorites, or anywhere else that requires a small identification.

In this blog you are reading, the favicon It is a "MP" with fuchsia background you can see next to the URL or the page tab on your browser.

What is a favicon

It is a symbol that conveys corporate image and used to:

  • Transmit our brand image when someone browsing our website and fixes his gaze on the area of ​​the browser URL.
  • For our page is easily identifiable when someone has open multiple tabs in your browser.
  • For our page is easily identifiable when someone keeps it in their favorites.

this is a favicon

How can we create a favicon to our website

There are many programs that will help you create it. This is the one I use to create them: creator of favicons.

My advice is to think your favicon 32 × 32 pixels and is like your logo. You can create favicons from images ... maybe this can be of help, but one pixel is also easy to create. Another tip: before designing your favicon look favicons other companies in Google imagesThis can help inspire you to yours and make sure inadvertently, do not use any favicon which it has already been created by someone else.

When you have already created, you must save it using the name favicon.ico and upload it via FTP to the root directory of your website. Some content management systems like WordPress have a section in the admin panel for the exact URL you indicate the favicon... But it works even if there not indicate anything but you do have favicon in your root directory. WordPress also some templates already carry a zone in which you indicate the URL of your image favicon and it is already.

For your favicon look as soon as possible, you can make known their existence through the source code of your web page, using meta tags in the following line of code:

<link type=”image/x-icon” href=”favicon.ico” rel=”shortcut icon” />

Although again, if you do not use the line of code, the browser will see it on its own at some point. In Firefox and Chrome is almost immediately in Explorer takes a little longer.

I leave a picture here with a few favicons Example ...

(See if you can tell me how many favicons from Google appear in the image :-)

favicon

This is all.
I go all right ... (and when you have a moment, please ensure that your website has its own favicon ;-)

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Mission Accomplished: blog template updated

My goal for this first week of August was, in addition to vacation with my kids, give it a more modern touch to my blog. As you saw in the previous post, this has not been an easy task've been testing a lot of templates (free and paid [and had bought for other projects]), but none of them I liked for the blog. Or were too cold or lacked personality ... the point is that neither I liked enough.

Navegando por los blogs que normalmente leo, y pensando en por qué me gustan estos blogs, me he dado cuenta que el diseño es lo de menos, lo importante es que el contenido sea de calidad, esté bien categorizado y que sea fácil de leer (es decir, la calidad y la usabilidad son más importantes que el diseño). También me he dado cuenta que lo importante es que la gente encuentre contenido interesante y que participe con sus comentarios. Así que en lugar de utilizar una nueva plantilla, me he dedicado a mejorar la que ya he venido utilizando durante estos dos últimos años.

A template you've entered the following:

  • Menu pages related to the base of the blog.
  • A contact form.
  • More categories in the articles.
  • Section with the most commented articles.
  • Section with links to my profiles on social networks in which I participate.
  • A cloud of tags like using my daughter on her blog :-). In Flash, but without it if you do not have the plug in ... so in principle does not harm the SEO.
  • Files in a drop-down (SEO bit, but hey, make it up somehow).
  • In the entries displayed in the home, more information about comments and categories.
  • Footer with different information.

El pie de página es donde aún me queda algo de trabajo. Por un lado, hay 10 pixels a la derecha que no hay manera de saber de dónde me salen. Por otro, tengo que cambiar las imágenes de los bordes inferiores del cuerpo de las entradas. Y por otro, intenté incluir los últimos twits y los amigos de facebook en el footer, pero no quedaba bien, así que lo desactivé y trabajaré de nuevo en esto cuando tenga un momento.

For the blog not so much like the previous one, I changed the background color of the body of the page. I spent garnet to beige / tierra_de_Siena. I hope you like it. My kids do not like, but I do like. So far, it's going to be beige.

Comments about these improvements are welcome. And suggestions as well.

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Changing blog

Throughout this first week of August I will be changing the design of the blog.

Please, I beg you to be patient with bugs layout and content you can find.

I'm working on a new template for WordPress. The basis of this template is the issue Bueno de Woo Themes, A free theme but with many features. The trouble is that I tweak it enough and rather than in a development environment, I'm doing it live on the web that is online (I'm not in the office) ... so anything can happen while you are browsing these pages.

I hope to have it finished by the end of week. Sorry for the disturbances.

Comments are welcome, suggestions and criticisms highly desired, provided they are constructive, they are anxiously awaited :-)

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Later note: after 2 days testing templates and costumizándolas, I think I will explore the way: sigo_con_mi_vieja_plantilla. So today I will continue working on the blog, but on the template you took the last 2 years. Again, sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Class WordPress - Part Two

Good Morning!

Go class of yesterday! I do not feel very happy even though a good number of students got everything to work ... many did not. And thank goodness that Alfons and other people who got it to work helped me get by solving the incidences of the rest.

On the one hand, I now realize that next time to impart this kind have to reduce the number of attendees and secondly, I have to centralize all students in one ISP to seeing a single control panel can work all (and will be the www.sync.esOf course, he was the one who gave no problems). But ... we get to the point which is what I've written this post.

Like many not hit one out WordPress install and operate 3.0 left with were to repeat the session this coming Monday at 10 am, if I got a classroom at the Graduate School. Unfortunately this has not been possible, because I did not remember that Administration is making summer time and contacted them last 15h. So I could not request the classroom.

What I will do is this: the first thing Monday morning I will ask for the classroom Thursday 29 10 am to 2 noon. As soon as I confirm it, the public and comment on this blog.

On the other hand, that ye quedasteis half or who failed installation, please Look back the following:

  • What do you have:
    • Login and pasword of the hosting contract
    • Domain name directed to the contracted hosting.
    • Name of the database, the user name (with administrative rights) and password.
    • FTP client (Filezilla is good).
    • Download WordPress 3.0 to install on the hosting contract.
    • If you have already installed WordPress, well, you have a login and password to access the content manager WordPress
  • Critical points where mistakes can be made are:
    • Create a database and a user, but not assign the user to a particular database or not give admin permissions to that user.
    • While not pass WordPress from your computer to the server (FTP) and lose some files along the way.
    • Paswords logins and confused when installing WordPress asks for data from the database.
    • The hosting can have problems with WordPress 3.0
  • How to fix these problems:
    • Look over the database created. This will be able to see it on the control panel hosting contract.
    • WordPress hosting up to carefully and making sure that all files uploaded.
    • A mistake that had users who hired the hosting CDmon was that the FTP there is already a file called index.html and index.php when we get our WordPress conflicts with it. You must delete the index.html. That makes WordPress installation can begin well.
    • Creating a good document with the logins and paswords all, so that it is clear what is what.
    • Using WordPress version 2.9 if doing the installation and have no problem but when you hang up critical errors and gives you no way to enter the control panel of the content manager.

Mi consejo es que intentéis hacerlo vosotros solos este fin de semana y los días que quedan. Empezad de nuevo con todo: borrad la base de datos, creadla de nuevo, revisad todos los logins y passwords y subid de nuevo WordPress al servidor (no hace falta borrar la nueva versión, podéis indicarle al FTP que “machaque” los ficheros anteriores). Buscad por internet un buen manual de instalación de WordPress (en wordpress.org mismo lo encontraréis).

Come on, good luck! If all goes well, see you on Thursday, we will conduct an installation again and again we will see how to use templates (themes - themes) and how to modify them. We will also install some plugins so you can see how it works, including facilitating auto_install codes Google Analytics.

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On July 23 course Website Creation with WordPress

Following requests received from some of my students next Friday, July 23 I impart a special meeting for all students in any of the Masters where I teach en la UAB. This class is open to students in the 2010 editions as alumni of the 2009 editions.

In principle, students can attend this class should receive a notice from the university in their emails.

Class: Creating a website using WordPress as content manager.
DayFriday 23 at 10am
Place: Graduate School of the UAB (room to be confirmed)
Cost: for free.

Duration of the class: About 4 hours, although if they wish, students may leave as soon as they have the website online and running.

What we learn: aprenderemos cómo descargar el software para la gestión de contenidos (WordPress), cómo utilizar un cliente de FTP (File Transfer Protocol) para subir ficheros a un servidor, cómo crear una base de datos y un usuario para esa base de datos, cómo instalar WordPress en un hosting, cómo configurarlo, cómo cambiar el diseño original de WordPress utilizando nuevas plantillas, cómo editar una plantilla y cómo entrar el contenido al sitio web. Si tenemos tiempo y todo sale bien a la primera, también veremos cómo abrir una cuenta en Google Analytics y cómo incluir los códigos de seguimiendo en WordPress para poder analizar el tráfico de la página web que habremos creado.

Example of some corporate websites created by our team using WordPress: www.fertilaiser.com, www.restaurantinsolit.com, www.sixtytwohotel.com, www.albumdigitalcanarias.com, www.biciescapa.com, www.top-noticias.com and of course, this blog www.montsepenarroya.com

What you need: While the class to follow and end up getting a perfectly functional website you must have the following

Having all this takes an active couple of days ... so do not wait to the last minute to buy it because it will serve to have it ready in class. A class you must arrive with the login and password control panel of the contracted accommodation. This will be sent by email when you make the hiring of hosting.

If someone does not want to buy a domain or hire a hosting but want to follow the class, you can do it anyway. I will live installation screen classroom.

If someone wants to start the installation without the class, here's a good tutorial on how:
http://info.cdmon.com/index.php?page=instalacion-wordpress&hl=esp in case of emergency we can see in class what happened.

What you learn in this class will serve to install any type of content management system (including electronic commerce). You will see how in a morning get a fully functional website!

Class language: It is possible that this class students of the Master is aimed at Euroasian International Business, if any of them do not speak Castilian class would be taught in English ... but do not suffer because'll going table to table checking what you are about doing and helping those who have difficulties.

If you are a student and the week of July 23 has not yet received the notice from the university and wish to attend this class, please send me an email.

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Research and managers of references 2.0

One of my short-term goals (meaning "short" as 3 years time, approx.) Is to conduct an Internet-related doctorate. To do this, just in teaching at the UAB, give lectures, run a business and be a mother of 3 children, were not enough, now I'm studying a Masters in Information Society and have chosen the branch of the master engaged in research to Ph.D. start next year.

A raíz de los trabajos que tengo que realizar para el máster, me he visto obligada a utilizar un gestor de referencias bibliográficas. Para quien no sepa qué es esto, un gestor de referencias es un programa que de forma automática almacena la información que hace referencia a artículos, libros, posts, etc. y facilita su posterior inserción en citas cuando estamos escribiendo un texto. También crea de forma automática la bibliografía y estandariza su formato.

There are many types of bibliographic managers, both free and paid software, desktop or online, and a large part of them can be integrated into Word and Internet browser you use. (You'll find more info on these programs in this post Abysnet)

After trying some of them, I opted for Zotero (www.zotero.org).

This program is online, integrates with Firefox to automatically record the references we obtained online (not integrated into Explorer), and integrated into Word, go quoting, automatically all the references we have introduced in our base data, and to create the literature referenced document we work.

Zotero also has a social network based on sharing literature related to specific topics.

As for now I will focus on investigating the advantages of online incorporation of traditional trade, as well as the key success factors of these businesses when they decide to have a presence on the webI created a group dedicated to sharing literature refers to this field of research.

The group is open and anyone can join him. For now I'm alone (I believe yesterday), but if you want to research this subject, you can join my group by clicking here (eCommerce & Digital Marketing) And help create a good bibliographic database.

On the other hand, if someone else is using Zotero and want to share tips, tricks, etc. I'll be happy to do so. Right now, for example, I'm trying to figure out how I have to write articles of a post of a blog to automatically Zotero to recognize them and with one click you can incorporate into your database (...'ll look plugins for WordPress to see if I find anyone to serve me. Any help in this regard will be highly appreciated).

later note: I have found a WordPress plugin that converts into easily interpretable data post for Zotero reference type managers. It can be downloaded here: Plugin para WordPress

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