A healthy dose of Q&A from eRin
On today’s menu: Questions, with a healthy side of answers. Yum. And as always, the dessert will be your choice between ice cream cake and chocolate chip cookies.Q I’m going to be setting up my first Web site, and there is a lot of terminology I don’t really understand. What exactly is a “host” and why do I need one?A A host is a company that owns the server your Web site will be stored on. Even if you’ve already registered your domain name, you still need “your little spot of land” on the Internet where you can put it. A host provides you with that space.
In simple terms: Your Web site needs a home on the Internet – a place where your domain name, Web page files and graphics can reside. You buy or rent Web space through a hosting company. Hosting fees vary greatly depending on your needs and, conveniently, most hosting companies offer monthly, quarterly and yearly packages. Keep in mind that the hosting package you choose will need special features if you plan to have a storefront on your Web site, if you will be connected to a database, or if you have special programming requirements.QGoogle is my favorite search engine and I use it all the time. My only complaint is that it only shows me 10 results per page. I hate having to click to the next page, then the next page, then the next page to see all my results. Can I somehow fix how the results are displayed?ANo. It’s impossible. OK, that was a joke. I was kidding. Of course you can! First, head over to http://www.google.com. Next to the “Search” button at the top of the page you’ll see a link that reads “Preferences.” Click this.
You’ll be taken to your Google Search preferences page where, if you scroll down a bit, you’ll see an option that reads “Number of Results.” Select how many results you’d like displayed per page – 10, 20, 30, 50 or 100 – but keep in mind that Google’s default (10) provides the fastest search results.While you’re on the Google Search preferences page, take a look at the other four options you can play around with: Interface Language, Search Language, SafeSearch Filtering and Results Window. Remember, you can’t break anything here! If you change a preference and you’re not thrilled with it, you can return to this page at any time and set your preferences back the way they were.QHi eRin. I’ve been a neat-freak my entire life, and this carries over into how I like to arrange the icons “just so” on my computer’s desktop. I like to have everything a very specific way, but every once in a while I’ll turn my computer on to find that everything been randomly re-arranged! Of course this agitates me to no end. Is there any way I can somehow save my desktop layout?
ASure thing. You need to download a little piece of software called EzDesk. According to the company’s Web site, (which can be found by visiting http://tinyurl.com/2sflh) EzDesk offers a large number of features that, among other things, allows you to save and restore your folder icons layout, hide or minimize all your desktop windows in one step, and create hot keys to frequent actions.As usual, you can download a free evaluation copy, but you’ll have to pay $15.00 for a registered version. For severe neat freaks, it sounds like this might actually be a bargain!Hope you enjoyed today’s tasty treats. Have a fabulous weekend, everyone! eRin pheiL is the owner of timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com). eRin can be reached via phone at (970) 668-0709, or e-mail at email@example.com.
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