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WordPress Tutorial Videos

Below are links to several standard WordPress Tutorial Videos that will show you how to use the main WordPress features to get content onto your site.

WordPress LOGIN

Creating a WordPress post

Formatting WordPress posts

WordPress posts vs pages

Adding links in WordPress

Using the WordPress media library

Using WordPress categories and tags

 

iPad iPhone Getting Organised

Objective

iPad GesturesTo explain the iPad iPhone screens, how you use them, organising Apps on Screens, and in folders, finger gestures and how to get around. I’ll cover and show you the iPad iPhone physical details, what they do, how you use them, and how you can change the way some of them work. To provide links to where you can get more information and support.

Overview

Apples iDevice interface is easy to use and intuitive. When you first use it you may not agree. But with a small amount of practice, and knowledge of the basic gestures, you’ll quickly come to agree. Compared to desktop computers, it’s really easy. It’s based on touch, a most natural approach. So if you see something you want to investigate, touch it and you’ll usually get a reaction. When you need to enter data, touch the data area (field) and a cursor will appear in the field, and a keyboard pop up for you to type. When you install an App, it will appear as an icon on the Home Screen (there will be many more of these and swiping your finger from right to left, or the reverse, will scroll to these other screens. Group Apps into folders, making them easier to find when you have larger numbers. Finally, there some quick access gestures (specific swipes mostly) that will open panels or features to make your iLife easier.

Gestures

Basic Gestures

Apples basic gestures from Apple User guide

There are many gestures you can us on your iDevice, but to get started there are only 5 your need to know to get almost anything done. I’ll introduce other gestures (quicker) for you progressively through the course. The basic hand (finger) gestures are: Read More→

iPad iPhone Settings Overview

Objective

To introduce you to the iPad iPhone Settings area, how it can tailor how your iDevice works and looks, the basic settings items for configuring and getting your iDevice working, while noting shortcuts for the most used settings. I’ll show you how to access App specific settings, and provide links to articles showing the most useful explanations and refinements of iDevice settings.

Overview

IMG_0193The Settings icon/App is a basic function on your iDevice, and you cannot delete it (though it can be moved to subsequent screens). It manages all the tailoring options for your iDevice. You need to use some caution as some of the areas you can change in Settings will fundamentally change how your iDevice operates, its functionality and the services available.

Frequently Used Settings

IMG_0181The quick Settings (Control Center) are accessed by sliding your finger up from just off the bottom of the screen. The window will pop up, and allow you to immediately access the most used areas of settings. This is very useful for items like turning on Airplane Mode, changing Screen Brightness, Music Volume, Play and Pause, WiFi and Bluetooth, Timer and Alarm, Camera and Screen Rotation Lock. Practice with changing these Settings will save you time later on.

General Settings

IMG_0198By far the most significant group of Settings are available in the “General” area. From Software Update (when a number appears on the Settings icon it frequently means that the iOS Operating System has an update pending and this) can be managed here. Settings for Siri, Search, are also available.

If you need to see LARGER TEXT, or more CONTRAST, use the Text Size and Accessibility options in Settings General.

IMG_0197Locking your device settings are Also Handled here. Auto-Lock will put your iDevice to sleep after a set period, that can be changed here. You can also set device App restrictions, useful if you have casual users of your iDevice.

General Settings is also where you set the Sync mode for your iDevice so you can enable WiFi sync when your iDevice is plugged into power.

IMG_0200When in the Settings area, look for the right arrow against a listed option. It tells you there are a lot more setting options for that item, and when you press it, they will show. When you do this, the way back to the previous level of options is shown at the top of the Setting Options screen (see picture).

Work your way though the General Settings Options to get familiar with what you can change. If you change something, take a note so you can go back and restore the setting later if it proves a problem. Once you get the hang of this it becomes a little less daunting 🙂

Mail, Contacts and Calendars

This is where you set up an account record for each of the email services you want to access on your iDevice. You can have many accounts, for multiple services. And each account can access all or some of the services that are available from that account. For instance, you could set up your Google GMail account here to access Google Mail, Calendars, and Contacts. You could also add your Spouse’s account, but only access Calendars. For each account you want to access you need the account user ID and password.

For less common accounts you may also need to specify the type of access you need (this information is usually provided by the service provider). If you are just starting, concentrate first on getting your one, main, email service up and running before getting fancy with other or related accounts. Once you have it working, make a note of the settings you have in place (so you can revert later to these settings if needed).

You can then add other services if necessary.

iCloud

IMG_0203Your mail, contacts and calendar accounts HAVE TO INCLUDE your iCloud account (which is USUALLY also your Apple ID Account (see below)). When you set up your iDevice, this information is one of the first things you need to supply (either by entering the info, or creating an account). This account will show in your Mail, Contacts and Calendar settings. But you can switch off Mail etc for this account. This allows you to have common iCloud Account (for storage, Photo Stream etc.) while maintaining separate email and calendar services. Very useful, but a tad confusing. Heres what Apple says

[stextbox id=”download”]An Apple ID is your user name for everything you do with Apple: Shop the iTunes Store, enable iCloud on all your devices, buy from the Apple Online Store, make a reservation at an Apple Retail Store, access the Apple Support website, and more.

Apple provide more information and Q&A lists here[/stextbox]

iTunes and App Store

This is where you maintain your Apple ID account. Information about this account is held online by Apple (not in your device) for security reasons. It is this Account, and its password, that give you access to all your Apple purchases, the App, music and video parts of the Apple store, and a whole lot more. This is the same account as your iCloud account.

Each iDevice that has this Apple ID account automatically has access to all your purchases and data. So a family can have one Apple Account, sharing all the purchases (and Data), but still have tailored (or shared) email, contacts and calendar services for individual iDevices. This is extremely useful 🙂 Note in the picture most of the iCloud account mail etc features are off.

About Apple ID and iCloud Account Names Choices

Apple ID Accounts and iCloud Accounts must be complete email addresses. People usually provide their main email address for this purpose. This makes the iD easy to remember. But by far the biggest problem I have seen is confusion about Apple ID’s and passwords. If you provide your normal email address as your Apple ID, you also have to set an Apple ID password. BUT your Apple ID is a separate account from your email account, and this is easily and quickly forgotten. Change one password, and it is difficult to remember which one applies to which account.

There are two solutions to this. Either create an Apple iCloud Account (and therefore email) when(or after) you sign up, and use this separate email ID as your Apple ID. Or, make sure you always cahnge both passwords whenever you need to change either. The separate iCloud email address is probably the better solution.

Apple Apps

The next group of Apps on the Settings menu are Apple specific Apps. You can set your preferences for these here. We’ll cover these Apps and their settings in later Units.

Apple Integrated Apps

Apple has progressively integrated a number of the most popular social apps into its iOS operating system. The level of functionality of these Apps is now embedded and this means they operate very smoothly on your iDevice. These Apps include Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Vimeo, and they appear as a separate group in the Settings area. More about these apps in later Units.

Other Apps

Each App that you install will (usually) have some settings that can be adjusted in these items.

Useful Links

Apple ID Support

AppleSettings Search

Activities

The best way to get familiar with the Settings of your device is to explore the Settings area. Make changes, one at a time. Make a note of these changes (including the menu path you used to get to them) so you can reverse them if necessary. And tke a little extra care with iCloud, iTunes and email accounts.

iPad iPhone Physical

Objective

To show you the iPad iPhone physical details, what they can do, how you use them, and how you can change the way some of them work. To provide links to where you can get more information and support.

Overview

Apple prides itself on simple user interfaces, that are intuitive and flexible. This means that users should find the buttons etc easy to find and understand. They have succeeded (to a point). But if your new to the technology, and until you know it, some explanation is necessary. These devices have:

  1. 5 buttons (although each button may serve more that one purpose)
  2. 2 cable connection points (Lightning (or 30 pin) and headphone)
  3. 2 cameras (front and rear, older models may have 1 or 0 cameras)
  4. microphone(s)
  5. speakers
  6. iPhones and some iPads may also have a SIM Card (telephone network connection) insertion point
iPad Buttons - Click to link to iPad Tech Specs

iPad Buttons – Click this image to go to Apples site iPad Tech Specs

iPhone Buttons

iPhone Buttons – Click this image to go to Apples site iPhone Tech Specs

You can get official support information for your Apple device at the Apple Support Page, including Technical SpecificationsUser ManualsVideo Tutorials and Downloads. Read More→

Broadband – Wireless- 3G & 4G – Wifi – Bluetooth – Whats all this then

communication-1015376_640To explain the various connection options for broadband home network and their strengths and weaknesses. To show you the benefits of using (or setting up) your own Broadband network at home to get the most from your devices. And to show how a home WiFi network is easily managed.

Overview

Most Broadband internet connections (Wikipedia article here) now are Wireless or ADSL (copper phone network), with Cable rapidly replacing both where available because of reliability, speed and capacity.

Wireless or Cellular connections are really extensions of the Mobile Phone networks that have grown rapidly over the last 20 years. Speeds are very good, depending on the provider, and on the number of users trying to use the network in a particular cell area. Prices are moderating, but usually are higher than ADSL or cable. It is hugely better if you need it for travel. The latest version (4G up from 3G(eneration)) is better though less widely spread.

ADSL is also getting better all the time. But improvements (needed because of higher demand, more people, more data) are harder now as copper networks are not being maintained, and recent copper installations were sub standard compared to earlier technology. Reasonably reliable, it is usually cheaper than Wireless, and is usually considerably faster. Read More→

Getting to Grips with Technology

Since I started providing Courses (tutoring and mentoring) on using the iPad and iPhone, I’ve had a lot of requests to provide advice to individuals or small groups. Among many others, some of the problems raised with me have included:

  • heroa particular problem (piece of equipment) you need to deal with immediately
  • skills you’d like to develop, or just how it all works and fits together
  • how to get started
  • what equipment or software is right for your needs
  • safety, or security, how can I be sure
  • whats it all about, and why should I care
  • how much will it cost, what can I afford

No matter what your problem (Apple, Android, Microsoft devices and Apps,internet use, searching and safety, etc), it can help just to discuss it with someone who doesn’t see you as just a source of income.

You can book a FREE 15 minute call with me and I will try to find the best approach for you to get your answers. Read More→

OnWebNet Web Sites

I provide website design hosting and maintenance services with fair pricing. Are you looking for a reliable, attractive and functional web presence? Do you want:

  • a simple low cost web presence where you can show off your business and allow customers to contact you; or
  • just a personal blog, or family information site; or
  • a full solution, hosted, technically maintained, and even content updated; or
  • a working site you can take where you want and maintain yourself; or
  • your current WordPress site updated, secured, or improved; or
  • to build your own site, with some guidance and advice; or
  • just some information about the pro’s and con’s of any of these approaches.

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Android from Scratch

Hi. Are you starting from Scratch and need to learn how to use an Android phone or tablet? Here are a few getting started links (mostly to YouTube) where you can watch videos about the basics.

FIRST – Basic Buttons, Menus, Tapping, Swiping, Press and Hold

Samsungs Intro Support Page

Getting Started with your Samsung Android Phone or Tablet

Android Noobz

A Bunch of useful YouTube videos can be found on the YouTube Android Noobz (new users) channel. These will help you know the overall operations of Android devices.

Email and Gmail – Setting up

Groups – helping you manage in teams

Some of the hardest things to do in organising activities and teams is to get together, agree on an objective, and communicate with all the team members.

Things to do in GroupsTo a large part just getting together is a real issue. A face to face meeting is no question the best way to do some things cooperatively. But it als becomes an impediment when our busy timetables, other obligations and just some time for ourselves gets in the way. This shouldnt be.

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