Naveen's Blog http://www.naveen.info Presence of Naveen on the "World Wide Web" Sun, 03 Dec 2017 15:24:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 30203027 An easy way to export and import MS Word AutoCorrect entries http://www.naveen.info/an-easy-way-to-export-and-import-ms-word-autocorrect-entries/749/ http://www.naveen.info/an-easy-way-to-export-and-import-ms-word-autocorrect-entries/749/#respond Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:30:36 +0000 http://www.naveen.info/?p=749 Read More »]]> During my profession as a “Medical Transcriptionist,” it was necessary to have a list of AutoCorrect entries backed up. If the system I was working on fails or moved to a different unit in the office, I had to change the system and creating the AutoCorrect entries manually was a pain and it took another week to have all my entries back. It certainly affected the line count till I get all the entries back especially when I was in “type and upload direct” position (Direct Uploader).

I used a macro called “AutoCorrect Utility” from the Word MVP site, which helped me to keep a copy of all the entries exported into a document. Whenever you need to import all these entries, just click the “Restore” button in the macro dialogue, select the backed up document, and you are done.

Download the macro from this page: https://wordmvp.com/FAQs/Customization/ExportAutocorrect.htm

Note: You need to allow all macros to run in the MS Word macro settings for this to work. In MS Word 2007, go to Menu > Word Options > Trust Center > Trust Center Settings > Macro Settings and choose the “Enable all macros” option.

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Creating a Bootable USB Drive from Acronis True Image ISO http://www.naveen.info/creating-a-bootable-usb-from-acronis-iso/714/ http://www.naveen.info/creating-a-bootable-usb-from-acronis-iso/714/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:54:44 +0000 http://www.naveen.info/?p=714 Read More »]]> I have been using an old version of Acronis True Image for the last few years to clone my C drive to keep a copy of it. It makes the life easy as it can restore the entire C drive in just 10 minutes if something happens to my system, which otherwise would have taken half a day to full day with installing OS, Office, and other software I use. I would have also lost all the settings and any important files I have stored in C drive (I always keep the important files in other drives).

I just have the bootable rescue ISO file and not the entire software. I felt this the only thing I need and kept a copy of it in the system. I burned the ISO to a disk and have been using it since a long time. Few days ago, my system’s CD drive has failed and system was not booting from the CD drive and I had to take the backup of my system as Windows 10 is going to replace it. I want to keep a copy of it, so that if something does not work in Win 10, I can get back to Win 8 in few minutes.

So, I used Rufus to burn the ISO to USB drive and tried to boot from it, but in vain. I tried it with Windows USB/DVD Download Tool and failed. I searched in Google, but didn’t find a resolution to it. All the solutions required the complete Acronis True Image software.  Someone hinted in a forum to try with YUMI to create a bootable USB drive with option to load the ISO from it. I have tried various options in YUMI and succeeded. Following are the options, which worked for me.

Download the YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator here. It is a small software that does not need installation. Open it and select your USB device in Step 1. Check the Format option if you want to format it. In Step 2, select the option “Try Unlisted ISO (GRUB),” then click “Browse” and select the Acronis True Image ISO you already have in the system. Then click “Create” and you are done. When you restart the system, press F8 to select the medium to boot from and select the USB/Pen Drive. Follow the options to select the True Image ISO and boot. You are done.

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A Simple Guide to Drop Catching http://www.naveen.info/a-simple-guide-to-drop-catching/691/ http://www.naveen.info/a-simple-guide-to-drop-catching/691/#respond Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:51:31 +0000 http://www.naveen.info/?p=691 Read More »]]> Having a website is essential for businesses these days. It is also just for fun for a few and a money maker for few others. One day you decided to get a domain for your business/blog/site and searched on a domain registrar site. If it is a common name, it is more likely that the domain name is already registered by someone. Most of the keywords with popular extensions like .com, .net, and .org are already taken. Few companies are engaged in the business of acquiring the domains with the intention of selling them to the prospective buyers at a huge amount.

Here is how I acquired .com for one of my already developed sites in .org. Follow it and you may have a chance to acquire your dream name.

A year ago, I had a subject in mind for which I wanted to develop a site. I searched for the domain and found that .com and .net are already taken. I had to work on the site immediately and it was a long-term project spread over a year. So, settled with .org and was eying on .com and .net to drop catch them if at all they expire.

I searched the “whois” of the .com and it was registered by a person and not the company. The site was also not developed, so there are more chances that the registrant can let it go or forget to renew.

#Tip: Use http://who.is to find the registration info of a domain.

I used DomainTools’ monitoring service to monitor the .com domain.
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#Tip: DomainTools monitoring service is free and it can alert you whenever there is a change in domain whois information. Check: http://www.domaintools.com/monitor/ Whois information is changed when the domain is renewed, expired, in redemption period, or getting deleted. It will do all the work for you and periodically inform you. Just enter to the domains you want to monitor and leave the rest to DomainTools.

Luckily, the domain owner did not renew and it expired. DomainTools informed me about the change instantly. I became alert and watching closely for the whois changes. Domain registrant will have a grace period of 30-80 days to renew it before it is deleted and released to public.

As it is a .com and .org is already a developed site, lot of people will be eying on it to acquire. As I already said, there are corporations who register lakhs of domains with the intention of selling at a higher price. If it is a .com and dropping, it will surely go into the hands of one of these companies or people in domain selling business.

After a month of expiring, I got a mail from a company that the .com is expiring and they can catch it for me. They got my email address from the whois of .org domin. This made me sure that few others are going to compete with me.

There is a service called backordering to register the domain as soon it gets deleted by the registrar. It is offered by almost all registrars. Don’t backorder from a domain registrar because they won’t be able to catch the domain, yes they CANNOT. Because there are few companies especially into the business of catching the domains and they are more powerful with hundreds (probably thousands) of servers trying to register the dropping domains or have tie-ups with domain registrars.

#Tip: Few popular drop catching services are pool.com, namejet.com, and snapnames.com.

I checked the whois of this expired .com domain and it is registered at GoDaddy. I wanted to get this .com at any cost, so went ahead and ordered backorder service of GoDaddy thinking that it will catch, but it didn’t. I also backordered it on namejet.com, name.com, and snapnames.com too.

#Tip: NameJet and SnapNames will charge after they get the domain. Name.com and Godaddy charge at the time of ordering. GoDaddy does not return the money back if it fails, it lets you backorder another domain. Name.com refunds the amount if it fails.

If the domain is backordered by two or more people, the service which catches the domain will put it in private auction and the highest bidder wins the domain.

So, I got the mail from NameJet that they caught the domain and it went into private auction as few more people backordered it. It also mentioned the auction end time. It would be a better idea to b.i.d. a minute or less before the end of auction, so that you are not hinting the others that you are active. If you start bidding as soon as you get the auction notice, you will be outbid in seconds and by the time of auction ending, the bid will reach thousands of dollars.

As there were 5 other bidders, auction started at $59 and ended at $101 by me as a winning bid.

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auction_wonHave questions, ask in the comments.

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WordPress Old Permalinks 301 Redirect http://www.naveen.info/old-permalinks-301-redirect/681/ http://www.naveen.info/old-permalinks-301-redirect/681/#respond Fri, 02 May 2014 10:08:57 +0000 http://www.naveen.info/?p=681 Read More »]]> wordpressRecently, I worked on a content-heavy site built on WordPress where it was decided to change the URL structure. It is obvious that once you change the URL structure in WordPress, old URLs will throw 404 error and eventually the site will lose traffic. URL structure in WordPress can be changed through the option “Permalinks” in “Settings.” They decided to strip out the “Category” and “Year” slugs from the URL.

I have tried various plugins to redirect the old URLs to new with a 301 redirect, but in vain. They were not working. I don’t know if it was the problem with server or the plugins. After a rigorous search in Google and WordPress Plugins repository, I was able to find this simple, almost settings-free plugin, which solved the problem, called “Permalink Finder.” What it does is when a Permalink is not found, it will search the database to find if a post is there with similar words before throwing a 404 error.

To control the traffic loss and effectively 301 the old URLs, I submitted the XML sitemap (generated using the “XML Sitemaps” option in “All-in-One SEO” plugin) with changed Permalinks to the Google Webmaster Tools, which helped me to populate the newly structured URLs in Google Search within few hours. I installed the above plugin to redirect all the old URLs to the new URLs.

The site was running smooth, was redirecting old URLs to the new, and didn’t see any decrease in traffic stats.

 

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Manage Multiple WordPress Sites from One Place http://www.naveen.info/manage-multiple-wp-sites/664/ http://www.naveen.info/manage-multiple-wp-sites/664/#respond Thu, 07 Nov 2013 12:53:50 +0000 http://www.naveen.info/?p=664 Read More »]]> InfiniteWPI host over 25 websites that are built on WordPress. Few of them are mine and few are customers’. They are spread over few hosting accounts. With the frequent updates to WordPress core, plugins, and themes, I spend few hours every week to log into all these sites and update them manually. It was a tedious and time consuming process until I discovered InfiniteWP, a self-hosted WP management platform for managing all the WordPress sites at one place.

There are few managed solutions to manage WP sites at one place, but they come with a price tag, like iControlWP and ManageWP. They charge around $35-40 for a 5-site pack. InfiniteWP is a free alternative to them and offers most of the features those commercial products have. As it is a self-hosted solution, you will have full control over your data.

Install it in a sub-directory of one of your sites. Install the client plugin on all your WP sites. Once you activate it, it will show an activation key, which you can use to add the site to your InfiniteWP control panel. You also need to setup a cron job to be run at every 20 minutes, so that you can get periodic notifications about updates directly in your Inbox. They have an extensive documentation at: http://infinitewp.com/docs/

InfiniteWP offers the following features right from the dashboard:

  • One-click updation of Core, Plugins, and Themes.
  • Installation of plugin or theme into multiple WP sites at once
  • Activation, Deactivation, and Deletion  of plugins and themes
  • Copying of themes and plugins from one site to another
  • Site-wise or all-at-once backups, restoration, and download
  • One-click login into the site without needing the password and login credentials
  • Site specific options to view site, backup, new post, site detail editing, etc.
  • Periodical notification of updates through e-mail

InfiniteWP offers few premium services like scheduled backups, backup to cloud services, cloning of sites, publishing posts and pages to several sites at once, etc. through addons, which can be purchased and installed from the InfiniteWP dashbaord itself. These addons cost $49 to $99 and are worth the money you are spending.

Watch the below video demonstration to see InfiniteWP in action:

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