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Delete a Google Analytics Account That Is Shared With You

Posted by in Web Development Tips on July 6th, 2013 | Comment »

I’ve spent some time trying to clean up my Google Analytics account by deleting properties and profiles that are no longer active. Finding a way to delete Google Analytics properties and profiles that you own requires some digging to find the link. There’s not an easily-visible delete button in your Google Analytics account.

In a nutshell, you log into Google Analytics, click Admin, click the Property that you want to delete, click Account Settings and look for the “Delete this account” link at the bottom of the page.  If you want to delete a specific Profile rather than a whole Property, then you would continue to click to that Profile and then to to Profile Settings where you file find the “Delete this profile” link.

Deleting accounts you own is easy, but so far I haven’t been able to find a way to delete accounts from my Analytics that people have shared with me. I find it hard to believe that you can’t remove yourself from an account someone has shared with you short of asking for them to remove your access. However, after doing some research, it does seem that there currently is not a way to delete a Google Analytics account that someone has shared with you. See this support thread.

However, there is user who stated that there is a script to fix this problem, which is located at the bottom of the support thread, but I wasn’t courageous enough to attempt it on my own since I’m a little skeptical that it could possibly be a malicious script and don’t want to mess with that.

Here is an excellent video tutorial on how to delete a Google Analytics property that you own:

Google Apps Sync Installation Problems With Outlook 2013

Posted by in Google Apps on June 22nd, 2013 | 3 Comments

outlook-2013-google-apps-sync-problemsNovember 2013 Update: Google Apps Sync now works with click-to-run versions of Outlook 2013.

If you’re trying to install Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook on Outlook 2013, you are probably going crazy trying to figure out why it just won’t install. I’ve already done hours of research online trying to figure out why I was having problems with the installation. The short explanation is that Microsoft changed their software format causing compatibility issues with the Google Apps Sync plugin. Google Apps Sync will work flawlessly with Outlook 2007 and 2010, but you’ll have some issues with installing the sync plugin for Outlook 2013.

When you try to install Google Apps Sync on Outlook 2013, you’ll receive the following popup message on your computer:

Succeeded: Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Outlook
Failed: Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook

Currently, Google Apps Sync is not compatible with the “click-to-run” version of Outlook 2013. However, it is compatible with the MSI version of Outlook 2013. The problem is that nearly 100% of Outlook 2013 versions out there are the “click-to-run” variety where you simply purchase a product key and are given instructions on how to download the actual software. The MSI version is what large enterprises receive that purchase bulk licenses from Microsoft.

What are your options? There are hacks out there to get around the annoying issue of being unable to install Google Apps Sync for Outlook 2013. To summarize the hack, it involves uninstalling Outlook 2013, uninstalling the Sync plugin, installing Outlook 2010, then installing Google Apps Sync, then upgrading to Outlook 2013, and then editing your computer’s registry to insert the registry hack in order to get the plugin to work.

If you don’t feel like going through the hassle of installing and uninstalling software and editing your computer’s registry, well, you can try to get an MSI version of Outlook 2013 from Microsoft or  you can simply stick with Outlook 2007 or 2010 until Google announces that the Google Apps Sync plugin is compatible with the click-to-run version of Outlook 2013. If you have any updates on this situation, feel free to let me know by leaving a comment below.

Upgraded Email Storage For Google Apps Gmail Finally Coming

Posted by in Google Gmail on May 31st, 2013 | Comment »

google-drive-logoI have been wondering for the last five years if Google Apps was ever going to allow their users to purchase additional email storage over the 25 GB limit that comes with Google Apps for Business. I am sure Google received complaint after complaint from users who have or were close to hitting the 25 GB email quota who didn’t want to delete archived emails for record-keeping purposes. After years of waiting, Google has finally announced that they will allow users to increase their email storage.

Google is going to combine the 25 GB Gmail and 5 GB Drive quota for all current users to give users a combined 30 GB of storage and then allow users to upgrade their storage beyond the 30 GB limit. The roll out will start May 28, 2013 for rapid release domains and on June 11, 2013 for scheduled release domains. Storage up to 16 TB can be purchased. 100 GB of storage can be purchased for $4.99/month.

Google Drive storage can be upgraded here. Google may or may not use the same link once the the changes are rolled out. We last wrote about the ability to upgrade your Google Docs storage back on March 5, 2011, and have been waiting for a similar option to upgrade Gmail email storage ever since then.

What is the Chromebook Pixel?

Posted by in Chromebooks on May 28th, 2013 | Comment »

chromebook-pixelThe Chromebook Pixel is the latest Chromebook introduced by Google. Most people just learning about the Chromebook Pixel will get some sticker shock from the price. The price starts at $1,299 for the 32 GB Wi-Fi only model and goes to $1,449 for the 64 GB Wi-Fi and LTE model. You’re scratching your head saying, “For a Chromebook?!? What could possibly warrant such an outrageous price for a Chromebook?”

The Chromebook Pixel was developed by Google for the purpose of demonstrating to their hardware providers (Samsung and Acer) that they want to go in a direction of better hardware specs. Those who complain about the original Chromebooks usually complain about the hardware, but hey, you get what you pay for, and what were you really expecting from a laptop priced at $249?

The Chromebook Pixel, as the name suggests, is all about its unbelievable graphic display that you’ll get. The Pixel could have the very best display of any laptop ever created. It boasts a resolution of 2560 x 1700 at 239 PPI on a 400 nit screen. The screen is also a touchscreen as well. The body and feel of the Pixel is almost identical to the Macbook Pro, but just a bit more squarish.

The Chromebook Pixel was clearly not created for the typically consumer. Google knows and understands that the Pixel will not be a big seller. That’s not the goal or the idea with the Pixel. The Pixel is meant to be a pet project to continue the innovation of the Chromebook and hopefully get the manufacturers to put together Chromebooks with better hardware specs and hopefully keep the same attractive price point that has initially led some users to begin using the Chromebook. As the Pixel website states as the tagline “for what’s next” and the description on the Google Play store description says “to inspire future innovation.”

Marques Brownlee provides an excellent explanation of the features of the Chromebook and what it’s all about in this video:

How I Fixed My WordPress “White Screen of Death”

Posted by in WordPress on January 18th, 2013 | Comment »

If you received the WordPress “White Screen of Death” — don’t panic. It may take some time to get to the root of the problem, but you’ll eventually find the culprit.

The first major cause of this error, which makes it seems like your WordPress site was deleted and now missing in the abyss, is caused from faulty plugins. Therefore, you must find the fault plugin and disable it. However, I wasn’t even able to log into my WordPress admin page to disable plugins. Everything was blank. However, I just opened an FTP program and changed the name of the plugins folder to plugins-old.

Refresh your site and it’s probably back, you know the plugin was the culprit. You could then add plugins back one at a time to see which plugin is giving you the problem. For me it was easywpseo that was the culprit. I would ditch that plugin and opt for All in One SEO.

If this doesn’t work, move onto your theme. You should take the additional step of opening up your database in myPHPadmin and opening up the wp_options table and head to page 2. There you will see your template option and you should change that back to the twentyone theme or which default theme you have installed on WordPress.

If that didn’t work for you, then I also read that this can be caused from a spaces between <?php>, especially in the functions.php file.

Good luck trying to get to the bottom of this problem. It may take some time to diagnose this problem, but I’m sure you’ll eventually get your WordPress site back up and running in no time.

IE Forcing Mobile Site For MobilePress Running WP Super Cache

Posted by in WordPress on January 7th, 2013 | Comment »

I use MobilePress to convert my WordPress website to a mobile-friendly version. I use this plugin across a few of my sites. For my main website that receives a lot of traffic, I also have to use WP Super Cache. With WP Super Cache activated, I noticed that the home page frequently renders the mobile version of the website rather than desktop version in Internet Explorer (IE).

I don’t have this problem with Firefox or Chrome, it was just IE. This was driving me absolutely crazy. What could I do to prevent Internet Explorer (IE) from displaying the mobile version of my website? I also noticed that with WP Super Cache disabled, I would not run into the problem with the MobilePress version of my website showing up for desktop users who use IE.

I believe I found the fix, but I still have to continue to monitor the site to confirm results. By going to the WP Super Cache options and then the Advanced tab, you’ll see a box that says “Extra homepage checks.” After checking that box, I believe the problem with IE forcing the mobile has been cured. I also changed the caching mode from “Use mod_rewrite to serve cache files” from “Use PHP to serve cache files. ”

What the “extra homepage checks” option does is prevent the home page from caching the wrong page such as a category page or an RSS feed. I don’t believe it was designed exactly to solve a mobile site being forced in Internet Explorer, but does seem to have helped the situation.

If you’re having a conflict with WP Super Cache and Mobile Press, please leave a comment below. It has driven me crazy trying to find a fix that will prevent IE from rendering the mobile version of my WordPress websites for desktop users. I wanted to see if anyone else experienced this issue and what they did to solve this problem.

Chrome Browser Now Available For Smartphones and Tablets

Posted by in Google Chrome on July 14th, 2012 | Comment »

Google’s popular Chrome Browser can now be downloaded for your phone. The browser is available for Apple iOS 4.3 or later devices, which includes the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. For those with an Android device, the Chrome browser is just running and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

To download the Chome Browers on your iPhone, visit the App Sotre, or visit Google Play from your Android device. Unless your Android device is brand-spanking new, you likely cannot download the Chrome browser for your Android which is disappointing.

I have the Droid Bionic on Verizon’s 4G LTE which is running Android 2.3.4. I don’t understand why the phone is unable to run Chrome since the phone does have a dual-core processor and plenty of RAM to support it. Hopefully, it will only be a matter of time until Android is available on 2.0 and 3.0 devices. We’ll be waiting for a release date and will be sure to update you when that information becomes available.

I did get a chance to test out the Chrome browser on my iPad 2 though and absolutely love it. It’s a huge browser upgrade of Apple’s Safari browser. The greatest feature is being able to sign in with your Google username and have all of your data such as your bookmarks syncing together and accessible from whatever device you are using.

Chrome’s browser search features are also a huge plus compared to Safari, which includes the popular auto-suggestion and voice search features. And of course, the Chrome browser loads webpages in a flash. The increase in browser speed is quite significant and perhaps the greatest thing that you’ll love about Chrome for your smartphone or tablet.

Learn more about the Chrome Browser on Google’s website for the release.

Backlink Building With Article Directories

Posted by in SEO on April 11th, 2012 | Comment »

Looking to build links through article directories to build back links? Here are two sites where you can submit articles to in order to boost your backlinks:

  1. www.goarticles.com
  2. www.articledashboard.com

Windows 7 Won’t Boot, Flashing Underscore On Black Screen

Posted by in PC Tips on April 10th, 2012 | Comment »

Windows 7 Won't Boot Flashing UnderscoreIf you recently tried to boot Windows 7 and it won’t boot up for you, don’t worry, there’s an easy fix for you. When I booted up Windows 7 this morning, all I got after the BIOS screen was a black screen with a flashing white underscore cursor.  Don’t worry, this problem isn’t the equivalent of the Windows XP blue screen of death which indicates that your computer crashed and you’ve lost everything on your hard drive.

After doing some research on this issue, many people on Windows 7 forums recommended to insert the Windows 7 DVD and click Repair Installation. While that will suggest to you what the problem is and how to fix it, you may just want to skip that part and try the following since all it tells you is the following.

Simply disconnect your USB devices from the computer and reboot. For some reason, certain USB devices (typically webcams) confuse the motherboard and cause some problems when booting up the computer. When I disconnected my USB devices and booted up Windows 7, it booted normally without any issues and I plugged the devices back in. Problem solved.

Tips On How To Make Your Chromebook Faster

Posted by in Chromebooks on April 1st, 2012 | 1 Comment

How to Speed Up ChromebookDo you feel that your Chromebook is getting slow? You can use these tips to help speed up your Chroombook.

1.) Reduce Tabs — The more that’s going on with your Chromebook, the slower it’s going to get. Although the Chromebook is great for mobile computing, its processor and RAM aren’t top of the line. The lower specs also help the Chromebook achieve 8 hours of battery life. The first and easiest thing you can do to speed up your Chromebook is to eliminate tabs you’re not using.

2.) Eliminate Extensions — Don’t get too crazy with extension add ons. If you have any extensions that you absolutely do not use, I would uninstall them. These extensions take up RAM and end up slowing down your Chromebook.

3.) Check Your Processes — With Shift + Esc, you can check out your Task Manager to see what processes are running.

4.) Clear Your Cache — Whenever you visit websites, the files are downloaded to the computer to speed up browsing. After a while that can clog things up and slow down your computer. In order to clear your case, open your Chromebook settings, click the Under the Hood tab, and click Clear browser data.