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5 Simple Steps To Build A Striking Personal Website

5 Simple Steps To Build A Striking Personal Website

The world of website design is diverse, and one that generates a host of new statistics every single year. Take the fact that an estimated 40% of visitors will abandon a page if it takes more than 3 seconds to load, for example, as this is indicative of the standards that online consumers set when browsing.

This is why a growing number of individuals are using the Strikingly tool to develop and build their website. While it is a creation tool that remains fun and exceptionally easy to use, it also enables users to establish reliable and professional looking websites that can serve multiple purposes, such as launching digital resumes, events and start-up projects. The entire start-up process takes little more than 10 minutes, meaning that you can start a website at the same time it takes to enjoy a steaming hot latte!

Strikingly.com is fast becoming one of the most popular for the development of personal websites. With this in mind, here are 5 simple steps to use Strikingly and create your very own personal website:

1. Enter your Personal Information

As innocuous as it may seem, the first step is to enter your personal information on the Strikingly home page. Nothing too intrusive, of course, just your first name, email and the password that you will use to access your site. Once this is done, you can start creating in earnest!

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Personal Information

    2. Select your Purpose and Website

    Less than a minute in, and you are already in a position to confirm the purpose of your website and select a template. By clicking on the ‘personal’ icon, you will be taken to a separate page with relevant templates that can be chosen with a single click. Do not worry too much about the visual appearance of your Strikingly site on smaller media, however, as it is designed to be compatible with mobile devices such tablets and smartphones.

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      3. Use your Dashboard to Title your Website

      Once this is completed, you will be directed to the dashboard icon on the top left of your screen. This includes three clearly defined buttons at the top, which allow you enter the title and custom domain of your site while also affording you an opportunity to experiment with alternative templates. There is also a fourth button that enables you to publish the site once it is complete.

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        4. Edit your Page Setting and Titles

        Immediately beneath this section on the dashboard is a list of separate section and individual page titles, which can be edited to create the framework of your site. They are initially listed as work, experience, photos, contact and leave a message, with an additional icon that enables you to add sections and headings. These are a little formal for a fun and engaging personal website, of course, so they can be amended and shuffled to suit your precise needs.

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          5. Add Content

          While you are unlikely to have finished your coffee at this stage, the structure of your Strikingly website is complete. All that is left is to get creative and add your content, using images and text to convey your personal message. The dashboard allows you to easily copy, paste and shuffle images, while you can also experiment with a number of alternative fonts and input relevant social media contact information. One of my own personal favorite Strikingly sites is owned by art and design enthusiast Gary Sheng, who uses stunning visual imagery to convey his passion and engage visitors.

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            The Bottom Line for Strikingly Users

            While this online resource enables you to create a diverse range of professional and personal websites, its users remain at the heart of its success. They convey the fun and simplistic nature of creating a website through Strikingly.com, which in turn has made web design more accessible to a wider social demographic. No single Strikingly user demonstrates this more than Walter, who created a purposeful and functional site on his iPad despite being completely blind.

            So, do you fancy creating your own Strikingly website? If you have 10 minutes to spare and are looking to create a bright and engaging online space, it’s the ideal site-building tool for you!

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            Published on September 20, 2018

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

            Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

            In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

            Minimizing Tabs

            Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

            Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

            Incognito Mode

            Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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            1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
            2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
            3. Download extension New Incognito Window

            This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

            Save Webpages as PDF Files

            Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

            Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

            Open Recently-closed Tabs

            Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

            One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

            The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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            Solve Mathematical Problems

            Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

            For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

            Play Media Files

            Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

            In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

            Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

            With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

            Stay Focus(e)d

            Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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            Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

            With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

            This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

            Grammarly for Editing

            Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

            You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

            Loom

            There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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            There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

            With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

            Chrome Calendar Extension

            No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

            Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

            Final Thoughts

            Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

            Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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