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5 Simple Steps To Build A Striking Personal Website

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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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    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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            Last Updated on November 25, 2021

            How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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            How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

            There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

            Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

              What Does Private Browsing Do?

              When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

              For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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              The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

              The Terminal Archive

              While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

              Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

              dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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              Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

              Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

              However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

              Clearing Your Tracks

              Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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              dscacheutil -flushcache

              As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

              Other Browsers and Private Browsing

              Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

              If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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              As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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