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Try Vivaldi Web Browser

Tech Tip: Try out Vivaldi web browser

Vivaldi - A browser for our friends (Vivaldi.com)Web browsers have come a long way since their inception. First, we have moved from an era of a single dominant web browser to one of many formidable choices. Secondly, there are now a plethora of browsers focusing on speed and standards compliance. If you are searching for an alternative to common web browsers such as Chrome or Firefox try Vivaldi web browser. Vivaldi is a Chromium based browser created by one of the creators of the popular Opera web browser.

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Rename Tab Title

Tech Tip: Rename Browser Tab Title

We expect websites to provide useful titles that are descriptive and add context to our web browsing activities. To be fair, many do. However, the more tabs you have open the less real estate you have for titles. If the company name precedes the page title the problem is even worse. There are also times when you simply want to customize the text displayed on your tab. Wouldn't it be great if you had the option to rename the browser tab title to something more useful? With extensions for Firefox and Chrome you can freely edit the title of your browser tabs.

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Firefox Developer Edition

Tech Tip: Try Firefox Developer Edition

Firefox Developer EditionFirefox Developer Edition is a browser specifically for web developers. It is a few versions ahead of the standard Firefox version and contains some experimental features. It is a 64-bit browser with a few differences from its more popular counterpart. It's a useful tool for both web designers and developers.

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Google Analytics Featured

Tech Tip: Opt-out of Google Analytics tracking

Google Analytics Opt-OutWebsites use various methods to gather statistics about visitors in a process known as web analytics. This allows website owners to monitor the performance of their  website over time. While this is a useful feature which helps  website owners tailor content to better suit the specific needs of visitors there may be some visitors who do not want their  visits to be tracked or more specifically not want their visits to be tracked by companies with large stores of data such as Google.

Google Analytics is one of the most popular web analytics tools out there and we use it to analyze our website traffic and discover what is working and what needs to be improved on our own websites. While we do not share visitors' personal information, not everyone wants to be tracked by Google Analytics due to privacy concerns or just personal preference. Fortunately there is a way to opt-out of  tracking from Google Analytics on all websites with a browser add-on.

If you do not want your visits to be recorded on websites that contain the Google Analytics tracking code you can download the official Google Analytics opt-out add-on. The add-on is available for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Apple Safari and Opera. This solution works not only for our websites but also for any other website that uses the javascript Google tracking code.

While we utilize web analytics to gain information about or website visitors and learn how to better serve them we also believe that their privacy is of utmost importance. If you do not want to be tracked by websites using the Google Analytics tracking code this solution may be ideal for you.

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Buffer

Tech Tip: Use Buffer to curate and share content on social media

Buffer ScreenshotSocial media marketing can be overwhelming for anyone pressed for time or anyone that is not able to post to social media sites at the ideal times. Buffer is a great app for finding and sharing content on social media sites that can simplify your social media marketing.

Queues

Using Buffer you can  utilize predefined times to post to social media websites or create your own. Then you can add both original and curated content to a queue to be posted automatically at the relevant time. You can also manually rearrange the order of items in the queue.

Suggestions

Another great thing about Buffer is that it offers suggestions of curated content that you may be interested in sharing. You can easily add desired content to your queue to be posted at a later time.

Getting Started

You can sign up for Buffer by creating an account using your email address or by associating it to a Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn account. The free version of Buffer restricts you to only one account per network while you can connect up to 10 in the paid version. The free version also limits you to 10 posts in your queue while the paid version raises this limit to 100.

Buffer is available on the web from the Buffer website or as an app for Android and iOS. You can also download the buffer extension for Firefox or Chrome to be able to add content from any site you are visiting to your buffer queue via a Buffer button in the browser.

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