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Mobile Monday – Making Your Blog Mobile Friendly Using WordPress

fma_blog_mobile_iphone_compareIn my last couple of Mobile Monday posts I have been talking about making your genealogy blog "mobile friendly" which means that you install a template or a plugin on your blog so that people who view your blog on their mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad, Android device or any other kind of smart phone or tablet visit your blog they see a mobile version that does not make it look so cluttered and confusing on the smaller screens. I don't know about you but I tend to read all of my blogs I follow either on my iPhone or iPad. They are both so convenient for me to catch up on what is going on in the genealogy community because I always have them with me. Sometimes when I view a blog that isn't "mobile friendly" is is hard to not get confused with all the other things that are on the screen. By making your blog "mobile friendly" readers and easily read your blog posts in a very simple interface. I am curious, how many of you out there use your mobile device regularly to read other genealogy bloggers posts? Leave a comment below and let us all know! I think the more of us that want blogs to be "mobile friendly" the more we will see them become that way! So, last post I had a video showing you Blogger users how to make your genealogy blog "mobile friendly". Today I am going to show you a video for you users. I am not sure if this same process works for those of you who have blogs. Please let us know if it does!
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Series of Unfortunate Events – Part 4 – Data Storage

As I talked about in the first couple posts of this series, Flickr and Photobucket are services where you can store, backup, and share your photos and videos. Those two websites are great for backing up and storing your photos and videos, but what if you are wanting more than that. What if you are wanting all kinds of files to be backed up. Mozy is your solution.

Mozy is a service that offers to backup all kinds of documents, anything from photos, videos, Word documents, and even your gedcom files! Thats right, backup your entire family tree with Mozy!

"Current statistics show that one in every ten hard drives fail each year. The cost of recovering a failed hard drive can exceed $7,500, and success is never guaranteed."-Mozy

One great thing about Mozy is that you don't have to use it just for your genealogy. You can backup all of your files from your computer! Mozy is very affordable and easy to use. For only $4.95 a month you can have unlimited storage and access. "That's enough space to backup your entire computer for the price of a hamburger".

Are you not sure you want to pay for a subscription you are not sure you will want to use? You can sign up for a free account and receive 2 GB of storage for free! No setup fee, no monthly payments, no credit cards, no hassle. With 2 GB you can backup more than 1,000 photos.

To learn more about Mozy and to try it for free, click below


Series of Unfortunate Events – Photo Backup Part 2

In this article I will be featuring another service where you can store, backup, and share your photos and videos online. In the last article I share with you the website called Flickr, which is put out by Yahoo.

Today I am going to focus on a web service called Photobucket.

With Photobucket you can:

  • Search Photobucket's billions of images and videos, posted by other users.
  • Upload and store your images and videos for free.
  • Link your images and videos on your blog, social networking sites, etc.
  • Use Photobucket for auctions at eBay or for items you are selling on Craigslist.
  • Send links to individual images, videos, or entire albums over instant messenger, email, or the Web. Today, our community links from Photobucket to over 300,000 different websites. After you have uploaded media to Photobucket, you can use your media almost anywhere.
  • Share your media directly from your Photobucket album.
  • Create slideshows to add life to any web page or blog.
  • Send images to your mobile phone to use as custom wallpaper.
  • Print quality images. You can put images from public albums, your albums, and private albums for which you have the guest password on items such as t-shirts, mugs, posters, and more.

Photobucket has a couple of options depending on how many photos and videos you have and want to store. They have a free account option and a paid subscription.

What is included in a Free Account?

  • Multimedia Hosting – Up to 500MB of space for images and video clips.
  • Huge Bandwidth – Up to 10GB of monthly traffic. Bandwidth is reset every month.
  • Photobucket Slideshows – Create slideshows, collages, strips, and stamps to showcase your Photobucket images with your friends and on other websites.
  • Public or Private Albums – The ability to make individual albums Public or Private
  • Content sharing directly from your Photobucket account to the most popular websites with a single click. See the Sharing Media & Albums category for details.
  • Custom URL for your main album.
  • Photobucket Goods – The option to turn your digital images into prints, books, cards, shirts, posters, and more.

For those who want more storage space and higher bandwidth, a Pro account is probably what you would want.

What is included in a Pro Account?

With a Pro Photobucket account, you receive all of the benefits of a Free account, plus more!

  • Multimedia Hosting – Unlimited storage for images and video clips.
  • High resolution images – Web-size images of 2MB or 4000x3000 pixels per image and saved images of up to 20MB. See What are Upload Options for details.
  • Unmetered Bandwidth – Never get a “Bandwidth Exceeded” message again. Note that Photobucket reserves the right to disable direct linking on accounts that use excessive bandwidth or otherwise abuse the system.
  • FTP Upload Access - See the topic How do I use FTP to upload images for details.
  • No advertising when accessing or sharing content from your individual account. However, you may still see advertising for sponsored features, public search media, and group albums.
  • Custom URLs for all your albums.
  • SWF file type support
  • Premium email tech support
  • The cost of a Pro account is US $24.95 for one year.

When I have talked to people about services such as Flickr and Photobucket some of them are concerned because it is just another service they have to pay for every year. I look past the fact that they are both $25 a year and think to myself, $25 a year is worth the risk of losing my precious photos, documents, and movies. I know too many people and have heard too many stories where people have lost everything in an “unfortunate event”.

My grandmother is a perfect example of that. Years ago her house burnt completely down and lost everything. Every photo, story, and other memories were lost in that fire. Today, I wish that I could see pictures of my mother and her siblings when they were young, but there really isn’t many left. Almost all of them were in the house during the fire. To me, things like photos are worth the $25 a year.