Import MailChimp CSV into Excel

I recently created a email campaign with MailChimp. In order to go over the opening matrix with others I needed to print it I could download the CSV, but I when I opened it in Excel it wasn’t delimited.

The following article quickly help me import the CSV into to Excel and set up the delimiter.

Convert CSV to Excel: how to import CSV files into Excel spreadsheets

I hope this helps someone else out there….

 

Install Windows 10 without needing a Windows 10 Product Key

I have a Win 7 pro licensed version. I wanted to make the July 29, 2016 deadline for free upgrade to Win 10. I didn’t want to loose my Win 7 configured drive yet. I purchased a inexpensive 250 Gig Solid State Drive for $65.00.

I unplugged the old drive. Plug the new one in. Put the Downloaded ISO disk of Windows 10 in the blue-ray drive. It found the drive and started the boot on the DVD. I had to partition the drive and format. During the install I was asked for the product key and I input my Win 7 pro product key. That was it.

It took about 10 minutes to install. After that I booted it booted to Win 10 and all was good.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Windows 10 download throwing error 8x800704DD – 0x90016

Here I am last minute trying to download and burn an ISO of Windows 10 before the free upgrade is over. I started the download of the MediaCreationTool. Looked like it was going to work fine, but I got the following error 8x800704DD – 0x90016

 

windows_10_error

I am logged in as a user but ran the MediaCreationTool as an administrator.

Well that wasn’t good enough. I switched user to my Administrator account and everything download fine.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

We have client that we recently moved their email from Godaddy POP account to a Microsoft 365 exchange account. A week later her Outlook email client was flashing the text “there are more items in this folder on the server”.

I quick search lead me to the following video on the old YouTube that totally resolved the issue. Which was to uncheck the Offline Caching.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Chronoconnectivity V 5 for Joomla Tutorial

I love chronoforms and wondered about reading and displaying the data in such a powerful way. I looked at chronoconnectivity many times but quickly got discouraged.

I found simply going through their FAQ was a great start.

https://www.chronoengine.com/faqs/72-ccv5.html

Next I found the following walk through which were the next steps I was looking for and beyond.

http://www.icagenda.it/chronoforms-and-chronoconnectivity-tutorials-and-guides.html

I hope this helps someone else out there….

 

Joomla 3.6 is Faster?

I am close releasing a new site this week when I get the notification that verion 3.6 is available. It feels like the last thing I needed when I am so close. This site has been a bit troublesome.

I was using a Themeforest template and the site was pretty slow. We are talking about 6 second page load times. I installed JCH Optimize and got the page load times down to about 4 seconds. I enabled page caching and got the page load times down to 2 seconds.

I was nervous as to what upgrading was going to do, but after the upgrade I swear the site overall is working quicker than ever before. If your worried about upgrading I wouldn’t be.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Speeding Up Joomla Page Load Times

I have been getting helpful emails from Dart Creations about speeding up page load times with my Joomla sites.

Google has a page for testing page speeds and gives recommendations.

https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/

Lesson 1: Turn on Joomla Cache  – page caching

Lesson 2: Enable browser caching – browser caching

Lesson 3:  Enable GZip Compression – GZip compression

Lesson 4: Reduce / Compress Joomla images – compress images

Lesson 5:  Disable or remove unused plug-ins and Modules  – disable plugins

Lesson 6:  Try using JCH Optimize plugin –  JCH Optimize

Lesson 7:  Content Delivery Network – CDN
Your website can be given the ultimate speed boost by reducing the distance your content has to travel to reach its visitor. A Content Delivery Network (or CDN) delivers the heavy content of your site from a location which is very close to them. This is a trick major websites like Facebook, YouTube, CNN and NetFlix use to make sure their sites are fast. Images, CSS files, JS files, video and other content will have to travel much less. It does make your website lightning fast.

Lesson 8:  Put your site on a fast hosting platform – Hosting

Do yourself and (most of all) your website’s visitors a favour. Upgrade to a better hosting server. Get a faster website today. If you’re on a cheap plan – upgrade it.

Check out InMotion Hosting now. Or if you really love your website, go for a Virtual Private Server. They offer free transfers, so you don’t have to worry about down time or moving your site. It’s just plug and play.

Lesson 9: Use system fonts – This method was given to me by Bmorecreative, inc. They suggested the following article:

https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/11/using-system-ui-fonts-practical-guide/

Lesson 10: Optimizing images – Optimize Images

I am also using a Joomart Template that uses the T3 framework, and here is a link that shows how to compress the CSS and JS files.

https://www.joomlart.com/video-tutorials/t3-framework/optimize-css-and-js

Theme Expert – has sent out a article on how they perfer to speed things up. I like the details the put into the article. Speeding up page load times without an additional plug-in.
https://www.themexpert.com/blog/the-beginners-guide-to-joomla-caching

 

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Email cloaking in Joomla 3

I was getting the error “this-email-address-is-being-protected-from-spambots-you-need-javascript-enabled-to-view-it”.

I disable “email cloaking” in the plugins and that fixed the issue.

In my research I found the article to disable on “In-Motions” website.

https://www.dart-creations.com/joomla/joomla-tips-and-tricks/95-this-email-address-is-being-protected-from-spambots-you-need-javascript-enabled-to-view-it.html

In the comments section a user suggested No-Number or Regular Labs version. I love their other products so I thought I would list it

https://www.regularlabs.com/extensions/emailprotector

I hope this helps some one else out there…