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author: Kathy

If you’ve signed into your Doteasy Hosted Blog in the last couple days you would’ve noticed a few new features.

1. Custom Date and Time

Custom Date and Time

You can now set a custom date and time for your entries. Previously, all entries posted to the blog is time-stamped with the server’s date and time. Now, with the custom date and time feature, you can easily change the entry post date to accurately reflect your country time zone.

2. Recent Comments

You can now add a “Recent Comments” section to your blog sidebar.

Recent Comments

Including recent comment links in your sidebar can encourage conversation, especially when you blog is a social blog. Also, because the blog displays entries in an reversed chronological order (last one first), the “Recent Comments” can help your readers discover other content on your blog.

3. Navigation

You can also add a “Navigation” section to your blog sidebar.

Navigation

The Navigation section will contain direct links to your blog main page, Today’s entry as well as an Archives page.


 
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author: Kathy

WordPress is one of the more popular blog platforms out there and one thing I love about WordPress is the many widgets available: Akismet, Flickr, etc.

However, WordPress requires PHP and MySQL capability, which are not supported on the $0 Hosting account. But if you want to use WordPress and you do not want to upgrade your Doteasy hosting account, there are a few ways of doing so.

One way is to map your domain to your WordPress.com blog. Note that this option requires you to purchase credits from WordPress and you have to change your domain DNS to ns1.wordpress.com and ns2.wordpress.com.

Another way (a free and hassle-free way) is to use the free domain forwarding function on your Doteasy web hosting account to redirect your URL to your Wordpress.com blog.

Steps:

1. Signup for a free blog at www.wordpress.com. Your blog address will be yourname.wordpress.com

2. After you have setup your blog, login to your Doteasy Member Zone and click on the Setup Domain Forward function under the “Domain” section.

Setup Domain Forwarding

3. On the “Domain Forwarding” page,

Domain Forwarding

  a) Domain Forwarding: Select Enable

  b) Destination URL: enter the URL of your WordPress.com blog (ie. yourname.wordpress.com)

  c) Mask Option: this option allows you to display either your domain URL (ie. www.yourdomain.com) or the destination URL (ie. yourname.wordpress.com).

  d) Website Title: enter the title of your website.

4. When you are ready, click on the Save Change button.

After you have setup domain forwarding, your visitors going to www.yourdomain.com will be redirected to yourname.wordpress.com.

Benefits:

  1. You get to enjoy the powerful features of WordPress
  2. You don’t have to upgrade your Doteasy hosting account or purchase any WordPress.com credits
  3. You don’t need to install the script or configure any database. Everything is done for you by WordPress.com
  4. The Domain Forwarding function is free and you can disable the setting or modify it in your Doteasy Member Zone

 
Posted By Doteasy

author: Kathy

There are many reasons you might want to post your own audio on your blog, for example,

  • Your own talk show
  • You are a musician and you want to provide some of your music to potential fans
  • You are a speaker

Your first step is to record your audio. Many people use Audacity to record their audio.Audacity is a free audio-recording program, available in Windows, Mac OS 9 or X and Linux/Unix versions.

Download Audacity: http://www.audacity.sourceforge.net

You also need to download the LAME MP3 encoder which allows Audacity to export MP3 files. You will see the download link for that on the same page as Audacity download.

Recording your audio with Audacity is very simple and the website provides easy tutorials.

After you have completed the recording, your first step is to upload the audio file on to your Doteasy server using FTP.

After you have uploaded the file, your next step is to add the MP3 file to your Doteasy Hosted Blog. The easiest way is to use the <embed> link. Make sure you are in the [Source] view.

Source view

Basic player

audio player

Code:

Replace MP3_FILE_URL with the actual mp3 file address./p>

 

If you want a fancier-looking player, you can try one of the following:

1. Odeo MP3 Player

Code:


Replace [MP3 file address] with the actual mp3 file address.

 

2. Google Reader MP3 Player

Code:

Replace MP3_FILE_URL with the actual mp3 file address.

 

3. Yahoo! MP3 Player

Code:

Replace MP3_FILE_URL with the actual mp3 file address.


 
Posted By Doteasy

Because the original winners of the Second and Third Prize of the Lucky Draw failed to return the Prize Claim form back to us by the deadline, we have proceeded with a re-draw.

The new winners of the Lucky Draw are:

  • Second Prize - nelson*****@tech**.com
  • Third Prize - sandy********@mac.com

A Doteasy rep has already emailed the Prize Claim form to you. Please have it filled out and sent back to us prior to the deadline stated on the form.


 
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Here are the winning entries:

Grand Prize Winner!

 

Second Prize Winner!

Third Prize Winner!

 

Congratulations! Great Work!


 


 
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