Adding Ads to a WordPress site.

 

 

This is the way that I added the ads to my sites.

Step 1 log on to your WordPress site with your admin account.

Navigate to plugins and click Add New

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Next to Plugins Click Add New

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In the search box type in WP Advertize it and hit the enter key.

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WP Advertize it should be your first hit click install now.

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Then click on installed plugins

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Find WP Advertize It and click settings.

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Click on Add Block as many times as you want. I added two types of Ad blocks to my code. Your needs may differ.

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The next step is to go to your favorite advertising provider. I recommend Chitika. Open another tab in your favorite browser as you will need to come back to this page.

The link for Chitika is https://publishers.chitika.com/login

Sign up with them and get your add code.To do this go to their site.

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Click here to apply. Add your email and press go. It will ask you a few questions but it does not take long to set up an account.

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Click on ads get code.

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Select the format that you want your ads to appear in.

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I went with the recommended on and the Rectangle wide but whatever you decide on select that and click get code.

 

Copy the code you see in the shaded section and go back to the other tab.

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Here paste the code from both banner sizes into both ad blocks or however many you have.

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Scroll down to the placements section here you can decide where on the page you want your ads to appear. You might want to do some experimenting to see what looks best on your site. These are the settings I used on this site.

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When you have finished click save changes view your site and see if you are happy with the placement of ads. If not experiment a bit until you are happy.

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End of procedure.

 

AWS WorkSpaces first impressions

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I signed up for AWS WorkSpaces about a week ago. These are my observations so far.

I have supported badly configured remote desktop offerings from both Citrix and VMware. So I know that when Remote desktops are poorly configured it can be a nightmare. They run really slowly or they drop out or you have to restart the sessions. A remote desktop should look and feel like you are using a real computer. To this end AWS shines. Once you have logged on it feels like a normal Windows 7 computer.

Once an administrator has setup a workspace an email is sent to the recipient with their username, a key, and instruction for downloading and installing the software. The software is available for Mac and Windows and selected tablets at this time.

I would personally like to see this developed for Ubuntu. That way you don’t need to double up on licenses.

Once it is all installed the logon screen looks something like this.

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You enter your username and password and the workstation looks like this.

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By default and design there is no interaction between the desktop and the device you are running it on. I have OneDrive and the Google Drive set up so that I can transfer data from one drive to the other.

This is the standard plus workspace which comes with:

1 vCPU, 3.75 GiB Memory, 50 GB User Storage

Microsoft Office Professional 2010, Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Services, Utilities (Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, WinZip, Adobe Flash)

It comes in two flavors the standard and the performance. The performance package is pretty much double the standard. offering 2 vCPU, 7.5 GiB Memory, 100 GB User Storage.

Here are some observations that I have noticed.

I have noticed that the workspace is patched automatically. One less thing to work about.

Each user is a local Administrator by default and can install software.

Print redirection only seems to work for Windows 7 at this time. If I was to print from a session initiated from my Mac I would need to print to PDF and then copy it to the Mac for printing and then only after using a common cloud storage device like OneDrive. I imagine that there would be another way of printing to an IP printer but I have a local usb printer.

Getting OneDrive and the Google Drive to work meant going into Internet Explorer properties and changing the setting to allow active scripting.

You can not copy and paste from the Windows session into the Mac session.

When I stream video the sound quality is about 95% as good as it should be. Although that may be because I have a fairly slow internet connection that peaks at about 5 Mbps. Apart from that there are no real speed issues. It runs better than any virtual machine I can run on my Mac.

 

 

 

 

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