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How to Migrate your WordPress Blog from One Hosting to Another

Web-hosting is one of the most crucial parts of any website. A bad web hosting may bring lots of downtimes, and it’s not good for your online business. WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms and no doubt it’s memory hogging software.

Especially if you are using free web hosting, within some time, you might face lots of issues with your hosting. Best advice would always start by picking one of the best WordPress Hosting sites.

This tutorial is for all those who are looking to migrate their server from one host to another host.  Migrating WordPress blog from one host to another is not some rocket science, and with a good piece of tech knowledge, you can perform the hosting migration yourself.

Steps:

1) Taking Your Database backup

  • Login to your host cPanel
  • Go  to your MYSQL/PHP MYADMIN, where you have the actual database of your site
  • Click on Export  in PHPMYADMIN

 

  • Take a backup of all the tables in SQL format

 

2) Downloading a copy of Wp-content folder

  • Login to your FTP
  • Go to your WordPress files
  • Download Wp-Content folder to your hard drive (Even you can drag wp-content folder to your Desktop to download)

3) Installing WordPress on new server

  • Install  WordPress on your new host (Automatically through Fantastico from cPanel or WordPress  Manually)
  • Now login to your new host FTP
  • Delete wp-content from the set of  WordPress files

  • Transfer  the backed up  Wp-content folder via FTP to your host

4) Import Database

  • Login to your new host
  • Go to MYSQL/PHP MY ADMIN
  • Click on Import
  • Select the exported file using CHOOSE FILE option

  • Click on  ‘Go’ to import it

5) Change Name Servers

  • Login to your client area of Domain Registrant.
  • Go to Domain Management.
  • Look for DNS and go there.
  • Change the name servers to your new host.

Note:

Name server changes will take some to propagate and reflect worldwide. So wait for 2-24 hours for complete name server propagation.

I hope this tutorial will help you with your WordPress hosting migration but if you have any more queries regarding web hosting or host migration, feel free to ask via comments.

How to Configure Your Freedom Proxy to Open Blocked Sites

I believe freedom to access any Website is a right that every adult person owns. Though despite all the freedom, in colleges, offices and many places many sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter other social networking site and entertainment sites are blocked.

Obviously, there are ways like Proxy sites but they are not very effective. Most of the firewalls, block such proxy sites and your dream of accessing blocked sites get shattered.

I would suggest instead of searching for working proxy sites, you should try proxy software’s. Some time back, I already talked about Ultrasurf and how to configure Ultra Surf.

Now in this tutorial, I’m talking about another proxy software call Your-freedom. Like Ultrasurf, Jap, it is also popular desktop proxy software. Though it’s not light weight like Ultrasurf and not a plug and play software.

Your-freedom  requires a couple of steps before this software start giving you access to all open blocked Sites. Though one thing which I liked about Your-freedom is, it works in the worse case scenario. In my college, other proxy software gets blocked later on but Your-freedom was the only proxy software which worked.

Anyways, now let’s get the real thing started and follow the guide to your ultimate destination to freedom from Internet censorship.

How to Configure Your-Freedom

Download Your-freedom from the official site. <Link> and install it. You can download the offline installer (12MB approx) or online installer. My preference would be offline installer as it will save bandwidth.

Once you installed Your-freedom click on Start your-Freedom. On the very first screen, you need to select the language.

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Next screen would be a welcome wizard. Click on next to start with the configuration of Your-Freedom proxy software. If your internet requires you to use proxy settings to connect to the Internet, you can add proxy settings here. In my case, I’m leaving it blank as I’m directly connected to the Internet.

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If you not sure that you need proxy settings or not, click on Try to autodetect. This will find proxy settings from your browser.

Tweak your settings:

Next option is tweaking your settings. You can select your Internet provider based on your country and if your ISP is not on the list, click on None and click Next.

Tweak-Internet-settings Select Protocols to use:

Your-freedom-protocol If you are planning to use this software extensively, you can select protocols to be used. Though default options are good to start with. Here are the default protocols which are selected. Verify if your settings are same as mine and click on next.

Your freedom servers:

On the next screen, it will start searching for Your-freedom servers, and your screen will look like this.

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Here you will find all the Your-freedom servers, and according to preference, you can select the best server from your location. Select the best server (Ex: ems22.your-freedom.de with Pref 10.0 in above screenshot) and click on next.

Login access for Your-Freedom:

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Unlike other proxy servers, Your-freedom requires you to create an account to login to your server. Go to their homepage and sign up for a free account. Enter your-freedom login credential on the setting page, and you will see a screen like this:

Proxy-Your-freedom Proxy settings for Your-Freedom:

Notice the proxy settings for Your freedom. You can connect using Socks 4/5 or normal Web proxy to connect to Your freedom servers.

In your browser change your proxy settings to  127.0.0.1: 8080. I used Socks 4/5 to configure my torrent client to connect to Your-freedom server. Socks4/5 setting would be: 127.0.0.1:1080.

Click on save exit and on the main screen of your freedom, click on start connection. If you have done everything as mentioned above, you will see a screen like this:

How to Configure Your Freedom

That’s it, and now you are all ready to access the unblocked internet using this useful free software.

Do let us know which proxy software are you using to open blocked sites at your end? If you have a problem connecting to Your-freedom server or have any question regarding configuration, do let us know via comments.

Dummies Guide to Facetime on iPhone and iPod Touch

facetime1.png Facetime is one of the best free feature of iOS device. The best thing about Facetime free video calling service is, it’s available on all Apple devices. Be it, Mac, iPhone, iPad or any other iOS device with camera on it. First time user might get confused with how to use FaceTime, and in this guide I will exactly be talking about the same. This guide will answer all your queries regarding Facetime on iOS devices, right from activation to making calls.

Facetime is one of the most talked about features of iPhone 4. Yesterday, we posted some pictures from our first impressions of Facetime on iPhone 4 as Harsh and I tried a Facetime conversation. We were totally amazed by the quality of audio and video.

Facetime is also very intuitive and easy to use. In fact we are Facetime Ninjas now, in less than thirty minutes of video calling. Here’s how you can get started and most of other related queries answered.

How to Activate Facetime on your iPhone:

Though this guide is written for iPhone4, but if you are using any other version of iPhone/iPad, Facetime activation method remains the same.

Go to Settings > Phone > Facetime > On. The iPhone  will automatically send an SMS(international for non US users) and within 10 seconds your Facetime will be active.

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This only needs to be done once per sim card, and that too is automatic. No registration or user id required. Like Apple says, Facetime works out of the box.

Once the “Waiting for Activation” message goes away you are good to go. Please note that you will not be able to see the SMS sent for activation through your Messages app. If you have trouble activating Facetime, wait for our post which talks about activation issues for unofficial carriers.

iPod Touch users go to Settings > Facetime to confirm and verify your email address that will be used to receive calls. If unverified, follow instructions sent to email to get started.

Charges for using Fcaetime

No. We were not charged for our Facetime calls. It’s free for video calls between iPhone 4 and iPod touch devices. Both devices need to be connected to a wifi network with internet access(not necessarily same network).

How to start a Facetime video call

There has been a lot of doubt as to how the Facetime call is authenticated. Harsh and I tried the email address method yesterday but that failed and here’s why.
Facetime uses two ways to identify people – Phone number or email address. And the the type of device determines which one will be used.
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  • When calling an iPhone 4: Use the phone number of the person you are calling.
  • When calling an iPod touch (4th generation): Use the email address designated for FaceTime of the person you are calling.

Please note that you need iOS 4.1 to make calls or receive them from users on iPod Touch.

How to Make a Facetime Call

There are two ways of initiating a Facetime call. You could make a phone call just the way you normally do and then once you are there on the call click on Facetime. If your friend accepts the Facetime request call, voice call will end and you will no more be charged for voice.

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Another way is directly making a Facetime call. Go to your contacts page and tap Facetime. Choose a method of identification(phone or email). Your friend will receive a notification if he’s on wifi. If he accepts you are good to go.

On iPod touch, there is an additional Facetime app. You can use it to call any of your contacts or through the contacts app like mentioned above.

Can I switch Cameras

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The Facetime call starts with your front camera. You can switch to the rear camera and back by clicking on the button in lower right corner.
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Some other features of Facetime you might want to know:

Muting Facetime

The Mute button will only prevent your audio from going through. Your video will still be visible to the other person.

Landscape Support

Just rotate the iPhone to switch to this mode.

Moving the preview window

The small window which shows your own Face can be moved around by dragging if it obstructs your view in the default position.

Do something else and get back to Facetime again?

If you need to check another app while you are on Facetime, no problem. Just hit home button and do your work. Your video will freeze on last frame and audio chat can still be continued. Once you click on the green bar similar to the one you get with voice calls, your video chat will be resumed.

Last Tip for Facetime Users:

You can also add Facetime to your Favorites list and start a Facetime call right from there. Facetime calls will also feature in your Recent Calls history.

Conclusion

So, that’s all we have gathered so far about Facetime. It’s been a great experience so far for us. Rumors are afloat that Facetime might soon come to iPads, Macs and Windows PCs too. We are really looking forward to that.

I hope this detailed Facetime usage guide will help you to start using this useful free service. In upcoming article, we will also be talking about iMessage, but for now why don’t you go ahead and try making a Facetime call to other iOS user in your contact list.

How to take screenshots of your Android device [Tutorial]

Being a blogger, I frequently write reviews about different websites, softwares, mobile applications etc. To make my posts more attractive and interesting, I always make sure that I include the screenshots of the app or website I am reviewing. Taking screenshots on a computer is very easy, as there are hundreds of tools available that enable you to do so. But, how do you take screenshots on an Android phone?

Well, I had to do a lot of Googling before actually finding a solution to this. Basically, there are 2 ways to take screenshots on your Android phone. The first method is a little tricky and involves the use of Android SDK to capture the screen. The second method involves installing apps on your phone to capture your screen. In this post, I will explain both the methods of taking screenshots on your Android phone.

Method 1 : Using the Android SDK

The Android SDK is basically a software development kit which enables developers to create applications for the Android platform. The kit contains a utility called Dalvik Debug Monitor. This is the software we will be using to take the screenshots.

Step 1 : Installing the SDK and other necessary files

Before you install the Android SDK you need to make sure that you have the Java Development Kit installed. If not, you can download it from here. Scroll down to the Java SE Development Kit bundles and download the “JDK x Update xx with Java EE”. Install the SDK and it’s various libraries, including the Android tools.

Once you have installed the Java Development Kit, head over to the Android Developers website and download the Android SDK. The SDK is available on Windows, Mac as well as Linux. If you are using Windows, it is better to download the installer rather than the zip file as it provides an easy way to install the Android SDK. In case you have downloaded the compressed file, just extract it’s contents into a folder.

Now, for the purpose of taking screenshots, these steps should be enough. But, those who want to develop applications for Android, can check out this comprehensive tutorial on how to install the Android SDK.

Step 2 : Getting your device ready

The SDK can communicate with your device, only when USB debugging is enabled on your device. To do this, just head to Settings->Applications->Development on your Android device and tick the “USB Debugging” option. You can also tick the “Stay Awake” option to prevent your device from going offline when plugged in.

Once you have enabled USB Debugging on your device, just connect your device to the computer. Your Android device is now ready to communicate with the SDK.

Step 3 : Launching the Dalvik Debug Monitor

To open the Dalvik Debug Monitor Service, just navigate to the folder where you have stored the SDK and go to tools->ddms. The Dalvik Debug Monitor window opens.

Here, in the left pane you will see the list of all connected devices. Just double-click on your device. Also make sure that your device is “online”.

Step 4 : Taking Screenshots

If you have followed the above steps correctly, your device should now be ready to take screenshots. To capture the screen of your device, just go to Device->Screen Capture or press Ctrl+S. The Device Screen Capture window opens with a screenshot of your device screen. This image is a static image, and hence you will need to hit the “Refresh” button in order to update the captured image.

If you want to change the orientation of the screen, just hit the “Rotate” button. You can save the screenshots as a PNG file or even copy the image to clipboard.

That’s it! You can now take screenshots of your device any time you want. Well, if you find this method a bit tricky you can always opt for the second method which is relatively easier.

Method 2 : Using third-party Android applications

Those who don’t prefer using the SDK for the purpose of taking screenshots, can use third party applications to do so. If you search for the term “sreenshots” in the Android Market, you will find that there are various apps available that let you take screenshots of your device. But the problem is most of them require you to root your Android phone. There are quite a few apps which lets you take screenshots without rooting. Below, you can find simple steps on how to root your Android device as well as a list of Android apps that lets you take screenshots.

Taking screenshots by rooting your device

Rooting is a process of modifying your phone to gain complete control over it. There are various methods to root your Android device. A very simple method is by using an app called Universal Androot to root your device. Using this app is very easy and you can root your Android phone with just one-click.

In case Universal Androot doesn’t work for your device, you can try the methods posted here.

Once you have rooted your phone, you can use any of the apps listed below to take screenshots of your Android device.

1. Screenshot It – Screenshot It is a simple app that lets you take screenshots of your phone’s screen and save it as a jpg or png file. It lets you take screenshots by setting a timer or by even shaking your phone. In addition to this, it also enables you to crop the screenshots and choose a custom directory for your screenshots. However, this is a paid app and will cost you $3.99.

2. ShootMe – ShootMe is a free app to take screenshots of your device. You can shake your device, shout or even use the light sensor to take the screenshot.

3. PicMe – Compared to the above apps, PicMe lets you control as well as take screenshots of your device from a remote browser. All you have to do is fire up the app and go to http://your_phone_ip_address:8082 to control your device and also take screenshots. This app too is available for free in the Android Market.

Taking screenshots without rooting your device

There are various reasons why people do not root their Android device. Well, in that case you can use the app below for taking screenshots.

No Root Screenshot ItNo Root Screenshot It is a paid app that lets you take screenshots of your phone without rooting. It is similar to the app Screenshot It, both in looks as well as features, since it was developed by the same person. You can download this app from the Android Market at $4.99.

Well, these are the different ways I could find to take screenshots on Android. If you are experiencing any problems with the above listed methods or happen to know any other method to take screenshots on Android, tell us about it via the comments section.

How to Play PS2 Games Using USB Hard Disk or Pen Drive

Here I am talking about a great PS2 hack and this enables loading or playing a games via a USB hard drive.

Requirements to run PS2 games through a USB Hard Disk

You need following things to do this;

  1. Power Defragmenter[link]
  2. USBUtil [link]
  3. elf to bin [link]
  4. USB advanced PS2 software [link]

Different Steps to complete the operation

  • Format your USB hard drive using fat32 mode
  • Now use USButil and with the help of it install desired PS2 game ( either from a DVD or from an image) to the USB Hard disk

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  • Then defragment your hard disk with the help of Power Defragmenter

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  • Use elf to bin and create the image of USB advanced elf file

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  • Now you have to burn this image to a CD using Nero or any other image burning software at 4X burning speed
  • Boot this CD via PS2 CDROM and connect your USB hard disk or pen drive to PlayStation

Done! Now you can play any game which is loaded in your USB hard disk or USB flash drive or pen drive

Now do let me know if you have any problem in performing this task.

How To: Use iTunes/App Store Promo Codes

Apple Coupon code

So many times you must have come across iTunes and App Store Promotional Codes. If you did not know what to do with them or how to redeem them, this guide will tell you just that. Promotional codes may be used by artists and developers to provide free copied of their work to others as personal gifts or for promotional activities.

The promotional codes work only in the US Store. So if you don’t have one, you will need to create one first. Don’t worry if you reside in some other country. You can still create a free US Store based account without a credit card requirement. Once you are done creating the account you will be able to purchase free apps and also redeem promotional codes.

How to Redeem app Promo Code

Open iTunes. Head to iTunes Store. Now you can either click on “Redeem” on the right sidebar or on the footer at the bottom. If you find difficulty locating the button, take a look at our screenshots.

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Alternatively, you can follow our direct link to the redeem page which will open up in iTunes automatically.

Redeeming App promo code on iPhone

Click on App Store. Once the App loads head to Featured and scroll down to bottom where you will see the Redeem button. Click on that and enter your code on the next page and hit Redeem again.

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How to Configure Synergy to Share your Keyboard and Mouse [Tutorial]

This is a guest post by Andrew who blogs at Amongtherealm. If you would like to write for Callingallgeeks, read: Guest posting guidelines.

Synergy is a nifty program that will allow you to share your keyboard and mouse with multiple computers across different operating systems. For example, a setup can be made between a Mac and a Windows 7 computer. Check the website often to stay updated with Synergy.

To setup Synergy follow these steps:

On a Mac:

1. Download Synergy and click OK when the box below pops up.

2. Click on the Synergy install icon to begin the process.

I would recommend installing Synergy for current user only to prevent any unwanted changes.

3. Open system preferences and click on the Synergy icon located in the other section.

4. Beneath the general tab, click on “share my keyboard and mouse.” It is important to set this setting on your main computer. Since I use my mac the most, I set it as the server.

5. Click the middle tab titled server configuration. At this point, add your computers so that Synergy will recognize them. You can move the monitors (pictured below) however you want them. This affects how the mouse tracks across both systems. In my setup I move my mouse to the right of the screen to access my PC and reverse to return to the Mac.

Click on the + box on the left hand side to add a computer. The name field is where you put the name of the computer. The name that is entered has to be the same as the computer name. If the names are different Synergy will not work.

To find the name of your Mac, go to system preferences, then sharing, and under computer name it will say “Computers on your local network can access your computer at: Andrew-Macbook.local.” What follows the colon is the name you want to use, without the .local on the end. For example, mine would be Andrew-Macbook).

To find the name of your computer on a Windows machine, right click on my computer and click on properties. In this box it will tell you the computer name.

6. Under the general tab click turn on Synergy. The status in the bottom left hand corner will change to waiting for connections.

On a PC:

1. Download Synergy and save the file when this box below pops up.

Click Next

Click I Agree

Click Next

Click Install

Click finish and Synergy will be installed.

2. Configure Synergy to sync with your server.

Open Synergy and in the box where it says, “Other computer’s host name,” enter in the IP Address of the server (the server in my setup was the mac). Run a test to see if you have connection and once you do, click start and it will minimize and run in the background.

To find the IP Address on a Mac, go to system preferences and click network. Your IP will be listed here.

To find the IP Address on a PC, go to start, then run and type in cmd. Once the black box pops up type in ipconfig and your IP will be listed.

I recommend using static IP addresses on both the Mac and PC. If static IP’s are not used once they update, Synergy will not be able to connect the computers.

That’s it! Go give it a try and let me know how it went in the comments.

Guide to Jailbreak iPod Touch iOS 4.0 online using Jailbreakme

The great folks at iPhone Dev-Team and our current iOS superstar Comex have made available to us a Jailbreak solution for iOS 4 devices. This guide will help you jailbreak any iPod Touch 1G/2G/3G device online using a website Jailbreakme.com. You don’t need a computer to perform the jailbreak. Continue reading Guide to Jailbreak iPod Touch iOS 4.0 online using Jailbreakme