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Sunday, July 31, 2011

How to remove Blogger Navbar

Go to a Dashboard -> Settings -> Design -> Edit HTML
In a code find a Template Style and add

#navbar-iframe {
   display: none !important;
}



For example:

<b:skin><![CDATA[/*
-----------------------------------------------
Blogger Template Style
Name:     Simple
Designer: Josh Peterson
URL:      www.noaesthetic.com
----------------------------------------------- */
#navbar-iframe {
   display: none !important;
}

/* Variable definitions
   ====================
   <Variable name="keycolor" description="Main Color" type="color" default="#66bbdd" value="#cc6611"/>

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Minimizing site and email costs

Despite the fact I have virtual server now, I tried to find cheapest way to have an email and a web page. What I need is:
  • email and web page in my domain
  • unlimited transfer (or big)
  • disk space enough just to not worry about a capacity
I decided to use Google Apps. Free version is enough for now. 7,5GB Gmail in my own domain name was quite easy when I had ability to edit DNS records. I know many companies which uses this solution with success.

Last goal was a web page. I prefferred wordpress so far, but wordpress.com or own virtual server is related with costs. Google Sites was interesting, but after some tests, this option became least flexible. I have no time to master App Engine, which I think is most flexible (maybe in a future), so I decided to try Blogger.

Naked domain

I wanted my blog at "carrotfield.com" address. It's important to write "ghs.google.com" in both DNS fields: A (for naked domain) and CNAME (for www sub-domain). Make sure you checked "Redirect yourdomain.com to www.yourdomain.com" in Blogger Settings -> Publishing -> Advanced Settings -> Your Domain. In other way naked domain (in this case) carrotfield.com will not be redirected to www.carrotfield.com.

Company name

It took me two weeks to decide what name to choose. Definitely too long. The goal was to take name which is:
  1. memorable, easy to remember
  2. spellable
  3. has free ".com" domain name
Sites like Crazy Namer are very helpful, but for me none of generated name was OK. There were a lot of short free domains, but next day I couldn't remind a name. So I decided to get not technical name, but memorable. Name Ninja is a perfect and fast tool to find a free domain name.

Why I think I spent too much time?
  • You can always change a name.
  • It takes less time to get good or better name than perfect.
  • There is no perfect name
  • Name isn't important. Product matters. Good product makes company name a synonym of success. Not name.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Welcome

Instead of creating some kind of a "company site", I decided to launch this "dev blog". It will chronicle my projects and thoughts. I wish I would say "our", but for now I'm just an "indie". I hope this blog will help me controlling a time and getting things done. Maybe give some feedback sometime.